NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sen. Marco Rubio is not interested in playing second fiddle on a presidential ticket.
The former Republican presidential candidate told reporters he is not seeking the Republican vice presidential nomination.
“I’m not going to be anybody’s vice president,” Rubio said, according to CBS News.
Rubio continued, “I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way. I’m not going to be vice president, I’m not running for governor of Florida, I’m going to finish out my term in the Senate over the next 10 months. We’re going to work really hard here and we have some things we want to achieve. And then I’ll be a private citizen.”
The Florida senator said he doesn’t believe GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump will have the delegates needed to clinch the nomination ahead of the Republican National Convention.
“There’s still an open question about whether he gets to 1,237, and we’ll see as it plays out,” Rubio stated. “I don’t think that’s the ideal outcome for the party. I think in an ideal world you have a nominee, people coalesce around the nominee, and it gives you a stronger position in the general election. I don’t believe Trump will ever be able to do that.”
If it is a contested convention, Rubio told reporters he’s not planning on entering the presidential fray once again.
“If you go into the convention and not anyone has the requisite number of delegates, there are rules that account for it,” Rubio said. “But it’s not some part of our calculation.”
Rubio also would not yet endorse a candidate, saying he was “still talking through it” with his advisers.
Rubio dropped out of the race Tuesday after his poor showing in the Florida Republican primary.
Trump currently leads his Republican rivals with 671 delegates. Sen. Ted Cruz is second with 401.