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Rubio: DeMint Is My Second Best Friend, After My Wife

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says that his wife is his best friend and that tea partying Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is No. 2.

As for his wife, “We talk every day,” Rubio told GQ magazine.

And as for DeMint, “He's a great source of wisdom as a person who's had to make decisions that have made him unpopular in his own party.” Rubio also said he admires former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush “for his ability to analyze issues and call them for what they are.”

Rubio’s high-profile interview with a well-known national magazine fits with speculation he is strongly considering a bid for the 2016 presidential race.

On Saturday night, Rubio became the first of the potential 2016 candidates to appear in the first primary/caucus state of Iowa. He appeared at a fundraiser/birthday party for Iowa GOP Gov. Terry Branstad.

In the GQ interview, Rubio, a first-term Senator, was asked whether his career is moving too fast. “For most of my life I've been in a hurry. I don't regret any of the choices I've made,” he said. “But sometimes timing isn't up for us to decide on taking some of the opportunities as they present themselves.”

Rubio says he’s not concerned about being a historic political figure. “That's not something you can choose to be,” he said. “That's something that just happens and falls on your lap. Usually, it falls on your lap during periods of extreme trial, and I don't think any of us want to experience extreme trial for our country. We would much prefer to be not historic on those terms.”


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