Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he "absolutely" would say no if GOP front-runner Donald Trump asked him to be his vice-presidential running mate.
Rubio was pressed on the issue on a televised town hall Wednesday on MSNBC by "Meet the Press"
moderator Chuck Todd.
Todd pointed out that Rubio has called Trump a "con artist," and added, "Should we assume there's no way you could be on a ticket with a con artist?"
Like every person running for president, Rubio said he expects to be the nominee himself and is not running to be anyone else's vice president.
"Can you be Shermanesque?" Todd asked. "If Donald Trump offers you the slot, you will say no?"
"I'm not interested in being Donald Trump's or anybody else's vice president. That's not what I'm aiming at," Rubio said.
After another round of hedging, Todd asked Rubio flat out: "If Donald Trump asked you, you'd say no?"
"Absolutely," Rubio said, adding he wants to be president of the United States or a private citizen.
He also dismissed any talk that he would team up on a ticket with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to defeat Trump, the front-runner.
"That's 'House of Cards' stuff," Rubio said. "Looks good on TV, it doesn't ever work that way."
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