Mitt Romney — April 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Some people REALLY don’t like potential Romney VP pick Marco Rubio — you might be surprised who


Being a pander monkey is NOT going to help you, Mitt

Facing a crushing defeat by President Obama with the Latino community, Mitt Romney has been found in the presence of one of the most conservative Latinos in the country this past week: Marco Rubio.

But Marco Rubio is not well liked among a number of folks. You might be surprised who.

First of all: Latinos:

A poll released by Project New America and Public Policy Polling found that rumored vice presidential possibility Marco Rubio is not going to get Romney any additional support from Latino voters.

The poll was conducted from April 16-18 and surveyed 1,059 likely Hispanic voters in Florida, Nevada and New Mexico. The poll asked Hispanics their thoughts on a Democratic presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden versus a Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Rubio, the Florida senator, Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada or Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico.

In all three states, the poll results showed strong Hispanic support for Obama over Romney. Because most Hispanic voters generally have a negative opinion of Romney, “Republicans won’t be able to make up ground with Hispanic voters by simply nominating a Hispanic vice presidential candidate,” said Kill Hanauer, President and CEO of Project New America.

Maybe it’s not just Mitt Romney they don’t like. Maybe it’s Marco Rubio himself. Here are some amazing quotes about Rubio from just a couple of years ago:

“Rubio has proved he is just another typical politician who uses his public office for personal gain and only comes clean once caught.”

“With each passing day, voters are beginning to see the real Speaker Rubio, a tax raising Miami lobbyist-politician who has used public office for personal gain and political donations as a personal slush fund.”

“This Marco Rubio is a wheeling and dealing Miami lobbyist and politician, always trying to scam the system for his personal benefit.”

“Instead of answering all of the many questions surrounding his questionable spending habits, Speaker Rubio instead continues to do the Rubio hustle and refuses to release his tax returns in a timely manner.”

What Democrat uttered these scathing words of derision? It wasn’t a Democrat at all, in fact.

It was Mitt Romney’s national press secretary Andrea Saul.


Do these guys know about the internet and LexisNexis? Sometimes I really wonder.

[Image credit: Marco Rubio official government website]

  • CB_Demented

    Living in his state, I have to say I like Rubio…and he’s pretty popular here amongst conservatives and most of the cuban and puerto rican latinos here, at least in the northern part of the state.

    I don’t think there’s much chance he’ll be the running mate though. I think Jeb Bush is a more likely candidate, but then again, Romeny is such a boob, who knows who he’ll pick.

    • Bill Cole

      Jeb? Never going to happen. His career in electoral politics is over, he knows it, and he seems happy with it. He should. 

      There’s an easy story in the Lehman bankruptcy that assures Jeb will never again face voters. I’ve never seen anything implying anything he did for it was illegal, but it is a clear matter of public record that it let him liquidate an illiquid asset for an obscene price. It’s almost a bad thing that it has been so obviously legal and open, because there’s no “alleged” component. Jeb and his cousin made out like bandits because of a corporate structure quirk that probably wasn’t even intentionally designed to make bankruptcy a windfall. It just fell that way. Outside of Florida, Jeb has very little image beyond his name, and that’s Not Good. Add to that the fact that landed a pile of cash out of the trigger event for the financial collapse as an accident of nepotism and the government/finance corrupt nexus, and he’s electoral toast. Watch any interview in the past 3 years asking him about running for office: he’s done and he knows it. 

      • CB_Demented

         I wouldn’t count Jeb out if I were you, and Jeb’s name was pretty good in this state, and is still good amongst republicans in general.

        The Lehman thing wouldn’t affect anything because your average voter wouldn’t understand it enough to find fault with it, nor would your normal journalist understand it enough in order to report on it. They’d out it early in a campaign and let it blow over if he were ever to run for anything for himself, and it wouldn’t matter as a running mate considering how shady Romney’s finances already are.

        Jeb is biding his time until at least 2016…and he’s the much smarter brother, by far. He has broad based appeal with his target base and is married to a latina, which will carry a good bit of weight as well, and he had a pretty good record as governor here.

        • Bill Cole

          Floridians and Republicans might get him nominated, but they can’t make him President and for that he has an uphill battle against his last name. 

          As for the Bush/Walker family raid on the Lehman bankruptcy, it is a very simple story that illustrates a very simple fact about Jeb Bush: He’s a very wealthy and successful man because his family name makes that a sure thing. In the midst of the bankruptcy that triggered a financial and economic avalanche, his Bushness assured that he took away a huge windfall as Lehman’s creditors were still figuring out how to share their losses for the error of trusting the untrustworthy company that he nominally helped run. It’s not a story with legs outside of a political context because  there’s nothing illegal about it. It’s just another example of  the perfectly legal corruption of business principles practiced by our aristocrats. In a political context, it provides a clear simple way to demonstrate that he is one of the self-dealing Wall Street crooks who drove the system into collapse and walked away from it richer for doing so. 

          Did I say Jeb Bush is a corrupt self-dealing Wall Street crook? Yes, I did, and yes, he is. Of course I only mean “crook” in the moral sense, as legally, he seems to be perfectly clean.  

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