Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Newsmax, a conservative and influential website, that he would, in fact, consider running as vice president with Mitt Romney.
But then quickly adds he doesn't think Romney will even pop the question.
“Well I’d consider it, but I doubt I’ll get a call, and I don’t know if it’s the right thing for me to do. I didn’t run for president for a similar kind of reason, so I’m all in to try to help him get elected,” told Newsmax in an exclusive interview with Bush from his office in Miami.
The interview was published on the Newsmax website.
Bush repeated to Newsmax what he said earlier in the year: That Sen. Marco Rubio is “probably the best” candidate for vice president
“Well I can’t speak for Gov. Romney, and I can’t speak for Sen. Rubio, but if I was on both sides of that conversation I would ask — and I would hope that Marco would accept,” Bush told Newsmax. “There’s a lot of things in between that may not make that happen, but I am a great admirer of Mitt Romney’s and I’m a huge fan of Marco Rubio’s, and I think the combination would be extraordinary.”
Rubio, for the umpteenth time, said he would not accept a vice presidential job if offered by Romney. The latest "gracias pero no gracias" came on Thursday in Washington.
"If in four, five, six, seven years from now, if I do a good job as vice president - I'm sorry, as senator -I'll have the chance to do all sorts of things," he said, in a slip that met with laughter from the audience at a televised event hosted by the National Journal.
Bush told Newsmax that his short list of top-tier vice-presidential candidates include Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.