VIDEO | Sen. Marco Rubio talks decision to seek re-election

FILE - Marco Rubio, United States Senator from Florida, Photo Date: 2/23/2016 (Cropped Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Florida state Senator Marco Rubio says that even though he was looking forward to becoming a private citizen, his decision to seek re-election comes from being told that he is the best chance at preventing U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer from becoming the majority leader of the United States Senate.

Rubio said that when Lieutenant Governor of Florida, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, asked him to consider re-election, he spent time thinking about his options, but decided that too much was at stake in the presidential elections to not be a part of the Senate once again.

"No matter who wins the election you need a Senate that's gonna act as a check and balance on the excesses of the executive," Rubio said. "The Supreme Court is gonna be decided in the next couple of years and I think I have something to offer in that fight."

The Republican senator says that because the future of the Supreme Court will be decided over the next six to eight eight years, he refuses to be an idle bystander and wants to take action.

"I'm not going to sit back and watch as Chuck Schumer and the democrats take over the Senate and vote the nuclear option and remake the Supreme Court for a generation because that will threaten all our Constitutional rights," Rubio said.

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