Rubio backs Jeb Bush for VP
April 22nd, 2012
08:44 AM ET
2 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. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I have a suggestion! What if Mitt switches position and makes Jeb the frunt runner for the GOP nomination and he Mitt the VP? After all, isn't it stated somewhere in the constitution that the White House is reserved for the Bushes? And perhaps after Jeb becomes president, he could outbid his brother for the dumbest and most incompetent president in US history! How about it Mitt? Pathetic republicans!

    April 23, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  2. russ

    no way. You never pick as a VP someone who would outshine you. Jeb is much more worthy presidential candidate than his brother ever was.

    April 23, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  3. Erik

    No more Bushes at all!

    April 23, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Bush it!

    The ticket is already weighted toward big government liberals...add a Bush and we might as well vote for Obama. The old guard republicans got what they wanted in Romney, and if they don't start listening to their conservative base, they are going to hand off this election and the future of the USA to another four years of epic failure. George, Jeb or Jim, as far as this election goes; Bush is Bush it.

    April 23, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. tom

    PLEASE....no more Bush's in the White House. First one was okay but Dumbo Dubya just ruined the legacy of that family name....and who the heck cares what Mark (the liar) Rubio endorses? It's a mutual admiration society....you do for me...I do for you....all corrupt...the lot of em. I think the people of this country are smart enough not to want to hear the name Bush and VP or President ever again.

    April 23, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Mittens "The Changeling" Robmey is going to have to resort to asking the Republican Party's standby political 'ho, Sarah "Secret Service's Secret Weapon" Palin, to be his VP. At least she can be bought into quitting one position and taking another.
    Just saying Mitts, in case you find yourself unable to find any takers.
    Obama 2012. Seriously Mittens!!!

    April 23, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Big Al

    George W. Bush was one of the greatest presidents we have had. This country needs him back in the White House. Hopefully we can have his brother in there. From 2000-2008 were some of the best years this country had and we owe it to Prez Bush. You cannot blame him for the implosion of the economy in 2007. It was the Democrats that did this.

    April 23, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Alina1

    Its going to be Jeb Bush for VP 100%.

    April 23, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. Josef Bleaux

    That's all we need yet ANOTHER dimwit Bush in power.

    April 23, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. Jim Bob

    This country cannot afford another Bush – let alone Romney! Nooooooooooooooo!!

    April 23, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  11. Josef Bleaux

    Gee Dubya was the worst president in history. We don't want a Gee Dubya clone in power.

    April 23, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. Marco Rubio

    that's the stupidest thing i've ever heard.

    April 23, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Observer91
    "Hmmm, seems like no one really wants to be Mitt Romney's VP."

    LOL. Mitt isn't getting the "hey, Mitt, don't pick ME" message, is he?

    April 23, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. Anonymous010

    Picking any Bush for a VP would be a death sentence for Romney's campaign. So please, go right ahead.

    April 23, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Florida Joe

    Rubio wants the VP slot so bad he would do or say anything to get it
    Give up this act where "oh no not me"
    Rubio has a LOT of baggage and would be a gift to Our President.............Come on Mitt take Rubio anyway.....

    April 23, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. Cris A. Intagliata-Hooker

    Seriously Jeb is not like his brother; although, I did not care for G. W. Bush when I was serving under him I kep my mouth shut. I slept better in SC knowing my home state of FLA was in good hands with Jeb Bush who is nothing like his brother G. W..

    April 23, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Big Al, you're comedy gold.

    April 23, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Roger

    So he can continue the Bush legacy of picking our treasury clean.
    Silverado S&L scandel:
    There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and still part of the Bush Jr. administration today. Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this is about one quarter of our national debt).

    GWB kept it going lining the pockets of Cheney's crony contractors in a lied into war.

    April 23, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. democrat for life

    we are still suffering from the last bushie we've had enough already!! no more bushes. georgie was the worse president ever this country is still trying to recover from him and with the help of the nopublican'ts we are just hanging on. we need to get rid of all the repug's they are just crazy and awful. never in all of my 64 years have i ever seen such hate and i am totally disgusted with the house repugs. throw the bums out and give obama something to work with.

    April 23, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. sayer

    Jeb, YOU should be on the loser ticket.

    April 23, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. Sheri Lee

    A Bush on the ticket would appeal to the Christian Conservatives. When the economy goes down the toilet on their watch time its Gods Plan. Also their dream is an all out world wide Nuclear war. We had 9/11 under brother Bush watch time might as well have a Nuclear attack under the next Bush. Praise the Lord!!

    April 23, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Maybe Bush III only has a chance to be Pres. after being VP? God knows, the country at this time won't vote for him. But IF the repubs gain control they will contiinue to disenfranchise the democrat vote until VP to President will be like a dictatorship - a vote for "show" only.

    Just think, the dumb, poor republicans will hurt just as much as everyone else under a Mormon. And after a Mormon, EVERYONE except his best buddies will be poor.

    April 23, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Fed Up

    A sure fire way to loose. This country will never never allow another Bush anywhere near the White House. If the Supreme Court hadn't given Bush the election in 2000, think of all the people that would be alive today, and our country wouldn't be rolling in massive massive debt. The US owing a trillion dollars to China, is sickening. No more Bushes!

    April 23, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. Lolo

    The republicans really speak false prohecies. Liar Liar pants on fire.

    April 23, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Byrd

    Were this country ever to suffer the utter calamity of a Romney/Bush presidency, I predict that Jeb would become president due to unfortunate circumstances faster than you can say Hinckley. The hands of the Bush family hands are much more blood-stained than you might think and they have no qualms about anything whatsoever.

    April 23, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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