Marco Rubio Promises He Won't Be GOP VP Candidate in 2012

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has said time and time again he won't run for president in 2012, and while he hadn't exactly been stoking the flames, he had left the door just a crack open that he'd perhaps consider running for vice president. Well, yesterday he shut that door, announcing on Meet the Press he will not accept an invitation to be the Republican presidential candidate's running mate in 2012.

"I'm not going to be on a ticket in 2012," Rubio told moderator David Gregory, adding "under no circumstances."
"I don't want to be the vice president of the United States," Rubio later clarified. "I want to be a senator, and I want to be a senator from Florida. I think in the United States Senate, I can have an impact on these major issues that we're facing."

Though there's hardly a serious front-runner in the Republican field at this point, the media had painted Rubio as a likely VP candidate no matter who won the nomination.

Of course, you can never say never in Politics. This might put the "Rubio as VP" rumor mill to rest for a while, but we wouldn't be surprised if it starts up again after the Republicans have chosen their candidate.

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The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

Before the March 2000 session, Rubio was hardly the scorching conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike paths in his district

spent thousands with GOP credit card

Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show.

Charges covered by the party as political expenses include:

• $765 at Apple’s online store for “computer supplies.”

• $25.76 from Everglades Lumber for “supplies.”

• $53.49 at Winn-Dixie in Miami for “food.”

• $68.33 at Happy Wine in Miami for “beverages” and “meal.”

• $78.10 for two purchases at Farm Stores in suburban Miami.

• $412 at All Fusion Electronics, a music equipment store in Miami, for “supplies.”

One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals."

Rubio's spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee.

Rubio's wife, former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Jeanette Dousdebes, served as the committee's treasurer. In reports filed with the state, Rubio and his wife failed to disclose more than $34,000 in expenses over an 18-month period.

Marco Rubio was facing foreclosure on a Tallahassee house after missing five months of mortgage payments, according to a lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court.

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