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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Marco Rubio for vice president? As Mitt Romney nears decision, it's not likely

17

July

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is probably right: He's not going to be Mitt Romney's running mate.

With the Republican presidential nominee set to announce his pick as early as this week, the Rubio buzz has fallen precipitously from a feverish peak a couple months ago. It's hard to find anyone who thinks he's a serious contender.

In the hyper-guessing game consuming Washington, Rubio has slipped behind "safer" picks such as Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal or the latest wildcard, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Wait. "No way Mitt will pick Condi as his No. 2," declared a New York Daily News headline.

Everyone has an opinion; only a few really know.

But even if he's passed over, Rubio has enjoyed the "veepstakes" benefits. (full story here)

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 7:02pm]

    

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