Donald Trump thinks a Marco Rubio VP pick could be ‘very risky’ given constitutional concerns

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'You do that and it makes it more complicated. There are other people that don't have that complication.'

There’s still no certainty that Florida’s senior Senator will be on Donald Trump’s ticket this year, even after U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s remarks at a Doral Trump rally.

The former President thinks one complication could be the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which blocks electors from voting for a President and Vice President from the same state, a rule that Trump says presents wrinkles.

“You do that and it makes it more complicated. There are other people that don’t have that complication,” Trump told Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio.

“Now, it’s fairly easily fixed, but you have to do something with delegates or there has to be a resignation, you know, et cetera, et cetera. So it’s not like picking some people where it’s very easy, where there is none of that.”

Trump noted that the 12th Amendment means that if his ticket wants Florida votes in the Electoral College, “two people (from the state) can’t be running on the same ticket.”

“They take delegates and taking delegates is, you know, a very risky thing to do, right?”

At least in theory, Rubio could resign from his Senate seat and move somewhere else. But Trump didn’t float that in Wednesday’s interview.

Beyond that logistical concern, Trump lauded Rubio’s performance in Doral.

“Well, he’s very good and we have some great people that we’re looking at. We have, as they say, a deep bench, but Marco was great last night. Very popular. And he’s certainly one of the people that we’re looking at, you know, over the next week or so.”

Trump still has a few days to mull over his decision, saying he’d “love to do it” during the Republican National Convention, but adding that in any case, the announcement will come “pretty soon.”

Rubio’s performance seems to have inspired investor confidence. His “yes” shares are priced on prediction market aggregator Polymarket at 16 cents at this writing, making him competitive with J.D. Vance (18 cents). But the most popular “yes” share is “Other Man” at 43 cents, which would encompass options like North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and his counterpart from Virginia, Glenn Youngkin.

In roughly nine minutes of remarks Tuesday in Doral, the South Florida-based 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 based on the former President’s own performance in Doral.

Trump 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 going to be announcing that Marco’s going to 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.” Trump added that Rubio “may or may not be there to vote for it” but promised the Florida Senator would be “involved.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


24 comments

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    • Frankie M.

      July 10, 2024 at 2:26 pm

      He needs a hear no evil see no evil yes man like Mike Pence. Maybe he can get the Fall Guy Lee Majors to be that guy?

  • Frankie M.

    July 10, 2024 at 10:23 am

    Oh for crying out loud just say his small child like hands are a turn off. When has the Constitution ever stopped Trump from doing whatever he wanted?

  • Frankie M.

    July 10, 2024 at 10:24 am

    The man who invited a coup is worried about the Constitution… 🤣

    • My Pronoun Is?

      July 10, 2024 at 11:04 am

      a coup? Really? So this individuals with American Flags, cell phones, and back packs were going to topple the government of the United States? Do tell how this was going to happen?

      • My Take

        July 10, 2024 at 12:43 pm

        An honest person would deserve an answer but not a Trumpist shill.

      • Frankie M.

        July 10, 2024 at 2:28 pm

        Yes it’s called an insurrection not a Capitol tour gone wild. Btw if those “tourists” were black how many would’ve gotten thru the perimeter?

        • My Pronuoun Is?

          July 10, 2024 at 3:39 pm

          Well then we had a black capital police officer shot and killed an unarmed military veteran. Reverse that role and see what would have happened. Ben Crump! Ben Crump! Paging Ben Crump and Al Sharpton.

          • Silly Wabbit

            July 10, 2024 at 4:27 pm

            You kwazy.

          • Mr. Haney

            July 11, 2024 at 4:48 am

            Not an unarmed military veteran, a traitor who abrogated their oath.

      • Mr. Haney

        July 11, 2024 at 4:47 am

        Get an education and learn something.

  • Michael K

    July 10, 2024 at 10:50 am

    Translation: Little Marco has not humiliated himself nearly enough.

    This is not another season of the Apprentice – a third-rate TV game show. This is the presidency of the United States. Trump cheapens everything he touches.

    • My Pronoun Is?

      July 10, 2024 at 11:14 am

      Gotta ask. Has Biden humiliated himself enough for you? It’s been nearly four years of mumbling, shuffling, stumbling, falling off bikes and up and down stairs. I’ve seen enough. Problem is Kammy isn’t much better.

      • My Take

        July 10, 2024 at 12:44 pm

        Trump has repeatedly humiliated America.

      • Michael K

        July 10, 2024 at 5:27 pm

        So many different screen names – this must be #20 for Ms Pshaw.

  • Two, not one, candidates who are too old for the job…

    July 10, 2024 at 11:02 am

    Of course senior-moment Trump means “electors,” not “delegates,” in reference to Florida’s electoral college votes.

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 10, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    Rubio being let down easy.

    But, give L’il Marco credit: While the insurrection was ongoing on January 6, Rubio tweeted, “There is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy.”

    Attempting to stop and alter the results of an election is a crime — and DJT organized it but tried to keep his fingerprints off it.

  • My Take

    July 10, 2024 at 1:06 pm

    VD Vance !
    A bigger fascist than Trump.

    • My Pronoun Is?

      July 10, 2024 at 1:10 pm

      Chicken Little speaks.🤣

      • TJC

        July 10, 2024 at 4:30 pm

        Your pronoun is “childish.”

    • My Take

      July 10, 2024 at 1:17 pm

      Who he should be naming is Haley.

      • MarvinM

        July 10, 2024 at 6:08 pm

        You’re probably right.

        That could have been a super strong ticket.

        Ticks a lot of voter boxes, including the women vote which he needs especially in light of the recently released Epstein files* wherein Trump is mentioned many times.

        *”Files” is an inexact term, I’m talking about the stuff the Palm Beach County official recently released, at I believe the behest of Gov. Ron DeSantis, regarding Epstein’s Florida trials – what the prosecutors did, what the defense did, what the witness testimony was, etc.. If you are asking yourself why you haven’t heard about that, yeah, well, so am I. So please don’t tell me the media is “Left Wing” because if it was, the release of this info would have been top story. Instead, it appears it’s being buried.

  • My Take

    July 10, 2024 at 4:19 pm

    Dorko, used and discarded.
    Lots of company.

  • LexT

    July 11, 2024 at 8:40 am

    Other than Rubio’s propensity to make a deal on immigration, I have always really liked Marco. Marco understands how terrible communism is. Marco has his finger on the pulse of foreign affairs and more than any other person being mentioned, Rubio is ready to be President should anything terrible happen to Donald Trump. With as crazy as the Democrats have people wound up about Trump, we more than ever need someone ready to be VP.

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