Rubio Angling for VP Slot?

2012 April 24
by bc3b

For someone who claims he is not interested in being a vice president candidate, Marco Rubio seems to be doing all the things someone who wants to be the nominee would be doing … from campaigning with front-runner Mitt Romney to giving speeches on foreign policy. But then New Jersey governor “Krispy Cream” Christie (to quote Mark Levin) also seems to be doing everything possible to keep his name in front of the public.

Rubio is scheduled to give a major speech on foreign policy at an event sponsored by the liberal Brookings Institution. Based on Rubio’s foreign policy votes so far, he appears to be in the Lieberman-McCain-Graham ranks.

Marco Rubio insists he’s not angling to be Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate, but his schedule this week might indicate otherwise.

After stumping with Romney on Monday, the Florida senator will now “deliver a major speech on the future of U.S. foreign policy at an event hosted by The Brookings Institution” on Wednesday, according to a news release from his office.

“Rubio’s remarks will focus on whether U.S. global leadership is sustainable and even necessary in the 21st century,” the release said.

The announcement of the foreign policy speech comes after Rubio spent Monday campaigning with Romney at a town hall in Aston, Pennsylvania. (FREUDIAN SLIP? Rubio refers to himself as ‘vice president’)

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Who is your choice for VP on the 2012 Republican ticket?

Hat tip: Daily Caller and Politico

48 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 April 24 2:49 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Paul Ryan, Allen West or Susana Martinez (although I fear MSM would try to destroy West or Martinez as they did Palin). You’re not supposed to be a minority or a woman and be a conservative.

    People I don’t like: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rob Portman and I am experiencing a growing distrust for Rubio.

    My gut feel is that it will be an establishment Republican.

  2. 2012 April 24 2:50 pm
    justrand permalink

    I prefer Allen West…but despite Rubio’s recent statements, I still think he would make a good Veep.

    Of course, after Biden, ANYONE looks good!

  3. 2012 April 24 2:51 pm
    bc3b permalink

    “Of course, after Biden, ANYONE looks good!”

    JR –

    Don’t you remember that Sarah Palin was the “dumb” one?

  4. 2012 April 24 2:57 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Rubio is looking more like an “Establishment Republican” all the time:
    1. DREAM Act
    2. Jeb Bush supports
    3. The U.S. role as the world’s policeman/safety patrol boy. I am looking forward to his foreign policy speech.

    We need troops protecting the southern border, not to keep Muslims from killing other Muslims and replacing brutal dictators with equally or even more brutal Islamic republics.

  5. 2012 April 24 3:08 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    I believe it will be Ryan or Marco. I would love to see Allen West but that ain’t gonna happen. Marco and Paul are both quick on their feet and would be great in a debate. No point in trashing either one of them, they aren’t going to be prez. Marco brings charm and hopefully Florida. Ryan can speak convincingly on most issues and helps in Wi and the rust belt. Of the possibilities I have heard they make the most sense to me if it can’t be West.

  6. 2012 April 24 3:15 pm
    justrand permalink

    What Bruce said!!

  7. 2012 April 24 3:28 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Er, think I have said this before. Tactics, tactics. You don’t want to give up the senate seat when the chance to flip the senate is going to be slim margins.

  8. 2012 April 24 3:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Bolton for VP. Then send him back to the UN from time to time to beat on those suckers. An alternative would be Bev from AZ.

    Pick somebody that sends and undercurrent message. Bolton, its ‘go ahead make our day’. Bev, it would be to illegals, ‘get gone or get square. No alternatives.’

    But who my kidding. Presumptive Squish won’t pick either one of them.

  9. 2012 April 24 3:39 pm

    Rubio~~~~manchurian candidate.

  10. 2012 April 24 3:49 pm
    justrand permalink

    Drdog…good point on Rubio’s Senate seat

    How ’bout Paul Ryan then?

    And I do like Martinez too

  11. 2012 April 24 4:10 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    It might be good for Rubio to be the VEEP. He probably would do less damage there than in the Senate. HA

  12. 2012 April 24 4:15 pm

    If he is a closet amnestyite, we don’t want him in the senate.

  13. 2012 April 24 4:21 pm

    ” An alternative would be Bev from AZ. ”


  14. 2012 April 24 4:22 pm

    Portman from Ohio. He fits the establishment mode

  15. 2012 April 24 4:24 pm

    If you fear is that the Dims will pick off Rubio’s Senate seat then there is only one name that can solve that problem…


  16. 2012 April 24 4:26 pm

    “Who is your choice for VP on the 2012 Republican ticket?”

    Pence or DeMint or West

  17. 2012 April 24 4:32 pm

  18. 2012 April 24 4:52 pm
    justrand permalink

    Awesome, IP!!

  19. 2012 April 24 5:08 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Today Is National RINO Day (with primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island):

    Gingrich talking about dropping out if he loses Delaware.

  20. 2012 April 24 5:12 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    I still like Susan Martinez.

