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
soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. GOP is for the rich

    @@ Pander Bear......sorry but Satan has already been VP....under W.

    April 22, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Ramon F. Herrera

    The two top states that provide most electoral college votes are: California (solid blue) and Texas (solid red). Guess what will happen when Texas becomes Hispanic majority (not to mention CO, FL, NV, NM and yes: Arizona)???

    "Revenge is a dish better served in the voting booth" – Moi

    April 22, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. JC in Western U.S.

    Jeb Bush is the smartest person in the whole extended Bush family, except maybe his mother. But the name Bush attached to a Republican presidential campaign? I don't think so. Jenna Bush will be a grandmother the next time the Bush name can be associated with a presidential campaign.

    April 22, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Dan

    I doubt Bush would take it...way too smart and too much of a great career ahead. This election will be no cake walk for the Repubs and risking his reputation on a second bananna position just isn't worth it. Jeb Bush doesn't need the vice-presidency to become viable.

    April 22, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Howie76

    Jeb was Governor of Florida for 8 long years he stripped the schools of money and left the state in chaos much like his brother dd with the whole country. We cannot afford another Bush junkie.

    April 22, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Bleedingheart

    Is Dan Quayle eligible to run again?? He could make Mitts look almost human.

    April 22, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. S-Hug

    The name "Bush" on a ticket is the death of any Republican campaign. That family has done too much damage to this country.

    April 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Mr. Moderate

    Sorry, we have had a Bush in one of the top two slots for 20 of the last 32 years. We do not need a political monarchy, partciulartly one with such a mediocre track record.

    April 22, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. R1983

    Oh please, people is saying he nothing like his brother George, but I take issue with that being that Jeb were the one in
    2000 after they call the election for Gore, he had everything to do with the fact they recall Florida saying all the vote were not in. He want his brother to win and after going to the Supreme Court he won.


    April 22, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. augustghost

    I will vote for Obama if Bush is on the ticket...that family has had it's way with us long enough

    April 22, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. preventingforeclosure

    How quickly we forget: Lawton Chiles was a popular Democrat who was term-limited as Florida's Governor, but Florida law permitted him to run again after sitting out for 4 years. After Jeb Bush was elected in November 1998, Chiles died in office in December 1998. How tragic, but how lucky for Jeb!

    Another coincidence: John Hinckley Jr., the person who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan while George H.W. (a.k.a. "Poppy") Bush was VP happened to be a Bush cousin.

    After these two "coincidences", (and there are probably more), if I were Romney, I'd think it better to be safe than sorry, so I wouldn't want a Bush as my VP.

    April 22, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Strangways

    who cares what this robot thinks? he also said George W. did a "fantastic" job as president, so his brain power is highly suspect!

    April 22, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Dick Hertz

    Do they think we've forgotten the 2000 Election. Hasn't he sold us out enough?

    April 22, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. bluemax77

    Surely we‘re not this dumb again...?

    April 22, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. tonyl

    Bush throne continues for the GOP.

    April 22, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. tonyl

    Rubio may have Hispanic background but Hispanics do not like him outside Florida. In fact he is hated by most of the Mexican community. Jeb may be the smartest from among all the Bush clan but the name Bush has been tarnished enough to hurt Romney more then help him. GOP has a problem for their past crimes.

    April 22, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Bubba

    Don't care who they pick, I'm sticking with President Obama.

    April 22, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Realist

    Bush as VP really?? Can't this family fade into the sunset and get out of american politics altogether? The've singlehandedly made a mess of the economy and created chaos around the world. We need to be more like Sweden, Norway, and Finland...That is, stay out of everyone else's business.

    April 22, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. David

    Bring it on. Jeb for VP will solidify Obama's next 4 years. Stupid Repubs just can't figure it out. The old Repubican Party had some sense. The repubs have changed since Reagan.

    April 22, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. John N Florida

    Not without a divorce. Jeb's too smart to get caught like that. His wife pled guilty to smuggling and paid a hefty fine. The fringe left wing would have a field day with that one.

    April 22, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Realist

    But let's get the record straight everyone. Bush didn't have to brainpower to run this country, Dick Cheney ran the show and bush acted as the figurehead. Cheney was one of the most evil, destructive, and hated individuals around the wold. He also needs to ride off into the sunset and work about his health problems instead of the country.

    April 22, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Jeb Bush would .a million times better than any Democrat, especially Oblame. At least he's a leader and willing to take responsibility. Obama is nothing but an empty suit with noting but blame and excuses and NO RESULTS. Four more years this Oblame BS and the country is really scaaaruuude.

    April 22, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Craig from Pa.

    Yeah, right, just what we need,...another Bush...boy if this happens I am leaving the country have to be kidding me,... you can't think the people are that stupid can you???

    April 22, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. John B.

    Yeah...Romney/Bush. I can see all the bumper stickers on the high priced SUVs and junkers that are falling apart now.

    April 22, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    tonyl – Rubio is not Hispanic, he is Cubano. He lied about his parents status as immigrants, not refugees, in order to get the votes of the Cubano community. Once caught in that lie, he mumbled something inarticulate about not having learned the story until recently (yeah – right). This guy is a walking lie, and the sooner the Florida Republicans divest themselves of him, the better.

    April 22, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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