Rubio backs Jeb Bush for VP
April 22nd, 2012
08:44 AM ET
2 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. Cindy

    What has this lying Cuban ever done to deserve to be listened to. If Jeb Bush knows what he is doing he will stay far away from Romney or his political career will come crashing down like his brothers.

    April 22, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Blue Collar Worker

    We don't have the monarchy in The USA, or do we.

    April 22, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    It is very unfair to Jeb, but W ruined any chance that another Bush could ever sit in the White House.

    April 22, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. nolimits3333

    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney......what excitement.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    April 22, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. SMJ

    As a native Floridian, Jeb Bush is a bigger joke than W (if that's possible). Rubio won't be re-elected to another term. Florida is moving past our Flori-DUH status...except for the CRIMINAL we have in the Governor's mansion. Mark my words, Mitt Romney=Rick Scott.

    April 22, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Nick

    Romney/Bush? Don't know which one is worse? I don't think Jeb Bush will want to run now. He would want people to forget the Bush years.

    April 22, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Loathstheright

    Another Bush? Not a chance, the last one, the WAR CRIMINAL is still not in prison where he belongs.

    April 22, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. alex

    YEAH!!!!! I would LOVE to see Jeb Bush on the ticket!!!! Most of Romneys advisers are Bushes advisers. Carl rove runs a super pack that has collected the most money and suports Romney... So PLEASE PLEASE pick JEB Bush!!!
    Romney will be Bush 2.0!!!! Yeah baby

    April 22, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Michael

    Hey Mittens !! If everyone says no to be your VP then just visit ALASKA !! There is still a wanna bee up there !!!

    April 22, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    Each of them wants the other out of the way.

    April 22, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Harry Wreckdom

    Go ahead – I dare you!!! America is sick and tired of the entire shrub family.

    The kiss of death for Rmoney for sure!!!

    April 22, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. kateslate

    Oh, please. NOT another Bush! Haven't they done enough damage?

    April 22, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Grampa

    Nobody serious wants to sign on to Romney's sinking ship. On the other hand, there's always Palin.

    April 22, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Proud Republican

    I just hope they're nit thinking about Palin again.

    April 22, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Doug

    Romney picks Bush he will lose by 20 percentage points.

    April 22, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Doug

    Besides, the MIC wants Mitt to get Lindsey Graham ready for 2016.

    April 22, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. williman

    IM lmao jeb was the worst gov fla ever had i wouldnt vote for him if he was running for dog catcher.

    April 22, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. DENNA

    And the bid to finish destroying America begins. What scares me is that the GOP is really good at getting Americans to vote against their own best interest.

    April 22, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Ian

    If the Republicans want Obama to be re-elected, all they need to do is choose Jeb Bush as their VP nominee.

    April 22, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

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

    Please, America. Please. No more Republicans anywhere near the White House. There, FIFY.

    April 22, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    This VP nonsense is surreal political theater. It's like a reality show, except the contestants are fighting not to be the last one standing. LOL

    April 22, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    why not just put Liz Cheney on the ticket

    April 22, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Brian

    If Romney picks Jeb Bush as his V.P....He will loose my vote in November and will probably loose the U.S. Presidency.
    Bush 41 and Bush 43 were probably the worst presidents in U.S. History.

    April 22, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Sirned

    Yep, the tea party wanted to clean house of the elites in Washinton so they nominated a Harvard educated rich Governor that has been campaigning for 10 years and now considering a Bush as VP...Too funny...I guess the elites won

    April 22, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Beenthere

    NOT another "shrub"! Haven't they done enough damage already??

    April 22, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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