If you're a betting person, putting your money on Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney's running mate has seemed like a good idea. It makes sense: Rubio has the support of the Tea Party, he's popular with Hispanics, and he represents a swing state (Florida). But according to a new report by ABC, the Rubio bet is apparently a bust.
"Knowledgeable Republican sources" tell ABC's Jonathan Karl that Romney is not being vetted as a possible VP pick:
He has not been asked to complete any questionnaires or been asked to turn over any financial documents typically required of potential vice presidential candidates.
Although it is possible that Rubio may yet be asked to go through the vetting process, it has been nearly two months since Romney named his long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential search. The fact that Rubio has not been asked to turn over any documents by now is a strong indication that he is not on Romney’s short list of potential running mates.
Karl goes on to note that the two regularly speak fondly of each other, so an upcoming vetting is not out of the question. Both camps declined comment. And that would make Jeb Bush happy.
“Marco would bring incredible energy,” Bush told ABC at the beginning of June. “He’s the most articulate spokesman for conservative principles in American today, and he is my friend, so I am a little biased. I think he would be extraordinary.”
Let the Chris Christie speculation begin anew.