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BuzzFeed Veepstakes: July 25, The Blizzard

Day one of BuzzFeed’s feature on how Mitt Romney’s VP hopefuls are faring today.

Welcome to BuzzFeed Veepstakes, your daily guide to Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate. With the presumptive nominee out of the country today, what else do we have to do but speculate about his VP pick?

Questions? Comments? Contributions? Email zeke@buzzfeed.com and rebecca.elliott@buzzfeed.com.

Christian Science Monitor: It’s all about Ohio: Could Rob Portman boost Romney’s chances?
“Sen. Rob Portman, a reported Romney short-lister for veep, is worth three to five points in battleground Ohio, says the state’s Republican chairman. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning the Buckeye State.”

Hot Air: Exclusive interview with Gov. Tim Pawlenty
“Earlier today, I had an opportunity to speak with Governor Tim Pawlenty, who spoke with me about his own record as Minnesota’s chief executive, the need to elect Mitt Romney in November, and give a description of what Romney should look for in a running mate.”

Politico: Gingrich: Rice would be strong VP
“Gingrich said the strongest vice presidential possibilities are, in order of most likely, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Orleans Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.”

CBS: La. lawmakers criticize few details in health cuts
“BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana lawmakers bristled Monday about getting few details and no ability to decide the $523 million in budget cuts Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has made to health care programs, largely to LSU’s safety net health care facilities.”

Washington Post: One Romney adviser still hoping for VP Rubio
“Some recent reports suggest that Mitt Romney seems unlikely to pick Sen. Marco Rubio to be his running mate. But one outside Romney adviser says he still hopes the presumptive GOP presidential nominee will tap the charismatic young Florida lawmaker.”

Vanity Fair: Team Rob! Portman and Romney’s Crazy-Sexy-Amazing Chemistry
“A Mitt Romney operative is feeding fuel to the wild, untamed, scorching Rob-Portman-for-vice-president fire (ow, ow! Human impression of sizzling sound!) by describing in scintillating detail his boss’s passionate, wanton acquaintanceship with the Ohio senator.”

Des Moines Register: Romney bus – with two possible VP picks aboard – will be in Iowa this week
“Two Republicans who have appeared on various versions of the suspected veep short-list – Bobby Jindal and Bob McDonnell – will be on stage in Iowa this week. While GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is overseas, his campaign bus will tour Iowa Wednesday through Saturday, campaign aides told The Des Moines Register today.”

Mashable: Which VP Possibility Has the Most Heat on the Web?
“Ever since Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the political world has been wondering who he will pick to run beside him for Vice President.”

Pawlenty + Blizzards

BuzzFeed (aka Zeke Miller): What’s your favorite Blizzard?
Pawlenty: Dairy Queen Blizzard?

BF: Take your pick.
T-Paw: Yeah, you know the chocolate — the chocolate explosion*, the new one they have with the fudge and the chocolate chips and the brownies. It’s really good. What’s your favorite?

BF: I’m not a big Blizzard fan.
T-Paw: No?

BF: To be honest with you, no.
Third Man: What are you, a yogurt guy?
BF: Yeah, haha.
T-Paw: Hahaha.

(*Fact Check: The Chocolate Explosion does not appear to be a real Blizzard)

Exciting, right!!!

Who else is excited for Tim Pawlenty?

Questions? Comments? Contributions? Email zeke@buzzfeed.com and rebecca.elliott@buzzfeed.com.

Graphics by John Gara

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