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Monday, July 30, 2012

Cheney’s ABC News Interview Reveals Rubio Unqualified For VP Slot

Here’s the Nonsense:  Former VP Dick Cheney says that Palin was unqualified as running mate for McCain.  We shouldn’t make that mistake again.  Let’s run Marco Rubio because he’s Hispanic and well-spoken.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  Former VP Dick Cheney’s opinion that Sarah Palin wasn’t qualified means that Marco Rubio wouldn’t be qualified for VP either.  Cheny's right about Rubio and if the Republicans don't realize it they’ll pay dearly.

In an interview with ABC News, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he doesn’t think Sarah Palin was a good choice as a running mate for John McCain in 2008.  In discussing it he said, “…based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test…of being ready to take over.”  Cheney believes that executive experience is critically important for the VP choice. Based on that criteria Marco Rubio is less qualified than Palin was.  That, among other reasons, is why Rubio could be a damaging choice for Romney.

Mr. Cheney’s point about executive experience is very important.   President Obama’s lack of experience is one of the reasons our nation is in the trouble it is in.  And Rubio is in the same boat with experience that Obama was in 2008.  Rubio's lack of experience will be damaging to his credibility.

As I stated in my May 1st, 2012 blog post, Marco Rubio is very unqualified as Romney’s running mate.  Not only because of his lack of any executive experience (just like President Obama), but also because that lack of experience would be contradictory to one of Mitt Romney’s greatest claims to the presidency, which is his own executive experience.  To say to the public that he should be elected president because he’s got the experience to get us out of the financial mess we’re in, but then in the next breath to choose Rubio as his running mate who is not experienced at all would be a huge mistake.

Rubio is a talented and well-spoken young senator.  But he has no experience running anything.  For Romney to try to explain why he’d choose a man with no experience to be a heartbeat away from the presidency would bring into question Romney’s judgment.  And don’t think for a moment that the Obama campaign wouldn’t use it against him.  They’re looking for anything they can to weaken Romney’s position and attract voters back to Obama.

Rubio’s youth, problem record of handling money, and lack of experience are some of the key reasons why choosing him would hurt Romney.  Cheney said that reasons like ethnicity are also poor reasons to choose someone.  Cheney has significant experience in the political world and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  He feels that the choice has to be someone who is obviously qualified to step into the presidency on a moment’s notice.  The choice of VP is the first decision the voters will see the nominee make.  It has to be a good choice, an impressive choice, and a strong choice to gain voter’s confidence.

While many have bought into the excitement about Rubio as a young, enthusiastic, and well-spoken person for Romney’s running mate, some are looking deeper and see problems.  City on a Hill Political Observer says:

Rubio is a great Senator from Florida.  He's an extremely impressive politician with a bright future.  He has, however, no real executive experience to speak of, and has accomplished nothing of significance in his brief 2 years in the U.S. Senate.  He would help with Latinos and with Florida, but his lack of serious legislative accomplishments would allow the media to savage him relentlessly as unqualified.  Yes, Obama's record was thinner.  It doesn't matter.  They are his propagandists.  When that narrative begins, Mr. Rubio would have little to offer to counter that charge.  His close bond with Jeb Bush also has tainted his standing with tea party activists and independents.  He needs to spend more time in the Senate and actually accomplish something.  His selection would be a mistake.  He'd generate some excitement but would ultimately be destroyed by the media.  His bond with Jeb Bush would also make him less likely to help with the tea party and conservatives.  They wouldn't be outraged, but they wouldn't be thrilled either.

And the Miami Herald in listing the pros and cons of potential VP choices for Romney said of Rubio:

PRO: A conservative favorite who could provide a jolt of youthful enthusiasm and improve Romney’s standing with Hispanics.
CON: A freshman senator with less experience than the other contenders. Appeal outside Cuban-American voters is questionable. He has an uncertain rapport with Romney – Rubio only endorsed him as the Republican primaries began to wind down. News reports that as a former Florida house speaker Rubio charged personal items to a state party credit card could provide a distraction.
And in another article pointed out some of Rubio’s serious problems that Romney would have to deal with should Rubio be chosen as running mate:

Rubio’s 2010 Senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Commission, according to a just-released report that said it received “prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09.”
By itself, the fine is a pittance for a campaign that raised about $21 million. The errors appear to be relatively small and largely clerical.
Still, it’s sloppy. It’s also a surprise. And it feeds into a broader narrative that Rubio is risky.
Romney’s campaign isn’t the type that suffers sloppiness, surprise or risk. Meantime, the New York-Washington media establishment seems eager to portray the 40-year-old Rubio as unprepared to be a heartbeat away from the White House.
The article went on to say:
Still, this isn’t Rubio’s first bookkeeping problem.
In 2008, The Miami Herald discovered he failed to properly disclose a generous home loan from a politically connected bank. About the same time, he appeared to ring up some personal expenses on a Republican Party of Florida credit card that was established for political purposes. The Herald and the Tampa Bay Times then discovered Rubio double-billed taxpayers and the RPOF card $3,000 for flights, the costs for which he then reimbursed the state.
Then, late last year, a Rubio critic alerted the press to the fact that the senator’s official website incorrectly said his parents fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba. They actually had fled dictator Fulgencio Batista’s Cuba.
Rubio is very young to be considered for a job that would put him only a heartbeat away from the most powerful job in the world.  

He graduated from law school in 1996 and has never worked in the private sector.  His work experience includes being a City Commissioner for West Miami, serving in the Florida House of Representatives, and serving as a U. S. Senator.  And his senatorial experience is only since January 2011.  So he's only been in national politics for a year and a half.  

With time and experience his future is very bright.  But some things need time to mature and grow.  Pushing too fast too soon could easily snuff out a career with great potential.