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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  1. NoTags

    Rubio backs Jeb Bush for Romney VP and Bush backs Rubio for Romney VP. The truth is neither Rubio or Bush want to be on a losing Romney ticket.

    April 22, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    This country doesn't need another Bush anywhere near the White House, never mind a heartbeat away from the presidency. we're still cleaning up after the last one. do people not learn from anything? As Molly Ivins said so eloquently, Dubya should have been the dead chicken hung around the neck of the American people to teach them never to elect another republican president. i guess some folks just can't be taught.

    April 22, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Rose

    No, I will not vote for another Bush, I would however vote for Rubio. I'd rather not vote at all then another Bush and I won't if he's on as the VP.

    April 22, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Uh oh, Mitt. They're falling out of love ... again!

    Rubio ... "I don't want to be Mitts VP ... pick Jeb."

    Jeb ... "Not me! I know ... let's get Mitch Daniels ... he LIKES Mitt."

    Mitch... "Oh, no. Don't look at ME! Go ask Chris Christie"

    Chistie. "OH. NO. YOU. DON'T ... NEVER ME"

    And so on and so on.

    Good luck to the last man standing in this charade of Romney fantasyland charades.

    April 22, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. bo dean

    I agree the name BUSH on anything but a beer can clearly spells disaster..Im not so sure Bush beer is all that good either...!!! lol

    April 22, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Mike

    Wow just what this country needs to get run over while we're down.

    April 22, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Yeah, another Bush. That'll be a good thing. They didn't just crash our economy twice.

    April 22, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. JC

    No more Kennedy's in the White House.
    No more Bush's in the White House.


    April 22, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. brsln

    Just what the Republicans need, another Bush on the remind them of the two wars, the decreased status in the world and the crippling debt the LAST Bush in power gave us...just keep shooting yourselves in the foot, boys!

    April 22, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Graydon Elliott

    Just what this country needs. Another Bush. Are you serious? Really?

    April 22, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Thinks2010

    Seriously, another Bush? Apparently the Republicans think the U.S. is some kind of hybrid constitutional monarchy in which the top spot is handed down the male line whenever possible. Even when events force them to give the spot to someone outside the "royal" line, they manage to make some pretty poor picks. Republicans love to talk about meritocracy but only deliver mediocrity.

    April 22, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. KD

    Hasn't the world and the USA suffered enough with the Bush clan. I think so.

    April 22, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. mikrik13

    George W mucked up the waters for Jeb. I think the world has had enough of the Bush gene pool.

    April 22, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Tom

    Jeb Bush? Eeeeewwwwwwww!

    April 22, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Pat

    hahaha this just gets better better. First they get the FlipFlopper RomneyCare as their nominee and attach Bush to make it sweeter.

    April 22, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Tom

    Obama's is raising way more money for his campaign than Romney, and I haven't even contributed my "two cents" yet.

    April 22, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    @natalie, barking up the wrong tree

    April 22, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    Republicans will be drawing straws on who will destroy their career to run on the worst Republican loser ticket ever with Romney. Bush wouldn't go near Romney. Republicans hate Romney but have no other options because no one wants to run against a very popular and successful President Obama.
    Besides no one with the name "Bush" will be let near Washington for a very long time. They destroy economies, start idiotic wars, only work for the rich, and lie to the People.
    Romney is no leader, has no solutions, is against women and their rights, is against workers and their rights for a living wage and benefits, is against the Constitutional right for ALL to be able to vote, hates immigrants, hates anyone not rich and white, and knows nothing about world geography, leaders, diplomacy or current issues. Romney lives on another planet and cannot see the middle class from his 5 front porches and car elevators at his 5 houses.

    April 22, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Green Collar Worker

    Oh, please put a Bush on the ticket! That would be perfect!

    April 22, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Lola

    Poor Mitt Romney. Seems like no one wants the VP job. I can't remember an election in recent history where so many people came out saying that they didn't want to be considered (Rubio, Daniels, Bush, Haley, etc.). Rubio wouldn't be a good pick anyway. He's too inexperienced, and would not bring any benefit regarding the Hispanic vote since most Hispanics are turned off by his immigration stance.

    April 22, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. SurRy

    I'd like to say Americans can't be stupid enough to vote for another Bush but I know better...the fools gave the last one a second term.

    April 22, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Orwell seen it before

    Convert Jeb, think 46

    April 22, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Josh

    Jeb Bush as the VP will certainly guarantee Obama a victory,

    Yet another Bush will polarize the Republican voter base, and driving many of them away from Republican ticket.

    April 22, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Orwell seen it before

    Rmoney, who did the Koch's pick for ALEC's VP?
    Who are you running with?
    Who are you working for?
    Who is your daddy?

    April 22, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Jeffer65

    Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman. Republicans won't pick either one though. They will push Mitts more to the right like they did with McCain. If Obama was smart, he would get rid of Biden.

    April 22, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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