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This is a game-changer, y'all. Herman Cain won't rule out becoming the vice-presidential nominee:
"I would say: 'Let's talk,'" he told Fox and Friends, when asked how he would react to a request. "It's not a slam-dunk."
Cain feels that Mitt Romney can't choose another northeastern governor like New Jersey's Chris Christie, and that the country is not ready for another Bush, in the form of former Florida governor Jeb, and that Newt Gingrich just wouldn't bring the needed level of excitement to the ticket.
What Romney needs, according to Cain, is someone who will bring the excitement and appeal to conservatives by bringing in ideas from the campaigns of Romney's conservative former competitors for the nomination. He's thinking Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or Rep. Allen West. Except, well, Rubio has said he doesn't want the job, so that pretty much leaves Allen West.
So, in conclusion: Herman Cain thinks Mitt Romney needs a vice presidential nominee who is conservative specifically in the manner of a former presidential candidate, who is exciting, and who shares traits—not saying what those are—with Allen West or Marco Rubio. And if you ask him really nicely, Herman Cain will consider taking the job.
Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 06:56 AM PDT.