Rubio Denies He Would Accept Offer of VP
Marco Rubio a Republican Senator from Florida has vehemently denied he would accept an offer of joining the GOP ticket if offered by Mitt Romney. Instead, he threw another name in the ring. He said there are a good number of talented Republicans that Romney can pick from. Rubio said one good choice would be Rob Portman, a Senator from Ohio. The young Senator from Florida said that is where Romney should look, in Ohio.
Rubio made his comments while at an event at Newseum about demographics. Rubio was asked if he would reject a proposal for the vice president and he answered, yes. He said that it would not happen and he wanted to concentrate on doing a good job in Congress. He thinks that the Senate is a great place to shape American policy.
A recent poll by Pew Research Center shows that the President has a 20-point lead over Romney amongst Hispanic voters. A number of observers have noted that choosing Rubio, whose parents are Cuban exiles, could help swing Latino voters over to the GOP in the November election.
One high-ranking Latino, Alberto Gonzales, a former U.S. Attorney General, said he felt Rubio, 40, was not experienced enough. Gonzales said Rubio would generate interest from Latinos for the short term, but that interest would not last.
Florida’s junior senator said he would not take the job and that his party must do more than just pick him to win the Latino vote in November’s election.