NBC2 speaks exclusively with Republican Senator Marco Rubio
FORT MYERS, Fla. – U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio was in southwest Florida Wednesday talking about the state’s recovery from the pandemic.
Rubio talked exclusively with NBC-2 Chief Political Correspondent Dave Elias about everything from the vaccine to whether he’ll run for president.
The senator visited the Edison Ford Winter Estates. It was one of those which applied for and received federal money to survive the pandemic. The senator wanted to see that first hand.
Marco Rubio: Had that not existed it’s real questionable places like this and where they would be today in terms of workforce and in terms of being in a position to reopen and let anyone back at all. It could have been a catastrophic loss.
Dave Elias: Your thought on how we’ve handled things?
Marco Rubio: Better than almost anyone else. I think you have to judge Florida ultimately by perhaps the best test you can apply to it at all and that is people are moving here.
Dave: When do you think we will get back to normal?
Marco Rubio: I’m pretty confident that every week and month that goes by as more people get vaccinated we’re going to feel more comfortable.
Dave Elias: What do you say to folks who still haven’t gotten it and some who say they don’t want it?
Marco Rubio: I would hope that most people will take it because the more people who are vaccinated the safer we all are going to be.
Dave Elias: Have you been to the border and the crisis that is unfolding there. I just did a story this week about possibly a thousand kids or more coming to Florida because we’re running out of room there.
Marco Rubio: It’s the direct consequences of the rhetoric and decisions made by this administration that created this massive crisis. They will run out of room and already have. They’ll have to open new ones all over the country and Florida will be one of those states just like under the Trump administration that will have to take people in.
Dave: How do we fix it?
Marco Rubio: How do you stop it? Frankly the realization there was a reason the Trump policies were in place and remain in Mexico policies.
Dave: People have been asking…will Senator Rubio run for senator or does he have his eye on the presidency in 2024?
Marco Rubio: Well I’ve announced I’m running for re-election in 2022. Beyond that you really can’t focus…one of the things you learn I think certainly nowadays…things can change…very quickly.
Dave: Have you talked to the former president? Is he talking about running? So many have asked?
Marco Rubio: Well I’ve talked to him maybe twice since the election. Because he’s a resident of Florida, so I need him to vote for me too.
The congressman went on to tell Elias he has not directly talked to the former president about whether he will run; he says if he does choose to he will be the party’s nominee.
He called Trump the most popular and influential republican in the country.
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