Sen. Rubio for vice president?
December 14th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Rubio for vice president?

(CNN) – Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tops a new survey of potential GOP vice presidential picks released Wednesday.

And hot on his heels, Rep. Michele Bachmann fares better as an option for vice president than she has in recent national polls measuring support for Republican presidential contenders.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll indicates that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Bachmann and Rubio were mentioned most as top picks for the vice presidential nominee - long before the presidential nominee has been determined.

Rubio received 61 mentions to the open-ended question of whom voters would choose as the second person on the GOP presidential ticket. Bachmann and Gingrich were tied at 60 mentions each.

Gingrich has led the field in recent national surveys, but Bachmann has been polling in the single digits of support.

Their closest competitor is also a candidate for the top spot on the GOP ballot. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was mentioned 38 times in the survey.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008, was chosen 13 times and bested by a non-Republican political leader. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the second-highest ranked female in the poll, with 16 mentions.

Of other names that have been tossed around as running mates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ranked fifth with 29 mentions, real estate mogul Donald Trump had 3, and sitting governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Bob McDonnell of Virginia were only mentioned once.

The Fairleigh Dickingson University poll was conducted by telephone from November 29-December 5 among 740 registered Republican and independent voters. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. diridi

    This guy is an idiot. Period.

    December 14, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    His lies are good enough to run with Newt.

    December 14, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Fair is Fair

    "How much do Vice Presidential candidates influence the Presidential election? I do not know if the data is conclusive, but I would be surprised if it helps the number one person on the ballot significantly."
    --–
    Since Obama won with a buffoon as his running mate, I'd say you have a point.
    ***********************

    And McCain lost with a grifter and a quitter for his running mate, and Palin dragged the ticket down amongst independents: your point is rendered moot. Care to come up with anything else, Mr./ Ms Deflector?

    December 14, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    1crusader, its all about pandering to the Cuban vote in FL: the GOP really does not give a damn about Hispanics, or anyone outside of their shrinking base.

    December 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Jane

    @Fair is Fair: And McCain lost with a buffoon as his running mate; so I guess it can go either way.

    December 14, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    @ Rudy.... ummmm.,.. you only have to be 35 to be president.
    ---------------
    Okay. I was thinking 45. Wasn't sure. So I asked. Thanks. Good health to all.

    December 14, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "And McCain lost with a grifter and a quitter for his running mate."

    "And McCain lost with a buffoon as his running mate; so I guess it can go either way."
    ---------
    Wow...we hae TWO graduates of the P.W. Herman school of "I know you are but what am I" posting today.

    December 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. kayla

    this is one latina could not care less about lying $ss rubio, latinos for obama

    December 14, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "Since Obama won with a buffoon as his running mate, I'd say you have a point"

    Yeah, that "buffoon" may not be a great public speaker, but guaranteed he has more experience governing than the entire GOBP crop of clown candidates outside of Ron Paul and Newt.

    December 14, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Ozzie

    This Rubio character does NOT in any way, shape or form represent the latin community. He's a sellout and a sham

    December 14, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. arale norimaki

    The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

    So, Marco Rubio is going around calling America "weakened." He blames it on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

    Marco Rubio Really Admires Dead Racist Jesse Helms

    Different policy on Cubans. Wet food dry foot policy. All cubans are granted assylum if they reach the shore.
    it time to remove the wet foot dry policy.

    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/12/13/2545026/hispanic-leaders-knock-rubio-on.html#disqus_thread#ixzz1gXNIxPyI

    December 14, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Namejkane

    If you want mom and dad kicked off soc sec and Medicare and medicad and food stamps, and your family's deported , vote for these teapublican loser clowns

    December 14, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. SPLAT!~

    Putting the cart before the horse aren't you? You need a Republican candidate that can win before you have a VP. Haven't seen one yet!~

    December 14, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. arale norimaki

    The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

    So, Marco Rubio is going around calling America "weakened." He blames it on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

    Marco Rubio Really Admires Dead Racist Jesse Helms

    Different policy on Cubans. Wet food dry foot policy. All cubans are granted assylum if they reach the shore

    it time to remove the wet foot dry policy.

    December 14, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    the fact that the imbecile from AKs name keeps popping up tlles you how dumb rethugs are. SHE LOST THE ELECTION IN 2008!!!!!!!
    Cubans are not going to forget rubio lying about his family's history. Cubans left because of castor and his regime and they see him as a lying bozo.
    Fat christie is is not making points when he tells a woman that it's not her business where his son goes to private school after she asked why was he cutting back on public education.

    December 14, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. arale norimaki

    During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the “son of exiles,” he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power.

    Marco Rubio Caught Lying About His Family Story by Birthers, National Media

    Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?

    December 14, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. cally

    Rubio will not get the hispanic vote because hispanics don't like Cubans and moreover it doesn't matter who theVP is, Republicans don't have a plan to create jobs. Giving tax breaks to the rich for the last 10 years hasn't created jobs and it's supposed to now??? What a lie!!!!

    December 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Rsprings

    To young..to soon.

    December 14, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Independent Voters

    Rubio will never be vice president I bet he will bring so many cubans to US. Rubio is teaparty who dont like middle class.

    December 14, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. cally

    And another thing:

    Romney didn't create jobs, he distroyed them to make companies weathy.

    Romey is on everyside of every issue. He invited Obama care.

    Newt is a womanizer

    Newt was booted out of his own party

    Next lied about lobbying

    Newt is for mandated health care

    Newt wants to abolish child labor laws

    And you are asking if marco Rubio would make a good VP?

    Oh brother!!!

    December 14, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. FrankinSD

    If either Romney or Gingrich chose Rubio it would be an act of desperation – and it would look exactly like that. It would be compared, and not unfairly, to the selection of Palin by a fading McCain campaign.

    December 14, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Phil in KC

    A poll by Fairly Ridiculous? I had to chuckle.
    I thought Huntsman was running for VP. Why else would he agree to appear with Newt? He's certainly the best qualified. Shoot, he's best qualified, among those running, to be President.

    December 14, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. cigarman

    Rubio is a RUBE. Look it up, it isnt pretty. I would have to see this Cubans birth certificate. I know first hand that he would be a great person for VP. He is as crooked as any politician can be without going to prison. He lies like crazy. If Newt would get elected, although that is not possible, Rubio would fit right in. Newt could teach him how to cheat on his wife and lie about that. He could then be like Newt and sign a pledge not to any longer be an adulterer. The Republican Party has stooped lower than I could ever think was possible. Obama is not the greatest President that we have ever had, but he has done much more than the Republicans give him credit for. Republicans have been and are obstructing Obama in every way possible, and Obama has done more than any Republican has ever done for America. Vote Obama.

    December 14, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    I don't care if Rubio lied about his family history, the important point is that he lacks the experience and/or intellect to run the country. EVERY criticism about Obama that has come from the Right is true when applied to Rubio, so why even consider him at this stage when he has done nothing to contribute to the national debate outside of his ethnicity? If he were Dutch, he would not be a GOP darling.

    December 14, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Jake

    the Senator seems like an intelligent man, why would he attach himself to any of the possible losing tickets for 2012?

    December 14, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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