ABC: Rubio not being vetted for Veepstakes

posted at 9:21 am on June 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Well, at least he hasn’t been vetted, although two months is a long time to wait to get started on someone who’s supposed to be a short-lister for the running-mate slot.  ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reports that sources on Team Romney claim Marco Rubio has not been asked to provide any of the usual financial disclosures to the VP search committee — yet:

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.

Check the calendar.  It’s June.  It wouldn’t take long for the committee to vet Rubio if they decide he’s worth a look for the short list, and Romney won’t announce his pick until just before the convention.  They could have a profile of Rubio ready by the middle of next month at the latest, assuming that the immigration order announced by Barack Obama on Friday pushed Team Romney into reaction mode.

Clearly, though, it hasn’t.  Romney didn’t bother to engage on the policy itself over the weekend, choosing to attack Obama’s unilateral assumption of authority instead, as well as point out that Obama could have solved this problem any time in the first two years of his presidency, as his own party had solid control of Congress.  Rubio spoke out this weekend in the same vein, which he did with me in an exclusive* interview, primarily to talk about his new book An American Son but also to discuss the immigration issue:

Rubio insists that the White House not only never reached out to him on immigration policy, they attempted to deliberately obstruct his progress on finding a bipartisan compromise on the issue.  The Obama administration clearly fears Rubio’s power on immigration (and probably foreign policy and the economy as well).  They may have feared most that he would succeed on immigration reform and make himself into a powerful VP choice for Romney.  But that sells Rubio short.  After all, he just arrived in the US Senate, and has plenty of time to build his own career rather than get lost as someone else’s VP.  A term in the Senate and perhaps one as governor of Florida would put Rubio in position to lead a ticket rather than be a second banana.

I’m not surprised that Team Romney hasn’t vetted Rubio as a potential running mate.  Their best bet would be to look at the ranks of governors (Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez, Rick Perry) and hype the uber-competence credentials of such a combination.

* – Using the media definition of “exclusive,” which is “no one else was on our specific call at the same time.”


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Fourteenth Amendment. You’re not at liberty yourself to define “natural born” as having citizens as parents. That’s not “constitutionalism”, that’s crankery.

ddrintn on June 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

The Fourteenth Amendment doesn’t say anything about natural born status. Don’t call people names just because you are ignorant.

Dante on June 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

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Thanks, Dante.

NightmareOnKStreet on June 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Natural born citizenship has nothing to do with your parents and is not defined by the constitution. Its defined by Congress. We’ve had numerous presidents with immigrant parents.
cpaulus on June 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Wrongo, kool-aid breath.

While NBC is not defined in the Constitution, there is lots of evidence out there for anyone interested in looking for what the Founders understood the term to mean, and SCOTUS as much as defined the term in Minor vs Happersett.

EVERY President born AFTER the adoption of the Constitution has been born in America, to parents that were BOTH American Citizens at the time of his birth (immigrant or not).

The 14th Amendment has nothing to do with it.

Dexter_Alarius on June 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I’m glad he did the interview with Ed, may not sell as many books as an appearance on the Today Show but the long term thanks is immeasurable.

Well if TeamMitt decided not to vet Rubio shame on them, If it comes out Rubio said I am not interested in being VP I would love it.

boogaleesnots on June 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Why would we want an inexperienced VP who’s best known for pushing an amnesty plan that’s very similar to Obama’s??

LevinFan on June 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Tpaw will be the choice. Best pick IMO.

rubberneck on June 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Because you like unlimited big government?

Dante on June 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Natural born citizenship has nothing to do with your parents and is not defined by the constitution. Its defined by Congress. We’ve had numerous presidents with immigrant parents.
cpaulus on June 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

This is more ignorance. Natural born citizenship has everything to do with your parents, and it is NOT defined by Congress. It was a meaning known to the sovereign people who ratified the Constitution.

Immigrant parents is a red herring. Having an immigrant parent is meaningless. It is whether that parent is an American citizen at the time of their child’s birth that matters.

Dante on June 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Insider sources indicate that not only has Jindal visited Boston, he’s filled out the questionnaires and disclosed his financial records, which he refused to do for John McCain.

Romney/Jindal 2012!

GOPRanknFile on June 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Suggesting good judgment on Jindal’s part. Certainly a positive sign.

talkingpoints on June 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

150 comments and nobody mentions DeMint?

Come on.

As someone who bets on Intrade I am betting heavy on DeMint for VP. There is a reason why nobody talks about him. And why he never criticized Romney

Demint even had a poll on his site. On who Romney should choose as VP

I cannot think of a better choice to energize the evengelicle vote. And someone to defend Romney from the Mormon onslaught coming in September
Mark Levine will be fully on board once DeMint is picked :)

OrthodoxJew on June 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Mark Levine will be fully on board once DeMint is picked :)

OrthodoxJew on June 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM

There’s a good reason to avoid DeMint.

Dante on June 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Marco knows he does not meet the eligibility requirements for VPOTUS (or POTUS). If the Romney campaign did not know the facts about Rubio’s parentage and asked if he wanted to be considered, he would have declined saying he wasn’t a natural born Citizen. Rubio seems like a nice guy, but that isn’t good enough to meet the rules for office.

1andyman on June 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

OF COURSE Rubio is not being vetted.
Only Natural Born Citizens should be considered.
That leaves Jindal out, too.

