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Florida Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is not being considered for vice president by Mitt Romney's campaign, according to ABC News.

The big question here is: if this is true, does it help or hurt sales of Rubio's book: An American Son.

ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl reports:

 ". . .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 typically required of potential vice presidential candidates.

Although it is possible that Rubio may yet be asked to go through the vetting process, it has been nearly two months since Romney named his long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential search. The fact that Rubio has not been asked to turn over any documents by now is a strong indication that he is not on Romney’s short list of potential running mates."

The rest of Karl's report is here.

As Karl notes, it is still possible that Rubio could be get the nod. But Crowley Political Report suspects that Rubio may have worked a bit too hard to be picked. Rubio was starting to get more media attention than Romney. The last thing a campaign wants is for the guy in the supporting role to overshadow the star (ask John McCain).

It will be interesting to see how Rubio supporters react to the news. Will they howl enough for the Romney camp to reconsider?


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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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