Report: Senator Marco Rubio Telling His Staff To Prepare For a 2016 Presidential Run

Staffers for the Senator Rubio say 'he has told us to proceed as if he is running for president.'

Is this a good idea? No, it is not. Because of Florida State law, Marco Rubio cannot run for President and run for Senate. You can't be on the ballot for two different offices. If he runs for prez, he gives up  his senate seat, something that is his as long as he wants it. If I had to guess, I would say Marco Rubio will probably not be the Republican nominee in 2016. Rubio is a great conservative. But at age 43, he needs to stay in the U.S. Senate. We need him there.

Team Rubio is getting ready to run. The former Jeb Bush protégé, is signaling to his staff that they should prep for an eventual campaign.  "He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president," an adviser to the Florida Republican told ABC News.

Rubio has been a rising star for his party in the Senate but his presidential plans seemed to have been waylaid when his old mentor announced in December that he was exploring another Bush presidential run.

But Rubio said this week he is resolved to proceed, regardless of the other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, and revealed he would make “a decision in due time.”

“I want to be able to mount a credible campaign for the presidency, which I believe we can do irrespective of who else is in the race,” he said Wednesday at a D.C. breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.

He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president. The 43-year-old, who has four young children, said his family supports his plans.

Rubio will meet with potential donors this weekend in Miami to garner support for his Reclaim America PAC, which could be his launching pad into funding his race for the White House.

A Hot Air poll posted earlier today of 2016 Republican candidates (14 of them) had Rubio pulling in 2%.