Jeb Bush to Romney: Pick Rubio
July 26, 2012
Jeb Bush launched a campaign of his own on Wednesday — to get fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio on the GOP ticket.
The former Florida governor is making a big public and private push for Rubio to become the Republican vice presidential nominee, personally lobbying Mitt Romney on his behalf and speaking to the media about it.
Bush told The Associated Press that Rubio is ready to be vice president, an opinion he shared with Romney in a recent conversation. He also said he’s been a fan of Rubio’s for years, and that Romney gave no indication of whom he’ll tap as his running mate.
Once considered a vice presidential contender himself, Bush said in an interview last month that he probably should have run for president this election cycle, although he didn’t rule out a future bid.
Rubio is the only vice presidential contender publicly known to have been vetted by Romney, although his chances are thought to have waned in recent weeks. The nation’s largest tea party organization has also lobbied for Rubio’s nomination.
Another Name Appears on GOP VEEP Wish List
April 19, 2012
Politico reports Republicans are increasingly falling in behind Mitt Romney’s White House run, but they haven’t got a clue who he should add to the ticket, a CNN/ORC International survey says.
Condoleezza Rice tops the vice presidential wish list among Republicans and right-leaning independents, according to the poll Wednesday. Twenty-six percent of those polled backed the former national security adviser and secretary of state under George W. Bush as Romney’s No. 2. (Rice has repeatedly said she’s not interested in the job.)
Romney’s former nomination rival, Rick Santorum, garnered 21 percent for the VP spot, while Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tied for third with 14 percent.
Sen. Rob Portman, whose name has been topping the VP list among some political insiders, registered less than one-half of 1 percent in the poll – mainly because he’s a mystery.
Sixty-seven percent — the highest in the poll — had simply “never heard of” Portman, an Ohio Republican.
The poll asked respondents to pick their vice presidential choice among eight names, including House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, or “someone else.”