Let's face it: Mitt Romney's presidential campaign could use some pizzazz, and where better to find it than by choosing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as a running mate?
I first heard Rubio speaking to CPAC, the American Conservative Union's annual conference, in 2010. Listening to the speech on POTUS, the SiriusXM political channel, I've gotta say I was impressed.
First, Rubio has charisma — even over the radio. He's a great public speaker. Four years ago, a lot of folks were initially jazzed by Sarah Palin's magnetism when John McCain selected the former Alaska governor as his running mate, and many still are. But Rubio has something more.
His CPAC talk featured substance, specifics on lowering corporate tax rates, abolishing capital gains and estate taxes. He talked tough on terrorism. For a listener, Rubio came off as far deeper than Palin ever has.
At least he is a good speaker, I guess.