by Javier Manjarres
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has gone on the record, again, stating that he will not be the Vice Presidential nominee on the Republican ticket in 2012. Rubio is considered by many to be the top choice for the #2 spot on the Presidential ticket, but he continues to indicate that he is not seeking nor does he want the job. Even Fox News’ Sean Hannity has told the Shark Tank that he felt that Rubio was the top choice for VP.
In spite of all these denials, I don’t buy this bag of ‘no’ that Senator Rubio is trying to sell. He is the top choice for VP, and he knows it very well. Sources close to Rubio have stated that he has entertained the notion of being on the Republican Presidential ticket, and he does have future presidential aspirations. Rubio is smart enough to know that the more he says ‘no’, the higher his stock rises- look at it as a “supply and demand” type of issue.
Senator Rubio has what the majority of Americans are looking for in a Vice Presidential or even a Presidential candidate. To quote current Vice President Joe Biden, his “clean and articulate” demeanor, and an uncanny ability to connect with voters from all walks of life. Add to that the fact that he can deliver the key swing-state of Florida, it makes Rubio the frontrunner for the VP spot. Couple this with the popularity of the current President who is doubling down on his radical agenda and ideology, and you have the conditions set for ‘real change’ in the White House.
Rubio’s repeated denials actually increase his popularity and they have the added effect of influencing his biggest supporters to encourage him to reconsider his final “answer” because they genuinely believe that now is his time. Rubio is really in the proverbial drivers seat because he knows that al’ of the candidates believe that a young, conservative Hispanic that can deliver Florida would solidify any Republican ticket. Rubio has the luxury of waiting until the GOP National convention in Tampa, Florida next year to consider an offer from whomever gets the nomination. Rubio is well aware of his political circumstances, and he’s going to sit back on his couch with a bag of popcorn in hand and watch the Presidential primary unfold.