Post Politics: Veepstakes

Mitt Romney punts on Marco Rubio’s DREAM Act; talks French vacation

ASTON, Pa. – If Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has an opinion on Sen. Marco Rubio’s scaled-back version of the DREAM Act, he’s not willing to share it just yet.

The act would grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were under the age of 16 when they were brought to the United States; hold a high school diploma; and have completed two years of college or military service.

“(Rubio) and I have spoken about his thinking on his version of a different act than the DREAM Act that’s been proposed in the Senate,” Romney told reporters here at a press availability ahead of his first joint event with Rubio, the GOP rising star and freshman senator from Florida. “The one that’s been proposed in the Senate creates a new category of citizenship for certain individuals. The senator’s proposal does not create that new category but instead provides visas for those that have come into the country that came in as young people with their families.”

“I’m taking a look at his proposal; it has many features to commend it but its something that we’re studying,” Romney added.

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As illegal immigration debate heats up, Marco Rubio hits the trail with Mitt Romney

PITTSBURGH — Mitt Romney may no longer face any serious opposition on his way to the GOP presidential nod.


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) campaigns with Mitt Romney in Pennnsylvania Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
But as he campaigns across the Keystone State ahead of its Tuesday primary, a different contest is coming into focus — the race to serve as the former Massachusetts governor’s running mate.

This afternoon, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) becomes the first potential VP pick to campaign alongside Romney since former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) bowed out of the race earlier this month. Romney and Rubio will appear at a town hall in Aston, Pa., just outside Philadelphia at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

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Marco Rubio feeds Romney VP talk with slip at National Journal breakfast (Video)

Marco Rubio's Vice Presidential Aspirations Slip from National Journal on FORA.tv

From National Journal:

“If in four to five years, if I do a good job as vice president—I’m sorry, as senator—I’ll have the chance to do all sorts of things.”

Washington journalists’ ears perked up Thursday morning when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made that misstatement during his remarks at a breakfast sponsored by National Journal and the University of Phoenix.

Rubio said Wednesday night, and reiterated Thursday morning, that he did not want to become vice president “now or maybe ever.”

Here more other highlights from Rubio’s remarks, courtesy of the twitterati who attended the breakfast.

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Romney taps aide Beth Myers to run search for VP running mate

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has tapped one of his longest-serving aides, Beth Myers, to lead his search for a vice presidential running mate, two campaign officials confirmed Monday.

Myers, a lawyer who served as chief of staff during Romney’s term as Massachusetts governor and who managed his 2008 presidential campaign, will oversee the vetting of potential running mates this spring. Myers, who has a long career in Massachusetts politics and has worked with Romney for 10 years, is one of his most trusted confidants and oversaw Romney’s preparation for the Republican primary debates.

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John Thune to campaign for Romney in Colorado

It’s Act Two in the GOP veepstakes drama.


Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) will campaign this weekend in Colorado on behalf of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor’s camp announced Friday.

Thune, a rising star who serves in the No. 3 spot in Senate Republican leadership, will hold a meet-and-greet with Colorado Republicans Saturday morning in Denver and will address the state GOP convention.

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Bob McDonnell: Mitt Romney will win Virginia

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) made the TV rounds Wednesday morning – and made a prediction that, come November, the Old Dominion will flip from blue to red.


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
“Is Virginia in play?” host Charlie Rose asked McDonnell during an interview on CBS’ “This Morning.”

“Absolutely,” McDonnell responded. “Poll came out yesterday had Romney up by 6. Others have it a little bit closer. But I certainly think it’s going to be competitive and I expect Romney to win. The last three election cycles in Virginia I won by 18, we’ve had other races Republicans have won. I think it’s tilting back to its right-of-center orientation.”

He added that while he expects Romney will win, “it’s going to take a lot of hard work.”

McDonnell, who is also chairman of the Republican Governors Association, announced his support for Romney in January and is frequently mentioned as a potential running mate for the former Massachusetts governor.

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How much do the veepstakes matter? (Monday’s Trail Mix)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) has yet to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, but that hasn’t stopped the vice-presidential speculation from already kicking into overdrive.

Will it be Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)? Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)?

There’s certain to be plenty of guesswork about the veepstakes from here to the Tampa convention this summer, but a bigger question looms over all the speculation: Does a candidate’s choice of running mate make a difference in the fall?

Today’s Trail Mix video takes a look:

Santorum for veep? Not likely, says top Romney surrogate

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) may have plenty of political opportunities ahead of him — but a run as Mitt Romney’s vice president choice isn’t likely to be among them.


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R). (Jae C. Hong — Associated Press)

The reason? Santorum’s “softness under pressure,” former New Hampshire governor and top Romney backer John H. Sununu (R) tells National Review Online’s Robert Costa:

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