(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)


BY BLAKE HANSON AND CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is trying his darndest to quell rumors he’ll be Mitt Romney’s running mate. Here’s Rubio with Sean Hannity on Monday.


“You know Sean, I think that Governor Romney has now begun a formal process, he’s asked some people to do that process for him and I think that we all should respect that.”

But in politics, no doesn’t always mean no. Which is why if you tuned into TV news the next morning, you probably heard a lot of this:

WBBH: “Add Marco Rubio to Mitt Romney’s audition reel of potential running mates...”

WBZ: “...Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who some see as a potential running mate.”

WFXP: “Rubio is rumored to be a potential vice-presidential pick.”

Still, the Tea Party darling has repeatedly denied he’s interested. But a writer for Bloomberg isn’t buying it, and says Rubio is one of many using that tactic...

“If there is one thing all Romney’s possible running mates have in common, it’s their determination not to comment on their chances or the selection process.”

That’s been the case with pretty much every other rumored running mate.

Including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. All three men have said they’re focused on their current jobs.

But the rumors have grown especially feverish around Marco Rubio — who as a first-generation Cuban-American — analysts say would go a long way to winning over the Latino vote for the GOP. So what are the reasons not to pick him? Political directors from both CBS and NBC echo one concern.

JOHN DICKERSON: “Marco Rubio has no real executive experience. And that was one of the big knocks against candidate Obama and one of the reasons Republicans say the president has been a failure because he lacked that executive experience and that is a hurdle that Marco Rubio just can't clear right now.”

CHUCK TODD: “The drawbacks: inexperience. Do you want to pick somebody who basically has the same amount of time in statewide office that a person who was on the ticket last time by the name of Sarah Palin had.”

But the Miami New Times points out, Rubio IS a popular figure within the GOP.

The Times points to a Quinnipiac poll that has him as the second most popular among potential running mates.

The first most popular according to that poll — is Chris Christie. But in a piece for The American Prospect, writer Jamelle Bouie wonders — when it comes to getting out the GOP vote — does it really matter who Romney chooses as his running mate?

“...conservative anger towards Obama is so fierce that they’ll turn out, regardless of who Romney chooses for the vice presidential nomination.”

Rubio Veep Speculation Refuses to Die

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Apr 24, 2012

Rubio Veep Speculation Refuses to Die

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)


BY BLAKE HANSON AND CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is trying his darndest to quell rumors he’ll be Mitt Romney’s running mate. Here’s Rubio with Sean Hannity on Monday.


“You know Sean, I think that Governor Romney has now begun a formal process, he’s asked some people to do that process for him and I think that we all should respect that.”

But in politics, no doesn’t always mean no. Which is why if you tuned into TV news the next morning, you probably heard a lot of this:

WBBH: “Add Marco Rubio to Mitt Romney’s audition reel of potential running mates...”

WBZ: “...Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who some see as a potential running mate.”

WFXP: “Rubio is rumored to be a potential vice-presidential pick.”

Still, the Tea Party darling has repeatedly denied he’s interested. But a writer for Bloomberg isn’t buying it, and says Rubio is one of many using that tactic...

“If there is one thing all Romney’s possible running mates have in common, it’s their determination not to comment on their chances or the selection process.”

That’s been the case with pretty much every other rumored running mate.

Including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. All three men have said they’re focused on their current jobs.

But the rumors have grown especially feverish around Marco Rubio — who as a first-generation Cuban-American — analysts say would go a long way to winning over the Latino vote for the GOP. So what are the reasons not to pick him? Political directors from both CBS and NBC echo one concern.

JOHN DICKERSON: “Marco Rubio has no real executive experience. And that was one of the big knocks against candidate Obama and one of the reasons Republicans say the president has been a failure because he lacked that executive experience and that is a hurdle that Marco Rubio just can't clear right now.”

CHUCK TODD: “The drawbacks: inexperience. Do you want to pick somebody who basically has the same amount of time in statewide office that a person who was on the ticket last time by the name of Sarah Palin had.”

But the Miami New Times points out, Rubio IS a popular figure within the GOP.

The Times points to a Quinnipiac poll that has him as the second most popular among potential running mates.

The first most popular according to that poll — is Chris Christie. But in a piece for The American Prospect, writer Jamelle Bouie wonders — when it comes to getting out the GOP vote — does it really matter who Romney chooses as his running mate?

“...conservative anger towards Obama is so fierce that they’ll turn out, regardless of who Romney chooses for the vice presidential nomination.”

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