Romney laughs at V.P. speculation
June 19th, 2012
02:04 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney laughs at V.P. speculation

(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Tuesday addressed a recent news report that Sen. Marco Rubio is not being vetted to serve as Romney's No. 2, saying only he and the woman tapped to lead the search know "who is being vetted."

"I get a kick out of some of the speculation that goes on," Romney said on Fox News. "I'm not going to comment on the process of course, but I can tell you this: only Beth Myers and I know who is being vetted."

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The report from ABC News said Rubio, thought to be on a list of potential picks, was not being vetted to serve in the role. The story cited "Republican sources" who said Rubio had not been asked to complete any questionnaires or turn over any financial documents.

As acknowledged in the story, it is possible Rubio might still receive a background check. Romney tapped his former chief of staff Myers two months ago to head the search.

Rubio, the first term Florida senator, is a rising star within the Republican Party and has appeared with Romney on the campaign trail. Despite his national image, Rubio has repeatedly said he would not discuss the V.P. process in public, insisting he plans to remain a U.S. senator.

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The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has focused his attention on a Republican plan to address immigration for young Americans who entered the U.S. illegally. However, following President Barack Obama's announcement Friday of a plan for children of illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements to stave off deportation for two years, Rubio dropped plans to introduce his own legislation.

On Monday, Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said Obama's announcement "took away our momentum and made the politics a lot tougher."

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Kathy

    So Beth Myers, and not alexithymic Mitt, is picking out the VP? Who, by the way, is this Beth Myers? A female Karl Rove?

    June 19, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Mitt needs to choose a half Hispanic half Black gay female that leans to the right that way he'll have about every group covered that he is having problems with right now. If such a person does exist please call the Romney campaign ASAP!

    June 19, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Your neighbor Jose

    sorry, I can't vote for Rubio. I will only vote for Democrats beceause they are willing to break and ignore laws to help me stay here and get free government stuff. I will vote for my own self interest this November. It is easy to do now thanks to Obama.

    June 19, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    I don't know a lot about Rubio, but reading the blogs he doesn't seem too popular with the Latino base.


    I know a few Cuban Americans who aren't especially thrilled with him. He lied about his parents' immigration status, about how they fled Castro when in reality, they were in the states several years prior to Castro's overthrow of Bautista the fascist. My friends who hosted fundraiser for him are embarrased and angry because they feel used by his lies, and they have stated that if they had known they wouldn't have endorsed him for dog catcher.

    June 19, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Rubio isn't at the top of the list but is part of it. Why else would Rubio not put forth his own immigration plan? Romney doesn't lke it and can't have a VP offer something like that.

    June 19, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. ST

    Romney said: "only me and the woman tapped to lead the search know "who is being vetted."
    Not true. What about those being vetted. Then you are not only two who know.

    June 19, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. citizen9

    Was that Mitt's bus horn I heard blaring in the distance? I think Mitt and Rubio are still trying to get out of the Waffle House parking lot.

    June 19, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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