Speaking to Candy Crowley yesterday on CNN's "State of the Union," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) praised George W. Bush for the “fantastic job” he did as president, yet couldn’t say how a Romney administration would differ. The discussion veered off into whether Rubio would accept a vice presidential candidacy, an issue on which he was evasive. One is left wondering which highlights of the Bush years Rubio particularly admires: Iraq? Katrina? Torture? The Patriot Act? Tax cuts for the wealthy? Deregulation? The crashing of the economy? Reactionary Supreme Court appointments? Perhaps if Rubio is part of a victorious Republican ticket, he can help uphold the “fantastic” standards established during by the Bush years. Watch:
RUBIO: I haven’t gone through the comparison. I think that presidents serve in different times with different challenges. And so I think that George W. Bush, in my opinion, did a fantastic job as president over eight years, facing a set of circumstances during those eight years that are different from the circumstances that a President Romney would face.