Should Rubio Be the Republican Vice Presidential Pick?

The junior senator from Florida is gaining traction in the media. What do you think?


With the presidential election still months away, a running mate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney is anyone’s guess. Even so, some political pundits are starting to bank on Florida’s Marco Rubio.

The junior senator from the Miami area has been making quite a showing as of late. He’s been giving speeches on foreign policy that have won him accolades. He’s been on the campaign trail with the Republican hopeful. And he’s even received the endorsement of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“Marco Rubio is my favorite [choice], because we have a close relationship,” the former Florida governor told Charlie Rose during a PBS interview, according to ABC News. “I admire him greatly … He speaks with great passion about American exceptionalism. I think he would lift the spirits of the campaign and provide some energy.”

The White House is even talking about Rubio albeit in a non-flattering way. David Axelrod, the Obama administration’s top political advisor, casts doubt on Rubio's abilities to help Romney capture the win. He’s been quoted as saying a Rubio nomination would be an insult to Hispanics.

How would Marco Rubio do as a vice presidential pick? Would he bring pride to Florida and help boost the Romney campaign or would he be the dud Axelrod describes? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Bill Baird June 12, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I have been very disappointed in Rubio as my senator and think he is in no way qualified for any higher office. The postings I see complaining about President Obama'a lack of experience in comparison as being a qualification in Rubio's case make no logical sense. Rubio represents a narrow sliver of this state and his responses to me on issues have been canned and full of talking points instead of independent thought. That is not what is needed.
Tonto June 12, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Neil Cosentino June 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
One gets very picky when flying in combat ... if you are a wingman ... you want a flight leaders ... someone smart, with guts and you one can trust to do the right thing. These are missing in Mitt and Marco ... they in my estimate are Human Windsocks...
Neil Cosentino June 12, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Ask Him = what happened to the 100 ideas when he was in the Florida legislature... how soon - some forget ? The man is a human Windsock.
Allen May June 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM
You may own a business, but it is plain to see it is not typing, english, or spelling. Look sir, I guess you don't understand....so I will explain.....when a women does the same job she should be paid the same pay as a man!!
Bobby Gee June 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
my comment, had nothing to do with equal pay so i think its you that need's to learn to read and i feel that if a person man or woman can do the job hey pay them so may i be so bold as to say go back under your rock if you think equal pay is a great reason to make him V.P. omg its people like you that mess things up oh wait your wife or girl friend put you up to your remarks what not man enough to stand on your own
Dad of Three June 13, 2012 at 04:58 AM
No, Mr Rubio is not qualified to be Vice President, but neither was Sarah Palin, and by comparison Rubio is brilliant and a shining star. But, this nation has had a a number of second-rate candidates for VP, some of whom reached the office; I would recall such low-lights as John Edwards, Joe Lieberman, Jack Kemp, and Dan Quayle. George HW Bush was probably the most qualified VP in the last century, and Harry Truman, while much less impressive, became one of the most effective Presidents when he succeeded FDR. But the bright shining stars, of both winning VP's and losing candidates, seem to be in the minority. Rubio is not the worst candidate, but he is clearly close to the bottom of the pack. A much more effective VP would be Tim Pawlenty, or even Mitch Daniels.
Support & Defend June 13, 2012 at 05:04 AM
For Mr Maday, anyone who looks at only the "constitutional duties" of the Vice President, without thinking about the most critical for this nation -- to take over as President in the event of the death, or resignation, or removal of the sitting President -- is being very short-sighted. Therefore, sir, the principal qualification should be whether the person is fit, today, to also serve as President of the United States.
Tonto June 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Brian Maday June 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM
@Support and Defend - I quote Article II of the Constitution: "1.6 In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office⁸, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by law provide for the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected." What you say IS ALREADY SAID in the Constitution - what do you want, I should list every possible duty? YOUR COMMENT IS A "GIVEN".
Allen May June 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I was talking to Mark Newman. Who is Bobby Gee? I will respond to you Bobby. When I said he would make a great VP. I was being sarcastic!!! I do not like Rubio,
Carla Gibson June 13, 2012 at 09:43 PM
In the article (above) Jeb Bush told Charlie Rose that Marco Rubio is his favorite because they have a close relationship and he thinks Rubio would lift spirits for the campaign and provide some energy. Sounds like Bush is describing a little kid running for class president .. lol
Tonto June 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Everything is Bush's fault. Especially everything OBLAMER has screwed up - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DlTgrMCxPg
Carla Gibson June 15, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Republican or Democrat .. they ALL screw up. The person in office at the moment takes the blame, until a new person is elected to take the blame. It has always been this way ..
Mike Chubre June 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I suggest you all look into the Taj Mahal that Sen Rubio gave his blessing on ??? 50 million dollar courthouse that even other judges said we do not need ??? Other courthouses could not get their air cond fixed because of the budget problems in Florida ? W hy did judge Hawkes have to step down in order for the dust to settle over this issue, but at the same time Sen Rubio has not given his answer to why he approved of this building with all its expenses, that most say was way above and beyond considering the budget problems has ? There is alot more to this issue that has not come out yet ! Republicans refused to allow the state of fl to have a prescription drug database for years untill one rep fought hard for it and the only way it got passed was that fl tax payers will not be paying the 1 million a year to have it on line ? But at the same time fl spends 50 million for a courthouse loaded up with many things we will never see , like 20 miles of mahogany from Africa and 500.000 dollars of art work and the list goes on !!! There is so much more to this story and space is limited here , but look it up and let sen Rubio explain his actions on this before you cast your vote if it should come down to him as vp. Republicans are NOT for the middle class , remember this.
