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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida

Florida's Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has said a couple of times in the last week that he has no intention of running for vice president with GOP presidential nominee-apparent Mitt Romney, but that hasn't stopped the speculation that he still might.

His seeming Freudian slip this week during a meeting with press didn't help: "If in four, five, six, seven years from now, if I do a good job as vice president - I'm sorry, as senator - I'll have the chance to do all sorts of things." It prompted laughs and of yes, more speculation.

Rubio is one of a few potential veep picks, among them former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But Bush, while he said he'd consider it, passed the buck back to Rubio in a recent interview, calling Rubio "possibly the best" choice.

The bulk of the nation's Latino voters might be harder to convince. In spite of a recent turnabout that has included developing a stripped-down version of the Development, Relief and Education for Immigrant Minors (DREAM) Act without a clear path to citizenship, Rubio is still remembered for his tough talk on immigration in 2010. He also belongs to specific subset of Latino voters, i.e. conservative Cuban American South Floridians, who have relatively little in common politically with most Latino voters in other parts of the country.