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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that he's not interested in being Donald Trump vice president

'I have never sought, will not seek and do not want to be considered for Vice President,' Rubio said in a statement

Sen. Marco Rubio will appear on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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Marco Rubio said Monday he has no interest in serving as Donald Trump’s running mate, adding he still isn’t sold on the reality star-turned -presumptive Republican nominee.

“While Republican voters have chosen Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, my previously stated reservations about his campaign and concerns with many of his policies remain unchanged,” Rubio, who will appear Tuesday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” said in a statement. “He will be best served by a running mate and by surrogates who fully embrace his campaign. As such, I have never sought, will not seek and do not want to be considered for Vice President.”

“Instead,” he said. “I will focus my attention on representing the people of Florida, retaining a conservative majority in the Senate and electing principled conservatives across the country.”

That Rubio would rule himself out as a potential veep pick perhaps isn’t much of a surprise, given how acrimonious things got between Trump and the Florida senator earlier this year.

Rubio ratcheted up his attacks in February, calling Trump a “con artist.” The line didn’t resonate, with Trump ultimately winning in Rubio’s home state of Florida.

After bowing out the presidential race in March, Rubio returned to the Senate and said he didn’t want to be on any candidate’s ticket.

“I’m not going to be anybody’s vice president,” he said at the time.