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Marco Rubio receives Jeb Bush endorsement for vice president

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Marco Rubio. Credit: AP/file.

By Paul Singer, USA TODAY

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush says Sunshine State Sen. Marco Rubio would be the best vice presidential candidate to run with Mitt Romney.

In an interview with the conservative website Newsmax, Bush, the son of one former president and the brother of another, said, "I am a great admirer of Mitt Romney's and I'm a huge fan of Marco Rubio's, and I think the combination would be extraordinary."

Rubio has said on several occasions that he is not interested in the vice presidential nomination, but he mains a top choice among Republicans in national polls. Bush said, "Among many great candidates for vice-president, I think Marco's probably the best."

Bush has been considered a possible VP pick for Romney but he downplayed his own candidacy. "Well, I'd consider it, but I doubt I'll get a call, and I don't know if it's the right thing for me to do," he told Newsmax. "I didn't run for president for a similar kind of reason, so I'm all in to try to help him get elected."

Other people Bush said would make good candidates: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Associated Press

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