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Herman Cain on Monday offered up his pick for who Mitt Romney should select as his running mate: Rep. Allen West, a first-term Florida congressman who has also been touted as potential vice presidential nominee by Sarah Palin.
During an appearance on conservative radio host Steve Gill's show, the one-time GOP front-runner said that despite West's relative inexperience in Washington, he would be an "excellent choice" for the job.
"He is well-spoken; he is direct," Cain said of West. "People in Florida love him; he has a huge following. ... Florida is going to be one of those key states [in the fall]. But more importantly, Col. Allen West is a dedicated patriot. He has served in the military, and he is willing to serve his country some more."
Politico points out that Cain’s suggestion comes one week after Palin name-dropped West as a potential "rogue" VP pick for the GOP's presidential nominee. West doesn’t seem opposed to being on Romney's short list—he told CNN last week that he would be open to joining the GOP ticket "if it was the right fit."