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Republicans lust for a 2012 ticket with Marco Rubio on it but so far he's not biting



WASHINGTON — It happens almost every time Sen. Marco Rubio sits down for a national TV interview. Will you be on the Republican presidential ticket in 2012?

I'm flattered, Rubio says, but I will not be anyone's running mate. "I'm focused on this job here in the U.S. Senate."

Smart politics — he arrived only six months ago — but can't a Republican salivate? And can't a man change his mind?

Party insiders, activists and pundits alike think the young, smart Hispanic lawmaker from Florida would put a presidential candidate over the top.

"My contacts in the Mitt Romney camp are boasting: 'Doesn't a Romney-Rubio ticket sound great?' " Wall Street Journal columnist Stephen Moore wrote last week. "Operatives from the pack of other wannabes are thinking ahead to the same Rubio marriage with their candidate." (story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 7:42pm]


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