Republican Marco Rubio not making a play for 2016 vice presidency

Rubio Talks About Whether He Would Consider VP Role

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Thursday he would not be anybody's running-mate in the Nov. 8 presidential election, slamming down rumors that he was seeking the vice presidential nod from former rivals.


"No, I'm not going to be anybody's vice president... I'm not interested in being vice president," Rubio told reporters on Capitol Hill.

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1. His parents, Mario and Oria, are Cuban immigrants.

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2. Attended Tarkio College for one year on a football scholarship before he later transferred to Santa Fe College. 

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3. When he was sworn into office in 2011, he said that he owed $100,000 of student loans which he finally paid off in 2012.

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4. His wife of 17 years, Jeanette, is of Colombian descent and was once a Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

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5. He went viral with a sip of water. Rubio gave the official Republican reaction to the State of the Union in 2013, but the only detail most people remembered was the moment in which he became so parched that he reached for a water bottle to quench his thirst.

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6. Though he was baptized as an infant in the Catholic church, he was also baptized as Mormon later in childhood when his family lived in Las Vegas. He is now a practicing Catholic.

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7. He teaches political science at Florida International University in Miami.

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8. He says the first concert he ever attended was a Prince show.

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9. His family used to call him Tony, which came from his middle name Antonio.

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10. He was speaker of the Florida House before he was a U.S. Senator.

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Rubio also ruled out both seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate and a run for the Florida governorship, which was speculated as a potential next step for the first-term U.S. senator from Florida.

"I'm going to finish out my term in the Senate over the next 10 months... and then I'll be a private citizen in January," he said.

Throughout his 2016 bid for the White House, Rubio repeatedly stated he was uninterested in returning to the Senate, instead focusing his campaign efforts solely on the Republican Party's nomination.

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Asked whether he would rule out a run for a political office in the future, Rubio said: "I'm not running for governor, I'm not running for re-election to the Senate. Beyond that, who knows?"

Rubio, once seen as the establishment favorite for the party's nomination, suspended his campaign efforts on Tuesday following a loss in his home-state of Florida to party front-runner and political upstart Donald Trump.

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