Romney campaign contemplating bumping Rubio for Ann Romney
August 24th, 2012
03:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign contemplating bumping Rubio for Ann Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Mitt Romney campaign is considering a dramatic scheduling change for the GOP convention to guarantee his wife, Ann, a much larger national audience – but the shift could also cause tensions with a rising GOP star and Latinos, CNN has learned.

If Ann Romney is moved to Thursday night, she would introduce her husband and bump Sen. Marco Rubio from that role. GOP sources confirm such a move is under consideration but stress, like many other convention scheduling questions, no final decision has been made.

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Initially, there had been talk of moving Ann Romney from Monday to Tuesday, which could overshadow or compete with the keynote address of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. If the Ann Romney to Thursday shift is made, one of the sources told CNN Rubio likely would slide back to Tuesday, which has some of his advisers upset.

The Romney campaign is contemplating this move, because the broadcast networks have no plans to air the opening night of the convention, which Ann Romney is scheduled to headline. Those networks do plan limited coverage of the remaining three days.

A Romney campaign spokeswoman declined to discuss any hypothetical scheduling moves.

Ann Romney is considered by many people to be one of her husband's strongest surrogates by helping to soften up his image as a calculated businessman.

But the move could also create problems for Romney with Latino voters – specifically Cubans in South Florida – who are considered a key constituency in helping Romney in his bid to win Florida. Cuban Americans traditionally vote Republican and many view Rubio as a future presidential candidate himself.

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    They KNOW that the woman vote is a lost cause. Since most minorities are backing President Obama, they have to do Something to interest Someone to vote for them, which is in no way going to happen.

    August 24, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Translation: Mittens is far more concerned about how terrible he's doing with womens' votes than he is about the hispanic vote. Both are probably lost causes for him at this point, but it seems he thinks he can regain some traction by throwing Queen Ann at the women. No wonder Rinse Penis was throwing a hissy fit about the MSM deciding to COVER THE CONVENTIONS EQUALLY. They were skipping Queen Ann's speech...and he was covering up his desperation over the female vote by projecting bias onto the MSM despite, again, the coverage being exactly equal.

    August 24, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Either that or Mittens was told that he is forever sleeping on the couch if she doesn't get to make her speech when the major networks are covering the GOP/Teatroll cricus.

    August 24, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Fox News Rules the News World

    Leave her speak on Monday... Everybody will be watching her on the ONLY Fair & Balanced news channel around, FOX NEWS. Nobody watches the networks anymore. They are biased dinosaurs.

    August 24, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If Ann Romney is moved to Thursday night, she would introduce her husband and bump Sen. Marco Rubio from that role.
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    Umm, nooo, if An Romney is moved to Thursday she'll get the TV coverage that she wouldn't get if they go with the original schedule where she was speaking on Monday.
    NO TV COVERAGE OF RNC ON MONDAY BY ANY OF THE MAJOR NETWORKS.
    I guess FOX covering their every brain fart just isn't enough for these boobs.

    Lookit who they are willing to "sacrifice" the suck-up-wannabe Cuban. The Latino gets it in the end from the GOP AGAIN!

    August 24, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    "Rinse Penis", LOL! He is a dirty little thing, isn't he?

    August 24, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Let's float the idea out there first and see what kind of feedback/backlash we get. If they don't know what to expect from this decision then the Romneys are far more arrogant and out of touch than I ever suspected.

    August 24, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    Translation: Mittens is far more concerned about how terrible he's doing with womens' votes than he is about the hispanic vote. Both are probably lost causes for him at this point, but it seems he thinks he can regain some traction by throwing Queen Ann at the women.
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    You're far too generous. You give them credit for foresight and having a fallback plan. Think Thurston Howell III.

    August 24, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. nothing new here

    So instead of courting the Latino vote, Romney's camp is going to try to gain more women's votes.
    Brilliant – NOT.
    I suppose Reverend Rick Warren is out of the question – ROFL :)

    August 24, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Say No to Willard Romney Hood and Personhood Ann Ryand

    Queen Ann can't save Willard. Her last 2 primetime interviews have gone over like a lead balloon. She's already tarnished. Put go ahead and put that lipstick on.

    August 24, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    I'd rather have a root canal than have to listen to her call us "YOU PeOPle" and get sympathy votes because she is afflicted with the same illnesses that uninsured people are inflicted with every day.

    She's a liar just like her husband.

    August 24, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. TheAverageAmerican

    America is becoming more and more rainbow. It's time we get used to the Rainbow White House. Enough of the typical rich white man (who cannot relate to most of us) with a blond woman at his side representing us. It's time to have super-bright, super-achievers who are blacks, Hispanics, Asians, etc. representing a half of American politics. The Obamas are leading the way. God bless the Obamas. God bless America!

    August 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    ►If Ann Romney is moved to Thursday night, she would introduce her husband and bump Sen. Marco Rubio from that role.◄
    It does not matter because Hurricane Isaac has on his own mind and will bump all of ya'll, including the trolls!!
    LOL – If this angers Hispanics that support Rubio – does the campaign really believe they would then vote for Obama – He will be BUMPED!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 24, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. pntherpaw86

    Can Mittens do ANYTHING right? I'm seriously starting to reassess how much of an idiot I thought he was. At first it seemed as though he was a greedy businessman who wanted to have one final crowning achievement in his life of success by becoming President. But now I'm really not sure how competent the man is either. It's just gaff after stupid decision after poor judgement not knowing how the actions of his campaign will play out. Seriously, this man is NOT ready to be President. God help us all if Obama isn't re-elected in November!

    August 24, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Flip flop ,we told you ,you need to be brain dead , and stupid to vote for this tax cheat back stabber !!!!!!

    August 24, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Can't say it matters to me one way or another when she speaks. He lost my vote waaaaaaay back when.

    August 24, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Let the Cuban park the cars .

    Rubio Valet parking !

    August 24, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    Ann Romney is considered by many people to be one of her husband's strongest surrogates by helping to soften up his image as a calculated businessman.

    **************

    Please, pretty please, "bump" Rubio for Amnesty Ann. I'm looking forward to seeing her expensive clothes that she undoubtly bought off the backs of unemployed, pension-less ex employees (that her husband stepped on). I also can't wait until she tells about her illnesses and struggles in life while she advocates for taking mine away. Please, pretty please let Amnesty Ann have a much larger national audience. In the meantime, we still want to see their tax returns for the last 10 years.

    August 24, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Correction:

    I also can't wait until she tells about her illnesses and struggles in life (PAID FOR WITH HEALTH INSURANCE) while she advocates for taking mine away.

    August 24, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. kayla

    queen ann cannot convince any woman to vote for the stiff

    August 24, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Who cares? Coverage of hurricane Isaac will be more interesting to watch.

    August 24, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Anna B

    LOL – Is Mitt purposefully doing everything he can to offend Hispanics and alienate Florida voters? That can be the only explanation at this point!

    August 24, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Amused!

    There go both the women's vote and the latino vote! The women will know there being pandered to and the latino's will know they are being screwed! Bye, Bye Mittens and Ayn Ryan!

    August 24, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. rh

    Isn't it weird that the wives of both the presidential and vice presidential GOP candidates are Ann?

    August 24, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. ConsiderThis

    Queen Ann. That's about right. They have no clue about how 98% of us live. What difference does it make who speaks on Thursday. It won't change the fact that Romney wants to be the President of a country that's not good enough for his money to be kept in. Or, he wants to be President of a government that's not good enough for him to support by paying the same percentage of taxes that the people he wishes to govern pay. Come to think of it, it does sound like we're looking at the republican candidate for King and Queen of America.

    August 24, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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