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Plane carrying Rubio makes emergency landing in NM

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An airport official says a small plane carrying U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife made an emergency landing in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Aviation Police Chief Marshall Katz says no one was injured when the plane landed Saturday afternoon at Albuquerque International Sunport. Airport spokesman Daniel Jiron says the Cessna Citation 10 had been bound for Des Moines, Iowa, after departing from Las Vegas.

The Republican had tweeted that he was en route to a Mitt Romney rally in Iowa. He posted later that he gave a speech via cell phone.

Rubio told KOB-TV that the plane had a mechanical issue and joked that it was fine with him to land in a swing state.

Romney has said he is considering the first-term senator as a running mate.

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