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Mitt Romney To Announce Running Mate Saturday

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
August 11, 2012

The Romney campaign says in press release that he will announce his choice of a running mate Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., at the Nauticus Museum following a tour of the USS Wisconsin.

There has been a lot of speculation about who Romney’s choice will be, with recent short lists mentioning Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as potential picks.

The Associated Press reports on the recent attention Ryan has received:

“Speculation has focused in recent days on Ryan, the seven-term congressman. Conservative pundits have been urging Romney to choose Ryan in large part because of his authorship of a House-backed budget plan that seeks to curb overall entitlement spending and changes Medicaid into a voucher-like system to save costs.”

The New York Times reports that both Pawlenty and Portman received phone calls thanking them for their cooperation in the vetting process and their help with his campaign effort, but that they were not Romney’s pick. The Times goes on to also speculate about a Ryan pick:

“Three senior Republicans said that the location of the announcement at the U.S.S. Wisconsin on Saturday was a clever hint by the Romney campaign that Mr. Ryan, the chairman of the Budget Committee, has emerged as a leading contender for the position.

Two top advisers to Mr. Romney declined to provide more details late Friday, saying that Mr. Romney valued the secretive process that has been carried out throughout the four-month search for a running mate.

If Mr. Romney chooses Mr. Ryan, one of the leading figures of the fiscal conservative movement, the pair would present a Republican ticket that offers a sharp distinction for voters to decide which party has the better answer to tackle the country’s deep financial burdens.”

The announcement is scheduled for 9 a.m. EDT, and will kick off a four-day bus tour through several swing states: Virginia, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.

NPR will carry live coverage of the announcement with analysis to follow on Weekend Edition Saturday and on NPR.org. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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