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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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Jeb Bush • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. bjn72

    that is a scary thought another bush being one heart beat away from going to the white house

    April 22, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. barry

    Rubio will be the v.p. Choice Romney makes.

    April 22, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. Furious Styles

    Please don't, guess everyone's forgotten how he ruined Florida.

    April 22, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. enuff

    That sets his name up for an eventual presidential run, but puts him far enough away from his brother that he hopes people forget.

    April 22, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    All this talk and speculation is purely and simply in support of CNN policy of being the first to know. the more names they chuck at it gives them the ability to say we said so ages ago. By the time Romney announces his decision CNN will have named every Republican governor a whole host of Senators and lots of ex government names like Condi Rice.
    Stop the farce of trying to make it news it aint.
    Also methinks he cannot select let alone name a VP until he is officially the GOP candidate.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 22, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. Sean

    Anyone who claims George Duhbya was a "fantastic" president should be immediately disqualified from having any sort of future political career.

    April 23, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. Benjamin

    I was wrong about Mr. Rubio - he's clearly looking out for the wellbeing of the country, albeit not the GOP ticket. Let us indeed put Bush back on the ballot, not a whole term since the last one left!

    April 23, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. cindy

    Just what we need, another Bush in the White House. Puleeeze.

    April 23, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  9. Iamnotfooled

    Just like President Obama has been saying all along. " We don't need to go back to the same Bush policies that got us into this mess in the first place". Romney – Bush would be reliving this awful recession again.

    April 23, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  10. PhilG

    "Oh Jeb" Oh Mitt" "Oh Rubio"

    Now there's a Rainbow Coalition for ya.

    April 23, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  11. Nunya

    Completely off-base title for the article. Saying that he hoped Jeb would accept any potential offer because he would make a fantastic vice president is nowhere near the same as 'backing' him for the spot. You can say the former about many people, but you choose one to 'back'.

    April 23, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  12. Republicans are Neanderthals

    The clown car just keeps rolling along...

    April 23, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  13. mike

    Only name the democrats love more than "Palin", is "Bush"

    April 23, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  14. miscreantsall

    Rubio and his Republican Cuban family is the reason I left Florida………an abomination of a State to live in.

    And Bush for VP? Amazing………..those Bush's never give up…….do they?

    I think these two clowns are secretly having an intimate affair………….oh my!

    April 23, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  15. Obamawins

    America is not ready for another Bush

    Put that thought out of your minds, Repubs.

    April 23, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  16. Tom in San Diego

    I understand why Marco Rubio might do what he did, and Jeb Bush might be fine...but he has the stain of Legacy politics. Some Lib once said of Rick Perry, it would be like having George Bush back in except without the high IQ. And unfortunately, Bush #3 would be too hard to overcome the liberal bias..even if Bush #3 was a perfect candidate...Personally, I think Mr. Rubio or Mr. Christy would be good. How hard can it be to have a VP brighter than Joe Biden? That would be like having Rick Perry and Joe Biden on SNL together...Geesh this is getting scary the more I write..time to go to bed...

    April 23, 2012 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  17. Observer91

    Hmmm, seems like no one really wants to be Mitt Romney's VP. I seriously doubt Bush will accept any sort of bid for the spot, and Rubio certainly isn't going to change his mind. It seems like Mr. Romney will have his work cut out for him trying to locate someone who actually wants to be his VP (and isn't Sarah Palin).

    April 23, 2012 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  18. theloneconsumer

    I know he thinks he is wonderful (Jeb!) but there are two things that are unique to this election cycle.

    First, the VEEP, who might be president must have a proven track record on financial reform and budgetary responsibility. This did NOT OCCUR with Jeb bush. As a matter of fact, orlando sentinel-2006 Garcia and Kennedy had an article "$23 Billion in debt but we're doing fine" Jeb was responsible for INCREASING long term debt by borrowing money-OVER $6.5 BILLION in 8 years. That is a 25% increase in total debt. Not good for a pick.

    Second, the VEEP must have "vision." The ability to think beyond ordinary propblems and FIX hem, not CREATE them. That did not occur with Jeb bush! Two problems-the 2006 Energy Act, where billion dollar power companies got to charge consumers to help build the power plants -BEFORE they were built providing electricity! Unprecedented. And Florida is in a while even "optomistic" Rick Scott can't crawl out of!

    The second lack of vision problem Jeb has? Well, it is warm and fuzzy Stand Your Ground Law" that he signed and helped promote for the NRA. And that is playing out now with a dead Trayvon and Zimmerman. Read the Tampa Bay times. it is being used when people want to start a brawl and shoot people, in over 20 different criminal trials.
    He doesn't sound appetizing, does he? Wishful thinking.

    April 23, 2012 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  19. The Quiet Man

    If Rubio wants Bush and Bush wants Rubio, don't they just cancel out?

    April 23, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  20. ExPAVIC

    Oh Brother

    A confused and uninformed Marco Rubio endorsing another confused and uninformed Jeb Bush. At this rate the GOP will gain the White House again in about 3216 AD.

    I would bet Reagan is rotating in his grave as the Neo-Republicans screw up everything they get close to. So much for the champions of the rich and well heeled.

    April 23, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  21. Spockish

    The guy who delivered all those hanging chads for W. Just what we need...

    April 23, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  22. mrkeno

    hasn't the country and the world had quite enough of the bush family i know i have
    i find jc's comment about no more kennedys in the white house puzzling
    we had only one kennedy in the white house and they killed him after only 1000 days

    April 23, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  23. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    GOBP wngnuts voted for GWB twice. Case closed. Obama/Biden 2012 !

    April 23, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  24. mb2010a

    Jeb Bush would be the final nail in the coffin of the Romney campaign's run for the White House...

    April 23, 2012 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  25. Ralph M

    I lived in FL when Jeb was governor. He lowered the state standards for education so many times the feds had to step in. I'm glad they did because the country cant absorb too many more uneducated young people.
    This is just one example of many stupid things he did.

    April 23, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
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