Marco Rubio: No Way I'm Running in 2012
But the president 'isn't leading' and anybody's 'beatable'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2011 12:20 PM CDT
In this photo taken Nov. 2, 2010, Republican Marco Rubio speaks after winning his US Senate bid in Coral Gables, Fla. Rubio, 39, is a breakout star and a favorite of the tea party.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – The GOP may be desperately searching for somebody—anybody!—to jazz up its current slate of presidential candidates, but Marco Rubio says it can keep right on looking. The 39-year-old Florida senator is a Tea Party favorite who also would attract Latinos, but says in no uncertain terms that he won't be at either the top or the bottom of the GOP ticket, reports the AP.

Rubio, appearing on Meet the Press, continued that Obama "has failed to lead" and that "anyone's beatable in American politics." "Ultimately, I would rather him lead than just hope that my party succeeds, but he's not leading and we're going to pay a tremendous price for that."