The vice presidential buzz around Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has former New Mexico Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson concerned about the senatorâ€™s ability to undermine President Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election chances.
â€śI like him. And yes, Iâ€™m afraid of him,â€ť Richardson told Univisionâ€™s Al Punto in an interview, â€śbecause I think he is an attractive politician, well prepared. And he is Cuban-American and to me that is positive.â€ť
Richardson, a Mexican-American, said his goal is to promote unity among Hispanics.
â€śBecause I want all Hispanics in the Republican Party, in the Democratic Party, whether Latin Americans, Central Americans, Cubans, Mexicans, I want us to unite,â€ť Richardson said.
According to Univision, Richardson thinks that the selection of Rubio as a vice presidential candidate would pull some Hispanic votes away from Obama, but not enough to get Obama out of the White House.
â€śI think he is someone, for example, in states like Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and certainly Florida, could give Romney votes that he doesnâ€™t have now,â€ť Richardson said. â€śI donâ€™t think putting him on the ticket will be enough to defeat President Obama. But he is an attractive politician.â€ť
While Richardson has concerns about some of Rubio’s political stances, he did have positive words for the senator many have deemed a rising star in the GOP.
â€śI do have many concerns over his immigration initiative — it is like he doesnâ€™t understand. But I see him as a young person who wants to learn and has a positive future ahead,â€ť Richardson said.
Richardson ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 against then-Senator Barack Obama.