Sen. Marco Rubio says he’s “blessed” to be on the so-called short list of potential Mitt Romney running mates and calls it a “tribute” to America that the son of Cuban immigrants could rise to be considered as a vice presidential candidate.
“I pinch myself because of the understanding that I’ve been blessed with a real rare opportunity that few Americans ever get — to serve their government and their people at this level,” the Florida Republican said in a Fox News interview Monday night.
Rubio called his consideration for the GOP presidential ticket a tribute to his parents, who worked as a maid and a bartender, and lived — as the senator put it — under “very different circumstances” just a short time ago.
“I think that’s a tribute to them. No doubt about it,” he told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “But I think it’s an even greater tribute to America, because it’s one of the few societies in all human history where a story like that would even be possible.”
The freshmen senator is one of at least a half dozen candidates Romney is reportedly considering for the second spot on the GOP presidential ticket. Among the others: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
But so far, Rubio appears to be creating the most “buzz,” according to Baier, among Republicans looking to pull off an upset against President Barack Obama in November.
However, Rubio has suggested that if Republicans are looking to him to deliver the Hispanic vote this fall, they don’t understand that Hispanics don’t vote as a bloc.
“There is something that unites the Hispanic community, however, and that’s this burning desire for economic empowerment,” Rubio says. “They desperately want to give their kids every chance and every opportunity that they didn’t have. So the question is: Which one of these two gentlemen that are running has the best idea for them? I think it’s going to be Mitt Romney at the end of the day.”
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