Its no secret Sen. Marco Rubio is the favorite choice for vice president among Republicans in Washington. Hes from an important battleground state and can attract Latino voters with his Cuban heritage.
Pros: The rock-ribbed fiscal and social conservative could boost a moderate nominee. DeMint has a national profile thanks to his Senate Conservatives Fund, and the tea party considers him a hero.
Cons: He’s not very popular with his own party in Washington, and several prominent Republicans still hold a grudge for his interference in the 2010 Senate primaries that cost the party a handful of seats.
Pros: He’s from a battleground state that Republicans promise to target in 2012, and he unseated longtime Sen. Russ Feingold (D) last fall. A businessman who ran as a Washington outsider, he could help an establishment Republican on the ticket.
Cons: He has nearly zero national name recognition and no political experience beyond his few months in the Senate.
Pros: She represents the new face of the Republicans as part of the freshman wave of 2010. Already, Republicans chose her to deliver their weekly radio address and have elevated her as a Member with a bright future.
Cons: She just got to Washington and is not well-known. She also would not bring geographic diversity to Republicans seeking a balanced ticket.
Pros: He has experience as a budget guy in the Bush administration, plus he comes from a battleground state each side considers a must-win. He’s been helping all 2012 candidates get acquainted with Ohio behind the scenes.
Cons: His strong résumé in budget and trade roles could make him too much of an insider in a national election. His ties to President George W. Bush could be a setback.
Pros: It’s no secret Rubio is the favorite VP choice among Republicans in Washington. He’s handsome, young, from an important battleground state and can attract Latino voters with his Cuban heritage. He has tea party support but has shrewdly avoided becoming a spokesman for their movement. He served as Speaker of the Florida House.
Cons: He just got to Washington. On the other hand, tell that to Barack Obama, who announced his presidential bid just two years into his first Senate term.