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Jeb Bush: Make Rubio the VP nominee
Hotair ^ | 03/21/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/22/2012 8:24:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Yesterday's endorsement of Mitt Romney by former Florida governor Jeb Bush sent the implicit message that the time had come to wrap up the nomination process and begin focusing on the general election. Bush made that more explicit in an interview with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Salena Zito --- and Bush had an idea how to make the ticket even stronger:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has earned the right to take on President Obama in November.

“It is time to get behind the nominee,” Bush told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday during a visit to Pittsburgh. “And it is time for the country to focus on the most important thing, which is to elect a president who will create a climate for high growth and job-creating abilities for our country.”

Does he want to be VP? No, but he knows the man for the job:

“Marco Rubio,” he said of the freshman Florida GOP senator, who served as a volunteer on Bush’s governor’s campaign. Bush described Rubio, 40, as “dynamic, joyful, disciplined and principled.”

“He is the best orator of American politics today, a good family man. He is not only a consistent conservative, but he has managed to find a way to communicate a conservative message full of hope and optimism,” Bush said.

No doubt, Rubio would be a popular choice for a running mate in the GOP. He routinely wins the polls here at Hot Air for the slot, for example. If Romney does win the nomination — and that seems just short of certain now — he’d need a popular figure like Rubio among conservatives, and I’m not sure there’s another choice that could help him consolidate the base as effectively.

However, I’m still not sold on this as an effective general-election choice. Rubio has not had any executive-branch experience yet, and has been in the Senate for a mere 14 months. He needs more time to garner broader experience before one can make the claim that he has a resumé that justifies him being one heartbeat away from the Presidency. (Yes, I know Obama only had two years in the Senate before beginning his run for the top spot. Look how well that’s working out.) As talented as Rubio is, he has a brilliant career ahead of him if he shows some patience and builds a record of more than just fabulous oratory. He needs a full term in the Senate with his name on significant legislation, then a term as governor in Florida. With that kind of record, Rubio might be unbeatable in any cycle. With four or eight years as VP after less than two in the Senate, Rubio could end up being a historical footnote.

Bobby Jindal makes more sense as a running mate in this cycle, or Nikki Haley, both of whom are governors outside of Washington with Southern draw. Jindal probably would be better in getting conservatives to coalesce behind him, and he has a real track record of political reform in his second term in the top spot in Louisiana.

Update: Fox asked Rick Perry about rumors of his being on the shortlist, and Perry says that rumor is all it is:

“Texas governor versus VP? The balance on that one isn’t even close,” Perry said. “I would suggest to you that’s deep in the rumor category and I got a better gig where I am, thank you.”

Perry would make a pretty good running mate, though, and would help Romney get conservative backing. I don’t see Perry in a #2 slot, however, and I doubt he sees himself there either.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2012endorsements; 2012veep; anotherconman; bush; bushprotege; conmanrubio; endorsements; florida; jebbush; kenyanbornmuzzie; marcorubio; mittromney; newtgingrich; ricksantorum; vp
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1 posted on 03/22/2012 8:24:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Can’t stand Rubio. And now Jeb’s given me more reason to not want him to be the VP.


2 posted on 03/22/2012 8:26:01 AM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

Is Rubio an NBC?


3 posted on 03/22/2012 8:30:17 AM PDT by OldEagle
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To: montag813

Jeb? Then I am not for Rubio....


4 posted on 03/22/2012 8:32:18 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sigh. DO NOT TAKE A SINGLE CONSERVATIVE OUT OF THE SENATE. This is not the place to get a veep. We need EVERY conservative vote in the Senate, end of story. I view this almost as a conspiracy to ensure that we NEVER have a conservative Senate!


5 posted on 03/22/2012 8:33:17 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: montag813

RE: Can’t stand Rubio.

We’d like to know why...


6 posted on 03/22/2012 8:33:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

So, first the Bushes get to select our presidential nominee - they also get to pick our vice-presidential nominee?


