June 2nd, 2012
03:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Would a Latino running mate help Romney?

Washington (CNN) - At the Council on Foreign relations this week, Sen. Marco Rubio talked tough on the international hotspot of the day, Syria.

"It's time to act now. I don't want to score political points on this issue, I want to see it resolved," Rubio told Time Magazine's Rick Stengel, the event's moderator.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Brian Sandoval • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • Susana Martinez
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  1. 2020

    Marco Rubio talked tough on the international hotspot of the day, Syria? What is this? Is it an episode of the APPENTICE, charted by DONALD? What a gong show.

    June 2, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. ClemVinson

    Talking heads like Mr. Rubio do nothing more than show off their lack of understanding about geo-political scenarios like this one. Hey, I would greatly appreciate it if they stopped slaughtering people as well (especially women and children), but not at the expense of starting a proxy war with China and Russia. That would lead to even more mass death. But hey, Marco got his newsblurp that keeps him in the spotlight. Take your "political points" and call it a day buddy.

    June 2, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Nope, most American/legal Latinos know of and hate the "papers please" Laws in Arizona and in other states.
    Repubs, you cant discrimination against an American group, whether it be Latinos, Women, Gays, Blacks, Muslims
    (regarding the mosques), etc and expect them to vote for you in the General Election. Repubs lose

    June 2, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    I think about as much as a female one did for McCain in 2008.

    June 2, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. zulu

    Mr Rubio needs to stop worrying about foreign policies, something he not a clue about, and concentrate on how his governor in florida is purging the latino votes, who are his constituents, he's purging 60% of the latino voters amd he's worrying about foreign policies smh

    June 2, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    It might make a difference if the person were Mexican because immigration is mainly about Mexicans and Dominicans. Cubans mainly go Republican and Central & South Americans are small in numbers and many are not used to voting and don't feel an attachment to the USA, they keep attached to their own countries. Puerto Ricans even though they are American they will vote Democrat regardless.

    June 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Have courage, a brain and heart would help Rmoney. Calling for the wealthy to make specific sacrifices, to share in the sacrifices the rest of us have made, would help Rmoney. Denouncing the failed policies of his failed GOBP cult, like deregulation and tax cuts for the filthy rich, would help Rmoney. Supporting the millionaire tax would help Rmoney. Paying the same effective tax rate as most Americans would help Rmoney. A latino running mate? Not so much.

    June 2, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. John

    I don't think anything or anybody going to help Mitt Romney to win.

    June 2, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. dreamer96

    This Mitt's VP, going to double as Mitt's Man Servant???

    June 2, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    The short answer is no it would not. it is not the man/womann that garners votes in this instance it is what policies the party they represent offers.
    Add to that the current three touted here are not qualified to be President just like Palin and would be bad choices.

    June 2, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Mario

    These people are all sell out and want be's. They DO NOT represent MEXICAN AMERICANS. All want to do is send young CHILDREN back to MEXICO and reword the top 1%.

    June 2, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    Yep, just like putting a skirt on the Geezer/Gidget ticket swept them into office in '08.

    Maybe one day the GOP will figure out the voters outside their base, are smarter than the average 8 year old.

    June 2, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Former Republican for President Obama

    A Latino won't help Romney anymore than a woman helped McCain. Republicans hate Latinos and women.

    June 2, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. fernace

    No it wont! Rubio is on the wrong side of his people & they know it! I believe he's actually known as a traitor of what latinos need! The truth is that it doesn't matter what group you belong to, the GOTP want to decimate any1 who isn't Rich! That seems to be their purpose in this election! Their agend a is not to tell us how they will do things differently, but to rely on diminishing & denouncing what Obama has accomplished w/out them! Let's talk about racism for a moment: Name another President who has had his birth certificate so scrutinized, had No co-operation from the other party, who has made a huge difference taking our nation off the cliff of "1930" & has done it w/little or no co-operation of the other party! In fact they have engaged in ways to make sure he wont be re-elected & still are! Many people are calling for Obama to give what he gets, but he stays serene & works for All of us! He's the epitome of grace under pressure & he has not stopped working for All Of Us! Obama 2012!!

    June 2, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Sydnium S. Washington

    If McCain wanted women voters, Palin didn't. If Romney wants Latino voters, who will be the veep?

    June 2, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Tired of republican lies

    A resounding NO!!!!

    June 2, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Exercise in futility because of the GOP/Tea Party war on hard working Hispanic immigrants in America.

    June 2, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. enuff

    Let's get a grassroot organization together and start heckling Romney with "Where"s the Beef?" when it comes to his so called campaigning. So far, all I see is pandering to particular crowds, complaining about what Obama is or isn't doing... but he is not providing any "meat" to anything he would propose as president to fix anything he sees is wrong. I mean other than giving himself a tax cut on day one.

    June 2, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. saywho

    No one can help Romney.

    June 2, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Sorensen

    In his heart (if he has any) Romney has no respect for latinos or indeed any other non-white people. This is one of the key
    reasons for his artificial and akward behaviour pattern.
    If a majority of people find out about this, it will be his achilles heel.
    Mr. Plouffe in the white house should wake up sooner rather than later.

    June 2, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Sean

    The idea of this empty suit lightweight "talking tough" is laughable. Rubio is about as intimidating as Pee Wee Herman is.

    June 2, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    MaryM- Most all of the Latinos I know that are LEGAL immigrants, or native born are not in favor of all of the ILLEGALS cheating and coming to America without going through the legal process and will vote accordingly, not as a solid block with the DIMS!

    June 2, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Would fake enthusiasm fool the Latino community? Are they that stupid?

    June 2, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is the top of the ticket that gets the votes. I don't think a Latino would help Romney since Romney doesn't really support the needs of the people.

    June 2, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  25. BeverlyNC

    Absolutely not. The various Hispanic groups are not stupid. Republicans have fought every single effort for Hispanic issues. Republicans are bigots who think all Hispanics are illegals or only capable of using a leaf blower. They treat Hispanics with disrespect and throwing in a VP candidate like Rubio is a slap in the face. It is an openly hypocritical move and should alienate the Hispanic population even more from Republican discrimination towards them.
    If they want real reform and respect, they should get the vote out for President Obama and for all Democratic seats in Congress so we can pass the Dream Act and open pathways to citizenship, education, and respect.
    Republicans hate anyone who is not white, male, and rich like they are. They just insulted the Asian population with their 100+ anti-abortion bills (and 0 jobs bills). Their latest attack on our rights as women was another anti-abortion bill in the House where abortions done because you did not want that sex of child were to be banned – why this law? – because Republicans said the Asian population was prone to doing this. Huh? Another sick stereotype of another ethnic population Republicans do not know or respect.
    The Civil Rights era was fought once and we should not have to fight it again with backwards and bigoted Republicans. We are ALL Americans and President Obama is the only leader who fights for ALL of us equally. I stand with my President because he stands up and fights for all ethnic groups and all People from workers to women to veterans and wants us all to have opportunities and prosper. Get out and vote straight Democratic if you want a real democracy back and your rights back in our country.

    June 2, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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