Report: Rubio not likely to be Romney’s running mate

THIS REPORT from Jonathan Karl of ABC News isn’t the final word on the subject, of course, but it’s stirring quite a buzz:

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…

The news will be disappointing to prominent conservatives — including Sen. Jim DeMint and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — who have been openly encouraging Romney to pick Rubio.






  1. Neftali

    If Karl is correct, this is a huge mistake by team Romney. Rubio possessed everything you want to complement the Romney ticket. His only drawback, if you can even call it that, might be his lack of experience to become President. But this is the country that elected Barack Obama, arguably one of the least experienced people ever, so that’s hardly an issue.

  2. Neftali

    Update: For whatever its worth, the Romney camp is denying this report:

    “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process,” Romney said.

    Romney said the ABC News story “was entirely false.[“]


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