Marco Rubio once again says he won’t be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate:
Beginning on Friday, as he sat down with CNN en Espanol’s Ismael Cala, the tea party favorite denied that he would be riding shotgun on the Republican ticket.
“I’m not going to be the vice president. I’m not,” he said, the second such announcement this month.
“Marco has said repeatedly that he’s not going to be vice president, and all of the speculation in the world isn’t going to change that fact,” senior Rubio advisor Todd Harris added.
But Mitt Romney, who just tapped long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential selection process, is still bullish on the 40-year Floridian:
When asked about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Romney said “he’s one of the terrific leaders in our party.”
If Rubio’s name comes up during Myers’ search, former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez has some advice for Myers:
“Rubio’s resume does not reflect someone prepared to confront serious and dangerous issues that our country faces as president,” he said.
Gonzales also rejected the possibility that bringing Rubio onto the GOP ticket could bring sought-after Latino voters to the Republican Party, saying Rubio would help “for the first 12 hours if selected for the No. 2 spot, but that won’t last.”
Ouch. But if not Marco, then who?