Sen. Marco Rubio dropped by the WLRN-Miami Herald news studios Thursday morning, where host Phil Latzman asked the Florida Republican about the state probe that ended without any criminal charges filed and the ongoing federal investigation into the campaign and personal finances of his longtime friend, U.S. Rep. David Rivera.
Rubio has repeatedly said that he stands by Rivera, with whom he shared a house (that briefly when into foreclosure) in Tallahassee. The national press has recently questioned whether Rubio's ties to Rivera could hurt the senator's chances to be named Mitt Romney's running mate.
Here's Rubio's answer in full:
Look, I'm not going to sit here and give opinions on stuff about a friend. We've all read the accounts. You never want to read that about anybody, certainly someone who's a friend of yours. They're serious. David knows that. I think he needs to address those. He has a campaign where he'll be forced to address those and respond to the people of his district. He's accountable to them. And so I would leave it at, and say that that I think that is going to be part of the conversation moving forward. It doesn't -- on a personal level, he's my friend. I've known him before he was elected to anything, and I was elected to anything and I don’t -- we all –- have a friendship. And that's not going to change the friendship. As far of the politics of this, obviously, you know, he knows this. He's a big boy, and he's a congressman; he's been elected, and he's a veteran of the political process. He has some questions he'll have to answer on the campaign trail. I think he's aware of that.