You can cross one name off the list.

A prominent establishment Republican just announced he won’t be Donald Trump’s running mate.

And while everyone thought this candidate would have made political sense, exactly what was the real motive behind his public declaration to not be on the ticket?

Florida Senator Marco Rubio recently announced he was going back on his word to the people of his state and running for the re-election of his Senate seat.

He had previously stated he would not seek a second term in order to run for the Presidency.

But after his Presidential campaign fizzled, establishment Republicans pressured him to get back into the Senate race.

And he recently agreed.

However, it didn’t stop many in the media from speculating about his chances of still being selected as Donald Trump’s running mate.

Rubio hails from the swing state of Florida, and his Cuban heritage could help Trump appeal to Hispanic voters.

That talk all ended with Rubio’s interview on CBS’ Face the Nation.

Politico reports:

“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rejected the possibility of running as Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” saying it’s “not a viable option.”

 “Yeah, well, it’s too late for that. I’m running for the United States Senate from Florida. And you can’t run for two offices at once, so,” Rubio said. “The differences in policies that me and Donald have had are too big for something like that to work. It would be a distraction, quite frankly, to his campaign.”

But was Rubio even seriously being considered?

Since leaving the race he has spoken out against Trump’s nationalist policies.

Rubio continues to present himself as a champion of the Bush-era Republicanism which stands for globalism.

And he has continued to oppose Trump’s efforts for securing America’s borders and stopping the flow of radical Muslims into the United States.

He repeated his opposition in his Face the Nation interview.

Breitbart reports:

 “Well, I’ve said this before. Donald’s argument is that he’s going to create this program, and the reality of it is he can’t do it. You can’t round up and deport 11 million people. There are people that need to be deported. Criminals need to be deported. But you can’t round up and deport 11, 10, 9 million people. The American people wouldn’t stand for it once they saw what it would take to make that happen. And what’s why I argue for piecemeal step-by-step approach which begins with enforcement and I think leads to the confidence we need from the American people to do something reasonable but responsible  about people facing these circumstances.”

Rubio also restated his disagreement with Trump’s proposal to temporarily pause Muslim migration into the United States until our government can enact proper screening procedures.

Breitbart also reports:

“Temporary ban on Muslim immigration. That’s not going to happen. We talk about ISIS and the need to defend ISIS and one of our great partners in defeating ISIS is Kurds and Kurdistan. Who I visited a few weeks ago. They’re Muslims. You go and see some of our troops around the world who are on the front line work alongside these communities to defeat ISIS. They’re Muslim pumps see our best allies in Jordan. Our allies in that reach than are working to us to defeat ISIS. They’re Muslims. You look at communities in America who are reporting to the FBI, we’ve got a radical here in our midst. They’re Muslims. So it’s just — that’s not a real proposal. It’s not something that’s going to happen.”

Given Rubio’s defense of globalism and repeated attempts to undermine the Trump campaign, to claim he won’t be Donald Trump’s running mate is more likely a preemptive move on his part to snub Trump first as a face-saving maneuver.

Rubio, having been crushed in a Presidential campaign, and then rejected as a possible running mate, would not be entering a Senate re-election campaign with the strongest posture.

So it is likely that the only reason Rubio stated he won’t be on the ticket is to avoid the possibility of handing Democrats another line of attack during his Senate campaign.