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Translation? Jeb very open to VP

UPDATE: Bush spokeswoman Jaryn Emhof says she reached out to that Italian paper to set the record straight because Bush never did an interview with them. Turns out the paper used quotes that Bush gave NewsMax months ago and which were reported in this Miami Herald piece.

"Nothing has changed, Gov Bush will not be candidate for VP," Emhof said.

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Jeb Bush has been mostly dismissive about the endless questions about him becoming Mitt Romney's running mate but in an interview in Italy, the former Florida governor sounded wide open to that prospect. Here's the answer he gave to the online Italian newspaper Linkiesta, translated by Italian-fluent friends of the Buzz:

“If Romney would offer me the post of vice president, I would consider the proposal with great interest. But I don’t think he will choose me. I have a lot of respect for Mitt, and it would be a duty to help him defeat (Barack) Obama.

“We have to develop a culture of inclusion without barriers. Let’s be open, even to the immigrants.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:13am]

    

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