Rubio Says He Is Nearing Decision on Presidential Run

WASHINGTON (Tribune Washington Bureau/TNS) -

Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that he is at the final stages of deciding whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination, telling reporters that he is aware the clock is running.

His wife and children are supportive of a run if he decides to make one, and he’s thought through what would be needed to win the race, the Florida senator told reporters at a breakfast session here sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Now, “I’m down to the last decision — and I think the fundamental one — and that is, at this stage in my life, at this stage, where is the best place for me to serve the country,” he said. He would have to make a choice between a presidential race and seeking re-election to his Senate seat in 2016, he noted.

“I know we’ll have to make the decision if I am to run for president soon enough to be able to mount the sort of credible campaign that it takes to run a national race,” he said, although he declined to set a deadline for his decision making.