The AP reports that in his upcoming biography, Marco Rubio talks about just how close he was to quitting his 2010 Senate race against Charlie Crist.
Near the beginning, he feared that Crist's popularity and resources would drown him, and just as he was nearing his breaking point, a shot of adrenaline kept him in.
While laying the groundwork to switch races, however, he was asked about a rumor he was dropping out and suspected that Crist's campaign found out about the plans and was pressuring him out before he was ready to make the announcement. It angered him into staying in.
"I crossed the bridge and burned it behind me. There was no way back and no way out but forward," Rubio wrote in the 303-page book scheduled to be released Tuesday.
He also claims that he considered running for governor or attorney general but felt that the moderate Crist shouldn't be handed the Senate seat and that someone needed to stand up to him.
It's an interesting portion of the book, and yeah, it did seem odd when Rubio went head-to-head against Crist when he could have waltzed into the governor's mansion, which was open at that time.
The GOP establishment would've loved that -- Crist as Senator; Rubio as governor.
It also makes you wonder where Rubio would be, at this point, as Governor Marco Rubio. Wouldn't that make him an even more formidable threat for president in 2016 or 2020?
Probably, but it's important to remember that part of the reason that Rubio became a tea party folk hero is because he took down the hated Crist.