Marco Rubio re-assessing decision to retire from Senate

Admitting he has been encouraged by allies to reconsider his decision to forego a reelection bid and return to the Senate, Marco Rubio confessed in a radio interview on Monday that he is weighing all his political options.

Mr. Rubio told radio host Hugh Hewitt the Orlando nightclub shooting has “impacted my thinking” about theĀ future of America’s security.

“When it visits your home state, when it impacts a community you know well, it really gives you pause to think a little bit about your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country,” Rubio told Hewitt.

Should the Florida Republican attempt to reclaim his Senate seat, he faces a June 24 deadline to file paperwork for a campaign.

Following his loss in the Florida primary on March 15 to New York businessman Donald Trump, Rubio ended his bid for the GOP nomination and announced he would not seek reelection to the Senate.

Despite a crowded GOP primary field, Mr. Rubio, who was favored to return to the Senate, has endorsed current Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera for the August 30 primary.

Listen to the full interview below:

 

[Reuters]