Huckabee to Newsmax: Rubio Would Be Good VP Pick

Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 05:25 PM

By John Bachman and Steve Malzberg

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tells Newsmax that the Republican nomination is Mitt Romney’s to lose and that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would be a good vice-presidential pick.

“The old cliché of the fat lady singing . . . I’d just say she is warming up right now, but she hasn’t taken the stage,” Huckabee told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

Huckabee criticized Newt Gingrich’s recent campaign strategy of attacking Romney’s business record. The former House speaker’s campaign released a new film, titled “King of Bain,” Wednesday in South Carolina that depicts Romney as “more ruthless than Wall Street.”

The film also highlights the stories of people who lost their jobs after the companies they worked for were bought by Romney’s private equity firm, Bain Capital.

“Newt may be making a mistake in being so relentless in his attacks on Romney because it seems a lot of voters are more interested in what are you going to do about Obama than what are you going to do about Mitt Romney,” Huckabee said.

Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and considered running for the GOP nod this cycle, also told Newsmax that he would suggest Rubio as a good vice-presidential pick for Romney, assuming that Romney wins the nomination.

Pundits and strategists have tossed out several names as potential V.P. picks in addition to Rubio, including Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Huckabee said he also likes Christie, but Rubio would be the strategically superior choice.

“I think Marco Rubio is the much stronger candidate, mainly because Mitt needs to balance himself geographically. Florida is going to be a very key swing state,” said Huckabee, who noted that Romney has not asked for his advice on a running mate.

“If he could get Rubio on the ticket, you’ve got a person with great ties to the Hispanic community, an amazing communicator, a terrific leader, a Floridian and someone who has impeccable values voter credentials with the pro-life and pro-family crowd,” Huckabee said.

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