PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - A day after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney swept the Maryland, Washington, DC and Wisconsin Republican primaries, Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, said the race for the nomination was over.
"What I take away from last night is what I took away last week -- the primary is over," Rubio said. "The primary is over."
Long a Tea Party favorite, Rubio, during an interview with reporters in Palm Beach Gardens, again ruled out interest in being a running mate on the GOP ticket.
"I'm not going to be vice president," he said. "Mitt Romney ... is going to be a great president. I actually think we're going to have a very good nominee."
Rubio has been in the spotlight in recent days after endorsing Romney and fielding calls from within the Republican Party to consider being a part of the GOP ticket.
"He doesn't say it up the rest of us do," said Sid Dinerstein, chair of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County. "It's hard to imagine a better choice for running mate than Rubio.
Rubio told reporters his focus would continue to be his work in the U.S. Senate.
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