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2012 Veepstakes

2012 Veepstakes
The 9 most surprising VP picks in history: A slideshow

History's 9 most surprising VP picks: A slideshow

Presidential candidates often choose unconventional running mates to shake up a stagnant campaign or placate critics... for better or worse

 
2012 Veepstakes
Rob Portman, (R-Ohio) introduces Mitt Romney in Cincinnati, Ohio on Feb. 20: Much anticipation has built around who Romney will pick as his running mate, but who he chooses could actually work against him, some say.

Will Mitt Romney's VP pick make a difference?

Romney is reportedly on the verge of naming his running mate, and the press is breathless with anticipation. But maybe it's time to chill

 
2012 Veepstakes
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): A lethally uninspiring Veep pick?

Romney's VP pick: 4 reasons a 'boring white guy' would hurt the GOP ticket

The conventional wisdom is that Mitt Romney is about to announce a safe, bland, and white running mate. Here's why he shouldn't

 
2012 Veepstakes
He may have a buttoned-up exterior, but Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is a keen outdoorsman who once smuggled a kayak into China to brave the Yangtze River.

Rob Portman's haunted hotel and 3 more surprises about the VP frontrunner

The Ohio senator is often pigeonholed as a "boring white guy" — but the VP finalist has plenty of quirks that buck the label

 
2012 Veepstakes
Dick Cheney had this to say of Sarah Palin's VP nomination: "I don't think she passed that test... of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake."

Dick Cheney dismisses Sarah Palin as 'a mistake': 4 takeaways

Cheney — who knows a thing or two about the VP selection process — says he isn't a fan of Sen. John McCain's 2008 pick. Does he have a hidden agenda?

 
2012 Veepstakes
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who was reportedly "thoroughly vetted" as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney, may have been asked about his history with sadomasochism.

Inside the VP vetting process: A guide to the invasive questions

The rigorous process has been equated with being given a colonoscopy — with the Hubble telescope. And under Romney, it has only gotten more intense

 
2012 Veepstakes
Whether Mitt Romney goes with a safe choice, like Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), or a shocker, the presumptive Republican nominee may want to hold off the announcement until the convention.

Should Mitt Romney hurry up and name his VP?

The GOP presidential candidate, facing a barrage of negative headlines, is reportedly considering naming his running mate early. Smart idea?

 
2012 Veepstakes
Condoleezza Rice could boost Mitt Romney's White House run with women and minorities, but her ties to former president George W. Bush may be a strong deterrent for independents.

4 reasons Mitt Romney won't pick Condi Rice as VP

The former secretary of State is reportedly a frontrunner to be Romney's running mate, but many doubt she's right for the ticket

 
2012 Veepstakes
Mitt Romney campaigns with New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (right) and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in January 2012: The two politicians may be on Romney's short list for V.P.

Should Mitt Romney choose a female VP?

Ann Romney says her husband is considering a female running mate, making some worry that Mitt could repeat the mistakes John McCain made in 2008

 
2012 Veepstakes
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: The latest rumor about Mitt Romney's VP search is that Pawlenty is now a frontrunner, up against Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

Tim Pawlenty: The new VP frontrunner?

The former Minnesota governor and onetime Romney rival is earning a lot of veepstakes buzz, but Pawlenty could get overlooked — yet again

 
2012 Veepstakes
Freshman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was once favored to snag the VP spot, but has since reportedly been knocked off the short-list in favor of more experienced politicians.

Why Marco Rubio isn't being vetted for VP: 5 theories

Despite being heralded as a perfect No. 2 for Romney's ticket, the handsome Latino senator from Florida is reportedly not even being considered for the job

 
2012 Veepstakes
Mitt Romney spent the most time on his bus tour with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: Here, they address a crowd in Cornwall, Pa.

Mitt Romney's 'VP tryout extravaganza': Rating the contenders

Romney's five-day bus tour through six swing states doubled as a public audition for potential running mates. How did they do?

 
2012 Veepstakes
Mitt Romney appears with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to address the press at Mustang Expediting on April 23 in Aston, Penn. Though he went on a mini tour with Romney, Rubio has said, "I don't want to be the vice president."

The 8 best 'I won't be Romney's running mate' lines

Whether or not they want the job, Republicans on the short list to be named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate have to say no — again and again

 
2012 Veepstakes
The youthful Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal damaged his national political prospects with a shaky response to President Obama's 2009 congressional address.

Bobby Jindal: A sudden VP frontrunner?

An endorsement from powerful anti-tax activist Grover Norquist thrusts the Louisiana governor to the head of the GOP veepstakes pack. Does he belong there?

 
2012 Veepstakes
Romney speaks at a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Penn., on May 4: The Romney campaign is reportedly terrified of choosing a VP candidate who will outshine Romney, or make him look bad.

Should Mitt Romney pick an 'incredibly boring white guy' for VP?

That's what a GOP official tells Politico, saying Romney is desperate to avoid making the same mistake that Sen. John McCain made with Sarah Palin in 2008

 
2012 Veepstakes
Mike Huckabee has been "out of office for five years, resides on a beach in the Florida panhandle, and hosts a television show," says Robert Costa at National Review. And he's also a prime VP candidate.

Veepstakes: 4 reasons Mitt Romney might pick Mike Huckabee

Pundits are buzzing over the possibility that the former Arkansas governor and GOP A-lister could be Mitt's running mate. What would he bring to the ticket?

 
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