The Florida senator who shunned the national press his first two months in office to project a Florida focus -- is stepping into the national spotlight.
Rubio -- who this week became the first Republican senator to say he won't vote for any more short-term spending bills to keep the government running -- has given interviews to two national conservative radio talk show hosts and Politico -- which says his calculated emergence is something national conservatives have been waiting for.
It's got the radio set buzzing, with host Mark Levin asking him if he's considered running for president. And then there's Rush Limbaugh.
"Marco Rubio has had it, and it hasn’t taken long for Marco Rubio to have had it," Limbaugh said on his show. "Marco Rubio says, ‘What is this continuing resolution crap? I didn’t come in here to fund the government every two to three weeks, and $6 billion here and $6 billion there. What the hell is going on here?' "
"Wish the damn guy, wish the guy would run for president," Limbaugh added.