Michigan Republicans Want Rubio for Veep
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- It has taken Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., just nine months to transform from a freshman member of the World's Most Deliberative Body to the Republican many party activists want to become their vice presidential nominee.
According to the National Journal Hotline/National Association of Home Builders Straw Poll, a survey conducted this weekend here at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Rubio is the top choice to appear on the 2012 GOP ticket as the vice presidential nominee.
The straw poll featured a unique, entirely open-ended question about vice presidential preference. Twenty-three percent of participants in the straw poll who answered the question wrote in Rubio's name, more than any other individual.
Former Oakland County Republican Party Chairman Paul Welday, a Rubio supporter, said the Florida senator is "very articulate" and offers "geographic balance" to the ticket, but that he would also consider Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Just one percent chose Ryan as their favored nominee.
"I think Paul Ryan would be a strong second choice," said Welday.
Rubio is the only politician among the top seven Republican contenders who is not an active presidential contender. Fourteen percent of participants chose businessman Herman Cain, 13 percent chose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 12 percent want Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.