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National Journal: Fla press were patsies for Marco Rubio



National Journal has bumped Marco Rubio from number one to number two on its "veepstakes power rankings," putting Virginia Gov. the top slot. NJ said of Rubio: Rubio's biggest downside, and the reason he's dropped a spot in our rankings, is his good fortune in 2010. He skated into office without much of his past being vetted in the media. That would change in a hurry if he's tapped for the vice presidency, and coming four years after Sarah Palin had such trouble adjusting to harsh scrutiny, that's a very real concern for some Republicans. After all, Tallahassee has its own secrets. Rubio's team, to their credit, zealously guards their man's narrative -- but some Republicans worry about thrusting someone so young and untested onto the national stage.

He skated into office with little scrutiny from the Florida press. Nice. Just a wild guess here, but our hunch is National Journal Political Correspondent Beth Reinhard did not write that piece. After all, she covered the Rubio campaign for the Miami Herald in 2010, when the Rubio campaign barred her from their campaign bus.


[Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 2:08pm]


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