Reports are in that Marco Rubio–who was one of several names on Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential shortlist–was informed by the campaign that he would not be the pick.

It’s another sign pointing to a possible Paul Ryan vice presidential announcement early Saturday morning. Rubio rode into office on a grassroots wave and became one of the tea party’s favorite lawmakers. The buzz surrounding his name grew this week as speculation intensified as to who Romney would choose. Some believe that while Rubio would be a formidable pick, he is also too valuable a conservative fighter in the Senate to part with at this time.

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