7 posted on 03/22/2012 8:34:02 AM PDT by ngat
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To: SeekAndFind

Would Rubio still be principled if he accepted? Would Rubio help Romney with thr “reset button” or the “etch a sketch”? I think Bob Dole would be the perfect running mate for Romney, even better than John McCain.


8 posted on 03/22/2012 8:34:12 AM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mrs. Bush has spoken!!

If Romney were smart, he’d pick Gingrich as his VP. Romney can be all nicey nicey while Gingrich can be the attack dog of the administration. Not to mention that he’d be the president of the senate and drive those senators nuts by taking command, setting the agenda, and whipping votes.

But alas, I doubt that will happen. Romney will probably pick a dullard like Rob Portman.


9 posted on 03/22/2012 8:35:49 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: OldEagle
Is Rubio an NBC?

Is the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave????

10 posted on 03/22/2012 8:35:56 AM PDT by ssaftler (Obama 2008: "Hope and Change" Obama 2012: "Excuses and Blame")
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To: SeekAndFind
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has earned the right to take on President Obama in November

Like hell he has! FUJB!

11 posted on 03/22/2012 8:36:08 AM PDT by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: LS

Not to worry, LS. He would not RESIGN to run as VP. When the ticket goes down in flames, he’s still in the Senate!


12 posted on 03/22/2012 8:36:50 AM PDT by ngat
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To: OldEagle

RE: Is Rubio an NBC?

It really depends on what your definition it. As it stands now, not everyone even agrees on what the criteria is.

Note the debates going on here at FR on this issue alone.

Most people I know understand it to mean -— BORN IN THE USA AND TERRITORIES OF PARENTS WHO WERE LEGAL RESIDENTS.

But then I also know some who disagree with the above definition and insist that BOTH PARENTS MUST BE US CITIZENS.

And so the debate continues...

To solve this problem, we really need a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT CLARIFYING THE TERM “NATURAL BORN” today.


13 posted on 03/22/2012 8:37:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


14 posted on 03/22/2012 8:40:27 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: OldEagle

Yes.


15 posted on 03/22/2012 8:41:02 AM PDT by mlo
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To: SeekAndFind

I think Herman Cain would be a good choice. Not only does he have some unique ideas, this pick could trump Obama’s race cards when they start flying durning the general election.

It could also garner the support of moderate to conservative African-Americans that would otherwise vote for Obama based on race.

It’s saddening to think that the upcoming elections will be race based again but sooner or later it will happen unfortunately.


16 posted on 03/22/2012 8:42:14 AM PDT by 3rdcoastislander (Northern Mexico......aka South Texas.....)
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To: cotton1706

that is what i thought also


17 posted on 03/22/2012 8:42:52 AM PDT by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: cotton1706

“Mrs. Bush has spoken!!”

You got that right.

In fact, I like the rest of your post too. Can you imagine the sparks that would fly if as you said Gingrich happened, both houses of Congress went Republican, and Romney was forced to cooperate with a conservative legislative branch that originates the agenda as the constitution requires?


18 posted on 03/22/2012 8:43:39 AM PDT by ngat
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To: SeekAndFind
RE: Can’t stand Rubio. We’d like to know why...

Opposed S.B. 1070. Wishy-washy on illegal immigration and amnesty, and prone to facepalm-inducing pandering when confronted by La Raza activists and Univision hosts.

19 posted on 03/22/2012 8:43:56 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a neverending RINO nightmare! I want OUT!


20 posted on 03/22/2012 8:43:58 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Romney does end up being the nominee, I would prefer that he took down a fellow RINO with him, instead of one of our rising stars.

That way we could get rid of two with one swat.

Maybe we could get Romney to pick Lindsey Graham as his VP!


21 posted on 03/22/2012 8:44:59 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: SeekAndFind
We’d like to know why...

Because Bush endorses him.

(my two cents)

22 posted on 03/22/2012 8:47:05 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind
**** mitt... **** jeb and **** any bush that opens his or her mouth. rubio is an open borders progressive with far more in common with Scott Brown than Ronaldo Magnus.

