June 20, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters Tuesday that “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process,” for selection of a running mate.  The comments came after rumors circulated that the popular, 41-year-old Florida senator was not even being considered for the position.

Rubio has sparked intense interest from grassroots Republicans across the nation and is believed by many to be a key component to Romney’s campaign against Barack Obama. 

On Thursday Rubio delivered the keynote address to a packed house at the Faith and Freedom Coalition, giving attendees a taste of his speaking prowess and conservative appeal. 

Speaking about the constitutionally guaranteed rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Rubio noted that these rights are “our rights as given to us by our Creator.”

“Every single human being born and unborn is endowed with certain rights that no government and no leader has the right to deny you,” said Rubio. 

“Any government that denies you these rights is an illegitimate government,” he added to applause.

“If you live an a society that has no faith, if you live in a society that teaches or encourages the belief that there is no God, then what’s the source of your rights? If there is no Creator, then what’s the source of your liberty? A piece of paper? … It reminds us that you cannot have your freedom without your faith because the source of your freedom is your faith.”

Rubio argued: “That’s what’s at the heart and soul of what we’re arguing about in modern American politics. We are arguing about what the source of our freedom is.”

Rubio also raised the stature of the family and limited government in a challenge to all Americans. “We believe government is an important institution in society; it’s just not the most important institution in society,” he said. “And it’s a reminder of those of us who serve here in Washington, that while our job is very important, and what I do in the U.S. senate matters—matters a lot—what I do at home matters more.”

Concluding the point he said: “My job as a father, as a husband, as a member of my church, as a member of my community, as a neighbor, matters more than virtually anything I could ever hope to do in the United States Senate. And that’s not just true for me, it’s true for you, because if you want to see the true face of American greatness, you won’t find it in her politics; you’ll always find it in her people. In the everyday stories of everyday people, who, even as I speak to you, are literally changing the lives of others, one person at a time.”

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Asked for his response to reports that he was being considered as Romney’s running mate, Rubio told Fox News: “I’m not commenting on the vice-presidential process,” he said. “That’s been basically what we’ve said the whole time because, out of respect for Gov. Romney, the last thing he needs is to have to be addressing questions about this because really the campaign’s not about that.”