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. IrishNewcomer more members of the Bush Family anywhere near the White House. The first two were nice guys, but largely ineffectual, if not harmful to the nation (read GWB, 43). I'm assuming that Romney has much more sense than to go with Bush III.

    April 22, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. bill in fl

    we finally got rid of jeb and now some cuban wants him back , no wonder the government is screwed up

    April 22, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Well then . . . . stop the presses and the flip flopper need not look for his vp candidate because the lying anchor baby from Florida says so.
    Even mcdonnel, the invasive probe of pregnant women wonder changed to ultrasound only is now claiming (A LIE) that he wouldn't object to abortion due to mother's health, rape or incest. Are these people really that dense that they think what they said just a couple of months ago and what they have been saying all their lives doesn't matter anymore!?!?

    April 22, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. vikingslost

    I appreciate Jeb Bush, but I think his brother, George W. didn't do that well as President. Americans remember that and will not be too receptive to another Bush.

    So you want to run a Book of Mormon, Mitt Romney, as the best the Republicans can do in 2012?

    This will be a slam dunk for Obama/Biden in 2012.

    April 22, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    a Bush on the ticket would guarantee an Obama landslide. Please, no!!!!

    April 22, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. r scott

    A Bush, and Bush, on the ticket would guarantee an Obama landslide!!!! Please, NO !!!!

    April 22, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. waikikijohn

    wow, this has turned into a love fest between Bush & Rubio, each nominating the other for the post of VP. Why would Jeb want to play second fiddle to Mitt. Rubio has plenty of his own baggage and flip flopping. This "rising star" doesn't want to risk being on a losing team with Mitt.

    April 22, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. blake

    Selecting Jeb would be a disaster for Romney. Far too much baggage associated with the Bush name. Plus he's a RINO like his dad. And not a fiscal conservative like his brother. We need a solid fiscial and social conservative as VP.

    April 22, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. rice

    A Bush on the ticket?.....Iraqis must be shaking in their boots.

    April 22, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Hair bear

    Just what we need another Bush! His best shot would be Dough Boy! At least Romney can feed him!

    April 22, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. oman99

    Another Bush. Now that's WHACKED!

    April 22, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Iamgr82day

    Yep... we need another Bush in office like we need another hole in our collective heads.

    April 22, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. NoKidding

    LOL, is being VP for Romney that bad? It's being tossed around like a hot potato!

    April 22, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. bill

    the man who signed Stand Your Ground into law in Florida.

    April 22, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. mark

    Jeb, whatever we may think of him, is still no dummy (all things being relative); I'm pretty sure he knows George W sullied any chance another Bush might have; and it won't be Rudio. So it's all just electoral noise.

    April 22, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Potrzebie

    I saw the headline and thought "I have to comment on this" Everything I'd like to say is here. Jeb Bush, why don't we just set the country on fire?

    April 22, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. zago

    If Jebb is on the Ticket, I will swallow my pride and vote for gov. Romney

    April 22, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. One party politics

    The VP will be Virginia Governor.

    April 22, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. Get Real

    I'd take a Bush over 'Bama any day.

    April 22, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Ron in California

    NO MORE BUSHES! Plain and simple!

    April 22, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. hannah

    I think they should do that. Get another Bush on the ticket. That would insure that Obama would win in a landslide. But you never know, some of these people are so ignorant, they might vote for him. Like people who voted for McCain/Palin. Unbelievable.

    April 22, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  22. angeson

    One party is desperately seeking a hail Mary from Florida to the Whitehouse. Florida is already suffering from Republican poisoning and sees no need to change leadership.

    April 22, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. hannah

    It's like some working people haven't gotten the memo; if you vote Republican you are voting against your own self interest.

    April 22, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. angeson

    Florida is an unreachable dream for the Republicans. After 2000 everybody goes to vote.

    April 22, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. Shawn Irwin

    Jethro Bush? He can't be serious!

    April 22, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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