Rubio says Dubya did a fantastic job as president
Perhaps Sen. Marco Rubio really doesn’t want to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.
I mean, if he actually wanted the nod, why would he say something like THIS?
If Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) overcomes his objections and agrees to join Mitt Romney’s 2012 ticket, I have a strong hunch this quote will become one of the more important tidbits of the year.
“George W. Bush, in my opinion, did a fantastic job as president over eight years.”
In some Republican circles, many on the right choose to explain the spectacular failures of the Bush/Cheney era by saying the former president wasn’t really a conservative, so his fiascos shouldn’t be held against the conservative movement. After all, they argue, he was a liberal on spending, a moderate on immigration and education, a big-government advocate on entitlements like Medicare, and even a supporter of civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Sure, Bush failed, the argument goes, but only because he wasn’t a real conservative.
Indeed, go back and look at the transcripts from the Republican presidential candidates debates over the last year — when Bush’s name came up, it was only to criticize his breaks with party orthodoxy on everything from deficits to No Child Left Behind to Medicare Part D.