Marco Rubio won’t run for reelection, if he tries for the White House in 2016

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that he would not run for reelection if he runs for the White House in 2016.

In a radio interview, Florida Senator rejects the notion of an “exit strategy” while running for the presidency, reports Sabrina Siddiqui in the Huffington Post. Florida law also prohibits a candidate to appear on the ballot in two different races.

“I think, by and large, when you choose to do something as big as that, you’ve really got to be focused on that and not have an exit strategy,” Rubio told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt. “I think that’s the right law.”

In contrast to Rubio’s statements, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he would certainly go for reelection, regardless of his presidential ambitions. Paul is another leading name on the 2016 GOP roster for a White House bid.

A Kentucky state Senate committee approved a bill last month allowing candidates to seek two offices simultaneously.

Rubio is still deciding on his political future and expects to make his final decision sometime next year.

“I think that’s around the time I’ll have to make a decision about something,” Rubio said. “I mean, because I’ll either have to run for reelection, or not run for anything, or run for another office.

“I don’t think there’s an individual date in mind for anybody. Everybody has their own timetable, but around this time next year.”

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