BuzzFeed Veepstakes: July 27

Lots of moves before the Opening Ceremonies. Think Tim Tebow.

Welcome to BuzzFeed Veepstakes, your daily guide to Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate. Before all eyes turn to the Olympic opening ceremonies, let’s take one last look at where Romney’s VP options stand.

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

Siren: Boehner prefers Portman
From Fox News’ “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren”

Greta: We are playing a silly game of the vice presidential nominee of your party. Any thoughts on the vice-presidential choice?

Boehner: Well, you know, I am partial to Rob Portman. I have been a long-time friend. United States Senator from Ohio, served in the Director of Office of Management and Budget, under George W. Bush, also served as the U.S. Trade rep, served in the House of Representatives as well. He knows his way around Washington. I think he would be a great asset for Governor Romney.

Politico: Veep Sheet: Mitt Romney yet to decide
“Some definitive news in the veepstakes game arrived from across the pond yesterday, when Mitt Romney told NBC’s Brian Williams that next week, after his overseas trip, is the earliest he’d announce his vice presidential pick — about which he hasn’t made a final decision, he said.”

ABC: Vice President Pawlenty? Three attacks Democrats may use against him
“Perhaps the second time’s the charm. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is once again rumored to be on the vice presidential shortlist of a Republican presidential candidate, with Mitt Romney doing the honors this time around. After serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives, two terms as governor and making a brief run for president in 2011, Pawlenty is now working as a tireless advocate to help his potential boss get elected. His first brush with VP fame occurred when Republican presidential nominee John McCain started looking into Pawlenty’s record as a potential running mate in 2008.”

ABC: Jindal Defends Romney Over Olympics Snafu
“Mitt Romney’s recent Olympics flap may have caused a stir overseas, but two top Romney surrogates here in the U.S. – Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Bob McDonnell of Virginia – don’t think the snafu will cause a major problem for the former Massachusetts governor.”

Des Moines Register:
Bobby Jindal to Iowans: Obama will try to ‘distract you’ with distortions about Romney

“Coralville, Ia. – Don’t succomb to the distractions the Obama campaign throws at you, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told Iowans at a campaign event for Mitt Romney today. ‘They’re going to try to do everything they can to distract us between now and election day,’ Jindal told a crowd of about 90 Republicans at a Romney event in Coralville.”

The Hill: Survey finds Rubio gets most buzz of VP candidates
“If Mitt Romney wants his running mate to have the best buzz online, he should go with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), according to a survey by Twitter consulting firm Digital Acumen.”

Las Vegas Journal: Rubio returns to roots; will rally in Las Vegas
“U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is returning to his Las Vegas roots on Saturday to rally support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a grade school the rising Hispanic political star attended as a child”

The Examiner: Romney, Rubio, and Radio
“It’s been going on for years, but once again the GOP is making loud efforts to de-fund National Public Radio (NPR) and related stations. Nixon said it, Reagan said it, and now folks like Mitt Romney and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are saying it.”

The Examiner: Portman’s Bush ties could doom his VP chances
“He and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty are at the top of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential list, but Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s ties to former President Bush’s trade and budget policies are raising red flags in Boston that picking him would open the doors to attacks from Team Obama that Romney is just a Bush clone.”

The Washington Post: The veepstakes: Condi’s up, Portman and McDonnell feel the love (VIDEO)
“Could Condoleezza Rice help Mitt Romney win the election? Two new polls show that as Romney’s running mate, the former secretary of state, would help him close the gap both nationally and in Pennsylvania, moving him up 4 and 6 points, respectively.”

Cincinnati.com: Portman heading to PA for Romney
“With GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney traveling abroad, his campaign is deploying a bevy of surrogates—including possible vice presidential pick Rob Portman—on the campaign trial in the coming week.”

The Wall Street Journal: Pawlenty, Portman top Romney veepstakes ‘final five,’ analysts say
“Out of the lengthy list of names being bandied about as potential running mates for Mitt Romney, election-watchers at the University of Virginia Center for Politics have come up with a “final five”: Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Paul Ryan.”

Roll Call: VP Nominee or Not, Rob Portman Is Valuable to GOP
“Facing questions about being on the national Republican ticket, Rob Portman keeps telling reporters he wants to be a Senator. And the funny thing about that is that he’s actually acting like one.”

News & Observer: McCain, Graham and Ayotte headed to NC on Monday
“Three Republican senators will visit Fayetteville Monday to decry looming defense cuts that are scheduled to take place under budget sequestration next year. Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of new Hampshire will launch a series of “Preserving America’s Strength” town hall meetings with a meeting at Fayetteville Technical Community college.”

Rubio: “The ’70s were a very frightening time.”

“Jimmy Carter was president. We had a president who lied to the American people … Most troubling of all, we had to overcome disco, and bellbottoms, and the Bee Gees.”

As for Rubio’s music of choice: Nicki Minaj

And he’s heading to Vegas this weekend, where he grew up—and where he once helped out his dad during a labor strike.

From An American Son: A Memoir

“In April 1984, the Culinary Workers Union went on strike. I went with my father to the union hall, where several hundred workers rallied on the eve of the strike. The strike became my new obsession. The strikers set up camp in a desert field across the street from Sam’s Town and took turns walking shifts on the picket line. I helped make their signs. When the hotel management sent one of their security staff to videotape the picketers, I held a sign in front of his camera to block his view.”

Dance, Rubio, dance for Tebow!

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