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Marco Rubio says he’s ‘ready’ for presidency

US Senator Marco Rubio.

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US Senator Marco Rubio.

WASHINGTON — Senator Marco Rubio said Sunday he was ready to be president, becoming the second potential Republican candidate recently to drop big hints about 2016 as he vies for early attention in a crowded field of maybes.

Rubio of Florida said on ABC’s “This Week” that although he was waiting until the end of the year to consider the decision, he thought he had a “vision” for the nation’s future and a strategy for achieving it, among other qualifications.

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“I do,” he said when asked whether he thought he was ready for the presidency. “I mean, but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run.”

Rubio’s assertion came a week after Governor Rick Perry of Texas offered perhaps his clearest indication yet that he was considering another run, talking about his “botched” campaign in 2012 on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and emphasizing that Americans believe in “second chances.”

With Rubio and Perry trailing other potential candidates such as Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida, and Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, in recent polls, the remarks could be interpreted as an early attempt to stand out in a field where there is no front-runner.

A Tea Party darling who drew fire for working with Democrats on immigration reform, Rubio appeared intent on shoring up support among conservative voters.

After the release of a recent study saying that the effects of climate change were already being felt, Rubio said he disagreed with scientists that humans were having an effect on the “always evolving” climate.

“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” he said.

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