Rubio: I'll Wait a Year Before Deciding on White House Run

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Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 03:13 PM

By Cynthia Fagen

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Same time next year.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is going to wait a year before deciding on a run for the White House, he told CNBC in an interview Tuesday from Tokyo, where he is on a weeklong tour of Asia.

"At this time next year I will have to make a decision about something like that and that time will come," Rubio said.

Rubio also said he will consider whether he will seek re-election in 2016 or drop out of public office altogether.

"My most important job is the job of father and husband, so that will be the first thing I think about. The second is whether I feel like there is another office in which I can further this agenda that I've outlined, or whether there is work that remains to be done in the Senate or whether my time has come to return to the private sector," he said. "All those are valid choices, and I will explore those at the appropriate time."

"I've always believed if you do a good job at the job you have now you'll have an opportunity, including opportunities you have not anticipated in the past."

Rubio, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, is also visiting the Philippines and South Korea.

He also added there was a good chance the GOP will retake the senate. "The Republican Party is an energized party. We feel like we're going to have a real opportunity in 2014 to retake the Senate. I think that is where you are going to see the majority of Republican donors focused.

"And 2016 will be here soon enough. I am confident we are going to field a strong nominee."

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