There was substantial agreement at a roundtable of political reporters at the Washington Ideas Forum that Mitt Romney is the likely Republican presidential nominee and that Herman Cain, who has recently surged in national polls, stands little chance of winning the nomination.

As well, reporters repeatedly pointed to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida as the ideal Republican vice presidential pick, and weren't ready to discount Texas Gov. Rick Perry's prospects, thanks to his significant fundraising ability.

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Participating in the panel were The Atlantic's Molly Ball, National Journal's Marc Ambinder, ABC News' Jonathan Karl, Fox News Channel analyst Juan Williams and Mark Liebovich of The New York Times. Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson queried the reporters at what was the closing event of the public portion of the forum's first day.

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