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Would Senator Marco Rubio Help Mitt Romney in 2012 Election?

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Marco Rubio, the Republican Senator from Florida, brings a lot of value to Romney's campaign. Rubio has Hispanic heritage, has lots of support in a battleground state (Florida), has a lot of charisma and youth, and has strong Conservative values.
From Yahoo! News: Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney was campaigning in Pennsylvania ahead of the state's Tuesday primary with Marco Rubio in tow, the US senator widely discussed as a possible running mate.

Rubio is the latest among potential vice presidential picks to hit the campaign trail with Romney, but the first since the frontrunner's main rival Rick Santorum bowed out of the Republican race two weeks ago.

Mitt Romney may have better choices, but would picking Marco Rubio help Mitt Romney's 2012 Presidential Election campaign?

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  • Seonag 2012/04/23 20:09:05
    Rubio would HURT Romney
    Seonag
    +4
    Rubio isn't eligible to be President and, therefore, Vice President in that his parent's did not become US Citizens until 4 years AFTER he was born. Same goes with Bobby Jindal. It's a shame as both of them might be very good. But the law is the law until changed.

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  • *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg' 2012/04/29 20:06:53
    Rubio Neither Helps nor Hurts Romney
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    It won't make any difference to me. Romney is trash. Rubio is slightly better, sure.

    Rubio might bring in the Hispanic vote, just like Romney brought in the Mormon vote. Any Hispanic that votes for a Hispanic just because he is Hispanic, and any Mormon that votes for a Mormon for no other reason than that he is a Mormon is a brainwashed bigot. The same goes for other races and religions.

    Oh, and it will scare away the birthers. At least the ones with any principle. Rubio is no more eligible than Obama in their book. He became a citizen (birthright, not Natural Born, according to the birther line, which I am neither supportive of nor antagonistic towards) before either of his parents did. Arguably, he is even LESS eligible than Obama. I am not saying he is as bad as Obama. They just incidentally share some peculiarities in regards to citizenship status.
  • boots 2012/04/26 03:36:58
    Rubio Neither Helps nor Hurts Romney
    boots
    +1
    Nothing will help Romney his own party hates him .
    I kinda feel sorry for the magic underwear wearing clod .
  • lucky 2012/04/24 13:09:05
    Rubio Neither Helps nor Hurts Romney
    lucky
    +2
    I think anything he gains by selecting Rubio he will lose for selecting Rubio, in the end it will balance out to where it has very little affect at all if any.
  • *K'eim*... lucky 2012/04/29 20:08:01
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    Exactly. Romney will gain some Hispanic voters and lose some birthers.
  • donald 2012/04/24 04:52:32
    Rubio Neither Helps nor Hurts Romney
    donald
    I don't know much about Rubio.I think Romney is going have a difficult time,no matter who runs with him.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/04/24 03:21:18
    Rubio would HELP Romney
    MOMMA THOMAS
    SUPPORTED BY THE TEABAGGERS....
  • TX-OU812 2012/04/23 23:41:59
    Rubio would HELP Romney
    TX-OU812
    +2
    Not only would Rubio help Romney emmensely, I must say that I am stunned that 59% of you (as of this moment) think that Rubio would either hurt Romney or I would not matter. But, then again, that's just my opinion.
  • Chef Bunyan 2012/04/23 22:44:20
    Rubio Neither Helps nor Hurts Romney
    Chef Bunyan
    ALLEN WEST, ALLEN WEST, ALLEN WEST, and, at the risk of repeating my self, ALLEN WEST!!!!!!!
  • Marcus Clark 2012/04/23 22:27:53
    Rubio would HURT Romney
    Marcus Clark
    +3
    Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND.com, also has argued that the definition of “natural born citizen” excludes Rubio.

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/04/to...

    “Rubio is, quite simply, not a ‘natural born citizen’ by the accepted legal, English-language standard as it has been known throughout American history. He was born in Florida to two non-U.S. citizen parents,” he wrote.

    “I know this is not a popular notion among Republicans, just as it wasn’t among Democrats when challenges were made to Obama. However, the Constitution should always trump political expediency.

