Avlon on Marco Rubio not included in VP vetting process: 'Political malpractice'
June 19th, 2012
03:34 PM ET

Avlon on Marco Rubio not included in VP vetting process: 'Political malpractice'

ABC reports Florida Senator Marco Rubio is currently not being vetted for Mitt Romney’s vice president.

In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon notes that the absence of the Cuban-American senator on a short list for vice president amounts to political malpractice.

John Avlon is a CNN contributor and OutFront political strike team member.

Romney, don't snub Rubio

Marco Rubio not even being considered for VP? That would be political malpractice from the Romney campaign. But that's the word coming from high-placed campaign sources,according to ABC's Jonathan Karl.

Aside from placing a serious damper on Rubio's book tour for his new memoir "American Son," the statement doesn't make a lot of sense. In any back-of-the-napkin list of VP considerations, Rubio certainly should be on the short list, along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

Why? Swing state power, generational balance and a much needed dose of diversity that can help close the critical Latino gap that strongly favors President Obama over Mitt Romney.

Not including Marco Rubio even in the vetting process is a needless insult that indicates either over-confidence in Romney's prospects in Florida or a decision to pursue another path to 270 electoral votes. Alternately, maybe it means Jeb Bush is back in the VP consideration set.


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  1. Rod

    I supported Obama in his first presidential run but the more CNN rips up Romney with their paid "expert" contributors I feel compassion for the Republican nominee. I have noticed on almost every show, Anderson Cooper, the Situation Room, Pierce Morgan tonight and this program most commentary is slanted towards Obama. When news becomes more of creating than reporting the "truth" becomes skewed. I try to watch CNN for balanced reporting as Fox and NBC lean right and left. Please stay between the ditches Erin and company.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply

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