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ABC’s Jonathan Karl Reports Romney Team Is Touting Tim Pawlenty, Marco Rubio Not Being Vetted

ABC’s Jonathan Karl appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday to further discuss his report that Florida Senator Marco Rubio is not being vetted for the role of Mitt Romney‘s running mate.

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Karl noted that this development is a surprise given all the buzz surrounding Rubio, whom host George Stephanopoulos noted had been described as the “most electrifying” and “most solid” of the crop.

That said, Rubio has not been asked to fill out even preliminary forms or to turn over any background materials.

Stephanopoulos then noted that other GOP politicians are being considered for the role, Paul Ryan and Tim Pawlenty among them — adding that the Romney people are searching for someone who is a “safe choice.”

“That’s right,” Karl agreed. “And I’ll tell you right now, the person I would put at the very top of that list, George, is Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota. The Romney team says that he has been their most effective surrogate out there on the campaign trail.”

“Also fully vetted,” Stephanopoulos pointed out.

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