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Off the Dem reservation: Bill Richardson admits he's 'afraid' of Marco Rubio

Another Democrat's going off script.

This time, it's about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a vice-presidential shortlister who seemed to be fading from Mitt Romney's shorter list a few weeks ago. Since then, though, Romney's repeatedly invoked Rubio's story as the son of immigrants and now former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, has given Rubio what amounts to an endorsement by noting that the Cuban-American Republican would be a threat on a national ticket. That puts Richardson at odds with the liberal talking points, echoed by many in the northeast media, that Rubio isn't ready, etc.

Here's the Univision report:

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says that he is afraid of Marco Rubio’s ability to cut into President Obama’s Latino support. 

Richardson, a Mexican-American who ran against Obama in 2008 for the Democratic presidential nomination, said that the freshman Florida senator is one of the Republican Party’s fastest-rising stars who could make the GOP more appealing to Latino voters both in this election and in future ones.

“I like him. And yes, I’m afraid of him because I think he is an attractive politician, well prepared. And he is Cuban-American and to me that is positive,” Richardson said in an interview on Univision’s Al Punto. “Because I want all Hispanics in the Republican Party, in the Democratic Party, whether Latin Americans, Central Americans, Cubans, Mexicans, I want us to unite.”