Rubio to headline Cantor’s Richmond event Friday

There’s already one leading Republican vice presidential contender in Richmond, and now another is coming to town.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, widely considered a rising star in the GOP, will be in Virginia’s capital Friday morning to serve as the keynote speaker at House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R) annual campaign breakfast.

The event, which will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, will be open to the media. Rubio is often mentioned as a top contender for the No. 2 slot on the Republican ticket in November, as is Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R).

In fact, McDonnell was the guest speaker at Cantor’s 2011 campaign breakfast, which reportedly drew 1,500 attendees. No word on whether the third man on the list of frequently cited running mates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), will be visiting Richmond anytime soon.

Cantor gave Rubio a boost during the Floridian’s 2010 campaign, endorsing him in the midst of his heated Republican primary fight against Gov. Charlie Crist.

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