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Vice President Rubio, Secretary of State Pawlenty, and Attorney General Ayotte

3:01 PM, Dec 13, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The boss this morning took the stage with Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. Smiling, and in good cheer, the boss noted that he and Ayotte had a “tough act to follow—Vice President Rubio and Secretary of State Pawlenty.”

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Tim Pawlenty had just walked off stage at the Foreign Policy Initiative's annual conference. Bob Kagan, who was moderating the discussion with the former Minnesota governor, mentioned his disappointment that Pawlenty--who is knowledgeable and well versed in foreign policy--had dropped out of the Republican presidential primary. Kagan recommended that a future Republican president consider Pawlenty to be secretary of state.

Marco Rubio, the Florida senator, is of course the odds on favorite to be the vice presidential nominee this year, regardless of who the Republican nominee eventually is.

But after the boss had finished moderating a conversation with Ayotte, it became clear that at least one more future Republican administration official might have just spoken—Attorney General Kelly Ayotte.

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