March 29th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Rubio: I'm not going to be vice president

Washington (CNN) - For the record, it's still no. But is Florida's Republican Sen. Marco Rubio leaving his vice presidential options open? Consider how he answered the question Thursday to CNN.

"My answer hasn't changed on the vice presidential stuff. I know people keep asking me but my answer hasn't changed," Rubio told CNN one day after announcing his endorsement of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.

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If his answer hasn't changed, that certainly applies to now. But could his response change tomorrow or three months from now?

Last May, on NBC's "Meet the Press," Rubio said "under no circumstances" would he appear on the 2012 Republican ticket.

Asked whether that Shermanesque-sounding "under no circumstances" response still applies, Rubio told CNN, "Yeah, I'm not going to be the vice president." The smiling senator did not elaborate further.

Rubio offered a stout defense of his endorsement, noting Romney's main rivals, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have all but pinned their hopes on a contested convention.

"They have said the only way they can win is in a floor fight in Tampa. I think a floor fight in Tampa is the worst possible thing we can do in terms of winning in November," Rubio said.

Rubio also echoed Romney's criticism of the president's open-mic moment with Russia's Dmitry Medvedev.

"When you have the president telling a foreign leader to work with him because he'll have more flexibility after he's elected, I think it's a worrisome indication," Rubio said. "Not just on foreign policy but what others issues does the president intend to pursue his flexibility on once the election is over?"

Putting Rubio on the ticket is widely seen as one of Romney's few existing plausible options for closing the GOP's favorability gap among Latino voters.

Rubio told CNN he would like to see the Republican Party repair its image on the issue of immigration. During the primaries, Romney has taken a hawkish stance on illegal immigration. But Rubio said he is comfortable with Romney's position on the issue.

"I think he believes in the pro-legal immigration system and so do I," Rubio told CNN.

"I think that's what the Republican Party needs to increasingly be sure people know – that is we are the pro-legal immigration party," he added.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    That's correct. Biden's already got that job. Street sweeper is still available though.
    Obam 2012. Seriously America.

    March 29, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    "Not just on foreign policy but what others issues does the president intend to pursue his flexibility on once the election is over?"
    Marco, your guy is the Etch-A-Sketch candidate. What does he intend on flipping on once the primaries are over is what you should be concerned about. BTW senator, I need to see your long form birth certificate just to make sure you're not one of Castro's infiltrators.

    March 29, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. John

    It's always a "no" until it's a "yes."

    March 29, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Rubio must know that if he is put on the ticket, then conservatives would demand his college transcripts.

    March 29, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Susan

    Thank you God

    March 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. simp

    No you are not, Joe Biden will be the VP. I live in FL and this crook like all the other repubilican crooks here think the sun
    wont come up until they get up in the morning. This loser is such a liar, and it will come back to bite him.

    March 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Romney-campaign.."Coalesce"

    People first is more important than any GOP-candidate..."coalesce means what" ? Abandon democracy and the Peoples' right to vote and choose the candidate by the people for the people.....!

    March 29, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Emperor Vadik, CA

    of course he wont be Vice President....

    ...he thinks he can be President in 2016, after Obama's second term is over....

    March 29, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    "They have said the only way they can win is in a floor fight in Tampa. I think a floor fight in Tampa is the worst possible thing we can do in terms of winning in November," Rubio said.
    Actually the worst possible thing has already occurred. The GOP has been hijacked by anti-intellectual bigots. I know that not all Republicans are as inept and dim as Bush II, Palin, Santorum, Bachmann… etc. and I really feel for those remaining sensible members of the party. Opposing positions, ideas and opinions are needed to address the complex problems of 21st century America, but they need to come from reasonable and informed sources.

    Obama 2012

    March 29, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    Truer words were never spoken – even if you ARE mittens' running mate you won't be VP 'cause he won't be prez.

    March 29, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Jane

    "I'm not going to be V.P." So true, for at least two reasons: 1) Republicans are not going to win the outhouse this year, let alone the White House; and 2) he doesn't want to be tied to an albatross like Romney because it will mess up his 2016 bid (which will also fail).

    March 29, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Sniffit it me or does he look crazy pastey? Make sure you stay out of the FL sun, Captain Cubano...I'm pretty sure the GOP/Teatrolls want everyone to know your heritage, but don't want you to really look like it.

    What will be funniest is to see how many like Captain Cubano or NJ's beligerent, bloviating Governor Seacow...and other "up and coming" clowns...refuse to run with Mittens because they know it's a loss waiting to happen and don't want their future prospects marred by it being on their record. All they have to do is loko at how Jabberwocky Barbie's chances at ever holding national office went out the window to understand what it could do to their own daydreams of power and lobbyist riches. Of course, the yappy yokel got herself pretty rich despite being exposed as a vapid, undereducated, loudmouthed political mess, so I suppose there is still a possibility one of these guys will choose to settle for just the riches.

    March 29, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Sean

    Why didn't he endorse Romney before the Florida primary TWO MONTHS AGO? His endorsement is absoultey worthless at this point. What a cowardly, calculating weasel he is.

    March 29, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. TomInRochNY

    Yeah, he's seen the current state of the GOP and doesn't want to end his political career before it has really started.

    March 29, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Republican Not Voting for Romney

    No of course you won't be VP, women will not forget you put your name on that horrible amendment.

    March 29, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. WhereIsPalin

    "Yeah, I'm not going to be the vice president." .............Of course not. Not unless Obama dumps Biden and chooses him.

    March 29, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Dave

    Just look at that PLASTIC smerk, he is saying to himself, ah ha America, Im gonna do what ever is necessary to sutrpress the Elderly & Minority vote to get Team Tabby Nackle a win & get a great position all up in that Romney Admin!

    March 29, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. martin

    He was born in Cuba, that's why.

    March 29, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    For once, he's telling the TRUTH because he CAN'T produce his LONG FORM birth certificate if asked.

    March 29, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. GonzoinHouston

    I'm getting a feeling from most of the top republicans that they've written off 2012 and are just positioning themselves for 2016. Running as veep on a losing ticket would hurt the current office-holders, but Saint Torum isn't in office. He doesn't have the lucrative lobbying practice that Newt can return to. It would give him lots more publicity and a chance to cement his position with the Christian Taliban. Watch for Romney/Santorum, and then watch it go down in flames.

    March 29, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    @ Emperor Vadik, CA

    I agree with you. Good point.

    March 29, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. ST

    What are republicans thinking? You bring Rubio you are doomed to fail. You need a person who can sway the real conservatives. They are not easy going folks, if you do think they will join you come Nov. Think again what it means by a person being conservative!

    March 29, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Marco, the truth is you wouldn't be the Veep whether you were on the ticket or not. You are more damaged than Thomas Eagleton was in the 1972 elections for George McGovern. By the way, just how much did you charge the Florida Republican Party's credit card for your personal use, anyway? Was it worth all the press that will come out on it every time you run for election?

    March 29, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |