The presumptive vice presidential (veep) nominee since the Republican primaries began, was Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Folks from across the board have been touting him for months and to his credit, Rubio never publicly put his name forward and was respectful to Governor Romney’s selection process.
I am a big fan of the Senator and know he will have a bright future ahead in politics. However at this moment in time, what would he bring to the 2012 ticket?
Obvious answers are:
- Young (41)
- Popular with the Tea Party
- From the swing state of Florida
The question is; what else he could he have brought to the fold, if selected?
A presidential nominee has two choices when deciding a running mate: 1) is it about getting elected or 2) is it about the way you govern.
I am certain that he was on the very shortlist for ‘veep’ this time round and Governor Romney will probably admit that at a later stage. I am also sure that Romney made a decision that he wanted more from his VP pick other than demographics.
It is fair to say that Rubio would’ve energised the base, but that wouldn’t necessarily result in winning a state in the Electoral College.
He also doesn’t have any real legislative accomplishments under his belt so far. Granted he only recently entered the Senate, but that would still count against him.
Mitt Romney, I am certain, made a decision that he was more interested in selecting someone that would help him govern.
The electorate would look at a ticket and ask what they would do to enhance their lives along with the country.
With Rubio on the ticket, I fear that the public would've looked through that and seen it as a purely political ploy to woo a key demographic.
Senator Rubio, will definitely play a key role in the U.S. Senate next year. If the GOP retakes the upper chamber, he will be front runner for a variety of big committee roles which will enhance his resume and assist the conservative cause.
Make no mistake; he will have a big role to play in shaping the future of America, regardless of who wins in November.