Marco Rubio won't physically be at next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. But he'll address the gathering via video, organizers announced Thursday.
It'll be a message, not a live speech via satellite.
Later in the day, the RNC plans to release a more complete list of its video program. The first two names revealed were Rubio and retired basketball coach Bobby Knight.
Rubio has said he's staying in Florida to campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate. His absence, though, was viewed by some Republicans as a less-than-full-throated endorsement of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Rubio's primary rival, Carlos Beruff, will be in Cleveland. His campaign quickly accused Rubio agreeing to speak to delegates only after finding out Beruff would go -- and after a new poll showed Trump narrowly leading presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida.
"Looks like he’s going to phone it in just like he’s phoned it in as a Senator," Beruff spokesman Chris Hartline said in an email to the Miami Herald. "Figuring out where Marco stands on Trump is like nailing Jello to a wall, which is fitting, since Jello is approximately the consistency of Marco's backbone."
Several other former Trump rivals -- Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker -- will speak at the convention in person. Conspicuously absent: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose state is hosting the event.
The most high-profile Florida politicians scheduled to appear on stage are Attorney General Pam Bondi -- in prime time -- and Gov. Rick Scott.