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Rubio won’t discuss presidential plans, timetable

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whom many presume to be a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, speaks at the National Press Club, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Washington.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whom many presume to be a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, speaks at the National Press Club, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Washington. MCT

Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t ready to divulge any 2016 plans.

The Florida senator is often mentioned as a possible Republican presidential nominee. He’s not saying what he might do, or when.

Any presidential run could be complicated if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a longtime friend, decides to run. Rubio told Florida reporters gathered in Washington Wednesday that Bush’s decision would not affect his.

“If he decides to run for president he’s going to be a credible and strong candidate,” Rubio said. “You run for that office irrespective of who’s in the race.”

Pressed that he and Bush could rely on the same financial donors and supporters, Rubio reinforced his view that a run for president is a “very personal decision” unaffected by anyone else’s.

“There is a political element to it,” Rubio said of the decision. “There is a personal element to it. We’re working through that right now.”

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