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Jeb Bush's son tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer his father is not being vetted for VP

Here's an excerpt from the rushed transcript of George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, talking on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:

BLITZER: When you say the party is extremely diverse, I think a lot of people would totally disagree with you on that.  But we won't get into that right now.

Your father, a very, very popular two-term governor of Florida, a lot of folks would like to see him on the ticket with Mitt Romney.  Is that, you think, even within the realm of possibility?

BUSH: I personally don't think so, Wolf.  I don't have a crystal ball; he's not being vetted right now.  And he's one of the few politicians that does what he says in the sense that he's not actively pursuing a higher office.  I think he has a voice within the Republican Party as a conservative, especially as it relates to education reform.

And I see him working hard on behalf of Gov. Romney in some key battleground states.  But like me, he's going to do whatever he can when he's called to service this fall on behalf of the governor.

BLITZER: Because I know in Florida, especially where he's very well liked, he would probably almost certainly guarantee Romney's carrying Florida if he were on the ticket.  But you don't think that's necessarily going to happen?

BUSH: Well, we'll see.  I mean, Florida will be a key battleground state.  He'll get -- along with Sen. Marco Rubio, I think, provide a very diverse message on behalf of the Republican Party in a key battleground state like Florida and will represent the governor well when he's outside the state.

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[Last modified: Monday, July 9, 2012 7:00pm]


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