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Marco Rubio greeted like a celebrity at the RNC

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Sen. Marco Rubio is surrounded by reporters during a tour of the convention floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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Republicans gather in Tampa, Florida to officially nominate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, as the party's candidates for the 2012 presidential election.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio was often discussed as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney. Though he didn't get the honor, he'll have an important role in the Republican National Convention on Thursday night when he introduces Romney. Today the press greeted him in a way that recognizes his importance in the party, and the importance of the Latino vote. 

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