Welcome to BuzzFeed Veepstakes, your daily guide to Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate.
Mitt Romney is in New York today before heading up to Boston.
Tim Pawlenty is passing through Boston tomorrow before heading up to New Hampshire for four scheduled events for Romney. No word on if he’s meeting with anyone from the campaign.
WSJ Siren: Why Not Paul Ryan. Editorial board joins conservative caucus for the budget chairman to be Romney’s veep. Reality check: It’s unlikely given the unpopularity of Ryan’s Medicare plan in a state Romney absolutely must win — Florida.
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Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Ryan’s prospects as VP pick widely debated
“In the crescendo of speculation over Mitt Romney’s choice for running mate, few names on the shortlist inspire such wildly different judgments as Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, the House budget chairman from Janesville whose national influence within his party has soared in recent years.”
The Daily Caller: ‘Throb Portman’ roasted in hilarious 1991 White House farewell party invitation
“When Rob Portman left his job as director of the Office of Legislative Affairs in the George H.W. Bush administration in 1991, his colleagues inside the White House had some fun at his expense when they sent out an invitation for a farewell party in his honor.”
USA Today: Wikipedia locks pages for potential Romney VPs
“Wikipedia has locked the pages of several Republicans being mentioned as possible running mates for Mitt Romney, perhaps as a response to some shenanigans from Stephen Colbert.”
The Washington Examiner: Obama camp asks Ohioans for oppo research on Portman
“From the makers of Attack Watch: The Obama campaign is mobilizing their grassroots base in Ohio to do opposition research on Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in case Mitt Romney makes him the Republican candidate for vice president.”
CNN: TRENDING: Portman: ‘I think I’ll end up being’ in the Senate
“Denver (CNN) – Ohio Sen. Rob Portman threw cold water on the idea of becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate on Wednesday, saying he thinks he’ll “end up staying” in the Senate. ‘I just got elected two years ago. I think that’s where I’m going to end up staying,’ Portman said when asked his thoughts about possibly leaving the Senate and becoming vice president.”
Nola: Gov. Bobby Jindal, two others to stump Colorado for Romney on Thursday
“BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal and two western state politicians join forces Thursday to stump Colorado for putative GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. A news release from the Romney campaign, confirmed by Jindal aides, sats the governor is expected to accompany U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez of Colorado, for the campaign swing.”
Politico: Rob Portman to deliver $500K to Mitt Romney
“As Mitt Romney closes in on picking a running mate, Sen. Rob Portman is about to deliver a halfmillion dollars to the campaign.
The Ohio Republican, a top vice presidential contender, headlined two Buckeye State fundraisers that were expected to pull in more than $500,000 for Romney Victory, two GOP sources with knowledge of the figures told POLITICO.”
Washington Post: Romney veep shortlisters Portman, Pawlenty to blitz Colorado, Michigan
“Ohio Sen. Rob Portman ® will stump for Mitt Romney in Colorado this week, becoming the latest potential vice-presidential contender to hit the trail for the presumptive GOP nominee amid intensifying speculation over who Romney will choose as his running mate.”
The Atlantic: The Risks and Rewards of Picking Rob Portman as Running Mate
“As Mitt Romney’s selection of a running mate looms, Rob Portman occupies a strange niche: He is the consensus prediction for the vice presidential nomination in the political class, but remains almost entirely unknown outside of Ohio.”
Time: How Can Rob Portman Win Ohio for Romney If Its Voters Don’t Know Who He Is?
“With Mitt Romney’s vice presidential selection expected in the next week or so, the insiders’ wisdom (read: What I saw on the Internet) points to two guys in the top tier of contention: Ohio’s Rob Portman and Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty. Here and elsewhere, the reasons Romney might want one of these midwesterners on the ticket have been well covered. But skimming through Nate Silver’s exegesis of all the potential picks’ home state polling, something really puzzled me about Portman, the longstanding favorite of Washington prognosticators.”
New York Magazine: Wikipedia Tries to Keep the Riffraff Out of Veepstakes Entries
“By now, everyone and their respective mothers, and probably fathers too, are aware that someone working for a certain android candidate for president might try to edit the Wikipedia entry of the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate before such a selection is announced and the nation’s lazy voters immediately flock to that person’s first Google result.”
Scary Stories from People Who’ve Survived Rob Portman’s Haunted Hotel
“Lightning strike! Ominous thunder! Unexplained creaking noises! Yahoo reports that the family of vice-presidential contender Rob Portman owns a haunted hotel called the Golden Lamb Inn. ‘Haunted how?,’ you didn’t ask. Haunted because people previously died there, one room contains ‘a bed full of creepy dolls,” and “the doors to the TV case pop open all the time and it’s not the latch.’”
Wall Street Journal: Pros and cons of leading Romney veep candidates:
How Pawlenty, Portman or Rubio could help or hurt Mitt Romney
“At some point in the next three weeks, Mitt Romney will lift the veil on his running mate, to the delight — or disappointment — of his fellow Republicans.”
Wall Street Journal: Romney can’t win on economic platitudes alone
“WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Mitt Romney’s choice of a running mate won’t save his campaign. The only one who can do that is the candidate himself. But the current speculation about potential vice presidential candidates is reminiscent of the flavor-of-the-week hype that marked the Republican primary campaign, when the party seemed anxious to have anyone but Romney.”
Wall Street Journal: Political Perceptions: Pros, Cons of Paul Ryan
“There’s been a bit of a boom lately in Rep. Paul Ryan’s stock as a potential running mate to Mitt Romney. It started with a column by Stephen F. Hayes and William Kristol of the Weekly Standard, which urged Mr. Romney to pick Mr. Ryan, of Wisconsin, or Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as the vice presidential nominee.”
Financial Times: Romney warned on ‘bold’ VP pick
“Mitt Romney’s approach to choosing his vice-presidential running-mate has much that mirrors his dealmaking background in private equity – it has been quiet, methodical and structured to gain a jump on the competition.”
New York Magazine: Reading the VP Tea Leaves: Paul Ryan Vacation Edition
“For hundreds of years, various cultures around the world have practiced the art of tasseography, in which the pattern of leaves at the bottom of a tea cup (or coffee grounds on the bottom of a coffee cup) are interpreted to predict fortunes. In politics, “reading the tea leaves” refers to the quest — usually the media’s — to find clues to some significant future event.”
The Atlantic: Why a Paul Ryan VP Selection Wouldn’t Add Up for Mitt Romney
“If whispers are any gauge — and who knows? — Rep. Paul Ryan seems to have made a late charge into the shortlist for Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential nominee. The New Yorker just published a long profile of the Wisconsin wonk, and he scored a high-profile boost over the weekend when The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Bill Kristol wrote a plea for either Ryan or Marco Rubio to be the running mate.”
The New Republic: Why The Palin Fiasco Argues FOR Kelly Ayotte
“I’ve generally avoided the veepstakes—better, it seemed, to focus on matters such as what’ll happen to the nearly 100,000 Ohio voters who went to the polls on the final pre-Election Day weekend in 2008 but won’t be able to do so this year. But as Romney’s big day draws near, I’ll offer one pet theory of mine: that the pundits are wrongly counting out Kelly Ayotte, the new senator from New Hampshire.”
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