As the longtime frontrunner for Vice-President, Marco Rubio certainly does have an impressive record. His voting record in both the Florida House of Representatives and the United States Senate are, in most cases, strictly conservative. There are a couple of votes that I don’t quite understand, but maybe if I look a little closer I will. However, he is definitely not my first choice for the #2 position.
The first vote I don’t understand is this. In the Senate, he voted against a Defense Department funding. I can’t find much information on this bill, but this is the description of it that I found: “Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 1 that appropriates funds for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2011-2012, as well as continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011.”
That’s my only real objection with his record (other than a couple other minor votes that probably only bother me). It goes without saying that he’s got one of the sharpest conservative records in the Senate. Is he ready to be President, though? Our #2 pick must be capable of taking that office at any time. Quite honestly, if I had to say whether I think he would be the best choice, I have to say no.
There are two reasons I believe he is not the best choice. The first is that he is a first-term Senator– on Election Day he would be a Senator for only two years. We slam those who voted for President Obama because they elected a Senator to the Presidency who had very little experience, yet if we nominate Rubio for VP, we would basically be doing the same thing. How can we attack them on it if we are willing to do the same thing, even if it is in a much smaller capacity? I do believe that Rubio can be President one day– in 2016 or 2020, depending on the outcome of this year’s election (although my support is reserved for someone else :)). Let’s say Romney wins in 2012 and is re-elected in 2016. By the time 2020 comes around, Rubio could have a full Senate term and a term as governor of Florida under his belt. He’d be pretty unstoppable with that experience if he keeps up his excellent voting record!
My second reason is mostly selfish. I want to keep good Senators in the Senate. I think Marco Rubio is doing tremendous things for Florida, and when we find a good Senator like that, even if he’s not in our state, I think we should keep him there if at all possible. I do think it would be a good idea for Romney to choose a Senator as his #2, but frankly I don’t want it to be Marco Rubio. His turn is certainly coming; but in the meantime, he can get a few more years of experience under his belt and continue doing wonderful things in Florida.
**My source can be found here.**