    She takes nothing from the Senate. We don’t have 2 white guys running. She is a female, plus being hispanic (Mexican-American) we can under cut Obama with the hispanic vote which he needs desperately. Plus if they attack her (like Palin) I can see many hispanics rallying to her because they would view it as an attack on their race. Plus she is a conservative while most of the others are establishment type republicans.

    Portman & Rubio take from the senate AND are establishment types. Christie is another establishment type plus two of the three are white males (and a white hispanic)

  21. 2012 April 24 5:43 pm
    mulletover permalink

    I like Martinez a lot. Some say she needs more experience because like Palin, she would leave the governor’s office early. I don’t think this would hurt her. She had a successful career as a prosecutor, focusing on public corruption, and she is a strong conservative.

    Romney would benefit from naming a woman and a hispanic, and she would balance his moderate credentials. There would be tea party excitement.

    Besides the governor, I like Portman for his experience. Far more than Rubio.

    West would be great, but he’s a lightning rod. Bolton somewhat the same.

  22. 2012 April 24 5:45 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Personally the best choice would be Walker (Guv-WI). Let him win the reprimary then pluck him out. Another GOPer will take the Guv position. Walker then focus on ripping up the DoEd.

  23. 2012 April 24 5:48 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Martinez is also hugely popular with almost a 70% approval rating. That’s unheard of among today’s public figures.

  24. 2012 April 24 5:50 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Talk about a lightning rod. Walker would send the liberal groan-meter screaming off the scale.

    He would be good.

  25. 2012 April 24 6:08 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Like my Pappy used to say, “If you have to ask how much its going to hurt, you ain’t ready for the cure.” If we intend to beat back the Leftist hordes then we need a few groaners…. 🙂

  26. 2012 April 24 6:49 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Condi Rice polls better for veep than anyone.

    I don’t get that.

  27. 2012 April 24 7:18 pm

  28. 2012 April 24 7:35 pm

    “Martinez is also hugely popular with almost a 70% approval rating. That’s unheard of among today’s public figures.”

    So was Palin when she was picked

  29. 2012 April 24 7:39 pm
    justrand permalink

    exactly, Eph…exactlky!

    They savaged Palin, and will savage Martinez. Opening line: “Why can’t Republican women finish their elected term?”

    BUT…they need to be careful with Martinez, lest they look like they’re savaging a Latina AND a female!

  30. 2012 April 24 7:44 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    All they have to do is declare Martinez a ‘White Hispanic’ and the dogs are let loose. (at least those that have not been eaten.)

  31. 2012 April 24 7:44 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  32. 2012 April 24 7:50 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  33. 2012 April 24 7:54 pm

  34. 2012 April 24 7:57 pm
    mulletover permalink

    To really counter the obama ticket, the best choice would be another hispanic.

    Someone who would attract the Latina vote, and firm up the dog lover vote.

    None other than Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer.

    Turn those pound pups loose!

  35. 2012 April 24 8:00 pm
    justrand permalink

    Nigel just flat out rocks!

    Where the hell are American statesmen who are willing to tell hard truths?

    The video is excellent…especially the smirks on the faces of those who still believe unicorns will start pooping gold bricks to wipe out the Euro debts!

  36. 2012 April 24 8:02 pm
    justrand permalink

    Mullet…why not Oscar Meyer?

    “oh I’d love to be an Oscar Meyer wiener…”

  37. 2012 April 24 8:05 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Ye who assumed the lead in the global warming theory is now heading for cover —

  38. 2012 April 24 8:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    “oh I’d love to be an Oscar Meyer wiener…”

    Should that not Weiner not be capitalized.? Provided of course a blackberry is involved.

  39. 2012 April 24 8:20 pm

    Obammer would love oscar meyer’s wiener methinks.

  40. 2012 April 24 8:22 pm
    justrand permalink

    IP… 🙂

  41. 2012 April 24 8:29 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    All they have to do is declare Martinez a ‘White Hispanic’ and the dogs are let loose. (at least those that have not been eaten.)

    Susana Martinez doess’t look or act all that Hispanic, so that’s probably a good plan. Plus Susana is very good with guns so she probably helped Sarah Palin plan the Tucson shootings.

  42. 2012 April 24 8:32 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Will Newt finally pack it in now that he lost Delaware by a 2-1 margin? He is starting to become a joke.

  43. 2012 April 24 8:41 pm
    bc3b permalink

    The parliamentary system lends itself to third parties much better than ours does because in a partiamentary system a major party usually needs to join with one or two third parties to form a majority government.

    Nigel’s party captured 3% of the vote in the 2010 elections but has never won a seat in Parliament.

  44. 2012 April 25 4:07 am

  45. 2012 April 25 5:41 am

    26 – I don’t get it either, and I also doubt she’d take the job.

  46. 2012 April 25 5:43 am

    42. Sounds like by this weekend.

  47. 2012 April 25 5:51 am
    justrand permalink

    IP, excellent graphic…and accurate (which is rare in this era of skewed statistics) 🙂

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