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Rubio Insists No. 2 Slot Not for Him

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been at the top of many prognosticators’ lists as the man to be a vice presidential candidate on the 2012 GOP ticket. But he’s insisting it won’t be him, despite a flub that had him citing his performance “as vice president.”

At an event hosted by National Journal, he said he wouldn’t take the position even if Mitt Romney, the leading candidate for the GOP nod for president, says he needs him.

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He slipped a minute later, saying, “If in four to five years, if I do a good job as vice president – I’m sorry, as a senator. … If I do a good job as a senator, instead of a vice president, I’ll have a chance to do all sorts of things.”

The first-term senator has been cited repeatedly as a potential GOP vice presidential candidate, even though a document found in the National Archives raises questions about whether he actually is qualified constitutionally to serve as president or vice president.

The Petition for Naturalization on behalf of Mario Rubio, the senator’s Cuban father, has been retrieved from the National Archives and posted online by the PixelPatriot website, confirming that Marco Rubio was about four years old when his parents became U.S. citizens. Specifically, Mario Rubio was naturalized as an American citizen in 1975, based on the Sept. 9, 1975, date on the petition; Marco Rubio was born in 1971.

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