Veepstakes: Rubio not on Romney’s short list for the veep slot? (UPDATE: YES WE ARE, SAYS ROMNEY)

Posted by: ST on June 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Intriguing – via ABC News (hat tip):

Even before the Republicans chose a presidential nominee it was widely assumed that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would be at the top of anybody’s list of vice presidential candidates. The reasons are obvious: Not only is he young, charismatic and wildly popular with conservatives, but he could also help Republicans win a key state (Florida) and make inroads with Hispanics.

But knowledgeable Republican sources tell me that Rubio is not being vetted by Mitt Romney’s vice presidential search team. He has not been asked to complete any questionnaires or been asked to turn over any financial documents typically required of potential vice presidential candidates.

Although it is possible that Rubio may yet be asked to go through the vetting process, it has been nearly two months since Romney named his long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential search. The fact that Rubio has not been asked to turn over any documents by now is a strong indication that he is not on Romney’s short list of potential running mates.

Does this mean Rubio fans who wanted him to be Romney’s eventual pick should give up hope? Maybe not, says Ed Morrissey:

Check the calendar.  It’s June.  It wouldn’t take long for the committee to vet Rubio if they decide he’s worth a look for the short list, and Romney won’t announce his pick until just before the convention.  They could have a profile of Rubio ready by the middle of next month at the latest, assuming that the immigration order announced by Barack Obama on Friday pushed Team Romney into reaction mode.


Rubio insists that the White House not only never reached out to him on immigration policy, they attempted to deliberately obstruct his progress on finding a bipartisan compromise on the issue.  The Obama administration clearly fears Rubio’s power on immigration (and probably foreign policy and the economy as well).  They may have feared most that he would succeed on immigration reform and make himself into a powerful VP choice for Romney.  But that sells Rubio short.  After all, he just arrived in the US Senate, and has plenty of time to build his own career rather than get lost as someone else’s VP.  A term in the Senate and perhaps one as governor of Florida would put Rubio in position to lead a ticket rather than be a second banana.

I like the guy and, like Ed,  think more experience under his belt would be immensely helpful before considering a national ticket, but I would not be unhappy if Team Romney did eventually vet and pick Rubio.  That he gets under the skin of Democrats to the degree he does and threatens their stranglehold on one of their key voting blocs is more than enough reason for me to support him.

Your thoughts?

Update – 6:37 PM:  Via WSJ:

HOLLAND, Mich. — Mitt Romney said Tuesday that Sen. Marco Rubio is “being thoroughly vetted” as part of his vice presidential selection process, dismissing an earlier report that the first-term Florida Republican wasn’t being considered as his running mate.

“The story was entirely false,” Mr. Romney told reporters at an impromptu gaggle outside an ice cream stand. “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process.”

The comments mark an unexpected departure for a candidate — and a campaign — that has refused to discuss the selection process or any of the people being considered as the vice presidential nominee. The statement follows a story by ABC News that Mr. Rubio isn’t being considered for the post. The story was sourced to unnamed advisers.

“There was a story that originated today apparently at ABC based upon reports of supposedly outside unnamed advisers of mine,” Mr. Romney said. “I can’t imagine who such people are. But I can tell you this: they know nothing about the vice presidential selection or evaluation process.”

As they say, stay tuned …

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7 Responses to “Veepstakes: Rubio not on Romney’s short list for the veep slot? (UPDATE: YES WE ARE, SAYS ROMNEY)”


  1. Phineas says:

    I like him a lot and think he’ll make a great president one day, but, in this cycle, I’d rather he stayed a strong voice in the Senate and that Romney choose a governor.

  2. foxmuldar says:

    I dont want anyone who wants to push the Dream Act down the throats of Americans. By picking Rubio now, Romney would be doing the same thing that Obama did by claiming he now has the power to give Illegals Amnesty and work permits. Just who is going to do the background checks on these 800,000 or more Illegals. And since when is a 30 year old considered a young person. I’d bet there are many 20 to 30 year old hispanic Illegals now with three or four children of their own living her illegally just like they started out. We know hispanics have big families and many are on the dole. Do we need hundreds of thousands more now soon to qualify for benefits and perhaps jobs that Americans might want? Obama said before obamacare was passed that Illegals wouldn’t get healthcare. Want to bet on that? We know how Obama will say anything that sounds good at the time. Just as he said a year ago, he didn’t have the power to give amnesty to Illegals. Well guess what folks, we now have an emperor instead of a president. My choice would be to call Obama a dictator just like his friend Hugo Chavez. Where are the politicians with the balls to challenge Obama’s authority on his immigration decree? Anyone willing to speak out now would get my vote for VEEP pick.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    It is unlikely the choice of a running mate will be pushed all the way to convention time as McCain did in ’08 after seeing how that played out. It is early yet and, as with the outcome on Obhammudcare, everyone is simply guessing along with everyone else. It is a lot like a football team; plug the players in where they are the most beneficial to the team effort (think Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, etc.)

  4. man_in_tx says:

    Romney & Rubio: Two empty suits with pretty faces who deserve each other and who stand for nothing. Obama may pull this out, yet, and I blame Rove and the Bushes for their allergy to true patriots. Sorry, not drinking the Kool-Aid. As Michael Savage has pointedly stated: What does Romney stand for? Neither Romney nor Rubio gave anything close to a principled rebuttal of Obama’s amnesty decree…. And, why not? Because they AGREE with Obama — perhaps not in style, but in substance. The American people are worse off than anyone dare admit.

  5. RogerCfromSD says:

    Rubio does not meet the Natural Born Citizen qualification.

  6. Phineas says:

    Rubio does not meet the Natural Born Citizen qualification.

    “Obama, Rubio birthers should read the law

  7. Westie says:

    Rubio is a husbanderer and war monger just like the fool McCain. My advice is ignore this little Amnesty Freak for the VP role. No matter what Phineas may think, Rubio’s birth situation is also very cloudy and may make him ineligible for POTUS.