Romney: Rubio Vetted As VP Possibility

News

Phoenix Arizona.

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(CNN) — Mitt Romney said Tuesday that a report that Sen. Marco Rubio was not being vetted as a possible running mate is “entirely false.”

“Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process,” Romney said in Holland, Michigan.

An earlier ABC News report said that Rubio had not yet been asked for documents in connection with the vetting process, which presumably began approximately two months ago when Romney chose his former gubernatorial office chief of staff, Beth Myers, to lead his selection effort.

“There was a story that originated today, apparently at ABC, based on reports of supposedly outside, unnamed advisors of mine,” Romney continued. “I can’t imagine who such people are but I can tell you this. They know nothing about the vice presidential selection or evaluation process. There are only two people in this country who know who are being vetted and who are not, and that’s Beth Myers and myself.”

The story would not come from her, he said: “I know Beth well. She doesn’t talk to anybody.”

Rubio is a favourite of conservatives, and some might see it as a snub not to include him on a list of potential candidates. Some however note the 41-year-olds age and lack of experience having only just started his first term as Senator from Florida.

On CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Republican strategist Ana Navarro, a CNN contributor who was formerly national Hispanic chair for Jon Huntsman’s presidential bid, said she thought he “should be vetted,” and that the leak may be a result of someone who has “an axe to grind against Marco Rubio.”

“Marco Rubio deserves to be taken seriously,” she said. “I think it’s a mistake and a surprising mistake by a campaign that has until now has shown tremendous message discipline and leak control.”

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Rubio repeatedly refused to answer questions about the selection process and whether or not he was part of it.

“I just don’t talk about this process at all. I just don’t discuss the process in any way,” he said in an interview conducted prior to Romney’s announcement. “Governor Romney is going to make a great choice.”

Romney has previously declined to put any names in play — or take them out of consideration — making Tuesday’s statement particularly notable.

Also in the Tuesday interview, Rubio suggested that the Dream Act alternative he was working on had been sidelined by President Barack Obama’s Friday announcement of an immigration policy change.

“That’s what I was working on,” he said in an interview.

Earlier in the day his spokesman said his Senate office was “re-evaulating our plans” for such legislation. Obama announced a plan to temporarily suspend the deportations of some young immigrants who were brought to the country as children, provided they were pursuing higher education or military service and had no criminal record.

In the Fox interview, Rubio echoed other Republicans in saying that Obama’s directive has “poisoned the well” to passing legislation on the issue. Political analysts have pointed out that any major legislative action is unlikely in this election year.

Rubio turned that as a criticism of Obama.

“I got elected to be a serious policy maker not some guy who does press releases in an election year,” he said.

CNN’s Rachel Streitfeld, Ashley Killough, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

™ & © 2012 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News