Florida Sen. Marco Rubio took to Twitter Monday night to lambaste a Washington Post story that speculated on what the vanquished Republican presidential candidate might do next.
The story cited people "close" to Rubio, which clearly frustrated the Florida lawmaker, who insisted any comments about his future plans given to the Post were made up. Rubio insisted he plans to leave Congress in the fall, which he claims to have said "like 10000 times."
I have only said like 10000 times I will be a private citizen in January.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
Funny to read about unnamed "people close" to me who claim to know my thinking on future plans.They just make it up. https://t.co/jiEYMugVHz— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
But the Post offered a murkier outlook.
"Rubio, according to conversations I've had with people close to him, is sort of betwixt and between when it comes to his next move," reporter Chris Cillizza wrote.
Though some may be urging Rubio to run for Senate reelection, Cillizza backed up the former presidential candidate's claim that he plans to retire from Congress in November. But the journalist went on to say Rubio "isn't interested" in running for governor in 2020.
"Rubio could stay in the private sector and make money — he has four young children — but the danger there is by the time 2018 rolls around he is out of the daily, weekly or even monthly conversation happening within the GOP," he added.
But, according to Rubio, who said reporters just take information because they are "desperate for content," none of that is necessarily true. And when it comes to claims about Rubio being "a bit at sea in terms of his next step politically," the Floridian simply says, "Not really."
Unnamed sources "close to" often just people who want to sound like they are in the know. And reporters desperate for content just accept it— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
Another genius line claims that Im "a bit at sea in terms of his next step politically". Ummmm Not really. https://t.co/jiEYMugVHz— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
Word of advice, people often claim to know more than they really do because they enjoy status of being perceived as "in the know".— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
And Rubio also had a comment for Cillizza's suggestion that being outside the Washington beltway could limit his future political opportunities, pointing out the fact that current presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has never held public office.
As for future in politics, well it's nearly impossible for someone not in office to ever become a successful candidate for President.Right?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
A few minutes later, Rubio's tweets took a sarcastic turn, as he began offering fake tips from a "longtime friend" and a "source who knows his cousins."
A source "close to Rubio" says he was tired after long day & has decided to sleep for a few hours before tomorrow's ZIKA debate in Senate.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
A "longtime friend" says Rubio is "betwixt and between when it comes to whether to chest or legs tomorrow at gym."— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
According to source who knows his cousins, wife's dentist, Rubio could do cardio instead.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
Ok that's enough for one night. Twitter isn't something you should just rush back into. You have to slowly increase the dosage.......— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
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