Marco Rubio Won’t Say Whether He Will Accept 2024 Election Results—Joining Other Republicans Echoing Trump

Topline

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would not confirm Sunday whether he would accept the results of the 2024 presidential election no matter who wins—becoming the second Republican senator and possible vice presidential candidate this month to strike a similar tone to former President Donald Trump, who continues to insist he won the 2020 election.

marco rubio won’t say whether he will accept 2024 election results—joining other republicans echoing trump

Rubio, who is reportedly on the short list for Trump’s vice presidential nomination, accused Democrats of also contesting presidential election results. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Key Facts

Speaking to “Meet the Press” host Kristen Welker on Sunday, Rubio refused to immediately accept the election results after Welker asked whether he would accept the results “no matter what happens,” saying “no, if it’s an unfair election I think it’s going to be contested by either side.”

Welker then clarified to ask whether Rubio would accept “no matter who wins,” to which he replied: “I'm telling you that if it's unfair, we are going to do the same thing Democrats do,” Rubio said, adding that “we're going to use lawyers to go to court and point out the fact that states are not following their own election laws.”

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., another vice presidential hopeful, also refused to commit to accepting the election results, insisting in a May 5 “Meet the Press” appearance that “at the end of the day, the 47th president of the United States will be President Donald Trump.”

Fellow vice presidential contender Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., in January refused to commit to accepting the election results, claiming she would only do so if it was a “legal and valid election.”

Earlier this month, Trump told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he would accept the election results “if everything’s honest,” but also said he would “fight for the right of the country” if that was not the case.

Rubio, Trump’s former rival for the 2016 Republican nomination, is now reportedly being considered to become his running mate in 2024—but the Florida senator told Welker he has “never spoken to anybody on the campaign about it.”

Contra

When Scott was asked about conceding the 2024 election, he offered little pushback, simply insisting “I look forward to President Trump being the 47th president.” Rubio, however, went on the offensive, and accused Democrats of disputing past elections. “I think you’re asking the wrong person—the Democrats are the ones that have opposed every Republican victory since 2000. Every single one,” Welker said. Rubio insisted that Clinton called Trump’s presidency “illegitimate,” and would not agree that she conceded the 2016 race. Clinton did concede the race on Nov. 9, 2016 and attended Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. Rubio also claimed that “you have Democrats saying they won’t certify 2024 because Trump is an insurrectionist and ineligible to hold office.” Several party leaders, including Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., told Roll Call they were not pursuing that. “We’re not election deniers,” Peters told the newspaper.

Key Background

After losing the 2020 presidential election to President Joe Biden, Trump refused to immediately concede the race, insisting the vote was “rigged.” Although years of investigations and lawsuits found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the general election, Trump has continued to insist he won the popular vote in many key swing states. On Friday night, Trump repeated this claim again at a rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, baselessly claiming he won the state in a “landslide.” The last time a Republican won Minnesota was President Richard Nixon in 1972. Trump lost Minnesota by about 233,000 votes, according to the secretary of state’s office.

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