Reporting Tim Kephart
Legislative Session Coverage
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As the Republican Party slowly starts to rally around likely-nominee Mitt Romney, attention will quickly turn to who the former Massachusetts governor will pick as his running mate. Chief among the VP candidate will be Florida Senator Marco Rubio who will be making waves ahead of the Republican National Convention.
According to Politico, the Sentinel Imprint of Penguin Group has decided to move up the publication of Rubio’s forthcoming memoir, “An American Son,” from October to June 19. Politico reported there would also be a Spanish-language version of the book titled, “Un Hijo Americano.”
According to Sentinel, the increase in national attention for Senator Rubio sparked the decision to move up the publication date.
For Rubio, getting the book out early will only help him if he does want to be the eventual vice-presidential nominee for the Republican Party.
Rubio has repeatedly said he wasn’t interested in being the party’s running mate to whoever eventually wins the nomination. But, he has also said he would do whatever it takes to ensure the party’s ticket wins the White House.
If Romney is significantly weakened heading into the general election due to a bruising primary fight with Rick Santorum, bringing in Rubio may be just what the doctor ordered for Romney’s campaign.
In recent polling, Romney has struggled greatly among Hispanic voters. If Rubio is brought onto the ticket, it could give Romney a big advantage in a swing state like Florida and among Hispanic voters.
Rubio will have to decide how strong Romney’s campaign is against President Barack Obama. The Florida senator may decide that Romney may not be able to win and instead position himself to be the party’s presidential nominee in 2016.