Courting Marco

by Robert Costa

The junior senator from Florida stays mum on his VP prospects:

“I really don’t believe that he is looking to be [vice president],” says Jose Mallea, a Rubio confidant who managed his 2010 campaign. “There is no strategy session going on behind closed doors about how to become [Romney’s pick]. He is not looking for that.”

“Now, I haven’t spoken to him directly about it, but every time we have a conversation, it’s about ideas and policies — about the direction of the country,” Mallea says. “That’s what drives him, and that’s what he enjoys talking about — that, and discussing the upcoming NFL draft.”