Florida Republican Rep. Allen West, who’s been cited by both Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley as a potentially “good” vice presidential nominee, told CNN’s Kyra Phillips he’d strongly consider the VP nod if he were offered it. The future is hard to predict, he noted, but he said he’d find it humbling to be considered qualified for such a high office and he prides himself on serving his country in whatever capacity he can (h/t Erika Johnsen):

The money line came when Kyra asked him if he likes Mitt Romney. “I’ve never been on a dinner date with him … so I don’t know if I would like him,” West says candidly.

As much as I like the Florida congressman whose outspoken opinions are almost always refreshingly right on, I can’t help but agree with him when he says he’s highly doubtful that Mitt Romney will ask him to be the vice presidential nominee.

Right now, the veepstakes suspense doesn’t center around whether West is really a contender: It centers around whether Mitt Romney can afford to not ask Marco Rubio, whether Romney would actually make the election about the Paul Ryan budget and whether Rob Portman’s as sure a thing as GOP strategists suggest.