BuzzFeed Veepstakes: August 2, 25 Days Until Convention

Romney’s VP-announcing app has hit the marketplace. Now it’s only a matter of days before the candidate’s choice of running mate becomes official.

Welcome to BuzzFeed Veepstakes, your daily guide to Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate.

Questions? Comments? Contributions? Email veepstakes@buzzfeed.com.

Mitt Romney campaigns in Colorado today with a contingent of Republican governors, including at least one short-lister: Governor Jan Brewer, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Chris Christie, Governor Susana Martinez, Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Gary Herbert, Governor Bob McDonnell, and Governor Matt Mead.

Ann Romney is in London. Rafalca Romney scored a 70.2, putting her in 4th behind Dressage horses from Great Britain, Denmark & Germany.

Marco Rubio holds a Romney for President event in Orlando.

The Clock: 25 days to the start of the GOP Convention.

New York Times: The Palin Effect
“Sarah Palin may have done wonders for Tina Fey, MSNBC’s ratings and the reality-television industry in general, but she’s made this year’s Republican veepstakes vastly less interesting to handicap. The fear of repeating a Palin-style choice, a gamble that worked out badly for both members of 2008’s Republican ticket, has dramatically shortened the plausible list of Mitt Romney’s running mates.”

Huffington Post: Road Show with Senators, Brought to You by Pentagon Contractors
“Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte hit the road this week in Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina to preach against looming Pentagon spending cuts. Call it the “Misinformation Road Show” brought to you by defense industry contractors.”

New York Daily News: Romney-Ryan: The right match
“Rob Portman is solid but doesn’t excite. Although Mitt Romney’s campaign has developed a reputation for secrecy, many believe he will soon make his vice presidential announcement, allowing for excitement to build around a fresh face prior to the Republican National Convention, taking place in Tampa in late August.”

The Hill: GOP senator suggests Sen. Rubio could use ‘a little more experience’
“Republican Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) suggested that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) could use “a little more experience” before being picked as Mitt Romney’s presidential running mate.”

Chicago Daily Herald: Illinois GOP delegates want Rubio as Romney VP
“A majority of respondents to a Daily Herald survey of Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention say Florida Sen. Marco Rubio should be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman was a distant second, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan tying for third.”

Washington Post: Vice-presidential risk-taking
“There are only 26 days until the Republican National Convention opens. Sometime between now and then Mitt Romney will name his choice for vice president. The campaign has been extraordinarily tight-lipped, which shows discipline but makes you wonder if Romney is making the decision in virtual isolation.”

Reuters: Senate panel passes bill to block EU airline law
“A Senate committee passed a bill on Tuesday authorizing the transportation secretary to bar U.S. airlines from complying with a European Union law that would require them to pay for carbon emissions on flights to and from Europe.”

The Baltimore Sun: Romney should let the convention pick his VP
“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to announce his vice presidential running mate any day now. He could make a conventional pick, for instance Ohio Sen. Rob Portman or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. He could also throw us a curve ball with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the darling of the conservative movement. Mr. Romney has the power to choose absolutely anyone he wants, and no one but Mr. Romney and his closest advisors will have been consulted.”

Politico: Marco Rubio to headline Tampa fundraiser
“Sen. Marco Rubio is throwing a high-dollar fundraiser on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The event, which has been dubbed the “Paint the Senate Red Fundraising Bash,” is set for Monday, Aug. 27, from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Cube and will benefit the Rubio/Reclaim America Joint Committee.”

Politico: Rubio: Don’t tax Olympic medals
“Sen. Marco Rubio is offering the Fab Five, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and all the other American Olympic medalists more than just a pat on the back. He’s trying to keep the IRS off their backs.”

Thune was selected at #9 on The Hill’s 50 most beautiful list in 2005. “The tall, tanned plainsman” was joined by several other veep contenders, including Paul Ryan (2008), Marco Rubio (2011), and Kelly Ayotte (2012).

15. Bonus Gif: Rafalca!

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Graphics by John Gara

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