Donald Trump made a big request Thursday to the man he once so gleefully derided as “Little Marco.”
In a tweet , Trump pleaded with his former Republican presidential primary rival to seek re-election to the Senate — in spite of Rubio’s insistence that he doesn’t want to — referencing poll numbers that suggested the GOP could otherwise lose the Florida seat.
[Republicans Urge Rubio to Reconsider Senate Run]
“Important to keep the MAJORITY,” he tweeted. “Run Marco!”
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] The request is doubly ironic considering that Trump’s position as the presumptive nominee is considered to be the reason the GOP’s majority in the Senate is in jeopardy in the first place.
With the Tweet, Trump adds his often contrarian voice to a growing number of GOP party leaders who have asked Rubio to reconsider his plans.
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] Republicans are worried that none of the five main GOP candidates running to replace Rubio are capable of winning a difficult general election in a battleground state like Florida. Rubio told reporters Thursday that it was “unlikely” anything could persuade him to change his mind.