Rubio backs Jeb Bush for VP
April 22nd, 2012
08:44 AM ET
3 years ago

Rubio backs Jeb Bush for VP

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who consistently makes the short list of potential GOP vice-presidential candidates, on Sunday offered a ringing endorsement of Jeb Bush for the No.2 spot.

Bush, the former Florida governor, recently said he hoped Rubio would accept a potential offer from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to serve on the ticket, and Rubio returned the compliment.

"Well that's very nice of Jeb. I hope he'll say yes if future President Romney asks him," the senator from Florida said of his political mentor in an interview set to air on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think he'd be a fantastic vice president."

Despite continual questions regarding his political future, Rubio vowed to stay out of the "veepstakes" chatter going forward, given that the official process is now in place.

Romney appointed Beth Myers last week to head his search for the individual who will complete the GOP ticket heading into the November general election.

"The last thing he needs are those of us in the peanut gallery to be saying what we would or would not do," Rubio told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I know that Mitt Romney's going to make a great choice for vice president."

The first term senator and tea party favorite on Thursday said he would reject a vice-presidential proposal, adding his focus is on his Senate tenure. He and Romney are scheduled to campaign together on Monday.

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Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sundays at 9am ET. For the latest from State of the Union click here.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Jeb Bush • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. Ted van Tol

    Good lord! Why not start a Bush monargy in the USA.
    They know how to start wars and ruin the country.
    Sure they will!

    April 22, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. king

    Well, I guest the raping of America can commence, the attatchment of mitten to the bush clan is solidify. Now you don't have to guest why mitten policies and bush policies are the same.

    April 22, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. mayr

    well, these 2 can carry their "bromance" into 2016, where i see a Bush/Rubio ticket, and the end of democracy as we know it! Jeesh!

    April 22, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Steven Colo

    Excuse me, what was Jeb's last name again? Gee, isn't that the same last name as the man the GOP is trying desperately to forget? You know, the guy that got us into two unwinnable wars, allowed the biggest terrorist attack on US soil in history, and destroyed the economy?

    Forget it. No Bush will be on the ticket for decades.

    April 22, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. ST

    I believe Marco Rubio will not be picked as VP. He is untested both on a national and International stage at the same he is inexperienced. Leaving that alone, I do not see how people will support anyone from the Bush clan for the third time!

    April 22, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. John

    What a choice, somebody who dosen't know crap about politics and one who screwed up Florida

    April 22, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Larry L

    Putting another Bush in the White House would be totally insane. Jeb Bush learned his politics in Florida – one of the few places that can make Texas look progressive! I would work extra hard and give extra donations to the Democrats to keep another Bush away from the Oval Office.

    April 22, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. NE

    Mr Rubio's religious beliefs are perfect he is morochristianevangelimuselm and he is open to suggestions

    April 22, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Cult begins now. Obama2012.

    April 22, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. KKS

    I can't see Jeb Bush settling for the #2 spot. He'd be a great addition to the ticket, but I just don't see Mitt going that direction.

    April 22, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    This idiot is totally brainless animal.

    April 22, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. kmac

    I think Jeb Bush will make an awesome President!. The Bush family has given a lot of great things to our nation, and here's hoping we get one more.

    April 22, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. GI Joe

    NO MORE BUSHES EVER. I think Robmey is being adopted by the Bush Family. The Bush family in 1930's supported Hitler. Yeah - we really need that group of thugs again. NOT

    April 22, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. yem

    If Jeb Bush can change places with Mitt. The guy has some commonsense. Mitt is a mess. He will change his position on issues as he needs it. What is going on? Is this all the GOP can bring to the table. Mitt did not fix the MA economy when he left. Right now his strength is just to say mean things about Obama like Sara Palin did. I hope the American people see this and not vote for Mitt.

    April 22, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Severely Moderate

    Rmoney has a huge problem with 3 groups of electorates – Hispanics, women, and the middle class.

    Maybe he should be allowed to pick 3 VPs from each group.

    Is it not about defeating Obama?

    April 22, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good idea
    Jeb Bush will take all the air time Good for Romney
    Name “Bush” On the ticket Good for Obama

    April 22, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Freedomics

    Many people here in Florida have fond memories of Jeb Bush. Most of these memories are based on the boom times here in Florida during Jeb's terms from Jan 1999 to Jan 2007. He came in and got out at just the right time. He rode the housing bubble to the top and hopped off just before it burst. Furthermore, he benefited greatly from the massive influx of insurance money following the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. He never faced budget shortfalls and never had to deal with unemployment. His legacy includes handing his brother the presidency, Terry Schiavo, FCAT, and failing to prepare Florida's economy for the bust. Most voters here in Florida are too self-absorbed to do their homework, or worse, too hypocritical to admit that they are wrong about Jeb's legacy.

    April 22, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Peace

    Is this not to help the Romney Vetting Team for VP, and see what people say about these two persons. First it was Jeb Bush proposing Rubio and now it is Rubio's turn to propose Jeb Bush!!!!!

    April 22, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. alleygator

    Wait, I thought Ted Nugent was gonna be Mitt's VP.

    April 22, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    It won't be either Bush or Rubio. It would be great is Christie would accept. Romney and Christie could get this country back on track quickly, assuming the do nothing Democrats in the Senate are flushed down the tiolet.

    April 22, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Pete

    That's just great,one loser backing another loser,how original.Jeb gave Florida to his brother over Kerry remember,how the woman ,the head of elections in Florida had resigned under alllegations of voter fraud.Basically rigging the election,a gift from one brother to another.It's a known fact if Kerry hadn't conceeded the election,he might have well become president .Investigators found election fraud years later,but it was too late.The only thing that got Jeb the governorship was his wifes Hispanic background,being a fluent speaker in spanish,and having more than a third of Florida being the southern portion being ignorant Hispanics believing the promises his wife talked of during Jebs own run politically.Rubio knows that true Hispanics in the southwest,Texas,New Mexico,Arizona and southern portions of California dispise the want a be immigrents from Cuba and the South American continent.Their languages are similar but their beliefs and standards are different.Rubio would only help the Romney,Bush ticket in Florida only,a tightly contested state with many Hispanic voters that flipflop just like the weather,give it five minutes and the weather there can change,just like the voters.Rubio is also in hot water over lies he fabricated during his own political run,to gather the sympathedic vote for lies he spread about his immigrant families struggles ,coming here from Cuba.If Bush runs again as VP to Romney,then they'll be scutinized even more because of Bushs dirty past.It'll be better for the incumbent because he can gather more dirt on them politically speaking because of their combined past histories.Both for corporations over people.Actually no one wants the VP spot anyway,its political suicide,one way or another being tied to the rightwing Mormon extremist.

    April 22, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Psst ... Marco. Kinda think America has seen enough of the Bush Dynasty. Good luck, though, getting Jeb off the drawing board and into the General election.

    April 22, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Bessy

    Just like children on the playground. " You pick me, and I'll pick you ". Jeesh !
    I hope there is never another Bush in the country's future. NEVER !

    April 22, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. clarinets

    OMG, not another Bush.

    April 22, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. roscoe

    Why not Ted Nugent for VP?

    April 22, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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