Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is apparently out of the running to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, while Florida Senator Marco Rubio is very much in the mix.
Rubio became the focus of more vice presidential talk on Tuesday when Romney took the unusual step of debunking an ABC News report.
Reporter Jonathan Karl said the Romney camp hadn’t vetted Rubio as a potential running mate.
Previously, Romney had refused to comment on the VP hunt, but he was blunt with reporters on Tuesday as he shot down the ABC report.
“I can’t imagine who such people are, but I can tell you this: They know nothing about the vice presidential selection or evaluation process,” Romney said Tuesday evening. “The story was entirely false. Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process.”
Karl then responded to Romney on ABC.com and said Romney was being pressured into considering Rubio.
“First, I stand by my reporting,” Karl said. “As of 9 a.m. this morning, Marco Rubio had not been asked by the Romney campaign to turn over any documents related to the vice presidential search. He had not been asked to fill out any questionnaires. If Romney was “thoroughly vetting” Rubio, he was doing it without Rubio’s knowledge.”
Rubio and Ohio Senator Rob Portman are considered leading candidates for the nomination.
Daniels was also on the theoretical “short list” along with Tim Pawlenty and Bobby Jindal.
But Daniels will heading to Purdue to be its new president when his term as Indiana’s governor expires.
The Romney camp has made great strides to keep the vice president hunt out of the spotlight, with only a handful of advisers involved in the process.
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