Marco Rubio addresses speculation he could be Donald Trump’s running mate
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Donald Trump
'I'm confident he's going to make the perfect and right choice.'

In 2016, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio offered very spirited criticisms of Donald Trump during the Presidential Primary ahead of the Florida Senator’s withdrawal from the race.

In 2024, rumors are that Trump is considering Rubio as his running mate.

For his part, the Senator says he hasn’t had conversations with the Trump campaign about the prospect, however.

“I have never spoken either to President Trump or anybody on his campaign about this or anybody else that they’re considering for Vice President,” Rubio told Glenn Beck on Thursday.

The Senator talked about his “six-year contract” in the Senate before reiterating his claim.

“Like I said, I’ve never talked to them about it. What I do know is that unlike the Democrats, the (former) President will have a lot of good options available to him and I’m confident he’s going to make the perfect and right choice. But I’ve never talked to them about it.”

According to NBC News, six people said Rubio was on a list of 15 potential picks, which are expected to be narrowed down by an anticipated June announcement of a running mate.

“The list is long, and it’s extremely early in any kind of process,” a Trump adviser told Dasha BurnsMatt Dixon and Jonathan Allen. “No one has been directly reached out to yet, and I do not expect that for some time.”

One complication noted by NBC News: Florida electors couldn’t vote for a President and running mate from their own state, per Article II, Section I, Clause 3 of the Constitution.

That problem notwithstanding, Rubio isn’t the only Florida Republican getting VP buzz. U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds has also been said to be in the mix.

“There’s a lot of people in our party, who frankly have asked if I’m going to be the VP and I keep saying, ‘Look, it’s not my call. That’s Donald Trump’s call and I’m going to support whatever he does.’ But could I do that job? Yeah, I could,” Donalds said in February on the Will Cain Show.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


15 comments

  • Linwood Wright

    March 21, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    Spineless Little Marco needs to take a sip of water.

  • Enough already!

    March 21, 2024 at 1:27 pm

    Trump cannot afford to change his residency, and he can’t win the presidency without Florida’s electoral votes, so speculation on a Florida running mate is absurd.

  • Dont Say FLA

    March 21, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    Does Little Marco honestly believe voters would prefer him as Trumps’ runny mate when Omarosa is available?

    And Omarosa is black?

    And Omarosa is a female?

    And Omarosa does not live in the State of Florida like both Trump and LIttle Marco do?

    And Omarosa can drink a glass of water (or anything else) like a boss?

    LOLS @ Little Marco, HBC**

    ** HBC in the context of G0P = Him Bah Cell

    • Impeach Biden

      March 21, 2024 at 2:38 pm

      One thing is for sure Omarosa is a hell of a lot smarter than the current VP. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, Kamala Harris is proof that anyone and I mean anyone can get a law degree.

      • MH/Duuuval

        March 21, 2024 at 7:34 pm

        Harris got her law degree from UC Hastings. Stanford is the better school, but tuition and fees there are $25K more per year. 97% of Stanford Law grads pass the bar exam, 81% of those graduating Hastings. Hastings accepts less than half of those who apply. Where’s your law degree from?

      • Dont Say FLA

        March 22, 2024 at 3:17 pm

        IBS, Florida doesn’t require any further proof beyond Flop Gov and HBC Rhonda Dee DeSantis that anyone can get an Ivy League law degree.

        Everybody knows that, but thanks for your input.

  • Pam

    March 21, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    To the writer,
    Shame on you! Read the twelfth amendment where it clearly states President and Vice President must come from different states.

    • JD

      March 21, 2024 at 3:59 pm

      Are you sure? Because that’s not completely true.

      The Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes it tricky for the President and the Vice President to be from the same state. It doesn’t say they can’t be from the same state directly, but it sets up rules that make it really unlikely.

      Here’s why: When people called electors vote for the President and Vice President, at least one of these two leaders can’t be from the same state as the elector. This rule was made to make sure that the whole country is considered when picking these leaders, not just one part or state.

      Because of this rule, political parties usually don’t pick a President and Vice President from the same state. They want to get as many votes as possible, and picking leaders from different states helps with that. So, while the Twelfth Amendment doesn’t outright ban a President and Vice President from the same state, it makes it a bad idea for winning an election.

      However with the current state of the GOP, they might try. And it will lead to problems for them.

      • Dont Say FLA

        March 22, 2024 at 3:18 pm

        They two people on a Presidential ticket only have to come from different states if they want to win. Otherwise it’s fine.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    March 21, 2024 at 6:45 pm

    Good evening America,
    “COME-ON NOW Y’ALL” said Earl, Y’all need to just stop picking on ‘Lil Marco.
    THE EARL OF POLITICS HAS SPOKEN.
    I, Earl Pitts Anerican, will Punch Anyone In The Nose that picks on my ‘Lil Buddy!!!!
    STAND BY FOR A SAGE FAMOUS QUOTE FROM A FRIEND OF EARL:
    “EVERYONE HAS A PLAN UNTIL THEY GET PUNCHED IN THE NOSE” ‘Mike Tyson”
    “Not A Joke” y’all leave my ‘Lil Buddy Marco Alone”, Earl Pitts American

  • Dook 4 Brains JD

    March 21, 2024 at 6:59 pm

    OK Earl I’m sorry about picking on Marco. Can you ever forgive me “Daddy Earl”? I never knew Marco was your little buddy. I’m soooo sorry Daddy Earl,
    Dook 4 Brains JD

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      March 21, 2024 at 7:04 pm

      OK, America,
      Full Disclosure – the above post was “REALLY” made by me, Earl Pitts American, but honestly ….. it’ funny as HEII !!!!!,
      Thank you America,
      Earl Pitts “Just Picking On JD” American

      • JD

        March 22, 2024 at 3:09 pm

        (eye-roll)

      • Dont Say FLA

        March 22, 2024 at 3:19 pm

        So is JD my half brother from a different mother or not?

        • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

          March 22, 2024 at 6:38 pm

          Thank you for figguring it out Beautiful Son/Daughter. I was a young “Little Early Pitts American” when your Step Brother was born and his Mom was an angel for not putting “Little Early Pitts American” on child support.
          Even though JD’s a little different we still love him.
          Thanks,
          Dad

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