“The position of vice chair of the Republican Conference would be an important opportunity to address our fiscal crisis. As vice chair, I would seek to communicate how urgent the problem is and work with the Republican Conference to develop real solutions,” Johnson said in a statement released Tuesday. “I came to Washington because I believe that business as usual is bankrupting America, and it has to stop. Every day I ask myself, ‘What can I do to be effective — to have an impact?’ ”
Rubio and Johnson both swept into the Senate on a wave of Tea Party support in the 2010 elections.