Could the 2016 Republican presidential primary turn into a Florida fight?
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a potential GOP presidential candidate, responded to the announcement by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that Bush would “actively explore” running for president by saying, “Bush is someone I admire greatly,” he told ABC’s Jeff Zeleny.
“I think he’d be a very formidable candidate.”
Rubio declined to say whether he has spoken to Bush since his 2016 exploratory announcement, but said his decision wouldn’t be influenced by Bush’s.
“If you decide to run for President you do so because you want to be President, not you want to be president unless someone else wants to be president first,” Rubio said.
“I want to make my decision on the basis of where’s the best place for me to achieve our agenda to restore the American dream and that’s a decision we’re going to make.”
“We’ll make a decision in due course,” Rubio added.
However, ABC claims that a senior aide told ABC’s Jon Karl that his team has been instructed to move forward and he is moving closer to a presidential run in 2016
“He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president,” the aide said told Karl.
A Rubio aide confirmed to Breitbart News that the ABC News report was accurate, although the sunshine state senator has not made a final decision.
Already, Rubio has hired Anna Rogers, the current finance director for American Crossroads, to join his political action committee. She is supposed to start on February 1.