Veep watch: Rubio to deliver ‘major speech’ on foreign policy

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Marco Rubio insists he’s not angling to be Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate, but his schedule this week might indicate otherwise.

After stumping with Romney on Monday, the Florida senator will now “deliver a major speech on the future of U.S. foreign policy at an event hosted by The Brookings Institution” on Wednesday, according to a news release from his office.

“Rubio’s remarks will focus on whether U.S. global leadership is sustainable and even necessary in the 21st century,” the release said.

The announcement of the foreign policy speech comes after Rubio spent Monday campaigning with Romney at a town hall in Aston, Pennsylvania. (FREUDIAN SLIP? Rubio refers to himself as ‘vice president’)

Rubio is often mentioned as an ideal pick for Romney, but the Floridian has repeatedly denied that he’s interested. On Sunday, however, he told CNN’s Candy Crowley he wouldn’t answer any more hypothetical questions about being selected.

“I’m not even going to discuss the process anymore,” Rubio said. “I’m going to be respectful of the process he’s put in place.”

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