Sen. Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate on the 2012 Republican ticket. Rubio talks about his Cuban heritage, his political ambitions and his ideas for making America better.
Mitt Romney is defending criticism of his record at Bain Capital and attacks for not releasing more extensive tax records. Romney has accused President Obama of running a "campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty." Host Michel Martin checks in with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving.
Republican and Democratic strategists tell NPR that most of the estimated $4 billion to be spent by the campaigns, political action committees and others in the 2012 presidential race will make no difference in the outcome.
One of Mitt Romney's problems is that he still faces resistance from some conservatives who don't trust his ideological core. That's one reason why the recent speculation about Romney naming Condi Rice, who is pro-choice, as VP doesn't make sense.
Steve Inskeep talks with two political strategists on whether a fundraising advantage matters in this presidential campaign. Mark McKinnon advised George W. Bush and John McCain's campaigns. Mark Mellman is a democratic pollster and adviser.
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