As the Republican field of presumed presidential candidates continues to grow, Marco Rubio has held cautious counsel, noting he's waiting a few weeks before announcing his decision.
By staying back from the pack, which likely includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, twice-candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, among others, Rubio could benefit as the "odd man out" for 2016, The Washington Post reported.
The Post, in its "The Fix" political column, noted Rubio's age, giving the GOP star, once proclaimed by Time magazine as his party's "savior," more time to make his full bid for the White House as he gains valuable experience as a senator and creates a coalition of support.
"Rubio still has a long runway ahead of him," writes the Post's Nia-Malika Henderson. "At 43, he is two decades younger than Bush. He could stay in the Senate for another term, or run for governor in 2018. In 2020 or 2024, he will still be a young man. But one with a longer resume and likely a less chock-full field to deal with. And if Rubio doesn't run for the big office in 2016, he'll be on every potential nominee's VP short list."
Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box" program Wednesday,
Rubio said he'd make a decision by the end of the first quarter of the year, making it was clear he was weighing staying in the Senate versus tackling a bigger and bolder bid for higher office.
"I'm confident about what I'd run on if I decide to run. I'm very confident we have a message that's relevant and will resonate. And I'm confident that we can build an organization that can raise the money and execute a plan that makes us successful," Rubio told CNBC in a taped interview after the show.
Rubio, noted CBS News, is "sharpening his pitch" as he publicly discusses his consideration of the 2016.
"If I run for president it won't be against anyone, it will be because I believe I have an agenda that no one else is offering on our side of the aisle," Rubio told CBS "This Morning" on Monday.
He added that he considered his youthfulness an asset.
"It's not a matter of age, it's a matter of the age of your ideas," Rubio told CBS.
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