An adviser to Mitt Romney confirmed an earlier report that the campaign is not seriously vetting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the Washington Post reports.
ABC News reported earlier Tuesday that the Romney campaign had not requested any documents from Rubio or asked him to fill out any questionnaires. An outside Romney adviser confirmed to the account to the Post, leaving on the table the idea that Rubio could be more seriously considered at a later date.
A second adviser who works directly for the campaign also confirmed to the Post that the campaign had only conducted a preliminary review of Rubio.
Before the Post's confirmation, Republican pundit and Rubio ally Ana Navarro suggested the leak came from the Romney campaign and told BuzzFeed it was a bad move:
"The bottom line is someone in Romney campaign spoke out of turn," she said. "Whether it's true or false, who knows. But it sure was dumb. It's going [to] take 'em off their messaging for the day/bus tour and they're gonna have to do some damage control. They unnecessarily dissed a very popular figure of the conservative base and the most prominent Hispanic Republican. Romney has nothing to gain from this."