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Marco Rubio Veep-O-Meter says he's top running mate contender



veepo1.jpgNow that we've more or less entered the presidential general election, speculation is running rampant about whom Mitt Romney will pick for his running mate. And that makes this the perfect time to debut our patented Marco Rubio Veep-O-Meter to monitor the likelihood of Florida's junior senator getting the vice presidential nod.

At 40 and still new to the national stage, he's not the safest of choices. But our Veep-O-Meter shows him in excellent position at this point — included on most pundits' short lists and still the most popular prospect among the conservative base.

Larry Sabato and his team at the University of Virginia offered as strong an analysis as anyone last week. Their top tier of veep candidates starts with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, followed by Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. They included Jeb Bush in the second tier, along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

[Last modified: Sunday, April 15, 2012 8:24am]


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