The Fox News host out of the box repeated his prediction that the freshman senator would one day be president. Rubio repeated his stance that he's not running in 2012, so Hannity pressed him on a veep nomination.
"No, I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee," Rubio said. "I'm focused on this and it's important that I have that attitude because otherwise I won't be able to do this job well... The job I have is an important one. Florida deserves to have a full time senator and that's what I want to be."
Rubio expanded on his position that he won't vote to raise the debt ceiling without six conditions, including tax and regulatory reform, a balanced budget amendment and spending caps: "Everyone here knows exactly what needs to be done. The problem is they don't want to do it," he said. "They want to use all this debt stuff as a political tool to win elections. They're more interested in winning their next campaign even if it means losing the essence of their country. And I think that's a shame."
Fox is thrilled to have the conservative darling -- who has kept national media at bay -- back. Hannity promoted the interview as Rubio's "very first live national television interview" since his election and the network promoted Rubio's appearance tomorrow on Neil Cavuto's show.