Marco Rubio: No really, guys, I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee

posted at 4:50 pm on March 28, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In the midst of an interview about the pope’s visit to Cuba, Marco Rubio said to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell today that he’s not going to be the vice presidential nominee. It’s not the first time he’s indicated he’s not interested in the vice presidential nod.

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But, but, but … He pushed the release of his autobiography up to the summer and his PAC is doing its own opposition research on him, presumably to preempt possible future competitors.

It all reminds me of Chris Christie’s non-campaign for the presidency. No matter how many times or how colorfully Christie said he wasn’t running, his most ardent fans continued to clamor for his entrance and to cite specious evidence that he was planning to enter yet!

Like Chris Christie, Marco Rubio wants to utilize the position he has now to the fullest possible extent — and conservatives need Rubio in the Senate just like they need Christie in New Jersey. This is a little different than the Christie situation in that it’s easier to say no to a bid you have to initiate than to flat-out say no to a vice presidential nod from the GOP presidential nominee. So, Marco Rubio might be the vice presidential nominee yet — but I don’t think that’s why he’s prepping a national apparatus. He has his eyes on 2016 or 2020, if you ask me.

He’s got nothing to lose by waiting a little bit — and he does potentially have something to lose by saying yes to appearing on the national ticket now. AP explains:

If the economy grows the next two months and unemployment drops, would Rubio want to be on a ticket that suddenly looks like it’s a longshot against The One? He’s a polished speaker and has spent more than a year in the Senate getting up to speed on national policy, so he’d acquit himself well on the trail regardless. Even in a losing effort, the increased national exposure would make him a top-tier candidate for 2016. But there is a stigma in losing, and that stigma would be significant if Romney/Rubio ended up underperforming among the Latino voters whom Rubio’s supposed to deliver. He’s going to be a top-tier candidate in 2016 whether he’s on the ticket or not. Why take the risk in joining it?

Rubio says it and I believe him: He’s not going to be the vice presidential nominee — and that’s a good thing for anyone who would like to see Marco Rubio as president someday down the road.


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kristi noem has yhe youthful vigor of a sarah palin

gemini on March 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Lt Gov Jennifer Carroll of Florida and Rep Kristi Noem would have wide appeal.

gemini on March 28, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The former was not born in the US – The latter is a newcomer, no mucho accomplishmentos.

FlaMurph on March 28, 2012 at 6:53 PM

It’s a shame because I really think he is a perfect choice to be Vice President someday and then the President.

Most likely Rubio has taken notice of what the Democrat Media Complex does to Republican Vice Presidential candidates and just doesn’t want to subject his wife and children to all the hatred, venom and death threats the Democrat Media Complex stokes up.

Can’t say I don’t blame him. They’ve already begun an all out investigation looking for ways to destroy him and his family.

OxyCon on March 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM

kristi noem has yhe youthful vigor of a sarah palin

gemini on March 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM

“I like where your heads at” though……

FlaMurph on March 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM

OxyCon on March 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Rubio needs more resume at this point in time….but someday….

FlaMurph on March 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Good, Accomplish something first, prove yourself to be as good as your currently unearned reputation.

astonerii on March 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Romney’s smart. No way he would pick McDonnell.

MJBrutus on March 28, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Good luck getting VA then. Picking someone like Martinez is a bigger shot in the dark since it’s more favorable to dems then VA

Rubio is smart to not be rubio’s vp. He doesnt want to be on the ticket who lost to obama’s reelection

Flapjackmaka on March 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Rubio is smart not to be romney’s vp*

Flapjackmaka on March 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Sounds like Rand Paul better start preparing for the debates.

ModerateMan on March 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Mr. Rubio should let people know that he is busy and doesn’t have time to run.

And that if you keep pestering him he won’t campaign for you, either.

Basically – go away, get lost, I’m busy, and I mean it, or else.

ajacksonian on March 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

kristi noem has yhe youthful vigor of a sarah palin

gemini on March 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Perhaps, I would not like to see her ruined as well.

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Lt Gov Jennifer Carroll of Florida and Rep Kristi Noem would have wide appeal.

gemini on March 28, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Why stop at Lt. Govs and brand new Reps? Maybe there is a GOP county commissioner or local school board member we can run for VP of the most powerful nation on earth?

Seriously, a VP should be as ready to assume office on day 1 as the nominee would be.

AngusMc on March 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM

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