- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio will not be attending the Republican convention later this month in Cleveland and instead will be focusing on his re-election campaign in Florida.

“Florida has always been a competitive state, and it will be this fall. Marco had planned to go to the convention before he decided to seek re-election. Since Marco got into the race late, he will be in Florida campaigning and meeting with voters instead of going to Ohio,” Rubio spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said.

Last month, Mr. Rubio reversed course and announced he would seek re-election, after initially declining to simultaneously run both for president and his Senate seat.

During an appearance on CNN in May — after he suspended his presidential campaign but before he decided to run for re-election — Mr. Rubio said his sense was he’d be going to the convention and appeared willing to speak on Donald Trump’s behalf if asked.

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