    “This is not a ‘technicality,’ as some might suggest. If we don’t adhere to the Constitution on matters as significant as presidential eligibility, then the Constitution ceases to be a meaningful document for guiding our nation. Indeed, it becomes the kind of ‘living document’ that many liberals have claimed it should be – ever-changing to new circumstances,” he said.
  • Marcus ... Marcus ... 2012/04/23 22:29:32
    Marcus Clark
    +2
    Another article that clarifies the NBC clause.
    http://naturalborncitizen.wor...
  • hisomouth 2012/04/23 22:18:29
    Rubio would HELP Romney
    hisomouth
    +2
    He would help him win the election but I would watch my back if I watch my back if I was Ronney.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/04/23 20:43:27
    Rubio Neither Helps nor Hurts Romney
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +2
    It's a mixed bag... If he were on the ticket, it would make it harder for the DNC Slime Machine to denigrate the R ticket without collateral damage for themselves, but I don't see him energizing the Republican base or independents as much as other VP choices might.
  • Boomer 2012/04/23 20:39:14
    Rubio would HELP Romney
    Boomer
    +2
    Rubio would help Romney with the spanish vote. It would tickle me pink to see the son of Cuban heritage get the VP spot.
  • Marie Boomer 2012/04/26 01:11:42 (edited)
    Marie
    +1
    But he can never be president, so how can he be picked for VP? I do like him, and feel he has things that Romney is missing! Charisma! (Although Romney is improving since his wife stood up!) Romney and wife
  • sick'n'tired PWCM 2012/04/23 20:35:09
    Rubio would HURT Romney
    sick'n'tired PWCM
    +1
    His eligibility questions would distract from his message.
  • TX-OU812 sick'n'... 2012/04/23 23:44:06
    TX-OU812
    +1
    More distinct eligibility questions sure didn't hurt Obama
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/04/23 20:28:59
    Rubio would HELP Romney
    Margaret Jacobson
    +1
    In FLORIDA....YES..........ELSEW... not so sure...............not everyone IS hispanic or latino.........
  • Bob S Margare... 2012/04/24 01:47:26
    Bob S
    +1
    but many are Hispanic..and they vote in record numers.
  • Marie Margare... 2012/04/26 01:13:33
    Marie
    He is also a cutie, which women like!
  • Rebel Yell 2012/04/23 20:26:57
    Rubio Neither Helps nor Hurts Romney
    Rebel Yell
    Rubio is Cuban. A Cuban who voted against the Dream Act... but now has his own version just in time for the general election, promising all sorts of things except a path to citizenship. 50 million Hispanics now in the USA, and they aren't leaving because many have been here for decades. Why would the Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans, etc. support Rubio? People in Florida aren't all that nuts about him. He won't necessarily win Florida for Mitt. Rubio also comes with his own baggage.

    It would be an odd pairing in that Mitt has said he will build a fence along the entire 2000 mile Southern border (right.. sure thing,Mitt). But here is Rubio, trying to work a deal to get illegals into college this Fall. Someone would have to do a fast about face and start showing some serious Hipanic love all of a sudden. I'd put my money on Flipper Mitt for that.

    Jeb Bush has Mitt's ear and is pushing for Rubio. So, he may get tapped. But it is just as likely that the VP pick will be Portman, who can help Romey in Ohio.
  • Marie Rebel Yell 2012/04/26 01:14:25
    Marie
    Romney needs the south!
  • sjalan 2012/04/23 20:21:06
    Rubio would HURT Romney
    sjalan
    +3
    Rubio is just as bad as any of the other nitwits Romney has to chose from
  • Boomer sjalan 2012/04/23 20:41:01
    Boomer
    What you got something against hispanics is that it?
  • sjalan Boomer 2012/04/23 20:42:44
    sjalan
    Not at all, two of my great grandchildren are half hispanic. Rubio is just a normal dyed in the wool Republican that happens to be Hispanic.
  • Boomer sjalan 2012/04/23 21:22:50
    Boomer
    Ok
  • sjalan Boomer 2012/04/23 22:39:49
    sjalan
    +1
    And 3 more of my great grand children are Black and one is Philippino.
  • TX-OU812 sjalan 2012/04/23 23:47:56
    TX-OU812
    So, you're a Democrat who would, by default, loathe anyone that would end up as Romey's running mate?
  • sjalan TX-OU812 2012/04/24 08:04:08
    sjalan
    Nope, I just think Rubio would be a distraction to the REAL problems our nation faces.
  • Marie sjalan 2012/04/26 01:18:35
    Marie
    Mitt Daniels My choice, and he is no nitwit!!!
  • Seonag 2012/04/23 20:09:05
    Rubio would HURT Romney
    Seonag
    +4
    Rubio isn't eligible to be President and, therefore, Vice President in that his parent's did not become US Citizens until 4 years AFTER he was born. Same goes with Bobby Jindal. It's a shame as both of them might be very good. But the law is the law until changed.
  • Boomer Seonag 2012/04/23 20:41:30
    Boomer
    Obama got in!!!!!!!!!!
  • Marcus ... Boomer 2012/04/23 22:22:15
    Marcus Clark
    +3
    3 wrongs don't make a right.
  • Seonag Boomer 2012/04/24 11:29:31
    Seonag
    +1
    Still doesn't make it right. That is the problem today --- accepting illegal behavior because someone got away with it and therefore okay for others to do.
  • Boomer Seonag 2012/04/24 13:10:00
    Boomer
    +1
    Good point!
  • TX-OU812 Seonag 2012/04/23 23:50:46
    TX-OU812
    Obama isn't eligible (regardless of where he was born) in that his father was a UK citizen. This made Obama a dual citizen. Since ths had no bearing in 2008, and has no bearing in 2012, Rubio is qualified in 2012.

    He has my vote
  • Seonag TX-OU812 2012/04/24 11:29:21
    Seonag
    Still doesn't make it right. That is the problem today --- accepting illegal behavior because someone got away with it and therefore okay for others to do.
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/04/23 19:39:50
    Rubio would HURT Romney
    Stan Kapusta
    +2
    This is a high profile election. An unknown such as Rubio may bring in some of the spanish vote but it's not enough. Allen West would cover his loopholes in the up coming election. He's digging his own grave picking him.
  • Boomer Stan Ka... 2012/04/23 20:42:18
    Boomer
    +1
    I must say I like Allen as a running mate, this would be a smart move on Romneys side.
  • Stan Ka... Boomer 2012/04/24 01:46:32
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    It would be a good move for the country too. He has alot to offer. West is an intelligent man.Something we need in the white house. Were kinda short on brains in there now. All I see is ego.
  • TX-OU812 Stan Ka... 2012/04/23 23:51:44
    TX-OU812
    As opposed to the unknown Obama in 2008?

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