Marco Rubio downplays VP speculation

Marco Rubio may be the most talked about potential vice presidential candidate for the GOP ticket in 2012, but he’s playing coy about it.

“I have no interest in serving as vice president for anyone who could possibly live all eight years of the presidency,” Rubio, a U.S. Senator from Florida, said to laughter Tuesday night.

He made the remarks during a speech at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Rubio aides characterized the California speech as the second in a series of three major addresses by Rubio this year.

Rubio, in his speech, praised what former President Ronald Reagan did when he was in office and said “if defining the proper role of government was one of the central issues of the Reagan era, it remains that now.” (OPINION: Who’s scared of Marco Rubio?)

“We have the opportunity — within our lifetime — to actually craft a proper role for government in our nation that will allow us to come closer than any Americans have ever come to our collective vision of a nation where both prosperity and compassion exist side-by-side,” he said.