Rubio to campaign with Romney
April 20th, 2012
06:04 PM ET
11 years ago

Rubio to campaign with Romney

(CNN) – A rising Republican star considered to be on the party's vice presidential short list will campaign on Monday with likely nominee Mitt Romney, campaign officials told CNN.

Romney and Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, will make their first joint campaign appearance outside of Philadelphia, the officials said. Rubio endorsed Romney earlier this month, but the two did not appear together.

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Rubio has thrown water on suggestions he would be picked to join Romney on the GOP ticket, saying as recently as Thursday he would reject such an offer.

"You know that's not going to happen," he said. "The bottom line is I really want to do a good job in the Senate. I think the Senate is a very valid place to shape and drive American policy."

Rubio's Cuban heritage could help Romney close a 40-point disadvantage to President Barack Obama among Hispanic voters, as seen in a recent Pew survey. Rubio's popularity in Florida could also help Romney earn that swing state.

CNN's Jim Acosta, Steve Brusk, Rachel Streitfeld, and Ashley Killough contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Oh goodie – a lying Cuban with a lying Mormon (the mormon church baptised Hitler to make him one of their own - look it up - and rubio's parents are communists - proven).

    April 20, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    But just imagine a Rubio – Biden debate. Judging on Biden's debate with Sarah Palin, thinking ( and talking ) on his feet is not his best effort. She was confidently controlling the debate and he was just trying to keep up. Which he did not. Even better, imagine Biden trying to debate Paul Ryan or Condoleeza Rice. Both are brilliant and would easily do what Mitt Romney needed them to do. Win.

    April 20, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. B

    Rubio has zero influence outside of florida.

    April 20, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Wow. A fake Mexican and a fake Cuban exile... Bet there a hit with Latinos...

    April 20, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Miguel

    Rubio has to say that now or he looks like a Political opportunist! It will be Romney/Rubio...

    April 20, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. scottf

    Whew!! I am relieved to hear from the Republicans that Ted Nugent is the brightest of the brightest in the Tea Party. It is a relief to know that such an intelligent and classy person is representing the right wing.

    April 20, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Tyrone

    Look, can you imagine what the for fathers would think of the Bishops going after Surpressing the votes of the disabled & poor???? Romney is not a true American. If he was, he would stand up & talk about not wanting to take away the rights of American Voices. Can a brother get all up in here wit some Freedom of Speech????

    April 20, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is time for Rubio to self deport. He is an anchor baby, much like Mittens.

    April 20, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Bill

    If this guy is the future of the GOP, then they are in worse shape than anyone thought. If he becomes Romney's running mate, he still will be unable to deliver Florida in the general. Lack of character is a serious flaw.

    April 20, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Larry L

    He'll try to help Romney shake the Etch-A-Sketch when Hispanic voters question Romney's close association with the immigration radical from Arizona. Rubio wil "splain" (as pronounced by Ricky Ricardo) how Romney can have two opposite positions on Hispanic immigrants at any given moment in time. He's a "Fleep-Flupper" (this time pronounced by the Frito Bandito). (Note:These racist comments score big in conservative circles – but not on television! )

    April 20, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Only romney would campaign with the token Latino robio to pander to the Latino voters and then deport them, don't worry Latinos, both of these bums will never be elected to public office again after the Dem landslide blowout in Nov along with many more losses by the teabag clowns in congress.

    April 20, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. mk1

    I have heard that Rubio is not necessarily the darling of the Hispanic community everyone talks about. After all, he lied about his family's immigration to the US, and he is Cuban, which is a privileged group, where other Hispanics resent that special treatment. Besides, Romney has said his number one consideration of a VP will be readiness to be President should that need arise. Rubio and NM Governor Martinez certainly do not fit that criteria.

    April 20, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Gurgyl


    April 20, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Anita

    WOW! Rubio is coming north to help pander for Mitt!

    April 20, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    rubio might have the Cuban heritage but the lies he told to those same Cubans about his family history is not gong to help him at all.
    His family left Cuba before castro then came back to again leave for the US. Something he doesn't remember? How many people are forced to leave their country with one suitcase and the clothes on their back leaving behind friends, family and your life and NOT REMEMBER!?!?!?!?

    April 20, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Wake up people

    I guess we know who the VP candidate will be.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 20, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Moron,from a fl voter who won't be voting for any teapublican bafoons, thanks teaparty morons.

    April 20, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Donkey Party

    Why does the media always use the term "rising star" for any of the GOP house or senate noobs? There are no "stars" in the GOP, just a bunch of domestic terrorists. They are worse then the Taliban or Al Queda, because they're already here on our soil.

    April 21, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Testing the VP waters, I see. The GOP is in for a big surprise when they see how unpopular Rubio is with the non-Cuban Hispanic community ...

    April 21, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  20. Showmeyerpapers

    DEPORT "marco" jackpot baby rubby oh

    April 21, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    This discussion to me is the Republican version of a non existent "Dream Act" of Republican policy towards hispanics or illegal immigration.
    The polls show for Romney as president a huge uphill battle to even move this vote enough to be significant in the end result of who wins Obama or Romney.
    Rubio is too young to take the risk now. He will lay low and live to fight on another much more favorable future date

    April 21, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  22. Thomas

    Viva Rubio , he will be on TV talking Spanish .

    April 21, 2012 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Yeah, send him to speak in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California where they love hearing about the wet-foot/dry-foot policy the INS has towards Cubans. That'll get the votes. What? Don't you folks recognize sarcasm when you read it?

    April 21, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  24. johnmccain

    I am just wondering, what are the great accomplishments of this guy, Rubio. All say that he is a wunderkid of the repubs but not one word of his accomplishments or talent other than stretching the truth in his bio has been mentioned. Did he do anything for business, for policy, for poor, for education, advancement of anything or anybody? Even his hair is fake. Whoever does a comb over, is not genuinely honest. But this latter one is secondary, however, funny.

    April 21, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |