Marco Rubio is not the first failed Presidential candidate to look to the Senate for another Presidential bid. It failed in the past.
Although he won’t actually admit it, it doesn’t take a genius to see why Marco Rubio announced this week that he would seek re-election to the United States Senate after promising he wouldn’t.
According to Politico.
The 45-year-old, who during his many months as a presidential candidate denigrated the Senate as inconsequential, “told colleagues and advisers that he is considering running for president again in 2020 or 2024,” the New York Times reported. “And as he and his team weighed a re-election campaign, they debated how well situated he would be in once more seeking the presidency from the Senate.”
The reasoning might seem sound—national pulpits are supposed to be a good thing, right?—but had Rubio consulted the history books, he might have made a very different decision. The Senate, it turns out, has not traditionally been a solid platform for a presidential run. And for a second presidential run, it’s been even worse.
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In the whole of American history, just 16 of the country’s 44 presidents served in the Senate. Of this number, only three—Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy and Warren G. Harding—were elected directly from the Senate, and four others—John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson—ascended to the presidency by virtue of the incumbent’s death, not by election in their own right.
More to the point, while many senators have run for the presidency and lost, a handful of onetime presidential aspirants have returned to the Senate after leaving it (or, in Rubio’s case, almost leaving it)—only to run for president again. Of those returnee candidates, none was successful in using the Senate as a platform for another run at the White House.
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