No One Wants to be Romney's VP; Axelrod Aims at Romney's Economics

Marco Rubio gave a "no comment" when asked if he'd be Romney's VP, while Governor Mitch Daniels said he would "demand reconsideration" if Romney asked him; David Axelrod doesn't believe in Mitt Romney's economic policies. 

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday and was asked if he would accept a nomination for Vice President. Jeb Bush, Rubio's mentor, has said he hopes Romney will choose Rubio as his Vice President. When asked by CNN's Cindy Crowley, Rubio laughed it off and said, "that's very nice of Jeb and I hope he'll say yes if future President Romney asks him." He later declined to say whether he would accept the nomination if asked. He said he wanted to respect Romney's decision making process “Up to now it's all been theoretical, we have a nominee now, and our nominee, Mitt Romney, the leader of the Republican Party, has a vice presidential process in place,” Rubio said. "And I think from this point moving forward, I think it'd be wise for all Republicans to kind of respect that process, myself included, and say moving forward, we're going to let his process play itself out."

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels appeared on Fox News Sunday and said he doesn't expect Mitt Romney to ask him to be his Vice President. "We haven't had the conversation, and I don't expect to have it... This is a hypothetical question that will probably stay that way." Daniels went so far as to say that if Romney did tap him to be his VP, he would demand he reconsider. "You will remember what William F. Buckley said when he ran for mayor of New York and was asked what he would do if he won. He said he would 'demand a recount.,' Rubio said. "I think I would demand reconsideration and send Mr. Romney a list of people I think could suit better."

Senator Joe Leiberman appeared on Fox News Sunday to talk about the ongoing Secret Service scandal. He assured he wasn't worried any of the agents leaked information during the party, but that potential enemies could use behaviour like this against them “The answer I’m going to give is not conclusive, but from everything I’ve heard up until this point, no evidence that information was compromised," he said. But if agents are "acting like a bunch of college kids on spring weekend [...] then people who are hostile to the U.S., people who actually want to attack the president of the United States, will begin to take advantage of that vulnerability."

Leiberman, chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, also appeared on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday and said that he has launched an inquiry into the Secret Service scandal. He said he'll send a list of questions to Secret Service director Marc Sullivan, and when the Secret Service have finished their investigation into the matter, then they'll decide if they want to pursue it further. His main concern is whether the incident in Colombia was an exception, or if there is a pattern of poor behaviour:

Rep. Peter King told NBC's Meet the Press that, “anyone who’s found to be guilty” will lose their job." King added that he, “ would expect within the very near future to have several other Secret Service agents leaving the agency.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings and Senator Harry Reid appeared on CNN's State of the Union to talk with Cindy Crowley. Reid said what the Secret Service agents did was stupid. “You don’t necessarily change behavior, but you certainly set the tone of what you want,” responded Cummings. “You can’t legislate people not being stupid, but certainly you can uphold the high standards of this organization…" Both agreed more firings were on the way.

David Axelrod appeared on CNN's State of the Union to discuss close polling numbers between Obama and Romney. He told Cindy Crowley that people "don't know" Mitt Romney yet. Axelrod said that when Americans realize what Romney's ideas on the economy really are, they'll think "this seems familiar. We tried this. This was a big failure."

Axelrod also appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and made similar comments about Romney's economic policies. “I think that Governor Romney at the early stage gets a bit of an advantage because he has this moniker of businessman and people assume that because of that that somehow he’ll bring some magic elixir to the economy,' explained Axelrod, before adding, "but when they get under the hood and see what he’s actually proposing: more massive tax cuts for the wealthy, fewer rules for Wall Street, deep cuts in the things we need to grow – education, research and development, energy – I think people are gonna say, ‘hey we’ve seen this movie before and it didn’t work,’”

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