Neil Cosentino June 17, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Hello Mike ... Let see how he addresses that decision in his book, it will go public this coming week. We believe that the GOP/RNC is on Life $upport - provided by those Of-the 1%, By- the 1% For- the 1%. FEI - IAW a recent April Pew poll, 38% of the voter block is NPA/I - I am a registered NPA; the [D] party is at 34% and the [R] party - is the minor part at 24%. Cut off the heavy doses cash and the PAC money supply and the GOP dies...
Mark Newman June 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Oh I wouldn't want to forget the TRILLION dollars Obummer threw down the rathole to union socialists. Those living in glass houses......... But all you demorats can do is throw rocks. On Wisconsin!
kathy Jones June 18, 2012 at 12:54 AM
hey whatever happened to Palin and drill baby drill bring her back and I believe we have a winner Obama. Mark Newman did you graduate from high school or is it the Florida GED talking?
Mark Newman June 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM
See kathy ( You might want to capitalize your name on the registration to a web site. You only need to do it right once kathy Jones. And thank you for confirming my post. All you libturds know how to do is to throw rocks wehn you can't win an argument. Rubio will not be the choice anyway. It is not his time. NEXT time is his time.
kathy Jones June 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Mr. Newman, Please help me understand what your point is. I asked a valid question. I believe you are the one who threw a stones. Your quote, "liburds" again a word indicative of critical thinking right? Please sir what makes you think I am a liberal? Are you assuming? Thank you for putting a perma smile on my face. Plus I will not point out your grammatical errors because I was able to understand your point versuses trying to distract you from your point by frivolous distractions. good luck to you sir. My vote will cancel out yours! Sorry we get no where.
Mike Chubre June 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
The republicans only make sense to the uninformed without the facts . We watched Iraq for 6 months driving trucks back and forth to Syria before we went in and attacked them . . At that time everyone speculated that if he had WMDs it was being taken out on these trucks on a daily basis. The news showed it everyday . So if they did have any wmd where do you think it went? This was no surprize that they found nothing . So the republicans had to make their wealthy defense contractors some more money and help the oil companies to get their greedy hands on the Iraqi oil , which they have done . So to read Mr. Newman speak about trillions of dollars being wasted ., let him start with this situation . The republicans will never speak about the trillions spent overseas ? Because too many people have their hands in this money , like I always say , ":follow the money" .
Jim Adams June 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Sure, Rubio should be veep.....IF you want another Bush in the White House. He's a bush baby!!!
kathy Jones June 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Well said. Not many Americans especially hear in Florida research and look for the truth they are to busy listening to the evidence based "news channels" :) I am being sarcastic hear just in case some don't get it. Evidence based is what the scientific community uses as a source, ie research journals. Not news channels and sound bites. I find it intriguing that the true republicans would not even waste there time with the voting republican unless they had truley millions of dollars. I went to a republican fund rasier as a spy and OMG what I saw. Corpes driving Bentleys truley thinking they were all that and Al Martinez will not look you in the eye unless you have given him lots of money. I saw it and lived it! Oh so much more I could tell you!
Neil Cosentino June 19, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Does Marco book explain the Family conversion to Mormonism and then what happened - is he a being a "Born-Again" should be interesting The WHEN WHERE WHAT WHY & WHO ... Not sure we even want a Mormon Bishop in the Whitehouse ... the Supreme Court will be to the right of Atilla the Hun and Ghangis Kahn
Brian Maday June 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
This particular entry has brought out the best and the worst in many people. It has basically turned in a name-calling shouting match. It HAS shown that there are a lot of people who feel strongly - and this is basically just in the Carrollwood & Northdale areas! This post is no longer about "Rubio for VP?" - it has degraded to a 'drunken brawl' - I'm out.
Francis meia July 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Frank Melia Thanks Brian. You are right on the money regarding Mr. Rubio. Certinally better equiped than Obama ever was or will be. I only hope that Romney feels the same way. Go Mr. Rubio.
georgia July 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Oh soooo true. Both Rubio & President Obama are cut from the same cloth. They are both all fluff and no substance!
Mike Chubre July 03, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Sen Rubio is just another yesman republican following his republican buddies. He help get the Taj Mahal built when Florida had no money to spend on simple repairs in other courthouses . Judge Hawkes had to resign over the mess the Taj Mahal caused and sen Rubio just looked the other way . 50 million dollars on a building did not need. However some republican contractors sure were happy to get the business . Sen Rubio was given a special thank you for all his help with this building full of corruption . And now after he said he would never take a vp job if offered , it appears he may be a vp after all ???? After all who else do the republicans have ??? If you want to help the middle class DONT vote for the republicans . Do your homework and I will have to say no more .
Mike Chubre July 03, 2012 at 05:55 AM
The owner of Fox News , Rupert Murdoch does not believe Romney will beat Obama ??? Would someone please ask Rupert to inform the biggest blowhard on Fox News, Sean Hannity of this lol That Hannity needs a good slap for the way he talks about our president. I think Hannity listens to himself talk all night long while in bed.
kathy Jones July 03, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Mike I whole heartedly agree with you! Thanks for putting the truth out so others can read it. THANK YOU!!!!!


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