Rubio praises 2012 presidential field, lists strengths for Huntsman, Perry, Romney

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ticked off the strengths of a number of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

Speaking on Sean Hannity's radio show on Friday Rubio said that the current field is strong. Rubio then listed the strengths of a number of the 2012 field. Rubio said that, despite falling somewhat in the polls, Texas Gov. Rick Perry still has "a lot of fight left in him." Rubio said that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney "really improved a lot since the last time he ran." He also said that "a lot of my friends" support former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who originally headquartered presidential campaign in Florida.

Additionally, Rubio praised former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who in the 1990s was considered the ideas man of the Republican Party, as an extremely smart politician. He said that there was no question Gingrich had been asked in the debates that he didn't have an answer for.

Rubio is widely considered to be the top pick for whoever win the Republican nomination. Despite this he has repeatedly stressed that he would not be asked to be on the 2012 presidential ticket.

Still, speculation has endured. In September, Rubio gave a major foreign policy speech in North Carolina, a likely battleground state in the 2012 election.

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