TAMPA (CNN) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention when the former Massachusetts governor officially accepts his party's presidential nomination later this month in Tampa, a senior Republican official told CNN.
Rubio, who was elected in 2010, is well regarded by conservatives and tea party activists. Earlier this year, Romney had said that he was looking at Rubio as possible vice presidential running mate. Romney, instead, chose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan this weekend to join him on the GOP ticket.
Rubio, who campaigned with Romney in Florida on Monday, told CNN that he thinks the former Massachusetts governor made the right choice in choosing Ryan. The Tampa Bay Times was the first to report that Rubio would be given this prime speaking role.
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