Who does Jeb Bush want for vice president?
March 21st, 2012
08:53 PM ET
11 years ago

Who does Jeb Bush want for vice president?

(CNN) – After Jeb Bush announced his support for Mitt Romney Wednesday morning, speculation swirled over whether the former Florida governor could be tapped as a running mate should Romney become the Republican presidential nominee.

But later in the day, Bush said he’d rather see the job go to someone else: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

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"He is the best orator of American politics today, a good family man,” Bush told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He is not only a consistent conservative, but he has managed to find a way to communicate a conservative message full of hope and optimism.”

Rubio, a rising GOP star who was elected with wide tea party support in 2010, has repeatedly shot down the notion of appearing on the GOP ticket.

In recent days, however, the senator has made moves that suggest to some political observers he may be interested in the gig.

Rubio changed the release date of his upcoming book, for example, from the fall to the summer, not long before the Republican National Convention in August. And this week CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby reported Rubio has agreed to headline a major GOP event in South Carolina this spring.

Bush on Wednesday said the Republican nominee will have a long list of potential running mates, but argued the GOP would make a wise pick in the junior senator from Florida.

"There is a strong field to pick from, but Marco Rubio to me would be the best choice," he said.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Jeb Bush • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. GI Joe.

    If he thinks those glasses make us forget who his family is, he's crazy as his brother.

    March 21, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Momfia3

    Why is it such a big deal about Jeb Bush and who he endorses?

    March 21, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Who cares, republican party is going to get guted in Nov Dem landslide and won't be back for decades, they should be thrown out of goverment altogether!!!

    March 21, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Rubio is also a liar, fabricating the truth about when and why his parents moved from Cuba.

    Just another Repub opportunist willing to say and do anything to get attention ...

    March 21, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Real American

    I don't care if they dig Regan up President Obama will smash any comers including this hot air bag Rubio there message is all the same the world is coming to a end and It's Obama fault he's the reason for everything that's going wrong in the world if you believe there B.S

    March 21, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Debbie

    Well while Jeb will be Romney's VP it will be like he is President the way Cheney was VP for GW but was really the President.

    March 21, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that Rubio would really help get Florida for the GOP nominee. That is really part of the calculus for him being the VP on the ticket. He is a rising star and would fall far if he didn't make it.

    March 21, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. rc0213

    Romney – The liberals' favorite GOP Candidate. Don't vote for Romney. Please tell all your friends to vote, we need a big turnout.
    These are a few reasons why Romney is considered liberal:

    1) Romney created RomneyCare which ObamaCare is based on. Romney said he would repeal ObamaCare. Why would he if he supports RomneyCare, he is not telling the truth.

    2) Most decisions Romney made as Govenor was liberal, not conservative. So, what make you think he will be conservative all of a sudden?

    3) Romney lost to McCain by a landslide last GOP Primary, and McCain lost to Obama by a landslide. So, how is Romney going to win this time?

    4) When Obama wishes Romney well in the election and name calls and villianizes the other candidates, beware!

    5) Have you noticed the mass press and critics have shredded apart every GOP candidate except Romney? That is because they know Romney fits their agenda.

    Please, if you love the USA, vote for anyone but Romney.

    March 21, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    Dick Cheney?

    March 21, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. NotFooledByDistractions

    "Who does Jeb Bush want for vice president?"

    Who cares? He's a bush – I wouldn't trust him if he said the sky is blue.

    March 21, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. BunnyBunny

    I cannot believe that the republicans are so stupid to keep going back to the Bush family. After W nearly destroyed the USA. It's like some nut that keeps hitting his self in the heard with a hammer. Thinking this time will be better.

    March 21, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. Strategic Bob

    of course he would rather see someone else get the second slot on the GOP ticket. why be the second seat in a plane you know is going to crash and burn? let someone else earn their martyr's wings...

    March 22, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. thomas

    Do you miss George Walker Bush yet?

    Imagine what he could do as Vice President, He could help Mitt fill in the blanks.

    Rubio would be a great Secretary of Transportation.

    March 22, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  14. Tony

    Eva Longeria already secured the Latino vote & Jeb is too savy to board the sinking S\S Romney as its VP. Admiral Ann made it worst for Mitt by taking her panic to Piers Morgan.

    March 22, 2012 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  15. Matt

    What everyone missed is it was Huntsman that Obama feared and sent him off to China. Huntsman as nominee was his greatest threat, Romney was his second. The Obama campaign prefer to run against Romney than Huntsman and they would prefer a right wing conservative. By using Republican assets Jeb Bush on American Latinos, conservatives to rally the conservative base to vote for Romney. Energize the Republican base to get out and rally behind Romney and to vote, as with Huntsman, Romney has the ability to pick up more moderates in the electorate. That is the real issue is getting the conservatives out to rally and vote for Romney. in numbers and picking up the moderates that would not vote for Obama or Republican. This is the sort of election people are inclined to sit out, big let down disaffected moderates, after the last election. The other two are trying to put a strong enough challenge to Romney to get the nod for VP.

    March 22, 2012 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Oh yes, the third bush endorsing somebody like rubio who is even less qualified, according to what the teapublikans were saying, than a certain candidate in 2008 who has turned out to be a pretty good president after all.
    This is from the same man that prodded by the NRA signed a Florida law that cost a 17 year old his life. If you feel threatened in Florida you can shoot at will. I doesn't matter that the perceived threat is carrying a bad of Skittles! Just what we need another trigger happy (dead or alive but don't bother me about bin laden while I golf) shrub leadiing us.

    March 22, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rubio is an anchor baby that Bush helped get to a position of prominence. Rubio is not very bright, but has connections.

    March 22, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  18. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Sure, just add another liar to the ticket. That seems to be the only common qualification GOBP cult-members share.

    March 22, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |