GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Friday he’s not going to “be happy” about losing his home state of Florida to President Donald Trump.
The Florida Republican said he’s “not going to be happy” if he loses his home in the Rustbelt, where he grew up.
Rubio, who lost the state to Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2016, told CNN that he was “not particularly thrilled” by Trump’s win.
He said he will stay home in his home of Florida, which voted for Hillary Clinton by more than 22 points in November.
“It was not going great for me, but it was going great overall,” Rubio said of his home, which he purchased in 2013 for $2.4 million.
Rubio’s defeat in Florida came amid reports that Trump has tapped Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to replace Sen. John McCain, R.C.I., who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February.
The move has caused a rift between Trump and Flake, and the two senators are not scheduled to meet again until late November.
Rubio and Flake have said they will not seek re-election in 2018.
“I’m not going into this expecting any kind of personal vendetta, because I think it’s important that our country is a safe place for everybody,” Rubio told CNN.
“I’m just not going for the optics of it.”
He said it is a mistake for him to criticize Trump while he’s still a senator, saying it would make him look “weak.”
“I think we need to move on.
It’s not my place to try to take on the president of the United States,” Rubio added.