Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., center, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has heard all the talk about joining a ticket with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Rubio says that until now, the talk about picking a running mate has been theoretical. But now that Romney's path is clear, Rubio says "it'd be wise for all Republicans to kind of respect that process, myself included."
The Cuban-American and freshman lawmaker says Romney has made good decisions in his business and political career and "he's going to make a great choice" for a running mate.
Rubio tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he's not going to discuss the search any more. He says the last thing Romney needs is to have "us in the peanut gallery ... saying what we would or would not do."