Marco Rubio Still Saying He Won't Accept VP Nomination; He's the Favorite Anyway; You Can (Literally) Bet on It

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An Ohio television interview scheduled to air Sunday will feature Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio reiterating that he isn't interested in the vice presidential nomination.

"I'm not going to be the vice president, and I'm not running for a national office," Rubio told the Ohio News Network. When asked if he would decline if asked, Rubio said, "It's been my answer every time I've been asked; it's not going to change now."

He has said it over and over again. But a Politico story earlier this week outlines steps he and his political action committee are taking that signal other plans -- or at least possibilities.

The story, headlined online as "Marco Rubio builds A-Team to control image, bio," reports that he's spending "an extraordinary amount of time, money and effort to define himself on the national stage before his political enemies -- and a probing press corps -- do it first." Scott Wong reports the first-term senator is "racing" to publish his autobiography and repeats the revelation that Rubio's PAC spent more than $40,000 to investigate, uh, Rubio:
Some in his operation say the staffing and money spent are comparable to Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's efforts when they arrived in the Senate with big names and even bigger ambition... "We spent a day and a half explaining what church he went to when he was 8," lamented one top adviser. "We are getting a proctological exam on a daily basis."
Maybe he's been forced into the national spotlight against his will, or maybe he's just saying he doesn't want to be vice president in public to keep people off his back for a while. If Rubio is discussing things with Romney (or Santorum or Gingrich or whomever), he's certainly not going to be held to whatever he said he wanted to do with his life on an Ohio TV station.

It seems pretty clear now that no amount of "I don't wannas" will convince people he's not a legitimate possibility for Republican running mate -- in addition to the persistent attention he gets as a result of all the persistent attention he's been getting, places that take bets on this kind of thing have Rubio as the favorite across the board -- 5:2 odds at Ladbrokes.com11:4 at Paddypower.com, and 3:1 at Betfair.com as of Thursday morning, just to name a few, plus the futures contracts at InTrade.com putting Rubio as the number-one possibility out of 53 contenders.

I'm not suggesting online gambling odds are a reliable method for predicting complex political maneuvers. But they reflect popular thoughts -- many of which, it seems, involve Rubio saying something other than "no."


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Rphl
Rphl

he will do for Romney what Palin did for McCain

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Pandering won't help and that is all El Marco is to the GOP. 

Dtrujillo
Dtrujillo

I love it. The left are terrified of Rubio. They know he's coming and cannot do anything about it. He is the real deal!

Rphl
Rphl

I don't think so.  Pants-on-fire Rubio as a favorite for #2 just means the Repubs are in real deep dodo.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Hilarious. I'm about as afraid of whiny Marco as Fidel is of the commandantes in Little Havana. Marco won't even attract the Latino vote, about 70+% of which is going to Obama in the polls this week. You right-wing clods are whistling as you scurry past the cemetery. It's going to be a landslide, clowns, and in the next term we get the Supreme Court put on the right track, finally.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Two years ago, Rubio was just another clueless clown in the Republican legislature in Tallahassee, Today he's qualified to be vice president? How's that again? Somebody give him a brain transplant? Right, just like Palin did.

Juan
Juan

The same as an incompetent senator from Illinois getting to become president.  How did that happen?

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

 Other than his name and heritage, why would you support him?

Prof. G
Prof. G

How does an incompetent senator get 2 million contributors and 69 million votes? No one who is editor of Harvard Law Review is incompetent. You have to be the best of the best of the law school. Get serious, fool.

Bobby4919
Bobby4919

'How does an incompetent senator get ...69 million votes'.  My question exactly.   69 million of the American electorate were blinded by focus-group tested catch phrases and a good public speaker (albeit with the aid of the ever present teleprompter).  

FQS9000
FQS9000

The tactic of a politician denying their future political ambitions to the media is the ONLY way to answer.  It is merely a 'gotcha' media question.

Rubio doing it makes him wise and not a fraud, no matter what he does in the future.

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