Rubio shoots down V.P. question
May 1st, 2011
03:31 PM ET
11 years ago

Rubio shoots down V.P. question

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio ruled out appearing on the Republican presidential ticket in 2012 in the number one or number two spot, under any circumstances.

"I won't consider it. I don't want to be vice president of the United States. I want to be a senator," Rubio said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I'm not going to be on a ticket in 2012 … under no circumstances."

Instead of predicting the future of the GOP field, the Tea Party favorite from Florida said the most important call he can make is for presidential leadership. Without stewardship from President Barack Obama, Rubio said, America can't tackle Medicare, the deficit or its standing in the world.

"The president has failed to lead," Rubio said. "I want him to lead. Americans want him to lead."

"I'd rather him lead than just hope my party succeeds, but he's not leading and we're going to pay a tremendous price for that," Rubio said.

If he fails, Rubio said he should be replaced in the next election.

"Anybody's beatable in American politics," Rubio said. "I learned that myself."

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • President Obama
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Anybody's beatable in American politics," Rubio said. "I learned that myself'

    Yes, but was before all those old white tea baggers knew the GOP was for dismantling Medicare for their kids and grand kids!

    May 1, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. FM

    Does this young lad understands what it means by "leadership"?. Is leadership to execute what the other party is fond of??????

    May 1, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    Thank God! How can anyone sound so intelligent and yet be so stupid. Oh, that is because he is a teabugger!

    May 1, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. B

    This guy talks like most Republicans, a broken tape recorder that repeats the same talking points over and over with the same response after every question asked.

    Preprogramed automatons with no independent thought process whatsoever.

    May 1, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. todd

    Tough break, NY. You are stuck with him. What the he!! were you thinking?

    May 1, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. annie s

    He's done a fine job leading, Marco, he just hasn't led in the backward direction you and the Republican Party/Tea Party would like.

    May 1, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. ED FL

    The Miami guy who still can not account for all the GOP money that went down the drainwhen he was speaker of the florida house and after his family and friends took all the freebees America gave the Cubans [Including Rubio] Health benefits ,education food stamps and anything that was free and now wants to take away those benefits from the needy. I wonder if he ever paid back his then free educationfunds Now a wealthy guy whose main Mission is to do away with those benefits now that he has money.Lets see the reporters start checking out his background. He will be gone in the 2016 election.All that group in that area are hopingto takeover and control Cuba if given the chance.

    May 1, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Larry L

    The Republican Senators used 79 filibusters – even blocking legislation they crafted themselves. The Republican Senators were political terrorists, working to make the President fail, even in a time of crisis for America. Are Republican Senators not required to exhibit strong leadership for the Congress? What kind of business could succeed with that business model? The Party of No remains nothing more than corporate prostitutes. Now that I've made that comment I feel ashamed. I should never be that insulting to prostitutes...

    May 1, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. MAC

    Obama cannot be that smart if he does not see America is in trouble finacially and that the Unions, taxes, and more spending are not the solution. I would not be suprised if Obama was a gentleman c at Harvard like Kerry was. With the people in Congress and the White House with Ivy League credentials, the Ivy League Schools are not putting out a top quality product, just a bunch of "Liberal Elitest!"

    May 1, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    He is my Senator. I watched him at a Tea Party Rally in Palm Beach. He spoke to retiree's that already are on Social Security and Medicare. He then proceeded to tell them...we will keep it for you then take it away from people my age (53). We have some very selfish grandma's and grandpa's down here in Florida....they just love him.

    May 1, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    VP?!? First the GOBPbaggers need a credible presidential candidate. I don't see that happening in the next two years, seeing as how they're all some combination of necocons, ignorant racists, extreme right social conservatives and Friedman/Rand cultists unable to admit they worship a failed "religion" of greed, tax cuts for the filthy rich and deregulation. Robots all.

    May 1, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. fayse

    Marco Rubuio at this point has no independent nor original thoughts. I have listened to his speeches and he parrots the talking points of the established Tea Party/Republican opinions. Unless he can come up with his original opinions, then I will pass on this young man. The Tea Party, as far as I am concerned is soon to be history,, much the same as the John Birch Society. For those who have not studied this, the Koch brothers father was a founder and supporter of the John Birch Society and, the American People rejected that movement many, many years ago. to my fellow Americans, please do the research. America is not for sale. You cannot allow people who have sold out America for mega bucks. Rush Limbaugh,Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Donald Trump have all sold out America for big contracts with Fox. Do you really believe that they care about you, middle America?

    May 1, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. BeverlyNC

    Rubio will never be anything but a footnote in FL politics. Another loser the People regret voting for..... the Tea Party and their ignorant followers are passe' and irrelevant. Racism is not a winning platform.

    May 1, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Aaron

    Do it, Rubio. Be on a ticket with Bachmann, Palin, Trump, or Romney and end your political career when you loose bigtime.

    May 1, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. car oll ray

    You can tell this is cnn, viewers only one view can't look at anything,that has two ways, Maybe it is time to really look at all government subsidies. There is a lot of waste, and fraud.

    May 1, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |