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Newt Gingrich Considers Marco Rubio as Running Mate

By Javier Manjarres

During a Q&A session with reporters in Naples, Florida, GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was asked the question that many Floridians would like to ask each of the Republican presidential hopefuls- will you pick Senator Marco Rubio as your running mate?

Gingrich, like Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann before him, said that he would absolutely consider Rubio for the VP slot, adding  that he (Rubio) was on everyone’s short list. Gingrich has also recently stated that he would consider Congressman Allen West for the job. If Gingrich becomes the Republican Presidential nominee, the smart money bet would be on Rubio, considering the history between the two men.
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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Lightweight

    Marco Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen according to the Constitution.Marco Rubio is not legally allowed to run for president.Both of his parents were not citizens when he was born.

    • rwcx

      You are correct.

      Why do our politicians keep trampling on the Constitution? Newt is a Progressive that will take us farther down the road to world government.
      We are between a barack and a hard place for leaders today.

      Our Father, which art in heaven,
      Hallowed be thy Name.
      Thy Kingdom come.
      Thy will be done in earth,
      As it is in heaven.

      I believe only Gods will can get us out of this mess we have gotten our selves in.

      We need more leaders doing Gods will.

      • gloria

        I appreciate your comment’s. I do however believe it wasn’t the people who got us into this mess, it was the lobbyist, special intrest and politicians giving into their demands. We need to get back to smaller government and back to God First in our nation. Without the moral values and spiritual convictions all is in vain for our country. We The trusted our leaders to do the right thing for the people, We need strict moral standards when choosing a leader. When they break the law they should be fried like anyone else would be working for any other company, Why have we allowed these leaders to run for any political office that has broken the law. They should be disqualified. They should be held to a very high standard. We need to pray for God to forgive our nation. As for Newt, I do think he had a come to Jesus reality. He may be the best of the bunch to beat Obama, I am very conceren about his comment of Race to the Top in our schools. That program is one with strings attached You do this in your schools then uncle SAM give you funds. RTTT is teaching collective thinking not independent self reliance. Sounds like RTTT is our of the communist schools We need to demand it not be used in our schools from K-college! Thank you for your message.

        • packeryman

          Sorry, but Jesus reality doesn’t get it when we are talking about government. Newt has yet to be vetted about the tremendous amount of money he received in health care, Freddy Mac deals, His issues are consultant/lobbyist? debacles, let alone his low life dealings with women.If he was a used car salesman America would be calling him low life scum.If the bible thumping religious fanatics and tea bagging lunatics nominate Newt, the GOP will suffer their greatest loss since Goldwater in 1964 and they will lose the House. We Independents will never support Newt, or the tea baggers in the House. The American public is fed up with this my way or the highway, no compromise crowd(the flat earth folks). Our government must have compromise to function. By the way, Newt left on ethic violations an has had shady deals since then, he has spent no time in jail.

    • Juan Adams

      You wish!

      Unlike Obama, Vice Presidential Candidate, Marco Rubio has a Birth Certificate making him a native born citizen of the U.S.

      – Juan Adams

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        • rwcx

          He is not native born. Mother and father were not US Citizens.

      • Lou

        To satisfy the “natural-born” qualification for President/V.P in the U.S. Mr. Rubio’s parents must have been U.S. Citizens, or Naturalized U.S. Citizens at the time of his birth.

        Marco Rubio’s parents became naturalized U.S. Citizens years after his birth. Check the Supreme Court Ruling 88 U.S. 162 for verification, it defines the term Natural Born Citizen. This ruling 88 U.S. 162 still stands in the courts.

        The penalties for holding a high office in which you are not legally qualified by law, are extreme within this nation. This information should be researched fully.

        • Harold Hedrick

          Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1875), was a United States Supreme Court case appealed from the Supreme Court of Missouri concerning the Missouri law which ordained “Every male citizen of the United States shall be entitled to vote.” The courts ruling was later overruled in part by the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which prohibits any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex. Are you guys even trying or are you just as crazy as I think you all are?

          • Lou

            The U.S. Supreme Court explains the courts interpretation of the term “Natural-Born-Citizen” within that ruling. The court also explains what is not a natural born citizen, and how that relates to high office within the U.S.

      • Cherieo

        Right…If Obama can be the President and has set the stage; who is to say anything about Marco. He has a birth certificate. Amen!

      • George Fuller

        There is a difference……BIG……between Native and Natural…..

    • Laura

      Based on what I read in The Constitution, it says nothing about the parents having to be citizens. The clause I saw with information like that was if the candidate is declaring a run if he/she lives out of the country and is a citizen. Show me where I am wrong.

    • Rich G

      @Lightweight, what is your point? The discussion here is for VP, of which Rubio can run for.

    • http://twitter Alexia

      If Marco Rubio isn’t a natural born citizen, then what is Obama? Obama’s father wasn’t an American citizen, he was a Kenyan. The Constitution says BOTH parents must be citizens…not just one.
      Rubio is eligible or Obama needs to move out of the White House.

  • isaac

    All Marco Rubio has to do is talk to Obama to see where he got his Birth Certificate and problem solved. Oh, never mind, MR is not a liberal so the drive by media would not let him get away with it.

  • Harold Hedrick

    you guys are idiots, he was born in Miami Fl (inside the US) which makes him a natural born citizen. The link given was for his father Mario Rubio for naturalization a year before Marco’s birth.

    But if you don’t believe me check out the constitution yourself:

    The 14th Amendment defines citizenship this way: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” But even this does not get specific enough. As usual, the Constitution provides the framework for the law, but it is the law that fills in the gaps. The Constitution authorizes the Congress to do create clarifying legislation in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment; the Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4, also allows the Congress to create law regarding naturalization, which includes citizenship.

    Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are “citizens of the United States at birth:”

    Anyone born inside the United States *
    Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person’s status as a citizen of the tribe
    Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
    Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
    Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
    Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
    Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
    A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

    • rwcx

      How ignorant of the Constitution you are. Only one of Obama’s parents were not a citizen, both of Rubio’s were not citizens. Wise up!

      • Robert M.

        “Anyone born inside the United States”

        Last time I checked, Miami is inside the United States. Case closed. Marco Rubio is a natural born citizen. It’s incredible that we’re still having this silly discussion.

        • rwcx

          Just being born in Miami does not make one a natural born citizen.
          Read the Constitution and study the case law and you will see Rubio is in the same status as Obama.
          We must get back to following our Constitution order for our form of government to work.

          • Harold Hedrick

            Well maybe you can enlighten us in your vast wisdom oh great one!

    • Lou

      Excerpt from 88 U.S. 162

      Additions might always be made to the citizenship of the United States in two ways: first, by birth, and second, by naturalization. This is apparent from the Constitution itself, for it provides that “no person except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President,” and that Congress shall have power “to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.” Thus new citizens may be born or they may be created by naturalization.

      The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first. For the purposes of this case it is not necessary to solve these doubts. It is sufficient for everything we have now to consider that all children born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction are themselves citizens. The words “all children” are certainly as comprehensive, when used in this connection, as “all persons,” and if females are included in the last they must be in the first. That they are included in the last is not denied. In fact the whole argument of the plaintiffs proceeds upon that idea.

      • Don39

        Only a Constitutional Amendent can change the meaning and the intent of the Constitution. We either have a CONSTITUTION OR WE DO NOT. THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN.Natural born citizen means citizenship rights inherited from the paternal linage (the US born Father). (women had no rights at the time, the Consttrution had to be AMENDED to give them rights) .

