Poll of “insiders”: Enthusiasm wanes for Rubio as VP pick
The decrease could be attributable to a sense that the senator, while popular among conservative activists, has yet to be vetted or tested nationally. Those fears are particularly acute among GOP officials after the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate four years ago, a decision that ultimately politically backfired on the Republican presidential nominee.
Still, Rubio’s promise remains: He’s young, telegenic, from a key state and – most importantly of all – Latino. The likely GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, is none of those things, and has struggled to attract Hispanic support even as the group is poised to play a decisive role in the presidential election.
“[Rubio's] a three-fer: young, Hispanic, and from what may be the most important state – a la 2000,” said one Democratic iInsider.