Donald Trump rally puts Marco Rubio in VP spotlight, but the Senator hasn’t closed the deal … yet
Marco Rubio wants to be Donald Trump’s VP but does not want to seem too eager.

240320-Marco-Rubio-donald-trump-ew-537p-f13b59
The presumptive GOP nominee seemed to be gauging the crowd for reaction to the potential pick.

With less than a week before the Republican National Convention, a Florida Senator is still on Donald Trump’s “shortlist” of potential running mates.

Yet Marco Rubio did not officially close the deal Tuesday in Doral, and as the Republican roadshow disembarks from Florida, with a Trump rally in Pennsylvania this week followed by a four-day RNC in Milwaukee, it is unclear where the vice-presidential derby stands.

In roughly nine minutes of remarks, the South Florida Senator seemed cognizant of being in the final stage of auditioning to be Trump’s running mate … or perhaps for another important role in the White House. He hewed closely to Trump’s talking points and offered some humor all his own as he spoke of being Trump’s surrogate in the spin room after last month’s debate between Trump and President Joe Biden.

Although the rousing speech did not lead to a firm commitment from Trump to make Rubio his running mate, Rubio supporters still have reason for optimism.

Trump offered two asides to “Marco” when disparaging Vice President Kamala Harris as an “insurance policy” early in his remarks, as he contemplated on “which of their candidates is more unfit to be President — Sleepy Crooked Joe Biden, or Laughing Kamala,” before moving on to speculate that people in Doral didn’t want Harris’ “California socialism.”

Trump then offered what could be considered a tease of a potential Rubio pick to a mixed reaction from the Senator’s hometown crowd, pointing out the media covering the rally.

“I think they probably think I’m gonna be announcing that Marco’s gonna be Vice President because that’s a lot of press. That’s a lot of press,” Trump said.

Trump offered another aside to Rubio when discussing his “no taxes for tips” proposal, saying, “Marco, you’re going to vote for it, I hope.” He added that he “may or may not be there to vote for it” but promised the Florida Senator would be “involved.”

Trump also recounted a potentially apocryphal conversation with former Sen. Ted Kennedy, saying that the Massachusetts Democrat told him who the “smartest” person in the Senate was, adding, “You weren’t there yet, Marco.”

(The dumbest person, according to the anecdote, was Biden).

Trump also recognized “Florida Patriots,” including the “fantastic” Rubio, Sen. Rick Scott, the members of Congress on hand, as well as state legislators who backed him.

Trump also offered asides to Rep. Byron Donalds, a surrogate who had been said to be in the VP mix. The former President said that bacon was “too expensive” but that the Southwest Florida Congressman “likes bacon” despite the price point.

He then delivered a second aside to Donalds while discussing Biden’s wealth. Then a third, saying Donalds was “not a man (he was) going to get in a fight with anytime soon.”

Meanwhile, during his remarks, Rubio suggested that if he led one of America’s rivals, Biden’s performance during the debate was so poor he would invade the country.

“Not only like they’re watching this thing in Beijing, they’re watching it in Moscow, they’re watching it in Havana. They’re watching it in Caracas. They’re watching it in Iran. And they’re saying that guy’s the President, that guy,” Rubio said. “We’re gonna invade tomorrow. That’s what I would do.”

Rubio also suggested that Biden was “a figurehead for a shadow government of leftists that are propping him up,” arguing that “the people in the shadow government that are protecting and hiding from the American people the condition of our current President.”

Additionally, the Senator had sharp words for Vice President Kamala Harris.

“Biden is the figurehead of a left-wing government, shadow government, but his replacement is actually a real-life verified left winger,” Rubio argued, contending Harris wanted to “ban plastic straws” to back up his argument.

Meanwhile, Rubio did get support from a Senate colleague ahead of Trump’s speech.

Scott told the crowd Tuesday that Rubio would be a “great Vice Presidential pick” and was doing an “unbelievable job” in the Senate.

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


11 comments

  • Elvis Pitts "The Sage BIG VOICE On The RIGHT" AMERICAN

    July 9, 2024 at 10:19 pm

    Good evening Sage Partiots,
    While I, Elvis Pitts American, had to turn down the VPOTUS offer, I am aurthorised to drop a little hint of who to watch for.
    America, be on the lookout at The RNC, for the attendance of Ron DeSantis. I, Elvis Pitts American, can only further advise, at this time, that you are all free to Relax your Political Sphincters. There is no more need to stay all puckered up with Political Anxiety.
    Elvis Pitts “Ron’s Official “Unoffical” Campaign Manager” American

    Reply

    • Clayton

      July 9, 2024 at 10:32 pm

      What a tease Elvis I guess we all just have to watch the convention to see who the mystery VP is gonna be. I’ll discuss this with Buckster tomorrow a little after 12 noon over a cup of Crocket Coffee.
      Appriciate the earlt hint,
      Clayton

      Reply

      • Elvis Pitts "THE BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

        July 10, 2024 at 6:50 am

        Thanks for the props Clay,
        Just a little “Inside Baseball” set of factoids to bring you boys up to speed:
        The plan involves having Don and Marco up on stage at the RNC. Then Marco’s going to announce they have a supprise guest to bring out on stage. We will actually have Ron Desantis trot out on stage as Marco introduces Ron as the Next VPOTUS OF THE USA ….. AND THE CROUD “GOES WILD” !!!!
        Elvis Pitts American
        *boys you are doing a great job on The Golden Microphone and just keep this on the DL so as to not spoil the supprise for America*

        Reply

    • Ocean Joe

      July 10, 2024 at 9:13 am

      I see that Desantis has been denied a speaking role at the Republican National Convention, tightly controlled by the Trumpers. What does that tell us about Ron’s chances to be VP? I think I am hearing the cow bells again.

      Reply

  • Gabriel

    July 10, 2024 at 2:09 am

    I have made $200 reliably in one day.That was my ideal day in my life and my boss was to a great degree content with me..CNN is additionally awed from my work and is outstandingly happy..check also unpretentious parts by open the affiliation and tap on HOME TECH OR MEDIA………

    Begin here>>>>>>>>> fullaccess76.blogspot.com

    Reply

    • Elvis Pitts "THE BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

      July 10, 2024 at 6:53 am

      Thanks Gabby,
      I’ve enjoyed your home grown online porn very much.
      Thanks and keep up the high quality work,
      EPA

      Reply

  • Ocean Joe

    July 10, 2024 at 8:41 am

    Surprised Trump allowed a photo of his hands with Rubio’s.

    Reply

  • LexT

    July 10, 2024 at 8:59 am

    Between Trump’s age and the vile hate his opposition spews, the Republicans need to pick a Vice President who is ready to be President should something bad happen to Donald. Rubio is ready. Rubio understands foreign policy intricately. Rubio knows what Communism is and why the USA wants nothing close to tyranny or Communism. For a fairly young man, Rubio is truly ready to lead on the big stage if anything terrible should happen.

    Reply

    • Frankie M.

      July 10, 2024 at 9:18 am

      Donald does a good enough job spewing hate all on his own.

      Reply

  • Frankie M.

    July 10, 2024 at 9:14 am

    Lil Marco would be a good lil bootlicker for the Donald.

    Reply

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 10, 2024 at 12:43 pm

    If Rubio actually knew what communism is, why does he go on ad nausea about how it’s taking over the US?

    Look to your governor who wants to censor the press and teachers — that is an example of how “communism” worked in Russia and China, etc. (The term fascism could be used interchangeably with communism since the historical examples are one-party police states.)

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704