Editor’s note: The buzz that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be Mitt Romney’s running mate continues. It’s big news down here, but the latest report comes from the New York Daily News. I’m still skeptical, but it’s a good read.
“With the Republican presidential nomination nearly in his grasp, Mitt Romney’s No. 1 job may now be to find his No. 2,” according to the New York Daily News this morning.
“As the former Massachusetts governor begins to pivot toward a general election showdown with President Obama, his team has quietly begun considering potential vice-presidential candidates.
“The first rule of a vice president is, ‘Do no harm,’ said Tobe Berkovitz, professor at Boston University. ‘Make a solid, sensible choice — we’ve seen so many longball, quirky picks turn out to be irrelevant or do damage.’
“Choosing a running mate often involves a delicate balancing act between demographics and geography. The candidate will frequently pick a campaign partner who could deliver a swing state or appeal to a voting bloc that otherwise might be lost.
“For Romney, one name seems like a strong bet to do both — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
‘Rubio checks almost all the boxes,’ said Berkovitz. ‘He’s Hispanic-American, a popular politician from a major battleground state, and is charismatic.’”
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