1 of 8
Mike Carlson, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2011 file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks in Tampa, Fla. More than a year out from Election Day, all sorts of Republicans, including Jindal, are making a point of keeping themselves in the national spotlight, stoking speculation that they're positioning themselves as potential running mates for the eventual GOP presidential nominee.

WASHINGTON — There's the 2012 presidential campaign, and then there's the Campaign That Shall Not Be Known As a Campaign.

Comment on this story

What's that? It's the angling by prominent Republicans who hope to end up on the GOP ticket as the vice presidential candidate.

All sorts of Republicans are making a point of keeping themselves in the national spotlight. And that's stoking speculation that they're positioning themselves as potential running mates.

Among those being watched: Florida's Sen. Marc Rubio, governors in South Carolina, Virginia and Indiana and plenty of others.

It's too early to know who's really interested and who's just savoring a little extra attention. But it's already clear there is no shortage of ambitious Republicans.