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Marco Rubio: 'I'm not running for governor of Florida'

Marco Rubio suspends campaign after losing in Florida primary

Marco Rubio bids farewell to his presidential campaign at Florida International University after losing the Florida primary to Donald Trump on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
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Marco Rubio bids farewell to his presidential campaign at Florida International University after losing the Florida primary to Donald Trump on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Marco Rubio put an end Thursday to speculation that he might run for Florida governor in 2018, now that he's out of the Republican presidential race.

"I'm not running for governor of Florida," Rubio told reporters in the U.S. Senate, a few hours after returning for work.

He also ruled out being vice-president for any candidate. And he reiterated he won't seek reelection to his Senate seat, though he's technically still got time to do so.

Rubio seemed in good spirits, cracking a few jokes despite ending his campaign less than 48 hours earlier. He said he's unprepared to endorse one of his former rivals yet, though he told Minnesota backers in a call that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the remaining "conservative" in the race.

"I meant Ted's positions are conservative," Rubio said. "I like Gov. [John] Kasich. That was just my opinion."

Once his Senate term concludes, Rubio will be out of public life, at least for a while.

"I'm going to be a private citizen in January," he said.

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