    • George Fuller

      HH……Look in the mirror to see an idiot in your midst

  • Bettina Ettedgui

    There is only ONE candidate who abides by the US CONSTITUTION: RON PAUL. Character and heart to keep us a sovereign nation who will reverse the damage done to our foundation. He will get us OUT of the UN! Agenda 21 has been perpetrated on unknowing Americans, our Gov’t sold us out! It won’t matter WHO is president if we don’t act to remove this UN takeover of the USA! Google it before it is too late. We need a president who will not incorporate us beyond socialism to globalism. Time is running out, Ron Paul understands, vs interprets the US Constitution and we should and don’t know it and why we are in this mess.
    WE don’t need a pretty president, we need one who stands on TRUTH. God help us!

  • Mike Worley

    Harold Hedrick is not a natural born citizen! Beware, fellow Christians!

  • http://none Carlos J. Negron

    While much attention is given the latest Gingrich proclmamtion of considering Rubio for V.P, no attention is given to the fact ,that Gingrich is one of the biggest finger in the air politicians who take positions they think will please the public.
    Aside from all the other negatives which turn me off from Gingrich, was his immediate denunciation of then Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as being a racist. His later retraction of the statement shows a shoot from the hip uninformed response to a question he should have abstained from, based on his then lack of information.

    This latest “I will consider Rubio for V.P” stance being taken by all types of politicians is reminiscent of Walter Mondale’s ridiculous interviewing of all special interest and ethnic groups in selecting a V.P mate for the 1984 election…end result was he came up with a two term congressperson……talk about insulting the voters intelligence.

    Rubio is indeed talented, but for this time neither Gingrich or Rubio get my vote…Florida is indeed important in the election of 2012 and one of it’s politicians is worthy of the V.P nomination …NOW LET US THINK WHO IT IS!

  • Sumo

    If Rubio cannot be VP Newt can make him a czar over all Hussein obummer’s Czars

  • Tea Party Voter in Fl.

    Don’t worry guy’s! These are all RON PAUL IDIOTS that think Marco is not a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN! Last I checked RON PAUL is from MARS so that make him a NATURAL BORN ALIEN! Marco will be your next V.P. and then President. Viva Rubio!

    • Sumo

      Great message Tea Party voter. Rubio is An Outstanding Man. & Ron Paul SUCKS ! He should go to Iran he thinks they are nice people that should have nukes.

    • George Fuller

      TP voter……..Wrong……It doesn’t take a Ron Paul supporter to understand the Constitution…..

      Stop posting unless you can add something meaningful…..I know many Tea Party people and have spoke to one who acts as dumb as you….

      • PAUL342

        Why they keep bashing Paul supporters? You need them to win Presidency,

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  • Tea Party Voter in Fl.

    If Newt picks Rubio to be his running mate then I will switch my vote from Romney to Newt in a heartbeat! Gingrich/Rubio WOW! What a ticket! imagine those two debating Obama and Biden? Loven it…

  • Sumo

    Tea Party voter, Why do you pick Romney Over Newt ? The Libs are scared of Newt & This garbage about Romney ahead of Newt Is put out because they know Newt will expose Hussein obummer for the jerk he is.

  • JB Culbertson

    It’s people like rwex who are wannabe experts in a field many experts have already visited and agreed that Mario Rubio is a citizen and is eligible to hold the highest elected office of the land. Time to give it a rest rwex…

  • Locke

    There’s just one problem with what would otherwise be a dream ticket of Gingrich-Rubio. Both are Catholic and evangelicals are already a bit suspicious of Newt. The same mistake was made by Ann Coulter when she declared that the dream ticket would be Christie-Rubio. No major party is going to run an all Catholic ticket in this country. Neither do I think there will be a Mormon-Catholic or a Catholic-Mormon ticket.

  • Doc

    Newt certainly has depth of experience in government, and history.

    The question of Marco Rubio’s eligibility shouldn’t be a factor, he is a lawyer, and now a law-maker. Mr. Rubio knows the law, and he has made the statement that he would not accept the post of V.P.

