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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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. Omar

    Is this guy for real? What makes Marco Rubio so sure Mitt Romney is going to be the "future president"? Marco Rubio has spent so much time and energy telling the world he is NOT looking to accept a VP offer, that it is now getting downright silly. This Miami Dade Cuban is clearly forgetting that when someone plays "hard to get", it almost always means the opposite is true. The fact of the matter is, Mitt Romney has clearly NOT done his homework. The only reason why he may pick Rubio is to try and "win over" the Latino vote. Well, NEWS FLASH Mitt, Latinos generally vote for the Democrat candidate. Further, those Latinos that tend to vote Republican are a much more reduced segment of the Hispanic population, that includes the exiled Cuban communities of South Florida and those scaterred around the country. The MAJORITY of the Latino vote will come from the biggest segment of the Spanish speaking population of the U.S., namely, the Mexicans, followed by the Puerto Ricans, neither group is exactly enamored with Mr. Rubio, not even remotely. Add to this, millions of Dominicans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Central Americans and others, and you can see that Marco Rubio's appeal, won't go too far. Marco Rubio FIRST and FOREMOST, will cater to his own kind, the Cubans, all the other Latinos know this. This guy just became U.S. senator not too long ago and barely has his ears wet on the floor. How could Mitt Romney choose someone like this to be just one heartbeat away from being U.S. President? Does he forget what happened to John Mc Cain and his "brilliiant" pick for # 2, a certain "former beauty queeen" from Alaska?

    Marco Rubio may be the darling of the Tea Party set, handsome, eloquent and full of energy, but that does not translate into being able to handlle the stress and challenges of running a country that is living through some of the worst times in it's history, both socially and economically. We live in a world where we are at the brink of another "world war", keeping an eye on China, Iran, North Korea, all with either nuclear warhead capabiluty or ambitions. We need a VP that can step in in the event something happens to the President and run the White House with experience and FULL KNOWLEDGE of international affairs, not just what is happening in HIALEAH! So, I am very sorry Mitt, if you choose Marco Rubio, you may just be kissing your presidency, ADIOS.

    April 22, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. bigfoot

    I would rather dig up Richard Nixon and place his crusty, moldy carcass in the oval office than endure another Bush as president.

    April 22, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Tim

    Please, America. Please. No more Bushes anywhere near the White House.

    April 22, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Joy!

    ehhh Stop fooling around with our minds

    April 22, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. bigfoot

    May I suggest Sarah Palin?

    April 22, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Charlie from the North

    Also to "Ramon F. Herrera"
    who said
    "Jeb Bush is 10 times smarter than his brother" I believe you but, I think it is true that ten times zero is

    April 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. FitchGetz

    For those of you who believe that Jeb Bush is.....
    "Nothing like his brother..."
    "A great man...."
    And only,
    "Cursed by his name...." Consider this:
    Out of 50 states in these United States of America....the ONLY one that had difficulty in counting their votes for the 2000 Election just happened to be FLORIDA.
    Jeb Bush's state.
    Irony? I think not.

    April 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Dave

    Jeb Bush is the new Sarah Palin. He will ensure a loss from the right. I hope he is vetted.

    April 22, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Robyn

    Well of course, because with the wars and the terrorism and the torture and the economic, environmental and social devastation that his brother Georgie gave us. Let's let the whole inbred clan have a fail at the White House.

    April 22, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. John

    Jeb Bush don't what to be with a loser like Mitt Romney.

    April 22, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. David Crosby

    And here I was about to vote for Romney...I guess this Rubio is too young to remember that the name Bush is what led the Country to vote for Obama..Hey I know ..lets find a relative of Richard Nixon's to run ..That would help..

    April 22, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. BD70

    Reading this ticker...seems like a lot of "no your good" YOUR better...aww take you take deserve it more...eesh.

    April 22, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. RudyG

    There is only one thing that will keep me from voting against Obama in this election; putting a Bush on the ticket. Haven't had enough of the Bush mentality and money, folks??

    April 22, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Schadenfreudean Psychologist

    Show of hands - Who wants to give the Bushes another chance to screw up something else (in addition to education, the economy, America's international standing, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, not getting Osama bin Laden, etc., etc., etc.)??????

    April 22, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. CBR

    Jeb Bush appears to be a very decent man. Is it his time on the center stage that is the question? Would he accept some of the tactics being used today to pay for elections? Bush ran good campaigns without all of the baiting we see today.

    April 22, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This guy Rubio is bought and paid for by Bush, Cheney, Rove and Koch Brothers, et al and he must support Bush. Look out Hispanics for the real "Double Cross", Rubio isn't your boy for sure.

    April 22, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    LOL @ Pander Bear. Satan also released a statement saying "Dick Cheney has always served me well, and I think it is the hope of everyone here that his recovery goes well and he is ready to carry my work even further when the opportunity arises."

    April 22, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. GOP is for the rich

    You do it.....No, you do it......sounds like everyone is thrilled to be as_sociated with the Mitts-a-sketch!

    April 22, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Now Republicans are saying nice things about each other. What happened? Did they turn into Democrats suddenly? Did they realize that all the negative things said about each other might be fueling the flames of defeat?

    April 22, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. 1twinsfan

    Wow, Rubio is just coming up with the funniest stuff lately. Jeb? He may not be like his brother but he's tainted by that last name.

    April 22, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Ramon F. Herrera

    "why does the vp have to be from florida?"

    According to electoral math, it is impossible for Romney to win unless he carries Florida.

    It seems that either Florida Hispanics will decide the presidency.

    April 22, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Ramon F. Herrera

    The Latino votes -as THE deciding factor in presidential elections- had been predicted (Wall Street Journal) to occur as early as 2020. HOWEVER, Arizona advanced the Latino registration and voting by TWO elections.

    April 22, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. ZoeyJ

    Could America be so "blessed" to have the "leadership" of another Bush???

    Jeb could get America back on track.........the 1% with even more wealth and power and the 99% working "middle class" have less and become America's poor. Sounds like a plan............America the worlds newest 3rd world nation.


    OBAMA 2012

    April 22, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Ramon F. Herrera

    "If current Hispanic voting and demographic trends continue (*), as early as 2020 the Republican party will be unable to get enough electoral college votes to win another presidential election EVER"

    – The Wall Street Journal, not quite a liberal rag

    (*) The trends have accelerated, thanks to Arizona and the Tea Party.

    Political pundits are trying to predict how long will it be between the time Hispanics become a majority in Texas (they are already, in Houston) and the time the GOP ceases to be a national political party.

    April 22, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Jeb Bush who signed the "Stand your ground" law? Yeah, right. Besides, we've had 30 years of trickle-down economic policies, plus 10 years of GW Bush tax cuts, all of which have shrunk the American middle class, transferred wealth upward, and created huge deficits. The LAST thing we need is another Bush anywhere near the White House.

    April 22, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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