WASHINGTON -- Former Congressman Allen West says challenging Senator Marco Rubio in the 2016 Republican Florida primary election would be a daunting task.
"That's a pretty heavy lift, because you're talking about running against a sitting senator, and then, of course, that creates that schism that the other side would love to see happen," said West, who appeared as a guest co-host on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall Wednesday. West was pressed further by WMAL's Larry O'Connor, who asked him directly if he would rule out a challenge against Rubio.
"Chirping... chirping... chirping...," replied West with a chuckle, before elaborating with a more direct response.
"If I see people that are not taking our country down the right path, if I see people that are not standing up for the right type of principles, and putting their own party politics before what is best for the United States of America," West indicated he might make a run.
Rubio, who rode a wave of Tea Party momentum to the Senate in 2010 in the same election that sent West to the House, has fallen out of favor with some Republicans because of his support for the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill. West told WMAL he has a "lot of concerns" about the measure himself.
"Do we need to do something about immigration? Absolutely," said West. "This whole 'comprehensive' thing - I think the bill now is up to 1,075 pages - Once again, the American people don't trust that," he added.
West said Congress needs to fix other programs before it can fix immigration.
"You need tax reform, you need unemployment insurance reform. We need to get Americans back to work, and that's the most important thing," said West.
But will he attempt to make that point as a Senate candidate against Rubio?
"We'll see what happens down the pike," said West. "God will set my feet on the right path."
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