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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., during a town hall-style meeting in Aston, Pa., on Monday.
The last time a republican contender for president picked a running mate it turned out to be one of the biggest stories of the election cycle. The Sarah Palin phenomenon is probably one that Mitt Romney is loath to repeat this time around, so who is on his list and what is he looking for in a vice-president?
Pundits are throwing around names like Rob Portman, a senator from Ohio who helped Romney bring home a win in that state’s primary and Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, who many had hoped would throw his hat in the ring from the Republican presidential nomination. Young guns like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are being considered. Romney took Rubio on the road this week, possibly to test out the young Florida Senator’s running-mate chops. Heavy hitters like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are also in play, along with former rival Rick Santorum.
So, who’s the smart money on? What do each of the possible veep picks bring to the table? And post-Palin, does the running mate mean more than it used to?
Mark Barabak, political correspondent for the Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist and former speech writer for Gov Pete Wilson