Marco Rubio Not Being "Seriously Considered" for VP Spot, Favor Going to "Incredibly Boring White Guys," Says Report

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It might be fun for people to talk about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio getting picked to be Mitt Romney's running mate, but one group that isn't talking about it is... Mitt Romney's campaign, according to an article from Politico.

The article compares the Romney campaign to that of John McCain in 2008. When it comes to the veep search, a source said "the vice-presidential search will be more rigorous, and likely produce a candidate a lot less flashy than McCain's running mate, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin."

Also, not Rubio.

"If not [Sen. Rob] Portman, [former Minnesota Gov. Tim] Pawlenty, [Indiana Gov. Mitch] Daniels -- some other incredibly boring white guy," the official said. "If there was a fourth name on the list, it's [Virginia Gov.] Bob McDonnell."

(The article extensively cites anonymous "insiders," but when they're the insiders talking to Washington uber-reporter Mike Allen and Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei, I'm inclined to take their word for it.)

The article says Romney considers picking a popular candidate would be a "blatant pander" to the base and signal weakness, which means reduced chances for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez -- and Rubio, who is characterized in the article as "not being as seriously considered as popularly believed because aides don't see him as experienced enough or appropriately vetted."

For what it's worth, Rubio's repeatedly sort-of denied being interested by saying variants of "I'm not going to be vice president," though he has never said, "Oh man, that job would be awful." A poll last month found Rubio wouldn't help Romney in Florida.


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Danielle Russell
Danielle Russell

So many 'claw-backs' in such a short time. Sounds the Grand Poobah of the GOP finally decided to tell everybody to get on board or get out. Apparently, the message that politics is a 'team sport' was received.

Hung Lo
Hung Lo

Well, when you look at the scope of things I guess that if Biden is "qualified" to be vice president then so is Bozo the Clown!

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

That is about as ignorant and moronic a statement that has ever appeared on this blog, which covers quite some depth of idiocy. Joe Biden was one of the most intelligent, experienced and knowledgeable people in the federal government when Obama selected him as his running mate. At the time, Biden knew probably 20-30 foreign heads of state personally. Sarah Palin didn't even know what newspapers she read. 

Original Killshot
Original Killshot

You cannot be serious.  Joe Biden is in so far over his head that it is laughable.  "Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs." --Joe Biden, Athens, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2008

Sanctaluna
Sanctaluna

If Romney doesn't choose Rubio for his VP pick, he can kiss the election haste bye-bye.  Rubio is the best choice for so many reasons - the Tea Party vote, the hispanic vote, the FL vote, etc.  

Original Killshot
Original Killshot

I agree, but the other viable candidate not mentioned is Gen Petraeus.

Prof. G
Prof. G

Rubio doesn't help the party with Hispanics. He just helps with Cubanoids, who are largely confined to Dade County. Nearly all the other groups of Hispanics dislike and/or resent Cubans. Running a Mormon with a Cuban does not play in Peoria.

Sumona Ahmed
Sumona Ahmed

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Sonny Davis
Sonny Davis

Romney will beat Obama no matter who his vp is. Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter if that is possible!!! No way Americans hurting economically like we are will return Obama to office.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

If Romney should actually win, then which Romney will we get? The moderate who was governor of Massachusetts, who was pro-choice and pro-gay rights, or the far-right barbarian of 2012 who would appoint fossils like Bork to the Supreme Court? Or maybe some other Romney we haven't seen yet, maybe a Ron Paul wack-a-doodle Romney. You tell me, how can anybody vote for this guy (these guys)?

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

 Problem with your rant is that President Obama has, despite republican trying to prevent it, has brought this country on the road back from the destruction of eight years of Bush jr.  Romney and Rubio are nothing more than corporate raiders that would leave this country broken and desolate.

Original Killshot
Original Killshot

Uh, the country IS broken and desolate thanx to Barry's debt explosion.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Rubio shouldn't even be seriously considered for the U.S. Senate. Two years ago, he was just another stooge for the insurance companies in the Florida legislature. Now today he's capable of being vice president? Remember in 2000, when Texas Gov. Bush couldn't identify the leader of the very dangerous country of Pakistan. Marco Rubio couldn't tell you where Pakistan is. If it isn't part of Cuba, he doesn't know. He does now how to say Communista! though.

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