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Veep-O-Meter gets more bullish on Marco Rubio




We've dusted off our Marco Rubio Veep-O-Meter and found Florida's junior senator looking stronger as a prospective vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney.

Rubio in recent weeks has given well-received, substantive foreign policy speeches at the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations. He hit the trail with Romney and did fine. An unauthorized biography turns out to be mostly flattering, and the Beltway punditocracy no longer talks incessantly about an unvetted, risky Rubio.

There's no question he is the GOP base's top pick. Rubio handily won another CPAC straw poll in Chicago as the most preferred VP pick.

POLITICO's Mike Allen offered his "Final Four" based on Romneyworld intel: Rubio; Portman; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

In a PBS interview last week, Bush made another pitch for Rubio: "I admire him greatly," Bush said. "He speaks with great passion about American exceptionalism. I think he would lift the spirits of the campaign and provide some energy. Gov. Romney is running a very good campaign right now and closed the gap and leading in some polls, but I think this would be an added bonus."


[Last modified: Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:33pm]


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