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Daniel Ruth column: It's too soon for Marco Rubio as vice presidential candidate



What are the prospects of a Vice President Marco Rubio? About the same as Mister Ed winning the Triple Crown, Roger Clemens making a comeback and Larry the Cable Guy claiming an Oscar for best actor.

From all the swooning and fawning among Republicans over who would be the ideal running mate for Mitt Romney, you would think young master Rubio was a political hybrid of Marc Anthony meets Ronald Reagan meets José Martí.

And why not? Florida's junior senator is young, handsome and articulate. So after a primary season filled with reality-challenged candidates who couldn't string together a declarative sentence or struggled to recall the names of federal agencies they wanted to eliminate, Rubio comes off as the GOP's John F. Kennedy-in-waiting.

But would Rubio be the best option for Romney? And if offered the job, should the senator accept it? In the immortal words of Monty Python: "Run away! Run away!"

Column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6:28am]


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