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Vice President Marco Rubio?

Posted on | August 30, 2011 | 12 Comments

by Smitty

That’s Krauthammer’s take:

He checks all the boxes. We saw his charm. He’s got the right ideology. He’s well spoken. And he’s got a great story, second generation immigrant. I mean, he gives a story of hope and restoration, which would be I think his theme. I think he’s prohibitively the favorite for number two. And at the very least he’ll be the keynote speaker if he’s not going to be number two.

I don’t know. The GOP ?/Rubio ticket is going to have tough sledding against the Democrat’s Wasserman-Schultz/Schumer ticket. Just sayin’.


12 Responses to “Vice President Marco Rubio?”

  1. no one
    August 30th, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    I’m generally against eating our seed corn. Give the man some time to prove himself.

  2. DaveO
    August 30th, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    Agree. There’s no one groomed to backfill whomever would run for Rubio’s seat. Senator Wasserman Schultz can do a whole lotta damage.

  3. Robbyahm
    August 30th, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

    How about Vice President Luis Fortuno? He is the Governor of Puerto Rico since 2008 (executive experience), he was a (non-voting) delegate for PR (at least somewhat legislative experience).  Well spoken Hispanic and can speak in Spanish if we need translating.
    Take a look >
    > (written by Joseph Lawler)
    > (writen by John Stossel)
    I say he’s a better bet than Marco Rubio.

  4. Anonymous
    August 30th, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Too early for him… Bachmann may have just enough under her belt tho

    The truth is Obama’s inexperience was a huge part of the problem, and as much as I love them… West and Rubio need a little bit more seasoning, at least four years imho

  5. Anonymous
    August 30th, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    Rubio is best in the Senate & hopefully as Majority Leader where he can do more good longer then the president.
    The VP slop is a step down & a waste of a great man

  6. Adjoran
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    No, we need to contrast our ticket’s executive experience with the Obama-Biden incompetence.  Rubio would help a ticket with Hispanic voters generally, but that is the wrong reason to snatch a young up-and-coming star and thrust him into the glamor of the VP closet.  Let him serve a term or two in the Senate, and perhaps one as Governor of Florida, and then run for President.

    It depends on who wins the nomination.  Romney would need a Southerner, so think in terms of Barbour or Jindal.  Perry would want some opposite balance, so perhaps Pawlenty or Walker.

  7. Anonymous
    August 30th, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    I like Rubio.

    Rubio shows hints of greatness, but at the same time, he shows hints of being more like a guy who wants a long career as a moderate Senator.  He’s not leading the way folks like Rand Paul are, for example.  I don’t mean that Rand Paul is our model to go with. It’s just that Rand Paul is trying hard to help turn this thing around, while Marco Rubio is back in the mainstream of Senators.  It’s not a bad thing, but it isn’t making me want to push him into the Executive branch.

    Several of the current Presidential candidates would make solid VP choices.  So would many others. Jim DeMint, for example.

  8. Anonymous
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    He has too much potential to be 2012 VP.  He’d be 41 when innaugurated.  2 VP terms then 2 Pres terms – he’s out at the age of 59.  What a loss that’d be.

    How about 2 terms as Senator, 2 terms as governor (exec experience), then 2 terms as Pres.  He retires at 66.

  9. John Higgins
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    “the Democrat’s Wasserman-Schultz/Schumer ticket”

    I’m so glad I had an empty mouth when I read that, or I would have snorted something out my nose.

  10. Tennwriter
    August 31st, 2011 @ 2:04 am

    Start with someone conservative, and then VP with someone even more so.

  11. ThePaganTemple
    August 31st, 2011 @ 2:29 am

    It depends on who wins the nomination. You always need to think in terms of regional balance, and experience level not necessarily in terms of time but in substance. For example, if a Senator were to get the nomination, you wouldn’t want to pick another Senator, or for that matter a House member. A governor paired with a legislator is okay. Regional balance of course is of the paramount importance. If Romney got the nod, you’d be better off with a Southerner or Midwesterner. If Perry got it, then you would want to avoid another candidate from the deep South, or even a border state, and concentrate on a Midwestern state again. Some place like Ohio, Pennsylvania, or maybe even Wisconsin.

    Then there’s years of experience. You wouldn’t want to pair Rubio up with a Palin, Cain, or Bachmann, for example, but he might be acceptable for a Perry, who has accumulated a depth of experience in terms of years of public service. As a Floridian, Rubio couldn’t be seen as a “Southerner” in the traditional sense.

  12. Anonymous
    August 31st, 2011 @ 7:46 am