To be, or not to be, the VP nominee.
That’s the question this morning after a wild day of contradictory reports and statements from the media, the Rubio camp, and the Romney campaign. When ABC News reported that Rubio was not being vetted, it set off a wave of speculation about Romney’s VP selection process, and left Rubio having to answer questions he’d prefer not to address.
Then came a slew of stories that confirmed, and refuted, the suggestion that Rubio wasn’t being considered as Romney’s running mate. Some speculated that regardless of Romney’s intentions, it was a black eye for Romney in the eyes of the Latino community. And then, as the day drew to a close, Mitt Romney was forced to reveal more about his VP selection process than ever before: that Rubio was, in fact, being vetted. Trouble is, after so much back and forth, there’s a question as to whether Rubio was just trying to save face for one of his surrogates.
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post/msnbc Policy Analyst (@ezraklein)
Michael Steele, Fmr. RNC Chair/msnbc Political Analyst (@steele_michael)
John Harwood, CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent/The New York Times (@johnjharwood)
Kasie Hunt, The Associated Press (@kasie)
Patrick Gaspard, DNC Executive Director (@patrickgaspard)
Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics
P.J. Crowley, Fmr. State Dept. Spokesperson/Fmr. Asst. Sec. of State (@pjcrowley)