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Surprise! Mitt Romney said Marco Rubio is being vetted for vice-president

Seems like someone in the Mitt Romney campaign just woke up. And his name is Mitt Romney.

Romney just told reporters following his campaign that Rubio "is being thoroughly vetted," according to his campaign, which just sent out the following transcript of his statement:

“There was a story that originated today apparently at ABC based upon reports of supposedly outside unnamed advisors of mine. I can’t imagine who such people are but I can tell you this: they know nothing about the vice presidential selection or evaluation process. There are only two people in this country who know who are being vetted and who are not and that’s Beth Myers and myself. And I know Beth well. She doesn’t talk to anybody. This story was entirely false. Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process.”

So much for the anonymous folks who told ABC, The Washington Post and The New York Times the opposite. The leak and the aftermath of it all was bad bad bad for Romney's campaign. More here on that.

But it's not like Romney handled it with aplomb earlier. Here's what he said on Sean Hannity's radio show:

Hannity: "What did you make of the ABC News report this morning that said Marco Rubio was not being vetted but Governor Tim Pawlenty was being vetted? Any comment on that story?"

Mitt Romney: "I get a kick out of some of the speculation that goes on. I'm not going to comment on the process of course. But I can tell you this: only Beth Myers and I know who is being vetted." Hannity: "Does that mean Ann Romney doesn't know?"

Romney: "Even Ann doesn't know. We talk about the possible people that I might select. But in terms of actually who is being vetted, that is something only two people know. And Beth Myers doesn't talk." Hannity: "Is there a shortlist?"

Romney: "There are a number of people who are being vetted and that is obviously the group we are considering most seriously."

 

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Tom

Or they aren't _really_ vetting him but now they have to say they are in order to cover themselves politically.

G. D. Smith

Unfortunately, Rubio (like Obama) isn't qualified to be the Veep under the Constitution. Mitt should look elsewhere, like Congressman Allen West.

Eric

What would you expect from the liberal press? They are going to be throwing so much disinformation on the wall up to the day of election it will make our heads spin.
Just part of going up against the tyrannical liberal media machine.

LOL

I agree with GD Smith. He should choose Allen West and guarantee a second term for Obama while removing West from the House. I am serious. That would be amazing.

joe blow

aawwww.......ain't that sweet of Mittens campaign? they thought they better throw little marco a bone or the crazy Cubans in Myami would go wild being the communists they are.
although I seriously doubt Romney would be dumb enough to pick someone as inexperienced and corrupt as Marco, it will be funny as hell watching El Inepto Rubio meltdown a la Wacky Sarah Palin!
these Repiggie idiots never cease to amaze me!

whasup

Just more political gas for consumption by the Cubanos in Florida and the Rubio compadres, so they’ll feel that Romney likes Rubio.

Rubio would be a fool to jump on the Romney ticket.

He has said ... repeatedly ... he doesn't want the VP job.

His political future is better off if he builds more stature and gains more experience in the Senate.

If he is on a losing ticket, he will take a big hit for the loss.

He's young enough to have plenty of time to run ... for President ... later.

And he's smart enough to know all the above.

The idiot Republicans who think Rubio on the ticket will help Romney win are smoking some wacky weed.

No VP candidate in modern times has ever helped the top candidate win ...
with the possible exception of Lyndon Johnson and all those Texas votes his machine stole for Kennedy.

And unlike Johnson, Marco hasn't the power if Florida to steal the state for Romney.

tarpley

Too Funny.

abc

what an idiot the author of the previous post is.... "Cubans in Myami would go wild being the communists they are"... FYI the Cubans in Miami are far from being Communist or they would still be in Cuba. Not to mention Cubans are not a problem, get your facts right.

mmilian

Rubio only has the power to steal from the GOP...at this point.

Yes, yes, pick Marcos Rubio. It will be twice the fun watching the GOP clownfest go down in smoke.

whasup

Romney won't ask Rubio, because his people know Rubio would say 'no'!

But in the cynical way all our top politicians act, the Romney campaign will flirt with a Rubio pick for quite a while, just to try to attract the attention and support from Hispanics.

Do y'all think it is just coincidence that this press attention on Rubio was manufactured only days after Obama did his executive order manoeuvre to give aid and comfort to the children of illegals whom the illegals illegally smuggled into the country?

BTW, shouldn't the smuggling of children into the country be considered human trafficking?

Let's keep the kids ... and send their trafficker parents back to their home countries.

Tony Mercer

Yes I think Rubio would be perfect for Romney,he's young,good looking,and not very smart,essential qualities for a Republican VP candidate.

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