By Kyle Balluck
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he’s ready to be president.
The Republican presidential hopeful said on ABC’s “This Week” that he thinks “multiple other people that would want to run” are also ready.
“Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there, and I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria,” Rubio said during the interview, taped Friday in New Hampshire.
“The question is … whose vision is the one that our party wants to follow?” he asked.
Rubio also said he would not run for reelection to the Senate if he decides on a White House campaign.
“I believe that if you want to be president of the United States, you run for president,” he added. “You don’t run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesn’t work out.”
Rubio also said he doesn’t pay much attention to recent polls that show him trailing other possible Republican candidates.
"If you decide to run for president, there’s going to be a campaign and in that campaign, you’re going to interact with voters and you’re going to explain to them where you stand and — and those numbers can change one way or the other.”
Rubio will try to make a splash next week with a major speech Tuesday at the National Press Club on retirement security reform.
He will propose new changes to strengthen entitlement programs, make it easier for younger generations to save for retirement and allow people to work beyond the traditional retirement age of 65.
— Alexander Bolton contributed to this report.