Rubio backs Jeb Bush for VP
April 22nd, 2012
08:44 AM ET
6 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
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    A simple word of advise Mr. Romney, don't make the very same mistake that the last GOP presidential hopeful made!! I am POSITIVE that John MCain wishes he had never even heard of Sarah Palin, much less picked her to run with him! I don't know alot about Jeb Bush (except that he helped his brother steal an election), but his brother did not exactly leave him a bridge worth crossing. That alone should send you running for cover at the mere mention of him being on the ticket. I am not worried as President Obama will win re-election and if you did pick Jeb Bush it should make for some sure fire entertainment for the duration of the campaign....

    April 22, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Thomas

    Anyone but uhbama, 2012.

    Then Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) is your guy !

    Allen West / Louie Gohmert
    2012 Bring it On !

    April 22, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Anonymous

    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.

    Once a Bush, always a Bush. In word, thought, and deed. Doubt me? Ask Republicans how the Terry Schiavo media hoopla instigated by Jeb, Santorum, and all their Republican cronies worked out for the Grand Old Party. Jeb Bush has his own legacy of baggage to deal with nationally. He will be a daily reminder of just how far into our personal lives the GOP have come knocking - one legislative bill at a time ... one state at a time. Florida included.

    April 22, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Ramon F. Herrera

    The fact is that Jeb and Marco are natural rivals, and are preparing for 2016. NONE of them wants to be on the Romney ticket.

    April 22, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. MaryM

    Oh please do put Bush on as VP. lol, Jeb may be a good guy but he is stuck with that last name. With that last name on the GOP ticket the American people will be running as fast as they can to vote for President Obama .

    April 22, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. WhereIsPalin

    Ah shucks.......I think it should be Marco. No really, it should be Jeb.

    Hopefully, neither one of these "humble" individuals will be on the list.

    April 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Ramon F. Herrera

    Jeb Bush is 10 times smarter than his brother. Is a real leader. Loved in FL and TX by whites and Hispanics, and is NOT a cocaine user drunk. Had nothing to do with GWB's wars or economic debacle.

    -Ramon The Liberal

    April 22, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Ramon F. Herrera

    It seems that rookie Marco is a quick learner in the Machiavellian arts of backstabbing with the sharpest stiletto: His natural enemy is Jeb Bush, so he is pushing him to commit political suicide by being in the Romney ticket.

    April 22, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Ramon F. Herrera

    Marco can innocently claim (deceiving voice): "Oh, not little me! Unlike Jeb, I am such an inexperienced child, and don't have the benefit of carrying the Bush last name!!"

    April 22, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Pander Bear

    I'm sticking with my original pick for Romney's VP – Satan. He's conservative, he has strong name recognition in the evangelical community and he has no moral compass. He's a perfect Republican.

    Romney / Satan 2012!

    April 22, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Larry L


    "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."
    Yet I'll bet you voted for his brother... didn't you? Now you admitt he was a terrible choice – twice! So much for your judgement! Jeb is yet another Bible-thumping Florida politician and the last thing this country needs.

    We don't need "clans" to run the country – Kennedy or Bush. We need mature leaders with the ability to look beyond the narrowly focused viewpoints of the extreme left or right-wings. We hasve suc a leader in President Obama and if the right-wing would man-up to the damasge done by the Bush years and stop obstructing all progress our economic recovery would accelerate. Sound bites from Fox News never helps and hate messages from Ted Nugent shows how extreme the right-wing has become.

    April 22, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. shut_up

    why does the vp have to be from florida? casey anthony, trayvon, ted bundy, i guess it is to appease the mexicans since they mentioned rubio, and also since bush is married to a mexican. good grief can anyone run on their record without looking to see if they are a minority first.??

    April 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. trex

    .........Rubio is SMART. He can see the Mitt ship SINKING............and wants NO PART OF IT

    April 22, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. shut_up

    gabriella the gorilla stinks

    April 22, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Nathan

    Jeb will never be 2nd banana, especially to Mitt who could very well lose and then spoil Jeb's chances in 2016. WHy do you think Rubio doesnt want the job?

    April 22, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. FitchGetz

    Another Bush????........Good luck with that.....smh......

    April 22, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    @ Pander Bear

    LOL. In all likelihood Satan will at the very least continue to be a key Romney adviser in Mitt's Republican Platform of Divisive Acrimony now being waged against every possible demographic know to mankind.

    April 22, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Kay

    It really doesn't matter, as there is no way Romney is going to win. Everyone in the GOP knows this election is over and are all now angling for the 2016 slot.

    But he's never going to pick Jeb Bush as VP. Jeb's brother left a poisonous legacy and it's way too soon to have another Bush in a national election.

    April 22, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Marley

    Jeb Bush and Marc Anthony Rubio both know and want Romney to lose!

    Jeb Bush was too scared to run in 2012 against Obama, so he has set his sight on 2016. And the Bush's purposely endorsed Romney because they know he has no chance of beating Obama.

    Must suck to be Romney when nobody truly backs him and wants to be his running mate!

    April 22, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. FitchGetz

    Bush policies....Bush advisors.....same Bush mentality right down to the "Please Daddy element".....
    Not gonna happen..
    No way.

    April 22, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Charlie from the North

    Yeah right that is just what we need.

    April 22, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. i o u an endorsement

    Im starting to get the impression neither Jeb Bush or Rubio want part of that ticket. I wouldnt blame them.

    April 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Eagle Eye

    Jeb Bush would not be a good pick, because a lot of people remember his brother former President George W. Bush. A lot of people still feel that it was former President George Bush's fault for the reason why the country is in the shape it's in when Obama took over. I don't believe that Mitt Romeny will make the same mistake that Johm McCain made but selecting a nobody as his VP. Would Mark Rubio bee a good choice you betcha he would. A Romeny, Rubio ticket is a winner. I don't see it in a Mitt Romeny, Jeb Bush ticket. Jeb Bush was a great Governor for the state of Florida. As long as Senator Rubio is senator Mitt Romeny will carry Florida.

    April 22, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. jrvinnh

    What did Einstein say was the definition of insanity? Repeating the same action over and over and expecting different results.

    April 22, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Charlie from the North

    I love reading all of these posts saying that Romney won't win. From your keyboards to God's screen. But on what are you basing that assumption? On the fact that he has moved too far to the right? On the fact that his platform will be written by the Tea Party and the Christian right?

    Well I hope you folks predicting Romney's defeat turn out to be right but you will certainly have to "turnout" to be right. Not enough people voted in Maine in 2010 and now we have Governor LePage and a Tea Party majority in the legislature. It dould happen people! Do not dismiss Romney. Sure he is wrong but he is smart, rich and well connected. We should remember from the Bush Error that people do not always vote for their own interest.

    April 22, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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