(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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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.
We don't have the monarchy in The USA, or do we.
It is very unfair to Jeb, but W ruined any chance that another Bush could ever sit in the White House.
Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney......what excitement.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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.
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.
Another Bush? Not a chance, the last one, the WAR CRIMINAL is still not in prison where he belongs.
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
Hey Mittens !! If everyone says no to be your VP then just visit ALASKA !! There is still a wanna bee up there !!!
Each of them wants the other out of the way.
Go ahead – I dare you!!! America is sick and tired of the entire shrub family.
The kiss of death for Rmoney for sure!!!
Oh, please. NOT another Bush! Haven't they done enough damage?
Nobody serious wants to sign on to Romney's sinking ship. On the other hand, there's always Palin.
I just hope they're nit thinking about Palin again.
Romney picks Bush he will lose by 20 percentage points.
Besides, the MIC wants Mitt to get Lindsey Graham ready for 2016.
IM lmao jeb was the worst gov fla ever had i wouldnt vote for him if he was running for dog catcher.
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.
If the Republicans want Obama to be re-elected, all they need to do is choose Jeb Bush as their VP nominee.
"Please, America. Please. No more Bushes anywhere near the White House.'
Please, America. Please. No more Republicans anywhere near the White House. There, FIFY.
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
why not just put Liz Cheney on the ticket
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.
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
NOT another "shrub"! Haven't they done enough damage already??