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Doesn't Anyone Want to Be Vice President?
The Associated Press | April 04, 2012 | 04:49 PM EDT

Tag. I'm not it. Republicans considered to be up-and-comers are scrambling to declare a lack of interest in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate, taking themselves off the still-forming short list of would-be vice presidents.

With Romney poised to win the GOP nomination in June, if not earlier, some of the focus has shifted to his pick for the No. 2 spot on the ticket. But no one is rushing forward and many of the top prospects are trying to shut down the conversation before it begins.

"I'm not going to be the vice president," Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday."If offered any position by Governor Romney, I would say no," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told The Associated Press a day earlier.

"I've taken myself off the list," former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said recently.

"It's humbling, but I'm not interested," New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said.

It's not that bad of a job, is it? Well, it depends. John Nance Garner, who was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's vice president, described the job as "not worth a bucket of warm spit," among other characterizations.

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