Rubio ties himself to Romney in op-ed
July 8th, 2012
03:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio ties himself to Romney in op-ed

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida linked himself with Mitt Romney in a Sunday op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel, taking sharp aim at the controversial health care law recently upheld by the Supreme Court.

The junior senator, the only person Romney has confirmed he is vetting as a potential running mate, wrote about Romney's visit to Florida in 2010 when the former Massachusetts governor campaigned on Rubio's behalf.

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Rubio said he and Romney visited a restaurant owner, Ben Pumo, who expressed fears about the health care legislation.

"With the recent decision on Obamacare, we were reminded of why this news matters far beyond the Supreme Court's steps. It matters in kitchens like the one in Ben Pumo's restaurant and for individuals and business owners across the country," Rubio said in the article.

He then highlighted a number of his concerns with both the Supreme Court's decision and the health care law itself.

"Obamacare is not the president's signature achievement. It's the signature example of the leadership failures and broken promises that have defined Obama's presidency," Rubio wrote.

The op-ed comes as the Florida senator continues his book tour, raising his profile with appearances and interviews at the same time Romney's campaign goes through the process of deciding on a vice-presidential pick.

Proponents of Rubio, whose parents emigrated from Cuba, say the senator would help Romney by narrowing the Latino gap between him and the president, and also bring votes in the crucial swing state of Florida.

While Rubio has repeatedly said he's not aiming for the VP gig, he has not been shy in boasting about his support for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Sources told CNN on Saturday that Rubio will hold a fund-raiser for Romney on Friday.

And a recent CNN/ORC International poll indicated that among those thought to be under consideration by the Romney campaign, Rubio has the highest name recognition.

"President Obama will keep Obamacare. Gov. Romney will repeal it and replace it with market-based reforms that empower individuals to get health insurance without having the IRS chasing them down if they don't. Never has a choice been more clear," Rubio wrote in the op-ed. "Never have the differences in two candidates been so stark."

– CNN's Emily Minner and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Florida • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. pkbkr

    Craig, I like your idea.....let Senate and the wealthy live without health insurance and see what it's like! President Obama is President of ALL Americans and looking out for ALL of us, not just the wealthy. Obama/Biden 2012

    July 8, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. lib

    Rubio needs to take a good look at Mitt and he will see what is very obvious. Mitt does not like HIspanics! Mitt does not like anybody but whites. Do you see any ethnic people around Mitt? As soon as President Obama came out to announce the Immigration policy Mitt dropped Rubio like a hot cake. Being vetted means nothing.

    July 8, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Rubio did I hear you correctly, are you saying that Romney wants to replace ObamaCare with RomneyCare, calling it O'romney Care?

    July 8, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How does Rubio plan on replacing the Affordable Care Act? I don't hear anything from him or Romney. There is no way it would get passed in the Senate. If Rubio is the choice for VP, then I see it only as pandering.

    July 8, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  5. obamaouttathere2012

    The ACA, or Obamacare can not directlybe repealed by executive order. However, waviers can be issued to certian states ( nevada already has one, obama granted it in exchange for nevada votes). Romney will issue waviers to all 50 states on his first day. I think Rubio would make a helpful addition to the Romney campaign and his goal of neuteralizing the ACA.

    July 9, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  6. Groucho Marx

    Proverbial Cuban arrogance killed the Rubio's dreams for Vice......I guess he never realize how unpopular he was inside independents and especially in the Latino Community...This is the reason why Romeny was ballistic to disqualify Rubio's intention.....Although I think Romney was a bit rude, but with the Cubans you can't be soft....Most of them keep a nasty attitude....

    July 9, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  7. Roy

    For the vast majority of Americans, who have health insurance, there is no "tax". In fact, many of the key provisions in ACA will reduce healthcare costs (most pundits don't talk about the Accountable Care Organizations and other elements that are already having a positive impact". For those who don't have health insurance and can't afford it, there is no fine or "tax". For the remainder who refuse to get health insurance but can afford it, you freeloaders will have to pay 1% of your income, because the rest of us have to pick up your tab when you use medical services, and you will.

    By not asking people to contribute to their healthcare, the GOP is supporting freeloaders, just like they support corporate freeloaders through oil subsidies, loose bank regulations that inevitably lead to bailouts, loose environmental regulations that lead to high healthcare costs, etc. Democrats are the real party of fiscal responsibility.

    July 9, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  8. Dave A

    Our country, down the toillret : Rubio and Romney

    July 9, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  9. Jorge

    What I can gather from these opinions is the democrats are very fearful of Mr. Rubio.

    July 9, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  10. Thomas

    @CRAIG
    I think the senate, congress & the wealthy should live without health insurance for one year and they would know what it's like to live in fear. How dare that child Rubio suggest Romney would repeal ACA. We must have health coverage for everyone. By the way, it will never be repealed & when Obama wins in November we will be on the road to a greater America.

    I would vote for that !

    Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the same !

    July 9, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  11. griffbos

    while I think Rubio has potential in the future and this maybe more a play for that instead of Mitt's VP pick, there are problems ahead, how does he explain to the Latin community his fight against the Dream act only to then only election try to propse his own only then to pull it after Obama puts in place Rubio's proposal into practice the latin communty are not mamón. t a time when Mitt has his own credibility problem, Rubio also has his own within his own community let alone with the Public, let us also not forget most republicans have been and still are blaming latinos for the countries problems..............a Latino for VP could very well be a Sarah Palin pick this year

    July 9, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
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