The pundits keep tossing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio‘s name out as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate, and Rubio keeps telling them no.
Rubio’s latest denial came in an interview with MSNBC. He answered the question with what sounded like a pretty clear denial.
“I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee, but I’m always flattered when people bring it up, I think they mean it as a compliment.”
Still, Andrea Mitchell, Rubio’s interviewer, pushed the issue, wondering if he could accomplish more as vice president than as a senator. His response? “That’s debatable.”
And probably wise. More often than not, the vice presidency is ceremonial (Dick Cheney excluded), only coming into play when there are ties to break in the Senate. As a senator, he would have more opportunity to directly influence the Senate.
Still, some people say that Rubio is playing it coy and cool until the primary process wraps up. They point out that his political action committee has spent money to vet his past and moved up the publication date of his autobiography to this summer. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the presidential nomination is confirmed before we know what Rubio will do next.
– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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