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Oops. Marco Rubio "If I do a good job as VP..."

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Marco Rubio's Vice Presidential Aspirations Slip from National Journal on FORA.tv

 

The Miami Herald's Erika Bolstad reports: "Firmly positioning himself as more moderate on immigration than many of his Republican counterparts, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., continued Tuesday to sketch a broad outline of his own ideas on reform.

Rubio, whose proposal is aimed at keeping young people in the U.S. if they came to this country illegally as children, has been talking about the idea for weeks, partly to counter the GOP's reputation for tough rhetoric on immigration.

He also said he'd be a envoy to Hispanics this election season for Republicans -- but if asked, would turn down a vice-presidential spot.

But Rubio, speaking at a National Journal event about demographics, clearly had the vice-presidency on his mind.

"If in four to five years, 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.

He recovered handily, telling the crowd that those "all sorts of things" include the one job he says has all the power: NFL commissioner."

Meanwhile, HighBeam Research analyzed how much media attention the various VP contenders received between March 16 and April 16. Paul Ryan came out on top with 27 percent of all the media attention, which makes sense given the attention to the House budget he put together, but Rubio came in second:

Potential Romney Running Mates

Media Attention

Paul Ryan

26.74%

Marco Rubio

23.53%

Bob McDonnell

11.23%

Chris Christie

10.70%

Rob Portman

8.02%

Bobby Jindal

6.95%

Nikki Haley

6.42%

Susana Martinez

5.88%

Brian Sandoval

0.53%



 

[Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:04pm]

    

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