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Gen. Petraeus Spokesman Shoots Down Romney VP Rumors


"He will not seek elected office."


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CIA Director David Petraeus won't be Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick.

A spokesman for the spy chief and former Iraq and Afghanistan combat commander told reporters Tuesday that Petraeus has no plans to run for any elected office, despite a report that Romney wants him to be his running mate.

"Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position and, as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office," CIA spokesman Preston Golson said, according to Politico.

The denial comes after the Drudge Report said President Barack Obama "whispered to a top fundraiser" earlier this week that he believes the presumptive Republican presidential nominee wants Petraeus on the ticket.

According to Drudge, Romney is "believed to have secretly met" with Petraeus in New Hampshire. Government officials said that was false, according to Reuters. White House press secretary Jay Carney even took a shot at Drudge, telling a reporter who asked about the Petraeus possibility to "be mindful of your sources."

This is the second time there has been a flurry of vice presidential speculation. Last month, a similar exclusive speculated Romney was seriously considering former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She has since said she would not take the job.

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