Marco Rubio suggested in an interview aired Monday that his one-time mentor turned presidential rival Jeb Bush has been out of office too long to be the best 2016 Republican contender.
"The world has changed a lot in 15 years," Rubio told Fox News' John Roberts. Bush was last elected 13 years ago, in 2002, and left office in eight years ago, in early 2007.
"The issues we confronted in Florida 15 years ago are nothing like the issues the country's confronting now," Rubio continued. "I'm very confident that over the last few years -- in the time that I've been involved in all of this -- no one has shown better judgment, or more leadership on the issues facing our country, than I have."
Rubio was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives 15 years ago, in 2000, when he was 29. Bush said last week that Rubio "followed" the former governor's leadership in Tallahassee.