Mitt Romney on Tuesday said that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is being “thoroughly vetted” as a vice presidential candidate, rejecting reports that the freshman senator is not being considered for the job.
"Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process," Romney said, according to multiple accounts from reporters on the ground in Michigan.
Romney said reports to the contrary were “entirely false” and came from sources that have “no knowledge” of his team’s selection process.
The statement is the first time Romney has confirmed or denied vetting any prospective candidates. Romney's campaign has kept a tight lid on the process despite rampant speculation about who is and isn't on the candidate's short list.
ABC News and the Washington Post are reporting that Rubio is not being vetted for VP.
That is old, old news.So old it is almost gone rancid. Also old, old news is that there is thinking that Rubio would permanently upstage Jeb Bush if he accepted the VP. I dont follow that line of thinking at all.I just report what is out there in the political universe. Jeb Bush had his opportunity and passed on it. I do wonder if there is some pressure from the Bush family not to take Rubio.
Seriously no one really thought Rubio would ever be considered.
What is new is that Tim Pawlenty may be a dark horse for VP. The story is that Ann Romney is pushing for him as she has developed a close friendship with Pawlenty wife.
However, Portman is still the favorite. Portman has federal govt experience. Neither Romney or Pawlenty does and Rubio has limited experience. Back to basics, no republican has ever been elected President without carrying Ohio.
I wonder why he had a change of heart about disclosing that...
And if only he and one other person knows who they are vetting...how thorough of a job could they be doing?
They no doubt have access to forms that have been used in prior VP vettings, cabinet appointments etc. Those forms are quite detailed, thorough, invasive and intrusive to say the least.
In all fairness with all the detailed forms and only one or two people having access to the process that has been pretty standrad procedure for quite some time now. The less number of people who know, the less chance of a leak. In addition, if a person is vetted and doesnt get chiosen and there is an issue in the background, that person will feel more comfortable being vetted as not many people know.