Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that Republican presidential rival Marco Rubio would have to drop out of the race before the front-runner would consider him as a possible running mate.
Rubio has insisted that he will win Florida’s key winner-take-all primary next week, despite failing to secure any delegates in the four states that voted on Tuesday. Rubio is also polling behind Trump in his home state.
“We I don’t want to say that now,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when asked if he would consider Rubio on the ticket. “He has a big decision to make, and he should make his own decision.”
“I’ve always liked him, and then he hit my very, very hard and somehow it didn’t work out for him,” Trump said as he was pressed on whether he’d consider the Florida senator.
A CNN report this week claimed that some Rubio advisers were urging him to drop out before Florida’s primary to avoid a potentially embarrassing lost to Trump. The Rubio campaign fought back saying that report was false.
“If he runs and loses, I think he will never be able to do anything very big politically in Florida. I certainly don’t think he would be considered by anybody as vice president,” Trump said Wednesday.
Co-host Joe Scarborough asked Trump if he’d consider Rubio in an effort to appeal to Hispanic voters and the establishment if the Rubio dropped out before the March 15 primary.
“Sure, sure. And he’s got a lot of talent. I just don’t want to say that yet, Joe,” Trump said. ‘it’s just not appropriate to talk about until he makes a decision.”