Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has said that he would not accept to be Romney's vice president even if he were offered the position. Rubio said: "I don't want to be the vice president right now, or maybe ever."
But according to Huffington Post, the senator made a verbal slip during Thursday's televised interview with National Journal's Major Garrett that many are interpreting as a Freudian slip. He said: "Three, four, five, six, seven years from now, if I do a good job as vice president-I'm sorry, as a senator. If I do a good job as a senator, instead of a vice president, I'll have a chance to do all sorts of things."
Rubio and the audience laughed at his verbal slip. According to Kansas City Star, he attempted to cover up the slip by explaining that "all sorts of things" could even be NFL Commissioner where he joked "the real power is." He stressed that he prefers to be a U.S. Senator than vice president and said not only does he not want to be vice president, he also does not expect that he would be asked.
Rubio's statement is significant because he is widely considered one of the best options for Romney as running mate. His links with the Tea Party and his potentials to attract Latino voters makes him an attractive choice for Romney. According to ABC News, the appeal of his candidacy stems from his support among conservatives, "his Florida base and the fact that he is Hispanic at a time when Republicans desperately need to do better among Hispanic voters." These facts, analysts say, make "it almost impossible for Romney not to consider him as a running mate."
ABC News reports many analysts are saying Rubio's statements do not take him off the list of potential candidates. ABC News comments: "...nobody, not even, or especially, close allies of Rubio – believes that Rubio’s statement truly takes him out of the running."
A top Republican operative said: “Nobody believes that saying no really means no.” Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), said: "He would certainly consider what is best for the country if Mitt Romney asked him." DeMint, according to ABC News, thinks Rubio would be an ideal vice presidential candidate.
Analysts are comparing Rubio's words to Joe Biden's when he said in 2007: “I will not be vice president under any circumstances.” But he ended up Obama's vice president.
CBS News notes that his verbal slip may only strengthen the feeling that Rubio really is waiting to be asked.