Sanford Questions GOP's 'White-Bread Sandwich' Routine
With Rubio making headlines in S.C., former governor raises subject of diversity on the ticket.
Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford appears anxious for something different on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012.
Speculation is growing about the names on Mitt Romney's vice presidential shortlist, including Republican Sen. Rob Portman in make-or-break Ohio.
Asked about Portman on Fox News on Monday morning, Sanford had a frank analysis.
"The question is: Do you have another white-bread sandwich and, you know, is it just going to be boring to voters out there? I think that that's the question with Portman," Sanford said.
The comment comes two days after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made headlines during a visit to South Carolina. The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has been lauded as a possible vice-presidential selection who could sway Latino voters in the general election.
Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced Rubio at Saturday's Silver Elephant fundraiser in Columbia, touting the young man's appeal to a diverse voting block, much like U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, an African-American Republican representing South Carolina's 1st District.
"Marco, you and Tim have a real challenge: selling who we are to a broader audience," Graham said. "On behalf of eveyone here, I can't thank you enough for taking on this challenge."