V.P. speculation ramps up
September 26th, 2011
10:22 AM ET
3 years ago

V.P. speculation ramps up

(CNN) - With the Republican presidential battle in full swing, the No. 2 spot on the ticket is garnering attention of its own.

Popular Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who also serves as chair of the Republican Governors Association, will be the keynote speaker Monday at the New Hampshire Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner in Concord. The speech is his first national address since taking the top spot at the RGA.

His appearance in the first-in-the-nation primary state follows a Michigan straw poll over the weekend that gauged the vice presidential picks of Wolverine State activists and donors.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida received the top spot in the survey with 23 percent of the vote, followed by three GOP presidential candidates: former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain at 14 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 13 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 12 percent.

White House contender Mitt Romney overwhelmingly won the presidential straw poll with 51 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 16.8 percent.

McDonnell, a first term governor, and Rubio, a freshman senator, have been the subject of ongoing vice presidential speculation with Rubio repeatedly shooting down the talk.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Bob McDonnell • Marco Rubio
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Rubio, VP 2012/2016...Rubio, President 2020/2024. Happy days are here again.

    September 26, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. GOP Failed America

    The selection of Tea Bagging GOP VPs looks at bad as the selection of the GOP/Tea Bagger Presidential Nominees. All "flavor of the month" politicians. Whoever it is will have to answer to the extreme right wing element of the GOP. The Radical Right-Wing social extremists (to quote Newt Gingrinch) have hijacked the party and burned bridges beyond repair. It is a real shame the GOP has become totally sold-out to the Big $ lobbyists and appeasing the radical nutjobs. Those nutjobs are now in conrotl and will continue to turn off independents and swing votes in 2012.

    September 26, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    I think they'll pick Rubio to suck up to the Hispanic vote. I'm thinking it will backfire on them, though: Rubio comes from the Cuban ruling class that made life so hard for the average Cuban that Castro was able to come to power.

    Rubio's the type that believes only the top 2% should own and control everything, and the rest of us live in poverty.

    September 26, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Bill from GA

    And if Good Ol Joe Biden, my favorite VP of all time, steps aside, to spend more time with the wife (Hey, Joe, You ain't gettin any younger), Debbie Wasserman Schultz would be great for the Dems. She'd kick some repug butt, real-time!!

    September 26, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Anonymous

    They can't even find a decent person for the TOP of the ticket & they're talking VP already?? LMAO!!!!!

    Rubio is just a token hispanic for the GOP.

    September 26, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. zip

    Luckily, the right wing kooks have driven into the ditch and will allow Obama a second term. Not that Obama is the answer. But clearly, the GOP is not.

    September 26, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Obama's DOG has created more SHOVEL READY projects than Obama's FAILED Stimulus Plan

    Marco Rubio will be in the Whitehouse sooner or later, either as VP or President. He would make a great VP now and then President. Can't believe we got crazy Joe in there now. Not sure which is scarier, him or Obama.

    September 26, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The choice is between anchor baby Rubio, and right wing nut job McDonnell. As much damage as the teabaggers have done to our country since the 2010 election, it will be good to get someone who can completely destroy America that Koch brothers mentality. Truth be known, all the republican candidates are a number 2.

    September 26, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Clwyd

    Why run when you are sure to end up the loser with all these nut case right wing thugs running on the republican't ticket?

    September 26, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. SPA Knight

    Putting a young and inexperienced candidate like Rubio would be poor judgment. Let's give him the chance to gain some experience first although we did elect Obama who had no resume, accomplishments or experience. At least Rubio has a moral compass which our nation desperately needs at the present. Pro-America, pro-life, pro-business....sign him up.

    September 26, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. rupert birkin

    The only fitting VP candidate for this menagerie of Republican Presidential candidates is Kim Kardashian–someone to add further surface and no depth to what we've seen thus far.

    September 26, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Obama's DOG has created more SHOVEL READY projects than Obama's FAILED Stimulus Plan

    Putting a young and inexperienced candidate like Rubio would be poor judgment. Let's give him the chance to gain some experience first although we did elect Obama who had no resume, accomplishments or experience.
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    He's served plenty at the state level. More importantly he has his head screwed on straight. Obama is a closet socialist that conned his way into the Whitehouse with the active aid of the MSM paving the way for him. All he EVER talks about is class warfare and has a "demon-of-the-day". He NEVER accepts responsibility for his failures and lays blame on everything else. He's a leader in only one thing, dividing and destroying this country.

    September 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Bill

    The GOP has handed Obama a second ternm with their obstructionism and abject paucity of ideas. Not to mention that none of the clowns currently seeking the nomination could beat Obama in the general.

    September 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Not to mention that none of the clowns currently seeking the nomination could beat Obama in the general.
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    Don't read too much do you?!! Romney beats Obama HANDILY in the polls!! Need to get your head out of the sand.

    September 26, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. NYC REPUB

    Obama 2012!!!!.......Rubio doesn't meet the ready for President on day 1 threshold.....That will be vetted by the media. These other governors, (Christie,& McDonnell, just became govs. in 2010...) They should actually finish their terms, and prove that they are ready for primetime....Let the public judge your stewardship of the state you ran.

    September 26, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. not2bad

    Empty suit Romney? God help us. Just more of the same....nothing. Romney of the Mitt and Rick Comedy Show series isn't anything new that would help our Country. He loves to hear himself speak but says nothing of value that would actually help this Country right now.
    Support and vote Ron Paul 2012. He's honest, sincere, consistent, is a doctor and knows about health care and what is needed, he's not about money or power, but for America and Americans first.

    September 26, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. MAngeline

    If you think Perry is a poor debater. wait until you hear Rubio. Heard him once on one of the Sunday talk shows. He was pitiful. Made me anxious to listen to listen to him. Actually felt bad for him. He definitely needs some experience before going nationwide.

    September 26, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Bill

    Hey Obama/Biden 2012, if you rely on poll data 14 months before an election, then apparently you do not read (or know) too much about how these things work.

    September 26, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Stop the Charade

    I don't think either of these guys are qualified to walk my dog.

    September 26, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. sparkvoice

    Seriously, is the GOP going to go "mainstream" with a candidate that "delivers" states, or are they going to go outside of the box with a Palin-esque selection. There is a rift in the party between the old-guard Republican establisment, and the newly elected "silen majority". Depending on who emerges as the GOP Nominee will determine a "new guard" or "old guard" VP selection.

    September 26, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that it is a good idea to speculate. I think that if the GOP is planning, then I would have someone ask Bachmann to back down and become the VP. That would change the dymanic since she isn't going into double digits or pulling in much money either. Let her campaign end now and help the GOP to eventual defeat!

    September 26, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    And if Good Ol Joe Biden, my favorite VP of all time, steps aside, to spend more time with the wife (Hey, Joe, You ain't gettin any younger), Debbie Wasserman Schultz would be great for the Dems. She'd kick some repug butt, real-time!!
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    Egads.... This woman is the most annoying, shrill witch on the face of the earth. The Democrats really made a MAJOR mistake making her the mouth piece of the party. During Sunday interviews, she was VERY RUDE. And just when we thought the Dems couldn't do worse than Nancy Pelosi they serve up the DWS gift.

    September 26, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Hey Obama/Biden 2012, if you rely on poll data 14 months before an election, then apparently you do not read (or know) too much about how these things work.
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    Nobody is relying on them... Just building on them! Shows Obama is VERY WEAK. Maybe even weaker than the economy he claimed was in "recovery".

    September 26, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |