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Who Will Romney Choose As His VP?

Who Will Romney Choose As His VP?

WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- We are just 17 days away from the start of the Republican National Convention, and everyone wants to know who will be on that stage in Tampa as Mitt Romney’s running mate.   

Romney isn’t giving away his VP secret just yet.

“I will absolutely decide and announce my running mate before the third day of the Republican Convention in August, but other than that I have nothing for you,” Romney told a crowd of supporters.

This week, the Republican National Committee announced a list of convention headline speakers.  Those people likely won’t be the VP pick:  South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Condoleezza rice, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  

So, who’s left?  The four names at the top of the list are Senators Rob Portman of Ohio and Marco Rubio of Florida, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. 

In Ohio this week, a Portman supporter couldn’t help but ask the senator the question, but Portman’s response has been the same time and again. 

“I'm in the Senate- I just got elected two years ago. I think that's where I'm going to end up staying,” said Portman. 

Pawlenty says it’s honor to be considered.

“The main issue here isn’t the VP process or who’s going to be VP.  The main issue is what are we going to do to get this country and this economy moving again, and provide jobs for people,” said Pawlenty.

Political analysts say Romney will go for someone who can bring a piece of the Republican base along with them.   Whatever he’s looking for - there’s only one way to find out Romney’s VP pick – hurry up and wait!

Romney kicks off a bus tour Saturday in Virginia.   He will then travel to North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio. 

The Romney campaign has launched an iPhone app called “Mitt’s VP,” which will alert users to his pick via push notification.