Marco Rubio is dropping out of the presidential race after losing to Donald Trump in the Florida primary. The Florida senator ended his bid for the White House, saying it ‘wasn’t God’s plan’, but his campaign insisted he would join the movement to stop the media mogul from becoming Commander-In-Chief.
Rubio said in Miami Tuesday night, ‘And so, while it is not God’s plan that I be president in 2016 or maybe ever, and while today my campaign is suspended, the fact that I’ve ever come this far is evidence of how special America truly is,’
Rubio characterized his presidential run as upbeat and begged Americans to ‘not give into the fear, do not give into the frustration.’
‘This is the right way forward for our county,’ he said of his positive message. ‘But after tonight it is clear that we are on the right side. This year we will not be on the winning side.’
The state was immediately called for Donald Trump. With 97% of the vote in, the billionaire frontrunner had bested Rubio by 46 to 27%. Donald Trump stormed to victory in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina.
Rubio rushed onstage shortly after the Trump victory was announced and started his remarks in a frenzied pace, with his wife Jeanette Rubio and four children by his side. He congratulated Trump on a job well done and tamped down any boos.
‘We live in a republic and our voters make these decisions,’ the senator said. He told his supporters, some teary-eyed, that ‘there’s nothing else you could have done’. ‘Well, America’s in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have saw this coming,’ Rubio said.
When a pro-Trump protester interrupted the politician, Rubio had a remark ready. ‘Don’t worry, you won’t get beat up at our event,’ he said. MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace also said the campaign had told her Rubio will be joining the ‘Stop Trump’ movement’.