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Ohio's Portman remains mum on VP hopes
Ohio senator continues at the top of Romney running-mate betting, and isn't ruling it out.
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Ohio Sen. Portman says he likes being senator, but didn't answer directly if he'd accept if Mitt Romney offered to make him his running mate.
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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman continues to top the betting lists when it comes to potential running mates for Mitt Romney. And rare is the conference call with reporters these days in which he is NOT asked about it. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, it’s also rare for him to give a firm answer.

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Most discussions of Mitt Romney’s presidential hopes note two things: No Republican candidate has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is very often these days at Mitt Romney’s side.  And not just on Romney’s many visits to the Buckeye State. 

In fact, Portman will be beside Romney when his bus tours the state Sunday. But he’s also expected to campaign solo for Romney in North Carolina Friday. He’s already done that in South Carolina and other states. 

Still, Portman dodges the question when he’s asked if he would say yes if Romney offered to make him his running mate.

 “Well, you know I’m interested in staying where I am, I think I can make a big difference here for Ohio and for our country. As I’ve said many times in response to the question about what I’ve talked to the campaign about or haven’t, I’m leaving that up to the campaign. I just don’t get into it.” 

A ranking this week by the National Journal puts Portman at the top of the list of Romney’s potential running mates.


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