LLS

23 posted on 03/22/2012 8:48:02 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney won five primaries with the following percentages:

Idaho 61.6%
Illinois 46.7%
Hawaii 44.5%
Wyoming 44.2%
Arkansas 32.2%

Santorum also won five, with 32.8-51.2%

Gingrich won one with 47.2%.

I don’t see that as a clear win by Romney. If they were being honest, they would admit that the only clear win is when it essentially would not matter whether the other candidates stayed in an honest race, and Romney is nowhere near that level. In simple terms, conservatives don’t like him, and he is not growing on us. It’s time for Newt, Rick, and Ron to keep doing their best. I’m not optimistic about a convention in which Romney doesn’t have a first round win, but I’m a whole lot more optimistic about that than one in which he has a lock on the nomination to start.


24 posted on 03/22/2012 8:51:01 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: LibLieSlayer

RE: an open borders progressive with far more in common with Scott Brown than Ronaldo Magnus.

We ought to remind ourselves that Ronaldo Magnus gave us one of the most EXPANSIVE amnesty programs in decades.


25 posted on 03/22/2012 8:51:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: arasina

I am out... I no longer am a member of the national republican party... only my state party.

LLS


26 posted on 03/22/2012 8:52:15 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, Jeb. Mr. Rubio is a not natural born ciizen, therefore ineligible to be President, which a Vice President must be.

But then, you’re a Bush, so who needs the Constitution.

Why don’t you have another meeting with Obama and your Dad in the Oval Office, and bring your mom this time?


27 posted on 03/22/2012 8:55:57 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes he did... but unlike with bush and the others... Reagan secured an agreement that would be the end of any further pandering... but he made a deal with the devil who lies. He also later called it a mistake to have trusted kennedy... even GW refused to admit fault.

Reagan also cut and ran from Lebanon... he was not perfect... but none of these politicians today could lick the dirt from his boots. rubio does not have any Reagan within him.

LLS

28 posted on 03/22/2012 9:01:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: ngat

I’m looking the other direction. When Romney wins, we do NOT want to dilute the senate by one conservative vote.


29 posted on 03/22/2012 9:04:08 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: ngat

Bush figures if he gets Rubio out of the way, he can run for Senate I guess.


30 posted on 03/22/2012 9:04:08 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think you just about have it.

There are those who think to be a natural born citizen one must be born in the USA or territories of parents who were U.S. citizens.

AND-

There are those who think one must be born a citizen under U.S. law (which should always reflect our best understanding of natural law) to be a natural born citizen.

The U.S. Constitution only contemplates two types of U.S. citizens going forward, those that are natural born - and those that must be “naturalized” into that state of allegiance.

Based upon that the only type of U.S. citizen excluded by Article II section 1 from the Presidency (and thus the Vice-Presidency) would be naturalized U.S. citizens.

Rubio was not naturalized.

He was born a citizen of these United States according to U.S. law.

31 posted on 03/22/2012 9:09:20 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree that Jindal would be an ideal vp...but I think he’d be an even better president.


32 posted on 03/22/2012 9:09:35 AM PDT by Catholickerry
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To: Mouton

On Laura Ingraham this AM, Major Garrett said this was Jeb Bush’s way of saying, “Do Not put Santorum on the ticket!”


33 posted on 03/22/2012 9:10:21 AM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t Rubio endorse Mittens in the FLA primary?

Quid pro quo on the endorsement, Jeb?


34 posted on 03/22/2012 9:13:33 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Because of JB’s endorsement?

You must have read “Family of Secrets”. Smart move.


35 posted on 03/22/2012 9:13:33 AM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: SeekAndFind

Boob bait for Bubbas.

It’s 2008 all over again. The establishment knows they have foisted a turd on the base and now they want to polish it for us by adding a Veep with conservative credentials.

Same result, a blow-out beating will become a closer loss. But a loss nonetheless.

No sale this time.


