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
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  1. Thomas

    @scott
    No Indie voter it is a well known fact that Rubio is admired by the majority of legal Hispanic citizens, only the illegals do not like him, and they do not count.

    You said the same thing about Sarah Palin and Eskimos ! Your wrong and Indie is right ! When you have Alberto Gonzales stating Rubio is not mature enough to be VP , Rubio has problems.

    April 22, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. once upon a horse

    you might as well put Neil Bush on the ticket...you know the one nobody talks about anymore. Jeb may be a nce guy heck I think GW is a nice guy but the name is poision at the moment.

    April 22, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. HenryB

    Please – no more Bush family members on the ballot! Maybe about a decade later but not now. We have had enough of that family for a while.

    April 22, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. A not-so-stupid former republican

    This whole subject is moot because Romney will lose the election!

    April 22, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. bill

    Anyone but uhbama, 2012.

    April 22, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Bill

    We can only hope a Bush makes it onto the ticket. Then, Romney will lose by an even larger margin.

    April 22, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Clouds9

    Keeps looking great for President Obama!! Sure! bring on the hick bush! Keep digging your own hole Republicans!
    Grand slam again for a deserving leader!!!

    April 22, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Get Real

    Jeb Bush is nothing like his brother in the political arena. It is just a shame he will have ignorant people judge him based on his brother's presidency.

    April 22, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Wake up people – Rubio will not secure the Hispanic vote because Latinos don't like Cubans. They especially don't like Cubans who have distorted their past.

    April 22, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    The way Bush and Rubio are going back and forth stating the other is right for the VP
    Only indicates that "neither" one of them want to be involved or anywhere near Romney!!
    They know he is a LOSER, a Flip-Flopping LIAR and they would always have to improvise
    Trying to explain what comes out of Romney's mouth when 99% of it is a bunch of LIES!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    April 22, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. ed.ze

    He did bad things but he turned his life around to become a great man.It's sad how many can't see that
    Can you turn your life around too and become a better person? Try

    April 22, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Oh gosh no, spare us ! This man bows to the Pope and treats him like a "god" and committed Medicaid Fraud in Florida. He Had no backbone, does not have the art of political persuasion, cowers down to the aristocrats of Palm Beach. At no time would he help parents and children caught up in false allegations of child neglect or abuse who were being tormented by DCF and the Judicial system. I could say other things. Sarah Palin is far better than him by milestones, even though she has her own weak points. Jeb comes across as a "nice guy" but he must have 2 sides...really.

    April 22, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Unfortuante

    As a moderate democrat, who lived in Florida, for many years, I can say that we would be better off with Jeb as President than Romney or any other GOP potential that has come along in years. Jeb is cursed by his name. He should change it to something else, and disown the rest of his family. He is actually an intellectual, unlike his brother, who apparently suffered some type of oxygen deprivation at birth. He speaks fluent Spanish. Lived in Mexico for many years. Married a Mexican. Is not a Xenophobe. Strong on education. Has a proven track record with the economy and industry in Florida. He is a very good man, and appeals to a diverse voeter base. Sorry about the family that you got dealt Jeb.

    April 22, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Unfortunate

    Anyone that judges Jeb by his family, is obstuse and generally ignorant.

    April 22, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. mms55

    that definelty won't help him.there will never be another bush in the white house and he can thank his brother for that.

    April 22, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Roscoe Chait

    Is this the same Jeb Bush who tortured the Shiavo family just so he could endear himself with the wacko evangelicals? Who kept Terri Shiavo alive for years after she was already dead? Who destroyed her husband's life? The same Jeb Bush who wants to control our lives and impose his preposterous, outdated, insane views on everybody?

    April 22, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. William

    I live in Florida and voted for Jeb for Gov. I wasn't voting for the GOP I was voting for the Man. With Romney as the GOP candidate I will vote for Obama because I am not voting for the same GOP way of running, and ruining, the Counrty as G W Bush. Jeb is no G W as Jeb has a humility about him one that is not arrogant by any means but Jeb is not the one running for President. If Romney does get elected it won't be long before the voters regret or revolt! I believe that an expectation to recover from our financial woes within 4 years is not realistic. It took years to get back on our feet after the crash of 1929. We have progress even with obstruction by Congress. Electing Romney is tantamount to National Suicide. Americans are more narcissistic today than than neighbor helping neighbor days of past. We live in smaller spaces and have no ability to grow our own food. We depend on others to live. Without jobs people need help getting food. We live in a technology driven society people need communications to get a job. Romney does not represent many Americans but this is not about the man it is about the party. Why? What have the GOP done for the People?

    April 22, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. JD

    ROFLMBO yes put him on the ticket, lol. Like people want to be associated with another Bush in the WH, lol. Palin would have a better chance, lol.

    April 22, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Weasley

    Nothing will bring more Democrats to the polls in November than another Bush on the Republican ticket. A Bush to the Democrats is like abortion to the Rebublicans, something you vote against out of sheer reflex.

    April 22, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Orso

    Jeb is a really nice guy, perfect candidate as Romney's VP. He can fix the FL elections again like he did for his brother and thus ensure another Republican win. Also he won't have problems getting the cuban mafia from Miami to back him up, after all he made his first million working for Codina, one of the most currupt cuban enterprises in Miami. They have police, judges, city and state officials in their payroll. Go Jeb, show them how it is done!!!

    April 22, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. William

    I live in Florida and voted for Jeb for Gov. I wasn't voting for the GOP I was voting for the Man. With Romney as the GOP candidate I will vote for Obama because I am not voting for the same GOP way of running, and ruining, the Counrty as G W Bush. Jeb is no G W as Jeb has a humility about him one that is not arrogant by any means but Jeb is not the one running for President. If Romney does get elected it won't be long before the voters regret or revolt! I believe that an expectation to recover from our financial woes within 4 years is not realistic. It took years to get back on our feet after the crash of 1929. We have progress even with obstruction by Congress. Electing Romney is tantamount to National Suicide. Americans are more narcissistic today than the neighbor helping neighbor days of past. We live in smaller spaces and have no ability to grow our own food. We depend on others to live. Without jobs people need help getting food. We live in a technology driven society people need communications to get a job. Romney does not represent many Americans but this is not about the man it is about the party. Why? What have the GOP done for the People?

    April 22, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Orso

    Jeb is a really nice guy, perfect candidate as Romney's VP. He can fix the FL elections again like he did for his brother and thus ensure another Republican win. Also he won't have problems getting the cuban mafia from Miami to back him up, after all he made his first million working for one of the most currupt cuban enterprises in Miami. They have police, judges, city and state officials in their payroll. Go Jeb, show them how it is done!!!

    April 22, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Anonymous

    If ol Jeb is asked to be the VP it's only payback for giving his brother Florida in the 2000 election.

    April 22, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. George Bush II

    We can’t get rid of these guys.

    April 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Wake up people

    @not so stupid former republican. I never said he would GET the Hispanic support, I said he would pander to try to.

    Btw, love your screenname.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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