Surprisingly, Sen. Marco Rubio Not Being Vetted by Romney VP Search Team, ABC News Says in Exclusive Report

Jun 19, 2012  •  Post A Comment

ABC News’ Jon Karl is reporting, in an exclusive story, that Sen. Marco Rubio is not being vetted by the team that’s in charge of finding a vice presidential candidate to run with presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Writes Karl: "[K]nowledgeable 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 longtime 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."

Karl also notes:  "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."

The article also notes that officially, the Romney campaign had no comment.

Here’s a video version of Karl’s report that ran today, June 19, 2012, on ABC’s "Good Morning America":

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  1. The biggest mistake that Romney can make is to add a typical white male as his running mate. The US has changed dramatically the last five years. Whether you like Obama or Palin – they have created an expectation for more diversity on a ticket. Romney will lose votes if he fails to meet that expectation. “The Best Candidate for the Job” argument will no longer fly.

  2. Rubio has stated a number of times he’s not interested. It would be far better to keep him in the Senate – where he has more power, unless he has aspirations of running for President, where being a Vice President is a great launching pad. I think he needs to wait at least four to eight years and get more experience. We already made the mistake of hiring a Senator mid-course as President. Let Rubio make his mark in Congress before shuffling him off to such a minor role as VP. There are other Hispanics or Blacks, men or women that could help his ticket.

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