The PJ Tatler

Rubio: Republican Party 'Blessed' with Caliber of 2016 Candidates

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said his colleague’s entrance into the 2016 presidential race only makes the field stronger, and the party is “blessed” to have strong candidates.

Rubio told Fox last night that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “will be a very strong candidate.”

“You can see in the past he has made a lot of people excited about the things he stands for. We are blessed as a party. We have a lot of really good candidates,” Rubio said. “The Democrats are struggling to come up with even one. I think our country will be better for it at the end.”

It hasn’t been possible to view Cruz’s interaction on the floor with his colleagues — and potential challengers — since his Monday announcement. Cruz has not shown up for any votes this week as the Senate works through hundreds of budget amendments.

Rubio said he understands the date is approaching when he needs to announce his own 2016 decision.

“As I said, we are getting closer to that date and we understand that if I decide to run for president it’s going to take time and energy to do it. So we will make an announcement here fairly soon,” he said.

How soon?

“Probably not months, but certainly multiple weeks. And that’s important,” Rubio said. “Like soon means when we are ready to make the decision. There is a lot that goes into something like that and a lot this to announcing whatever direction we go.”

“But it’s something I’m increasingly excited about and look forward to sharing with you and others here fairly soon.”