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BuzzFeed Veepstakes: Sunday Down-Day

Romney's back in New Hampshire for more VP discussions. We revisit Rob Portman.

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

Mitt Romney is back at his home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire today — presumably to huddle with advisors to continue the selection process. Asked yesterday if he has made a selection yet, Romney told CNN's Gloria Borger "I have nothing for you on the vice presidential front."

Ann Romney is still in Britain watching Rafalca. The BBC reported she "took over" a pub yesterday in Llangynwyd on a tour through Wales meant to find out more about her ancestry.

Rafalca, meanwhile, has a "slim" chance at a medal.

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

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National Review: Seeing Rob Portman Right

If Portman’s not a conservative — a true-blue, “full-spectrum” conservative — no one is. He is one of our brightest lights in politics.

Philadelphia Inquirer: V.P. prospect Portman: Solid and stolid

It has to be a drag to read all the time that you are so boring you make Mitt Romney look electrifying.

Yet Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, said to be a finalist to join Romney on the Republican ticket as vice presidential candidate, greets that characterization with a shrug and a smile: Stephen Colbert describing the pairing as "the bland leading the bland"; an editorial cartoon in the Columbus Dispatch calling Portman the mayonnaise on Romney's white bread.

"I'm so boring that I didn't even know I was boring," he likes to say.

LA Times: Sen. Rob Portman seems to fit the bill for a Romney running mate

In Mitt Romney’s quest for the perfect presidential running mate, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman seems to have the right stuff.

With nearly 14 years in Congress, he’s an experienced politician at ease on the public stage. Having served in President George W. Bush’s Cabinet, he knows his way around the executive branch. He’s a well-liked native son in an important battleground state.

But most important, say those who know him, he will never go rogue.

The Guardian: Pawlenty dogged by telecom scandal over payments made during 2001 race

Possible vice-presidential candidate initially failed to declare income from company that was charged with deceptive practices

LA Times: Romney's potential running mate: Bobby Jindal

By selecting Bobby Jindal as his vice presidential running mate, Mitt Romney would be reaching for history, much as John McCain did four years ago. The Louisiana governor — born Piyush Jindal — would be the first Indian American ever to run for the White House on a major party ticket.

LA Times: Romney's potential running mate: Marco Rubio

Charismatic and boyish, Marco Antonio Rubio would be more than the first Latino ever chosen for a major-party ticket. At 41, he would also be the youngest running mate in six decades. Not since Dwight D. Eisenhoweradded 40-year-old Richard Nixon to the 1952 Republican ticket has a younger person been proposed as a vice-presidential nominee by either major party.

The Times-Picayune: Bobby Jindal rejection of Medicaid expansion could affect New Orleans hospital

In the wake of recent cuts to the state's public hospital system, officials are now beginning to assess what impact Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to reject a Medicaid expansion in the new federal health-care law will have on the bottom line of the University Medical Center under construction in New Orleans. While administration officials have said they don't believe the loss of that funding in the Affordable Care Act, which is included in the current business plan for the hospital, will mean red ink for the new facility, others are less sure.

Argus Leader: Thune pressures Europe over policy on U.S. flights

Sen. John Thune is drawing bipartisan support for a bill challenging a European Union policy.

The Associated Press: Condoleezza Rice stars in new NFL gear ads

Football fans will soon be pulling out their jerseys, but a few have gotten a jump on the season: Serena Williams, Melania Trump and Condoleezza Rice are among the NFL fans who'll be appearing in ads promoting team-themed apparel and gear next week in a campaign called "It's My Team."

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He learned Spanish from Mexican cowboys while working on a border ranch. He worked on three cattle ranches in high school and college.

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