Tea Party Floats Allen West as Veep Possibility

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Some high-profile Tea Party conservatives have suggested that Mitt Romney make Florida Rep. Allen West his vice presidential nominee.

The Florida lawmaker is an Iraq war veteran who has emerged as a favorite among some branches of the Tea Party.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain have said he would make a good vice president.

During a town hall in Grand Junction, Colo., Romney called West a fighter and agreed he would make a great vice president, but said he's open to all suggestions as he weighs his choices.

Some political analysts said West is too outspoken for the Republican Party's second spot.

"Congressman West is also the kind of guy who likes to throw bombs. He's called Democrats communists, he's used the term slavery over and over again for a number of issues," political analyst Brian Crowley said. "I don't think that's the kind of candidate that a Mitt Romney -- who doesn't like to throw bombs -- is looking for."
 
According to West's communications director, if Romney asked him to be his running mate, he would go home, talk with his wife and daughters, and pray before making a decision.

West's office said the Romney camp has not reached out to him yet.

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