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BuzzFeed Veepstakes: July 28

Where in the world are Romney’s surrogates?

Welcome to BuzzFeed Veepstakes, your daily guide to Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate. Keep all over an eye out: The surrogates are all over the map today.

SIREN: Romney Veep-Picker Tweets Shortlist: Beth Myers decided to have some fun with reporters yesterday and tweeted the names of 13 veep contenders. It’s pretty long for a shortlist, but the clearest indication yet that the Romney campaign is embracing the search for a VP to distract from bad headlines. Snubbed: Ron Paul.

Jindal is in Coral Springs, Florida to meet with folks at the Coral Springs Victory Office at 5 p.m.

Rubio is getting in touch with his roots. He will be speaking at his old elementary school in Las Vegas at 10:30. He’ll speak in Des Moine, Iowa later this evening.

Pawlenty is all over North Carolina. He is scheduled to attend a Sports Parents Roundtable in Cary at 12:45, and a North Wake Victory Office Opening in Raleigh at 3:00.

Portman will be participating in grassroots organizing in Columbus, Ohio in the afternoon.

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

Politico: John Boehner ‘partial to’ Rob Portman for veep
“House Speaker John Boehner wants to see another Buckeye in the White House.
Boehner, during an appearance on Fox News’s “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” said he hoped Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would choose Ohio Sen. Rob Portman as his running mate.”

Politico: Marco Rubio to raise cash for Mitt Romney in Texas
“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will head to Texas next month to raise cash for Mitt Romney. Rubio, a rising Republican star, and Romney’s brother, Scott, will headline two fundraising events for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee on Aug. 15 in San Antonio, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.”

Politico: Giuliani calls Rubio best Romney VP pick
“In an interview in Tampa with News Channel 8, the one-time presidential candidate said he was comfortable with all the potential running mates being talked about in the press, but thinks U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio would be the best choice. Giuliani said the Florida senator could help the campaign attract young people.”

The Examiner: VP audition: 8 hopefuls fan out for Romney
“This weekend could make or break any of eight potential Mitt Romney running mates who are fanning out to key battleground states to keep the GOP presidential nominee’s name in front of voters while he is away on a trip to the London Olympics, Poland and Israel. Potential vice presidential pick from front-runners Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to those way down the list like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are hosting “victory rallies” and fundraisers in Romney’s absence.”

When New Hampshire Attorney General in 2007, Ayotte’s office investigated the Romney campaign over a report aides made an illegal traffic stop.

ConserveNH President Paul Nagy wrote a letter to Attorney General Kelly Ayotte asking her to check if Romney aides illegally stopped a New York Times reporter, checked his license plate against a database and overstepped their role.

A few months later her office determined no crime had be committed.

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

Graphics by John Gara

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