Does Marco Rubio's Track Record Make Him the Best Republican VP Pick?

by The Stir Bloggers April 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Now that Marco Rubio is playing the political field like a potential candidate for Vice President of the United States -- let's take a look at a timeline of his accomplishments and rise to power, as outlined by MamásLatinas writer Michelle Regala.

This week Florida senator and potential Republican vice presidential pick, Marco Rubio, campaigned on Mitt Romney's behalf, specifically aiming his speech at Latino voters. Rubio, who has recently been working on an alternative to the DREAM act, is known for being one of the GOP's favorites, despite his controversial back story. But how exactly did he make his way to the forefront of the political crowd? Well, we've put together a timeline of Rubio's rise:

May 28th, 1971: Marc Rubio is born in Miami Florida, the second son and third child of Mario Rubio and Orla Garcia, who emigrated from Cuba to the US in 1956.

1989: Rubio graduates South Miami Senior High School and heads to Tarkio College on a football scholarship. He's there for only year before transferring to Santa Fe Community College and then to University of Florida, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1993.

1996: Rubio earns his J.D. degree cum laude from University of Miami School of Law. While studying, he interned for a U.S. representative.

1998: Rubio marries his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio. They now share 4 children: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony and Dominic. Rubio recently told press: "I can tell you that none of my children were planned," as he and his wife are devout Roman Catholics and do not practice birth control.

2000: In January, Rubio was elected to the Florida House of Representatives for the 111tth district. He also won each of his re-election bids.

2006: Rubio travels around the state hosting "idearaisers" to gain input from Florida residents. One hundred of the ideas were compiled into book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future and approximately 57 ultimately became law. Rubio is elected Speaker of the Florida House for the 2007-2009 term.

2009: Rubio announces that he plans to run for the United States Senate in 2010 for the Republican seat. He eventually surpasses incumbent Governor of his party, Charlie Crist for the Republican nomination. He becomes the face of a movement, making the cover of  National Review and winning endorsements from George Will, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh.

2010: On November 2, Rubio wins the senatorial election with 48.9 percent of the vote with the large support of Tea Party members. His charisma and good looks prompt many to label him "The Obama of the Right".

2011: Controversy surrounds Rubio when allegations fly that he embellished his family's history by saying his parents were exiles and fled Cuba during Fidel Castro's communist revolution, when they, in fact, moved three years before Castro came in to power.

2012: Rubio becomes the subject of speculation as a potential GOP VP candidate for the presidential election of 2012, to serve alongside Mitt Romney. He gave a speech yesterday in an attempt to energize the Republican base and get Latinos to reconsider Romney as a viable candidate.

What do you think of Rubio as a potential vice president?

Written by Michelle Regala for Mamá; Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Filed Under: 2012 election, politics
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Nonmember comment from Graciesmom
April 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM
I think he would be a good pick - very likeable. I think the GOP needs that in order to recover from the embarassing primary. However, I think his ability to energize Latino voters is overestimated. Solid choice
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April 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM
.... But if he is smart he will wait 4 years for a Christie/Rubio ticket
April 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM
What Graciesmom said.
April 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

5 days ago, he said he didn't want to be VP:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Wednesday that he would say no to being vice president, even if GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney begged him to take the position.

I wonder what changed?  Maybe Mitt actually DID beg him to take the position?

April 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM
I dont see where he said he would. He is just campaigning right now for Mitt.
April 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I think he is a great choice.  I told my husband over a year ago that he if ever was to run for President, I would vote for him.  I would vote for him even as a VP.

April 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Only 4 kids in 14 years of unprotected sex..that seems harder to believe. That family w 20 kids demonstrate what happens w no bc.
April 24, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Monaou, the probably practice Natural Family Planning, which is natural birth control and is line with the Catholic teachings.  Whats wrong with that and why is that hard to believe??  And also, maybe she cannot get pregnant anymore. 

April 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Well Monamou. I have 13 years with only 3 kids and all unprotected. I also have 12 miscarriages under my belt. Trust me it can happpen and does. I am not some anomaly.

April 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM

ps. I forgot to mention the 1 DNC and one abortion prior to marriage. ALL on conventional birth control. YES I DID say an ABORTION as a republican FYI

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