Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Florida GOP Leaders Will Help Mitt Romney Woo Hispanics
Continuing his efforts to woo Hispanic voters away from President Barack Obama, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, unveiled his Hispanic Steering Committee on Wednesday which includes a number of prominent Florida Republicans -- including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Romney tapped Rubio and three governors -- Luis Fortuño of Puerto Rico, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada -- to serve as co-chairmen of the new organization. Both Rubio and Martinez have garnered some buzz as possible running mates for Romney.
Romney also named a host of prominent Florida Republicans to the national advisory board for his Hispanic outreach, including Bush whose name is also in the mix to end up as the vice presidential candidate. Romney named two current Republican members of the Florida delegation -- U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart -- to the advisory board. Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez and former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart were also added to the advisory board.
Two rising stars were also named to the group. Romney named Florida state Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, who represents parts of Miami-Dade, to the advisory board. So was George P. Bush, Jeb Bush’s son, who has been active in trying to woo Hispanic voters for Republicans.