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Ten possible vice-presidential candidates for the GOP ticket

Too soon to start speculating about possible Republican vice-presidential candidates? Evidently not. Mitt Romney's rise to the level of presumptive presidential nominee seems to have given political writers and pundits the go-ahead to begin one of the favored handicapping contests in all of politics.

2. Rob Portman

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    Sen. Rob Portman (R) of Ohio talks to reporters in Cincinnati on Feb. 20, 2012, after an appearance from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leading up to the Ohio primary.
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The US senator from Ohio may be the strongest “safe” choice for Romney.

He, like Marco Rubio, is from key swing state, and he has a strong budget and finance background – he was head of the Office of Management and Budget in the George W. Bush administration. He’s well liked in the Republican establishment.

Of course, as part of the Bush administration he takes criticism from some Republicans for helping the national debt to balloon. Senator Portman also may be a little too safe. Instead of helping to round out Romney’s weaknesses, he’s very similar to Romney – but that may also increase Romney’s comfort with him as a running rate.

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