I wonder how many times this will get posted in the next months. Natural born citizenship has nothing to do with your parents and is not defined by the constitution. Its defined by Congress. We’ve had numerous presidents with immigrant parents.

cpaulus on June 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

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That’s beyond ignorant. If natural born citizen were the same as (plain) citizen, why do the Constitutional requirements for President & VP specifically differ from requirements for senators & representatives (they must be US “citizens” for at least 9 yrs & 7 yrs, respectively)? 

Only POTUS & VPOTUS say “no one but a natural born Citizen…” 
cpaulus, if you want to LEARN something further on the subject of what the Supreme Court has said regarding the importance & meaning of ALL 4400 words in the Constitution, look up their ruling on Marbury v Madison (established the principle of judicial review)
“It cannot be presumed that any clause in the constitution is intended to be without effect; and, therefore, such a construction is inadmissible, unless the words require it.”  

NightmareOnKStreet on June 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

NightmareOnKStreet on June 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Additionally, Hamilton submitted a proposed draft that read, “No person shall be eligible to the office of President of the United States unless he be now a Citizen of one of the States, or hereafter be born a Citizen of the United States.”

John Jay wrote to Washington, saying, “Permit me to hint, whether it would be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.”

Obviously citizen and natural born citizen are not synonymous nor interchangeable, and each held a specific meaning that the Framers – and the ratifiers – understood.

Dante on June 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“Rubio not being vetted for Veepstakes”

Is this a surprise to anyone?

Didn’t we already try an affirmative action candidate with barely two years in the senate as president?

Leave the identity politics to the democrats- so please shut up with your Marco Rubios, Nikki Haleys, and Allen Wests for VP.

And no, military service does not equal “foreign policy experience.”

bocat on June 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’m starting to think of Rubio as McCain Jr. Any ‘immigration reform’ that features legalization of illegals aliens is a non-starter, without slamming the border shut and repelling boarders is a non-starter.

rayra on June 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Rubio not being vetted for Veepstakes

Good.

moonsbreath on June 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

First term Senator from florida Ed Morrisey is mitt romneys vp pick.

get the point. Rubio’s ONLY credential is hispanic.

gerrym51 on June 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The worst thing about Rubio’s statement that if he came from a poor nation he would come to THIS nation ILLEGALLY, too, is that he is encouraging MORE illegal immigration. HE is in fact, legitimizing those who seek to willfully disregard existing federal immigration law and he, as a Senator is eroding national sovereignty to pander to illegal aliens and their supporters.

Its shameful and irresponsible and conduct unworthy of a US Senator.

His statement that the US should treat these illegal aliens with ‘common decency’ implies that we have NOT, thus far, treated illegal aliens with ‘common decency’. The fact is that we have treated the illegal aliens at large in this nation with an UNCOMMON degree of DECENCY. We have provided education and medical care for them free of charge to them.. at TAXPAYER EXPENSE…. and we have allowed them access to our court system and bent over backwards to treat them with civility and consideration of their human rights. We have, in fact, spent over $113 BILLION/YEAR on social service specifically for illegal aliens. When one adds up how much has been spent over the 26 years since Ronald Reagan’s Amnesty the largess and generosity of the American people is unparalleled. Compare how this nation treats its illegal aliens with how MEXICO, where the majority of our illegal aliens originated, and just how decent and generous the American people have been is starkly and readily apparent.

It is an insult to every American that Marco Rubio, in order to curry favor with a specific demographic, has implied that Americans lack ‘common decency’ in dealing with the many MILLIONS of illegal aliens who’ve willfully shattered our federal immigration laws.

thatsafactjack on June 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Can you make this report about Rubio jibe with the report that Mitt Romney says that not even his wife knows who is being vetted. Only the person in charge, Beth Myers, and Mitt Romney know this. So are they saying that people on the staff know and are leaking? Then more people than Mitt and Beth know. They are contradictory statements.

Fleuries on June 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

The worst thing about Rubio’s statement that if he came from a poor nation he would come to THIS nation ILLEGALLY, too, is that he is encouraging MORE illegal immigration. HE is in fact, legitimizing those who seek to willfully disregard existing federal immigration law and he, as a Senator is eroding national sovereignty to pander to illegal aliens and their supporters.

thatsafactjack on June 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

No he isn’t.

Dante on June 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Why would any Republican want to leak the fact that Rubio’s not even being seriously considered for VP, especially at a moment when Obama’s just made a splash with Latino voters via his new DREAM policy?

1. Because Rubio has said several times that not only was he not angling for the job, he would not take the job even if offered.

2. Rubio would be no help with “Latino” voters. He is Cuban. Cuban immigrants are kind of like Puerto Ricans. They don’t have immigration “issues”. We generally don’t deport Cubans arriving here. Rubio would give no traction with voters from Mexico and Central America. For that, Romney would have to go for someone like Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

crosspatch on June 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

*Romney just stated that Rubio is being “thoroughly vetted”*

Buy Danish on June 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

*Per Fox News, “He called out ABC News by name and called it “entirely false”.*

Buy Danish on June 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

It would be funny if it turns out Rubio’s camp is just better at controlling leaks than all the others.

Mister Mets on June 19, 2012 at 6:21 PM

if Marco Rubio truly wants to earn the title of An American Son, he should immediately pronounce himself “ineligible” for the offices of President and Vice President and explain why, which would immediately turn all focus upon the current Fraud-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama, and secure the defeat of Obama’s international assault on the United States of America. If Rubio does not do this immediately, he is not what many Tea Party supporters had hoped…

DanaSmiles on June 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to believe ANYTHING from the A(lways)B(iased-socialist)C(lowns) network ?

TeaPartyNation on June 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

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