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BuzzFeed Veepstakes: Cross 'Em Off The List?

Three weeks to the convention.

Posted on August 6, 2012, at 8:49 a.m. ET

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

SIREN: Tampa Bay Times reports: "RNC speakers include Rick Scott, John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Susana Martinez." It's possible that this is misdirection or that any one of these notables could still be selected for Veep, but this certainly makes their selection less likely.

Mitt Romney is back in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Ann Romney remains in London. Rafalca competes tomorrow.

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POLITICO: Tax hike question still dogs Tim Pawlenty

If Tim Pawlenty joins Mitt Romney on the GOP ticket he’ll bring one big piece of baggage that gives conservatives heartburn.

NBC: Portman won't rely on VP app

Vice presidential nominee or not, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) will not be relying on an iPhone app to find out the fate of his political future.

TIME: Portman Preview

If you want to know how Democrats will react if Romney picks the Ohio Senator as his running mate, just read former Buckeye State governor Ted Strickland’s less-than-hostile take on the possible pick on “Face the Nation”:

POLITICO: Bobby Jindal has committed to speak at CPAC Colorado on October 4.

WSJ: Romney Puts Possible Picks to Work

Mitt Romney is using speculation about his vice-presidential pick to build a fundraising advantage—which in turn is whipping up the guessing game.

He delivered his third child at home before paramedics arrived.

Via Fox News

When his wife woke with labor pains early Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-La., barely had time to call 911 before the couple's third child, a son, was born at home in their bedroom.
Slade Ryan Jindal arrived before the ambulance did at approximately 3:25 a.m., Jindal spokesman Trey Williams said Tuesday.
Jindal, per instruction by phone from a nurse at the doctor's office, put the baby in the arms of his wife, Supriya, and tied off the umbilical cord with a shoe string, Williams said.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.