10 people who won't be vice president
Why he won't be picked: For starters, he's currently the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Obama - and abruptly stepping down from that position to join Romney's ticket would undercut his reputation as putting country before politics. In addition, his national security credentials would move the focus in the race away from the economy, the issue Romney clearly wants to talk about. And then there's Petraeus' repeated avowal that he will never run for public office: In Manchester, N.H., in March 2010, he noted he's said "no" many times.
"I feel very privileged to be able to serve our country," he said. "I'm honored to continue to do that as long as I can contribute, but I will not, ever, run for political office, I can assure you. And again, we have said that repeatedly and I'm hoping that people realize at a certain point you say it so many times that you could never flip, and start your career by flip-flopping into it."
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