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February 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

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GOP strategist touts McMorris Rodgers as possible VP pick

WASHINGTON -- Could Spokane's U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers become the stealth Republican vice presidential pick?

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are still duking it out for the presidential nomination. But one Republican strategist is floating McMorris Rodgers' name for the GOP ticket, according to a story in the The Daily Caller.

The conservative online news site quotes veteran strategist Kellyanne Conway as calling McMorris Rodgers a compelling potential pick who would offer an element of surprise without being shockingly out of the left field. Conway, according to The Daily Caller, was among the first to throw out Sarah Palin's name as a possible VP pick in 2008.

McMorris Rodgers is telegenic, solidly conservative and is a member of the House Republican leadership as the conference vice chair. Still, she has a lower profile than many of the House Republicans' leading voices, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

McMorris Rodgers, who was elected in 2004, has one distinct claim to fame: she's the only woman ever to give birth twice while serving in Congress. Her first child was born with Down syndrome.

McMorris Rodgers sounded skeptical of the speculation, tellingThe Daily Caller that “It’s hard for me to imagine the nominee would actually approach me, you know?”

Asked for her reaction to the article, Todd Winer, McMorris Rodgers' spokesman, said, "it's way to early to speculate on that. Rep. McMorris Rodgers is 100 percent focused on representing the people of Eastern Washington and being a conservative reformer for America."

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