Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Tuesday told an audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., that he's "not interested" in being the GOP vice presidential nominee.
"I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee," he said. "But I look forward to working for whoever our nominee is.... I have no interest in serving as vice president for anyone who could possibly live all eight years of the presidency."
Rubio's public appearance comes among private fund-raising events in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles this week. He has been collecting donations for his reelection campaign and for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In his remarks, he focused on small government, calling for cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
"I know that it's popular in my party to blame the president, the current president. But the truth is that the only thing this president has done is accelerate policies that were already in place, and were doomed to fail," Rubio said.
Watch his entire speech:
His event "got off to a rough start," the Los Angeles Times reports. As he escorted Nancy Reagan into the room to a standing ovation, she suddenly fell, nearly to the floor until Rubio caught her by the arm.
Watch the moment, followed by gasps among the crowd: