Thursday, June 23, 2011
Most agree freshman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will be on at the top of every Republican presidential nominee’s short list for vice president.
Stephen Moore writing in the Wall Street Journal says his contacts in Mitt Romney’s campaign are boasting: “Doesn’t a Romney-Rubio ticket sound great?”
Said one senior Romney advisor: “We think that could be a dream ticket.”
Moore asked a close Rubio advisor what he thought of the idea of Rubio for veep. “I’ve heard that rumor too. But he [Romney] may not think he’s ready yet,” the consultant said. But then he quickly added: “There’s always 2016.”
Sen Rubio’s political stock keeps rising. He’s been an ardent voice in the Senate for fiscal downsizing during the budget debates. Last week he gave his maiden Senate floor address on how America’s “future can be greater than its past” and how the 21st century can be the American century, much as the 20th century was. It was Reagan optimism from start to finish as he declared that whether our ancestors “came here on the Mayflower, on a slave ship or on an airplane from Havana, we are all descendants of the men and women who built here the nation that saved the world. We are still the great American people. And the only thing standing in the way of solving our problems is our willingness to do so.”
Rubio, a Cubano-American, could appeal to America’s massive Hispanic population, the largest minority in the U.S., said to be 16.3% of the total population according to the 2010 Census.