Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is declining to say if he believes the Washington Redskins should change its name.
Rubio, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, told The Tampa Bay Times the decision should be left to the football team's owners.
Rubio's office told The Hill it had nothing else to offer when asked about the senator's personal opinion on the name.
Fifty senators who caucus with the Democrats are on record supporting a name change. And the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this year ruled to cancel half a dozen of the NFL team’s trademarks, concluding the name is disparaging to Native Americans.
Most Republicans, however, either have not weighed in or are supportive of the team's name. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told the newspaper the issue is insignificant compared to other problems.
"It's a football team that's given back to the community. It's got a lot of pride," he said. "Come on. The world is blowing up and we're talking about a football team?"
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is one of the few Republicans who has said he would probably change the name if he owned the team, a view also held by President Obama.
— updated 2:40 p.m.