Rubio's '16 bid coming April 13

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Bipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Trump's new interest in water resources — why now? MORE (R-Fla.) confirmed that he will announce his decision on a likely presidential bid at an event in Miami on April 13, he said Monday on Fox News’s “The Five.”

“I will announce on April 13 what I’m going to do next in terms of running for president or U.S. Senate,” Rubio said with a smile.

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“I’ll be very excited about April 13 and talking more about that with my friends and supporters and I just encourage everyone to go to MarcoRubio.com to get more details in the days to come.”

Rubio laughed and deflected the point-blank questions from the group of panelists sitting alongside him as they asked whether he'd announce a presidential bid. 

There’s been widespread speculation that Rubio would announce at the Miami event, but Rubio hadn’t confirmed it. He added that his team is still working out a location, despite media reports that he’s booked the city’s Freedom Tower on that date. 

Fellow GOP Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is expected to announce his presidential bid a week earlier on April 7, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his presidential campaign last week.

Many pundits have questioned whether the GOP White House field has room for two Floridians, Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. Rubio wouldn’t address that head on, but used the question to underscore the importance of the upcoming election. 

“But let me just say: the time will come for comparison hopping for voters, but I will say I strongly believe that the future of this country will depend on the next election.”

He also addressed criticism levied at George Stephanopoulos, the former Clinton White House advisor who will host ABC’s presidential debate.

“I personally don’t have an issue with George Stephanopoulos, I’ve been interviewed by him before and found his questions fair,” he said.

“If the questions are unfair from any moderator, the public will see that, you need to have candidates that run for president who are able to handle unfair questions because here’s the truth: if you are a conservative Republican, you’re going to get a lot of unfair questions in the mainstream media.”

This story was updated at 6:02 p.m.