Even before the Republicans chose a presidential nominee it was widely assumed that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would be at the top of anybody's list of vice presidential candidates. The reasons are obvious: Not only is he young, charismatic and wildly popular with conservatives, but he could also help Republicans win a key state (Florida) and make inroads with Hispanics.
But knowledgeable Republican sources tell me that Rubio is not being vetted by Mitt Romney's vice presidential search team. He has not been asked to complete any questionnaires or been asked to turn over any financial documents...
Mitt is no betting man like John McCain. His safest choice is still Rob Portman, and he will pick him soon enough. In the meantime, Mitt will continue to tease the others, along the path laid out by Queen Elizabeth for broadening support 500 years ago. The shrewd Queen used the interests of her many suitors then to transform a fledgling country into the powerhouse of Europe. Yes, the VP sweepstakes demand shrewdness -- but also give us a chance to see if the candidate can navigate the country. The process has presented a wealth of opportunities for Mitt thus far and he has made the most of them. Not bad.
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