Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would turn down the chance of being on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket. 

The newly elected Republican said he has no interest in being his party's vice presidential nominee. 

He explained his reasoning to Panama City radio host Burnie Thompson: "To be the senator from Florida is a big job. In addition to the votes you take in Washington of national importance, our state has a multitude of issues. 

"I mean, it will soon be the third largest state in the country and perhaps the most complex in the country in terms of the set of issues it faces. In order to do that job, and do it well, you've got have to have 100 percent focus on it," Rubio said, according to the St. Petersburg Times. 

"You don't have time to sit around and daydream. ... I want to be a U.S. Senator because I believe I can make a difference from that position. ... It's flattering sometimes, but that's about it."

Rubio is one of the most prominent new Republican members of Congress, having defeated Gov. Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek in a three-way race. His candidacy drew national attention and became a cause celebre for the Tea Party movement.