Romney: Rubio Being Vetted as Possible VP Pick

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Sen. Marco Rubio is being vetted as a possible vice presidential pick.

The news comes after reports that the Florida senator had not been asked by the Romney campaign to fill out any questionnaires or background checks.

Rubio, a rising star in the Republican Party, begins a book tour this week.

Future Vice President?

Before he was even a senator, Rubio was considered the biggest conservative winner for Republicans in the watershed 2010 elections.

"It is not just a choice between liberals and conservatives; 2010 is a referendum on the very identity of our nation" Rubio said during the elections.

On a return trip from Washington to his Cuban American neighborhood in South Florida in April, he was asked by a reporter about the vice presidency.

"I'm not discussing the vice presidential thing, not because I'm trying to be evasive but out of respect for Governor Romney," he told the reporter.

But then there's the time in April when the senator himself misspoke, referring to himself as vice president at a forum sponsored by the National Journal.

"Three, four, five, six years from now if I do a good job as vice president....I'm sorry," Rubio stumbled.

"No, that was not a Freudian slip," he backtracked. "When they ask you so much about a title, eventually it's going to seep its way into your commentary."

In light of such slips, it was surprising that on the day the senator launched a tour to promote his new book, reports were circulating that he hadn't yet been asked by the Romney campaign to fill out forms or disclose finances for a vice-presidential background check.

Some also found it puzzling since Romney currently trails President Obama by 40 points among Hispanic voters, and Rubio might be able to help close that gap.

"I think our answer, our story, and our message is that there is nothing more important in the Hispanic community than the burning desire -- I would say obsession -- with leaving your children better off than yourselves," Rubio said.

Some say that at age 41, Rubio is too young for the vice presidential slot. But his appearance with Romney earlier this year lit a political fire that probably won't be quenched until Romney himself rules him out.

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