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Marco Rubio Would Be the Best VP Choice

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/10/2012 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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1Historygenius

Pro

I believe that Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is the best vice presidential choice for Mitt Romney.

No semantics.
purelypractical

Con

Marco Rubio, is not the best Vice Presidential Choice for Republican Presidential Candidate for Mitt Romney.

Marco Rubio lacks experience in the political spectrum. Rubio spent time as a City Commissioner in Miami before entering state politics. Any experience that he gained would be relate solely to local affairs and would not necessarily assist him in making legislative decisions in the Florida State Legislature. I contend that his first years as a state senator did not adequately prepare him for his Speakership of the Florida House of Representative. Although he did weld somewhat considerable power in state politics, outside of Florida he was a relative nobody. His experience was confined to state politics until 2010, when he won the junior Senate seat for the state of Florida.

Since Rubio was confined to only state politics for the majority of his career, the national public does not enough about him. Most other vice presidential likelys have been known to the press and public for decades and have to defend their positions. Rubio has had few positions that needed to be defended. Besides, the mark of a good politician is the ability to take a stance on a controversial issue and continue to have support from his constituents. Since Rubio lacks experience, situations where this would be needed is nonexistent.

Now, a United States Senator, Rubio has less than two years under his belt. Until now, his primary focus was on state politics and a good VP choice should be well-known to the public and have experience beyond local and state affairs. Rubio could be a great VP choice or even a contender for the presidency but only after he has gained more experience whether it be political, economic, etc.

There are other VP choices that have the experience, the likability, and the charisma that Rubio lacks. Since the overall quality of VP choices cannot readily be weighed against each other we have to use basic standards to compare. Does Rubio have any executive experience? He has not been governor of state. He has not founded and lead a company. Does Marco Rubio have the exposure of other choices? No, Rubio has been confined to Florida. Others have been involved in national affairs for a number of years and the public knows them.

Lastly, Rubio himself has shown that he is uninterested in becoming the VP for the Republican ticket. Republicans need someone who is willing to step up to the plate and says that they are ready and willing to become the VP for Romney. Rubio lacks the national appeal, experience, and is not interested in becoming the VP nominee. He is not the best choice then.
Debate Round No. 1
1Historygenius

Pro

Rebbutals

"Marco Rubio lacks experience in the political spectrum."

The first thing my opponent argues is that Marco Rubio is inexperienced for the job. However, we all know that you have to start somewhere in politics and move your way up the ladder to a high position (senator, congressman, governor). Usually, your experience as a state senator is confined to state politics until you become a federal senator. The same can be said for a governor. Basically, Rubio is in the same territory he was before he entered the federal senate; the Florida senate. This means he has the advantage of being well aware of how the senate works [1].

"Since Rubio was confined to only state politics for the majority of his career, the national public does not enough about him."

Does not enough what? Sorry, but this is rather confusing. It seems that what my opponent is saying based of his paragraph is that Rubio has not been grilled by the media. We all know however, that Rubio seems to be a very intelligent person. He so far has had strong showings when interviewed and that has so far not changed. May I also remind you that back in 2008, the Republican vice presidential choice, Sarah Palin, and the Democrat's choice, Joe Biden, debated. Many believe that Sarah Palin won the debate and remember she also was not really experienced [2].

"Lastly, Rubio himself has shown that he is uninterested in becoming the VP for the Republican ticket. Republicans need someone who is willing to step up to the plate and says that they are ready and willing to become the VP for Romney."

He could be lying for all we know. Remember when Chris Christie was asked many questions if he would run for president? He refused many, but the media still asked. This is because sometimes the unexpected happens. Maybe Rubio is going to accept the request with public unexpecting it.

Now to my own points.

Rubio is from Florida

Rubio is from the largest swing state in the country; Florida. With its large amount of electoral votes it is an important state for Romney and Obama to win. Because Marco Rubio is from there (and seems to be supported there since he was elected to the senate) he will no doubt swing some votes to Romney that could make him win Florida [1].

Rubio does have National Appeal

My opponent actually said in his arguments that he did not. This is false. Rubio is a Hispanic and he would become the first Hispanic to be nominated as the vice presidential candidate on a major ticket in history. No doubt the Hispanic voters (even if they are not Cuban, which Rubio is) would be looking at this and then support Rubio. It makes logical sense. Also, Rubio is young. Thus, he would appeal to younger voters while Romney is older and will appeal to older voters. While Romney is more wealthy, Rubio has working class routes [1,3]



1. http://www.elephantwatcher.com...
2. http://www.usnews.com...
3. http://www.elephantwatcher.com...


purelypractical

Con

purelypractical forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
1Historygenius

Pro

Arguments extended!
purelypractical

Con

purelypractical forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
1Historygenius

Pro

Arguments extended.
purelypractical

Con

purelypractical forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Contra 4 years ago
Contra
Marco Rubio is experienced for the job, but Obama was not experienced enough even though he had the same exact position before he became a Congressman then the President? And who is hypocrtical?
Posted by 1Historygenius 4 years ago
1Historygenius
@SP No, this would be it: http://grandconservatism.blogspot.com...
Posted by RoyLatham 4 years ago
RoyLatham
Good debate on a good topic.
Posted by socialpinko 4 years ago
socialpinko
1Historygenius, isn't Elephant Watcher your own blog?
Posted by Contra 4 years ago
Contra
Chris Christie would make his campaign more hilarious to watch.
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct for forfeit. Arguments and conduct because Con never bothered to try to refute Pro's case and just ended up leaving in the middle of the debate.