(CNN) – Forget about the speculation over who will win the Republican nomination next year. Maybe it's time to think about which rising GOP star will occupy the No. 2 spot on the ticket.
Most Republicans are coy when it comes to whether they'd accept the job if it was offered, but popular Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell isn't hiding the ball: he'd likely say yes.
"Probably," a succinct McDonnell responded Monday when asked by Virginia's NBC12 if it would be difficult to turn down an offer to join the GOP presidential ticket.
McDonnell, who was elected in 2009 and then quickly tapped to deliver the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union Address last year, added his focus still remains on Virginia and not on national ambitions.
Still, the Republican governor is enjoying a 57 approval rating, according to a recent poll, and quietly became one of the most sought after attractions on the GOP money circuit ahead of the midterm elections.
McDonnell also doesn't have to worry about deciding between running for reelection or pursuing another political position in 2012: Virginia governors are only permitted to serve one term.