The Republican vice presidential sweepstakes is swinging fast these days. It’s playing out everywhere from Florida (think Sen. Marco Rubio) to Wisconsin (think Rep. Paul Ryan). But win or lose this time around Rubio has a tight grip on the party’s future because he is the great Latino hope for a party that desperately needs the Latino vote to avoid sinking into oblivion.

Rubio has been called the “crown prince of the Tea Party” and the “Michael Jordan of Republican Politics.”

GOP stalwarts like Jeb Bush, Sarah Palin and John McCain have all expressed enthusiasm for the idea of adding Rubio’s star power to the ticket.

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