Now, Rubio -- who said he would not stand for Senate re-election when he announced his failed presidential bid -- said it is "unlikely" he will change his mind before the Florida filing deadline on June 24. The state's primary will be held Aug. 30. "This is just something that happened today or what have you. For me, I need time to even talk to anybody about it, but my sense of it is nothing has changed in my thinking," he told reporters at the Capitol.
Reversing months of comments to the contrary, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) now says he plans to attend the Republican National Convention and will release his delegates to vote for the presumed party nominee, Donald Trump. Rubio once warned that nominating Trump would "fracture the Republican Party" and faulted the business magnate for stoking violence at his rallies. But in a CNN interview on Thursday, Rubio said he's attending the GOP convention in Cleveland because "I want to be helpful. I don't want to be harmful, because I don't want Hillary Clinton to be president."