• The Early Stages of a Mitt Romney-Marco Rubio Ticket?

    What with Chris Christie taking his sweet old time not jumping into the GOP primary race and Sarah Palin nobly deciding she can do the most good for America by charging fans for signed copies of her book out of the back of her self-publicity bus, it's looking like Republican voters will have to make their choices from the already-announced candidates.

    So — women's forum straw polls aside — it looks like it's gonna come down to a choice between the formerly-gay-friendly, formerly-socialized-medicine-supporting Mormon guy and the uber-Christian Tea Party favorite who is exploding in super slow motion before the entire country. Great choice.

    However, there is a silver lining. And that silver lining is a very handsome, very conservative, very up-and-coming Republican star named Marco Rubio. And he could be just what the formerly-gay-friendly, formerly-socialized-medicine-supporting Mormon guy needs to bolster his conservative street cred

    At least six past and current Rubio Senate aides, including chief of staff Cesar Conda and his deputy, Terry Sullivan, worked for Romney’s 2008 presidential bid, establishing a direct link and a line of communication between the front-runner for the 2012 GOP nomination and the front-runner in the Republican veepstakes. There's also a trail of fundraisers, donors and consultants who have overlapping relationships with Rubio and Romney.

    "As things develop, it could be helpful to both," said one GOP operative with ties to both camps. "Obviously, if people close to the Romney camp are in the Rubio camp, they can push for Rubio to endorse, and Romney would benefit greatly. Conversely, they can also push Team Mitt to consider Marco for [vice president]."…

    Is Romney-Rubio the dream ticket? "Absolutely," said [Rubio's 2010 Central Florida campaign chairwoman and current Romney senior adviser Bertica] Cabrera-Morris. "I would like to see Marco Rubio as president of the United States, but I don't think he’s ready yet."

    Romney-Rubio. Magic! It even sounds magic. Like a Spell of Deregulation that wondrously transforms any publicly-held property at which you point your wand into gold. And then moves that gold into a billionaire's bank account. With magic! Romneerubeeo!

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    Tags: Florida, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Senate, Veepstakes


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