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In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Stephen Moore suggested that Sen. Marco Rubio is nearly a lock to be the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket, regardless of who gets the nomination:
The Republican nomination for president is completely up for grabs, but there’s a lot of agreement on who the vice presidential pick should be: Marco Rubio, the freshman senator from Florida. My contacts in the Mitt Romney camp are boasting: “Doesn’t a Romney-Rubio ticket sound great?” One senior Romney advisor told me: “We think that could be a dream ticket.” Operatives from the pack of other wannabes are thinking ahead to the same Rubio marriage with their candidate.
What makes Rubio so attractive for that role?
First, he is a big vote getter in the electoral swing state of Florida, which is a must win state for Republicans. Second, his Hispanic heritage is a proven vote-getter with Latino voters. A third draw is that Mr. Rubio has indisputable conservative and tea party credentials, which would make him a natural pair with Mr. Romney, who is seen by some as a moderate, corporatist Republican. The same logic would apply if Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty won the nomination.
One thing Rubio doesn’t have, obviously, is much of a record on the national scene. The big question is whether his judgment is good enough that he could step into the presidency if need be.