Earlier this afternoon, it was reported that Carlos Lopez-Cantera said that he had a conversation with Marco Rubio and would step aside if Rubio ran for re-election.

Rubio addressed the report today with the media, explaining that the recent massacre in Orlando caused him to reconsider his decision to become a private citizen.

Watch his statement below:

 

Marco Rubio: Can we just do this once? So the rest of the day can be about Orlando? Alright.

Reporter: What are your thoughts on Donald Trump saying US soldiers were stealing?

Rubio: That’s not what I want to talk about.

Reporter: What is your reaction to Donald Trump saying—

Rubio: No, that’s not what I wanna talk about.

Reporter: Are you reconsidering your decision to run for re-election?

Rubio: So, the report earlier today is accurate.  Carlos and I had a conversation on Sunday in Orlando before I left.  Um, obviously I take very seriously everything that’s going on. Not just Orlando, but in our country.  I’ve enjoyed my service here a lot.  So I’ll go home later this week.  And I’ll have some time with my family and then if there’s been a change in our status, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.

He indicated last year that he would not run for president and Senate re-election at the same time, and has expressed as recently as last month that he would be a private citizen come January.

Rubio has until June 24th to file for re-election in Florida.