36 posted on 03/22/2012 9:14:15 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: ngat

I’ve been calling Jeb Mrs. Bush because he looks like his mother and he’s a pansy RINO. For some reason, the establishment have turned him into some kind of a kingmaker, whose endorsement means something. It doesn’t. I can’t imagine what type of small coterie that will now be moved to action because Jeb Bush has made a completely predictable and meaningless endorsement.


37 posted on 03/22/2012 9:18:47 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney and the Republicans will enjoy a landslide victory if Rubio is selected as the VP.

There is no choice other than Rubio.


38 posted on 03/22/2012 9:20:55 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: SeekAndFind

“Jeb Bush: Make Rubio the VP nominee”

First Jebbie backs Willard for Prez., now Rubio for VP.

Are the Bushes still trying to drive immigration policy? Rubio is weak on immigration, like Jebbie, Jorge, and probably the rest of the family.

I like Rubio on budget issues. On immigration, he’s an establishment/Chamber of Commerce mouthpiece—part of the problem, not the solution. We can do better.

And the Bushes could do us a big favor by quitting the lectures on whom we should support and how soon we should wrap up the nominating process and just crawl under their rocks and shut up.

I also find it interesting that Morrissey is another one falling for the perennial race/ethnicity/gender pandering. Note how all his VP speculations (Rubio, Jindal, Haley) are minorities. Hey, Ed: I don’t care where their ancestors hailed from; give me the most conservative of them and I’ll back them. Let the Dims do the pandering. I’m sick of it.


39 posted on 03/22/2012 9:25:50 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
Agreed, no sale.
40 posted on 03/22/2012 9:27:11 AM PDT by Lexinom (Mitt < 1,144)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Might be onto something there. Interesting he did not endorse anyone till after Ill. Perhaps he thought till then it could go to a convention and he could be the brokered candidate??

I cannot believe Newt cannot get any traction, especially in the bigoted north. The farther north the primary, the less support he gets.


41 posted on 03/22/2012 9:29:53 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: ngat

“So, first the Bushes get to select our presidential nominee - they also get to pick our vice-presidential nominee?”

Your words complain about the Bushes but implicitly you insult the American voter.


42 posted on 03/22/2012 9:34:21 AM PDT by cymbeline
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To: AtlasStalled

I agree with you he’s a winner for us. Some here though prefer a loss in Nov. if the nominee is Romney. He wasn’t my first or second choice of the field but he’s a damn sight better than what we have.


43 posted on 03/22/2012 9:34:56 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: SeekAndFind

Sarah Palin as VP.


44 posted on 03/22/2012 9:37:19 AM PDT by rurgan (Make all laws have an expiration date of 3 years. too many laws is the problem)
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To: OldEagle

Is Rubio an NBC?

NO


45 posted on 03/22/2012 9:40:17 AM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: OldEagle

Is Rubio an NBC?

NO


46 posted on 03/22/2012 9:40:38 AM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s see here...Hispanics married into the Bush Dynasty.
Romney Dynasty has roots to Mehican Hispanics, Rubio is Hispanic.

Not hard to see that he believes race cards are not the sole property of the democrat party and ‘we’ will win if ‘we’ play them.

Maybe the Dynasty Families should start looking for blacks to marry into their families...the perfect hat trick, Whites, Hispanics and Blacks. s/


47 posted on 03/22/2012 9:55:58 AM PDT by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: montag813

Leave Rubio in the Senate, he’s not Presidential material! IMO Rubio will be lucky to get re-elected to the Senate, there are a lot former supporters that are turned off by him.


48 posted on 03/22/2012 10:04:31 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: montag813

Leave Rubio in the Senate, he’s not Presidential material! IMO Rubio will be lucky to get re-elected to the Senate, there are a lot former supporters that are turned off by him.


49 posted on 03/22/2012 10:04:53 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: OldEagle
"Is Rubio an NBC?"

No. And Sen. Rubio himself knows it too.

50 posted on 03/22/2012 10:06:33 AM PDT by StormEye
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