Trump Eyes Sen. Marco Rubio as a Potential VP Pick

Trump Eyes Sen. Marco Rubio as a Potential VP Pick

Six sources aware of the anticipated Republican nominee’s quest for a running mate say that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is rising to the list of former President Donald Trump’s possible vice presidential choices.

Rubio is not the only candidate for the position; there are many candidates.

Let’s read the news and find out more.

Trump Eyes Sen. Marco Rubio as a Potential VP Pick

In an interview with Newsmax on March 13, Trump estimated the number to be 15.

According to one of the sources, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are included in the list.

Rubio held federal office for a longer period than Vice President Kamala Harris.

Furthermore, he would be the first non-white candidate to lead a Republican presidential ticket at a time when Trump is confident in his ability to win over Latino votes.

In other words, Donald Trump finds that Rubio, the working-class Cuban immigrant’s son from Miami, has a strong television presence and looks.

A veteran Florida GOP operative stated, “It’s pretty clear from Trump’s orbit that Rubio is in play.” He added, “It makes sense because he checks almost every box if they can get past both being from Florida.”

Electors cannot choose a presidential and vice presidential candidate from their home state per the Constitution.

According to Article II, Section I, Clause 3, “The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves,”

However, that didn’t stop longtime Texan Dick Cheney from moving to Wyoming in 2000 to support fellow Texan George W. Bush.

It’s unclear if Marco Rubio would be interested in moving to be the vice president. He has also previously brought up the Constitution as a potential barrier.

In response to a question about joining a Trump ticket on Fox News in January, Rubio stated, “We’re both from the same state, so that’s probably not going to work that way.”

Trump Eyes Marco Rubio as a Potential VP Pick
Trump Eyes Sen. Marco Rubio as a Potential VP Pick

Although Trump has refrained from naming the candidates on his list, he has shared some thoughts. On Tuesday, he said on WABC radio in New York, “It’s very important you pick the right person in case something happens.”

Trump added, “You want to have somebody that can step into that role and be great.”

According to Trump, his decision will have little impact on the rematch with President Joe Biden.

He stated, “In terms of an election, historically, it doesn’t help at all.” he added, “I guess it could hurt if you pick somebody that was a disaster.”

During rallies and events in the upcoming months, the Trump team intends to put top runners to the test.

It will also evaluate Rubio’s shown ability to generate money, which is a vital competence. Almost $50 million was raised for his 2016 presidential campaign.

Florida political circles are discussing the possibility of Rubio giving up his Senate seat to move to another state and run for the ticket.

The veteran Florida GOP insider stated, “The more interesting part is what it means for Rubio’s Senate seat and who DeSantis would appoint,”

In their 2016 GOP primary rivalry, Trump and Rubio sparred back and forth, making inappropriate remarks about each other’s masculinity. This happened eight years ago.

During that campaign, Rubio responded to Trump’s nickname “Little Marco” by calling him “small hands.”

Before this year’s Iowa caucuses in January, Rubio endorsed Trump and supported his White House agenda, which helped to repair their relationship and mend the bond.

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