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PAUL RYAN U.S.Congressman, Wisconsin Having already declined a (Credit: AP)

PAUL RYAN

U.S.Congressman, Wisconsin

Having already declined a presidential run, Ryan has been the GOP's figurehead on budget issues as the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

(Feb. 16, 2012)

Mitt Romney's options for VP

A look at a pool of candidates that GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may consider to be his vice president before the Republican National Convention in August.

KELLY AYOTTE U.S. Senator, New Hampshire The freshman
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KELLY AYOTTE

U.S. Senator, New Hampshire

The freshman senator says she'd be flattered if considered, but is committed to representing New Hampshire. As a running mate, she could attract the vote of women and help gain delegates in New Hampshire, a key swing state.

(Jan. 6, 2011)

CHRIS CHRISTIE Governor, New Jersey A Quinnipiac poll
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CHRIS CHRISTIE

Governor, New Jersey

A Quinnipiac poll found the governor to be the favorite VP candidate among likely voters. Christie has said he'd certainly listen if approached by Mitt Romney, but loves his role as NJ's governor.

(March 29, 2012)

NIKKI HALEY Governor, South Carolina The Indian-American governor
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NIKKI HALEY

Governor, South Carolina

The Indian-American governor is a rising star in the Republican party -- but says she has no plans to become Mitt Romney's running mate. As the GOP candidates trail President Obama in women's votes, a change of heart by Haley could boost the ticket.

(Feb. 27, 2012)

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BOBBY JINDAL Governor, Louisiana Governor Jindal -- who
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BOBBY JINDAL

Governor, Louisiana

Governor Jindal -- who endorsed Rick Perry last fall but recently backed Mitt Romney -- says he already has the job he wants. Yet, he hasn't said he would decline the vice presidency if offered. Jindal could provide a bump with southern voters.

(April 13, 2012)

SUSANA MARTINEZ Governor, New Mexico The nation's first
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SUSANA MARTINEZ

Governor, New Mexico

The nation's first female Hispanic governor has one of the highest approval ratings in the country. If on the ticket, she'd help carry New Mexico, a state that often swings for Democrats. But Gov. Martinez insists she will not accept the vice presidency if offered.

(Jan. 17, 2012)

BOB McDONNELL Governor, Virginia Unlike some of the
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BOB McDONNELL

Governor, Virginia

Unlike some of the others, McDonnell has not been shy about expressing interest in the position. As the leader of a major swing state since 2009, Romney may admire his track record on jobs and the economy.

(March 10, 2012)

ROB PORTMAN U.S. Senator, Ohio Portman helped Romney
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ROB PORTMAN

U.S. Senator, Ohio

Portman helped Romney pick up a key primary victory in Ohio in March. His budget expertise makes him a strong candidate for the job.

(Feb. 20, 2012)

MARCO RUBIO U.S. Senator, Florida He is arguably
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MARCO RUBIO

U.S. Senator, Florida

He is arguably the frontrunner, but the rising star of the GOP party has deflected attention to other candidates. He lacks experience, but could provide a boost for Romney among Hispanic voters and in another, vital swing state.

(April 25, 2012)

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PAUL RYAN U.S.Congressman, Wisconsin Having already declined a
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PAUL RYAN

U.S.Congressman, Wisconsin

Having already declined a presidential run, Ryan has been the GOP's figurehead on budget issues as the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

(Feb. 16, 2012)

JOHN THUNE U.S. Senator, South Dakota Thune is
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JOHN THUNE

U.S. Senator, South Dakota

Thune is a true conservative, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate and was once considered for John McCain's running mate in 2008. He passed on a presidential bid and has backed Romney since the beginning, but has said he does not expect to be chosen as his No. 2.

(Feb. 29, 2012)

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