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Mormon Romney unfazed by Democrat's polygamy remark

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shrugged off a Democratic governor's remark that a history of polygamy in the Romney family could hurt his chances of being elected.

Romney told Fox News Friday that his grandfather did not have multiple wives as Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said in an interview. The Republican did not mention that his great-grandfather had more than one wife.

Romney is a Mormon, and plural marriage was a teaching of the church in the 19th century.

The online news site The Daily Beast reported Schweitzer's comments. He said in an interview Thursday that Romney could have trouble nationally because his father was "born on a polygamy commune in Mexico."

But it was Mitt Romney's great-grandfather, Miles P. Romney, who had multiple wives, not his grandfather.

Meanwhile, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday he'd consider running as vice president with Romney, but doubts he'll ever be asked.

Bush told the conservative website Newsmax that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is "probably the best" choice to share the ticket with Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Bush said he hopes the freshman senator is offered the No. 2 slot and accepts it.

Rubio has said repeatedly that he isn't interested in leaving the Senate.

In another development, President Obama's re-election effort enjoyed a 10-to-1 financial edge over Romney last month, out-raising the former Massachusetts governor by millions as Obama stuffed more than $104 million into his campaign war chest, according to financial reports released Friday.

A nasty battle between Romney and his GOP rivals took a financial toll on his presidential campaign, which raised $12.6 million in March and left Romney with about $10 million in the bank by month's end.

All told, Obama and the Democratic Party raised a combined $53 million in donations during that period, while Romney with his party pulled in about half of that.

Still, an anticipated fire hose of cash from major Republican "super" political committees and the Republican Party is likely to bring some financial parity to the general election, for which Romney only recently started collecting donations.

Super PACs like American Crossroads and its nonprofit arm, Crossroads GPS, raised $100 million this election cycle, and the groups plan to flood the airwaves in coming months with ads critical of Obama.

In Scottsdale, Ariz., Romney on Friday all but seized control of the Republican Party, rallying party leaders from around the country with a vow to draft every one of his many rivals into waging the campaign against Obama and the Democrats.

Party leaders gave Romney a hero's welcome and, with 2008 nominee John McCain there to salute him, he treated his appearance as a passing of the baton. He was the only candidate who appeared at the gathering.

After saluting all the GOP rivals he's faced during the primary season, Romney said, "Each is going to play a vital role in making sure that we win in November," though not all have yet endorsed him.

"Now the great work begins," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who presided over the three-day meeting of state party leaders and state-based members of the Republican National Committee.

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