CIA spokesman Preston Golson dismissed any notion that director David Petraeus would be Mitt Romney’s running mate on the Republican ticket this fall. Here’s what Golson told Politico’s Josh Gerstein:“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.”
Petraeus speculation shot up after Matt Drudge reported earlier Tuesday that President Barack Obama thinks Romney wants to tab Petraeus as his running mate. From Drudge:
President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot!
“The president wasn’t joking,” the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT.
A Petraeus drama has been quietly building behind the scenes.
Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.
Press secretary Jay Carney, when asked about the Drudge report of Petraeus in his press briefing today, told reporters to be “mindful” of their sources.
“I can say with absolute confidence that such an assertion has never been uttered by the president,” Carney said. “And I’ll say again, be mindful of your sources.”
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