    The question lies with the rule of law within the United States. Are we a nation of laws, or a nation of convenience? Do we allow anyone to hold our highest offices, and direct our nation’s trajectory?

    Think of all the children of illegal immigrants in this nation that may become President during our children’s lifetime, if we allow convenience to rule. The laws are in place for good reason, to preserve our freedoms, and way of life. The children of U.S. Citizen’s are more likely to have the welfare of the USA as their first priority, rather than an allegiance to another nation.

    A nation of onvenience, or the rules of law, which do we choose?
    The maintenance of freedom requires thought and vigilance by it’s citizens. We should remember that, we are the guardians of our freedom.

  • Marguerite Hubbard

    Marco Rubio is an outstanding senator and a great guy, but he is
    not Constitutionally eligible to be President or VP. Read de Vatel’s
    “Law of Nations”–this is where the phrase “natural born citizen” is
    clearly defined. The Founding Fathers used this document to write the
    Constitution. Both parents must be U.S. citizens for a president or
    vice president. Its intention is to avoid any foreign allegiances. Allegiance should only be to the United States of America. The HIGHEST OFFICE has the HIGHEST REQUIREMENT! The VP could potentially
    become president so he must also be a natural born citizen.
    Do we follow the Constitution or do we ignore it? If we ignore it,
    we no longer have a United States of America! We no longer have any

    • http://8D8M Daytona Diver

      Very true regarding the work of Vatel, and “The Law of Nations.”

      The “birther” argument is confusion and dysfunction thrown by the left. We are a nation of laws, and the survival of our nation depends on our choice to continue that process, or descend into chaos and eventual extinction as a nation.

      Many of the problems we face in this nation, could be solved simply by following laws already in existence.

    • Cherieo

      Obama has ALREADY set the stage…….sooooooo what are you all fussing about? Marco CAN RUN…but I don’t really think he wants to at this time.

  • Sally, the real Conservative Diva!

    BIRTHERS… BLA BLA BLA… Go Rubio!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Don39

      You are no Conservative. The goal of Conservatism is the restoration of the Constitutional Republic, not its destruction.

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  • carcar

    He was born in the U.S. Stop the liberal/democRAT fuel.

  • Don39

    Rubio may be a great guy. He may be a great Conservative politician. I think he is. But, he IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN and can not be the Prsident and therefore not the vice-president. I do not care if the progressive sociocommunist did get by with it. Conservatives can not and should not try to get by with it. Our aim must be the restoration of the Constitutional Republic. If you want Rubio to hold higher office , you better get busy on a Constitutional Amendment now!

  • Dagny

    Rubio is another neocon. He was one of 44 Republican that supported the unconstitutional Defense Act. During the campaign he flipped flopped on illegal immigration, and the RPOF covered up his credit card fiasco under Chairman Greer. So, Rubio is no choirboy. He is another corrupt politician. When he is up for re-election I will vote for the Democrat. And if Ron Paul doesn’t win the presidential nomination then I will vote for Obama because at least I know what to expect. Both Romney and Gingrich are dangerous and they are not conservatives. Nothing much will change if either one gets elected because America will go down.

    The Supreme Court already defined natural born citizen and it is a child born from parents that were already citizens at the time of birth. This doesn’t apply to Rubio. He is a citizen but he is not a natural born citizen. The presidential requirement under our constitution refers to natural born citizen and not citizen. Under our Constitution he cannot be President and he should not be vice president either since the vice president has to be ready to step up in case something happens to the president. However, I really do not believe that this pesky constitutional requirement will deter him one bit when the time is right. He is a politician and he is equally dangerous as Newt and Romney.

  • Sandman

    Viva Gingrich/Rubio!

  • Boca Spin Doctor

    Newt made a deal with Cain to put him on the ticket in return for his endorsement.

  • PAUL342

    Don’t get too excited SC and FL is all Newt’s going to get.

  • Jen

    VIVA RUBIO!!!!!!! NEWT/RUBIO 2012!!!