Senator Marco Rubio has officially announced he will be running for reelection in Florida in light of the status of the current presidential election, claiming he believed he needed to go back on his word “to act as a check and balance on the excesses of a president”.
Rubio filed his candidacy shortly before the Friday deadline.
“No matter who is elected for president,” he said, “there is reason for worry.”
Rubio’s announcement comes as a surprise for a few reasons. For one, he had previously stated he would either be assuming the presidency or living a private life. Secondly, because of how badly he lost the presidential primaries in his home state, many thought he would not run for reelection. It has also been said that Rubio was offered several high paying jobs that he turned down to run again.
The senator claimed the decision was made alongside his wife and four children over Father’s Day. Rubio said he was moved by the Orlando shootings as well. Many believe that his appeal to the massacre carried out on June 12th was a publicity stunt to gain support from voters.
Additionally, remaining a prominent voice in the Senate would make it much easier for Rubio to run in the 2020 presidential campaign.
As the Quinnipiac University Poll currently sits, the only GOP candidate that could defeat Democratic candidates Patrick Murphy or Alan Grayson would be Rubio. Murphy would lose the Florida seat by seven points and Grayson by eight.
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to appear tonight alongside running mate William Weld on CNN’s “Town Hall.” The event, which will be moderated by Chris Cuomo, is coming off of recent claims made by the candidate in which he stated he would abolish income taxes on business in order to make room for more jobs. As a third party candidate, Johnson has been unable to achieve as much exposure as he would like. However, with as little as he has received, he is currently at a surprising 12 percent in the national polls. Johnson, who also ran for president in the 2012 presidential elections obtaining about 1 percent of the votes, claimed he feels he would be able to win the elections if he could participate in the debates. // What many people do not know is that the Commission on Presidential Debates is privately owned by the Democratic and Republican parties, and will only accept candidates into debates if they have more than 15% in the five most important polls in the country. At 12 percent, Johnson seems to be getting quite close, and it is fair to say the number may rise after tonight. Furthermore, about 18 percent of Sanders supporters said they would vote for candidate Johnson in lieu of Clinton. Johnson will be only the third party member to be able to appear in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read More: Emerging Third-Party Candidate Wants to End Income Taxes Read More: Clinton Becomes Democrats’ First Woman Nominee for US President Tonight is an important night for everyone, particularly for disaffected Republicans and Democrats who dislike Clinton and Trump, because it is an opportunity to get to know a third candidate who could offer better options. In the end, for those who are not satisfied with their party’s selection or have grown dissatisfied with their party in general, tonight is the night to explore options and find out more about this increasingly popular candidate. Tune in tonight to CNN at 9 pm EST to watch the discussion. Sources: CNN, Reason.