Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., once bitter primary foes, appear to be patching things up. Trump tweeted his support of Rubio running for reelection late Thursday, after Rubio relinquished his delegates to Trump and said he would be willing speak in his favor at the convention.
Trump is not the only one who wants Rubio to reconsider his decision to forgo a reelection campaign. A Super PAC affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday it would back Rubio if he ran again. And at least one Florida Republican is outwardly pleading for the one-term senator to change his mind. His term is up in January 2017. Rubio opted against running for reelection this year, instead focusing all his energy on his presidential campaign. He suspended his campaign, however, after his loss to Trump in Florida in March.
For his part Rubio hasn't publicly changed his mind. But he left the door open a little more on the issue Thursday. Politico reports Rubio said it was only "unlikely" – not impossible – that he would run for reelection. The primary filing date is June 24. McConnell and others are said to be actively trying to persuade Rubio, still considered a rising star in his party despite his failed presidential run, to change his mind. Currently vying for Rubio's seat on the Republican side are: Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and Reps. Ron DeSantis David Jolly, among others.
The Senate issue aside, Rubio is being more supportive of Trump, the man he once vowed never to support. While he was critical of Trump's remarks against New Mexico's Hispanic GOP governor earlier this week, on Friday morning he made clear who he supports in November.
He offered more specifics during a Thursday interview with CNN.
"I don't want Hillary Clinton to be president. If there's something I can do to help that from happening, and it's helpful to the cause, I'd most certainly be honored to be considered for that," Rubio told Jake Tapper.
"My sense is that I'm going to go the convention," Rubio added, and agreed that he would speak at the convention if Trump asked.
Rubio was previously a supporter of #NeverTrump, and sold gear with that phrase on it in his campaign store. He derisively mocked Trump on the campaign trail. In February, during the heat of the campaign, Rubio famously asked, "And you know what they say about guys with small hands… You can't trust 'em!"
Rubio acknowledged their past differences, but said he is now looking to move forward.
"Look, my policy differences with Donald Trump – I spent 11 months talking about them. So I think they're well understood," Rubio said.
Rubio said he was not interested in running for vice president with Trump.
"He won the nomination and he deserves to have a running mate that more fully embraces some of the things he stands for," Rubio said.