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Mitt Romney Selects Rep. Paul Ryan as VP Running Mate

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Mitt Romney rolled out his vice presidential running mate for the first time in the critical swing state of Virginia on Saturday.

Early Saturday morning, Romney's campaign announced the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the House Budget Committee chairman who has energized fiscal conservatives with his budget proposals and sweeping plans for entitlement reform.

Romney and Ryan appeared together as running mates for the first time in Norfolk, Va., at a morning rally in front of the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin.

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"I am deeply excited and honored to join you as your running mate," Ryan said.

"Mitt Romney is a leader with the skills, the background and the character that our country needs at a crucial time in its history. Following four years of failed leadership, the hopes of our country, which have inspired the world, are growing dim; and they need someone to revive them. Governor Romney is the man for this moment; and he and I share one commitment: we will restore the dreams and greatness of this country," Ryan said.

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Ryan is already viewed as a high-risk, high-reward pick for Romney, who had also considered former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, for the ticket. Romney notified Portman personally on Friday that he was not the choice for VP, ABC's Gregory Simmons reported. Pawlenty spent time with Romney's son Tagg on Friday, ABC's Shushannah Walsh reported, and had learned by early Saturday morning that Ryan had been selected.

The Wisconsin congressman has made waves in national politics with his proposal to drastically alter the federal Medicare program--a suggestion that has been roundly attacked by Democrats including President Obama. Ryan's plan would nearly voucherize the program, ending Medicare's fee-for-service model and replacing payments to doctors with "premium-support payments" made directly to Medicare beneficiaries, with more money given to beneficiaries who can afford less.

The changes are projected to reduce Medicare spending significantly compared to projections of what taxpayers will have to pay for under current law, and the Congressional Budget Office initially estimated that beneficiaries will be saddled with a greater cost burden over time.

The Norfolk rally kicks off a bus tour for Romney through the swing state of Virginia, which Obama carried in 2008. On Saturday, Romney (and presumably Ryan) will continue on to Ashland and Manassas for a day of rallies that will last into the evening.

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For months, Ryan, a seven-term Republican from Janesville, Wis., has danced around the VP question, refusing to comment on the vetting process and insisting that his focus is on his responsibilities in the House of Representatives.

Ryan has appeared publicly on the campaign trail alongside Romney multiple times, including an event in Janesville on June 18. He also attended a Romney fundraising weekend retreat in Utah last month and stumped on Romney's behalf more recently in Normal, Ill., on July 13.

"What I see in Mitt Romney are the kinds of skills, tools, character attributes that you need in a leader. He makes decisions. He doesn't pander," Ryan said at the Reagan Library in May.

Ryan is a popular pick inside the Republican Party, where he's often praised as an ideas man after drafting the GOP's budget known as the Path to Prosperity, which overhauls entitlements and cuts spending in an effort to reduce the deficit.

But across the aisle, Democrats have been sizing up Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, as an easy target for his controversial ideas to address the deficit. Still, Ryan has not shied away from his budget blueprint. He recently told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that the election will turn on the economy and health care.

"This election is a choice of two futures: Do you want a government-centered society and a government-driven economy and government-rationed health care? Or do you want the American opportunity society with a safety net, a free economy, economic freedom, personal liberty?" Ryan said on This Week July 1. "That's what we want. That's the American idea. We have one more chance as a people to get that back, and that chance is going to come on November the 6th."

Ryan and his wife Janna have three children, Elizabeth, Charles and Samuel. He earned a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. Before running for Congress, he was an aide to Republican senators Robert Kasten Jr. and Sam Brownback, as well as to former U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp, and was also a speechwriter for education secretary William Bennett.

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Wikipedia Locks Down Potential VP Pages

Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation)(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney’s campaign might be asking supporters to download “Mitt’s VP” app to get the first notification of his running mate, but tea leaf readers were turning to Wikipedia for clues.

The thinking was that a flurry of Wikipedia edits indicated a potential running mate’s online persona was being scrubbed.

The popular, user-edited site has locked down the candidates’ pages after comedian Stephen Colbert encouraged viewers to update potential running mates’ Wikipedia sites with jokes and falsities.

Earlier in the week, Tech President’s Micah Sifry introduced the unassuming idea that Wikipedia activity may be an early indicator of who Romney will pick as his running mate. According to him, updates to the Wikipedia pages of previous VP contenders have suggested that the popular site might have a lead.

In the 2008 election, Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia page was updated close to 70 times the day before GOP nominee John McCain publicly announced her selection, and five days prior to the announcement there were another 54 updates made to the page.

Tim Pawlenty, one of McCain’s leading contenders for the VP pick and coincidentally one of Romney’s, too, had 54 quick updates initially, ultimately trailing Palin with only 12 in the five days prior. Vice President Joe Biden also saw an unusual spike in web activity before Obama’s big announcement back in 2008.

Earlier this week, the Wiki pages of a few of Romney’s VP choices were causing a stir. The pages of Rob Portman and Marco Rubio saw overwhelming activity.

Though Sifry’s finding seemed promising, those impatient for Romney’s VP pick might have to find a new indicator.

On Wednesday, the Tech President reported that Wikipedia put a lock on the pages of leading VP candidates in an attempt to protect them from vandalism. Contenders such as Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie have all had their Wiki pages protected by site administrators allowing only registered users to makes edits.

Whether or not Wikipedia will reopen its pages to allow updates before the big announcement is unknown.

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Mitt Romney's VP List Narrows?

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The list of Mitt Romney’s potential running mates appeared to narrow Monday as Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced a list of headline speakers -- including some whose names have been tossed around as a possible vice presidential pick -- for the upcoming convention in Tampa, Fla.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are among seven speakers profiled in a news release issued by the RNC on Monday; the others listed in the announcement are Arizona Sen. John McCain, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

“They are some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles,” Priebus said in a statement.

Just last week, ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl listed Rice and Huckabee among his updated list of VP contenders.

Karl also identified former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as “the new front-runner” in the so-called veepstakes, ahead of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Other possible VP contenders include Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, according to Karl.

The names of additional convention speakers, including the keynote speaker, will be announced in the coming days, the RNC says.

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Romney’s Head of VP Search in Tow for Colorado Event

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Beth Myers, the head of Mitt Romney’s VP search, will join the Republican presidential candidate in Colorado today.

With Myers in tow, Romney will attend an event with Republican governors in Basalt, Colo., this afternoon where a number of potential running mates will be on hand, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

While there is no indication whether Romney and Myers will meet with any of the VP potentials, her presence at the event highlights how near Romney’s announcement looms with less than four weeks until the Republican National Convention.

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VP Sweepstakes: Who’s Up and Who’s Down?

Hemera/ThinkstockBy JONATHAN KARL, ABC News Senior Political Correspondent

(WASHINGTON) -- The Romney campaign won't say anything about when a vice presidential announcement will be made, but here is a hint: I know of two potential candidates who have been told to stand ready for an announcement any day now that Romney has returned from his foreign trip. The messages were delivered before Romney returned; the candidates were told to be prepared to jump into action anytime after the end of the trip.

Only Romney ultimately knows when he will pull the trigger, but the widespread expectation of those close to him is that it will happen well before the Republican convention, although likely not before next week.

As for whom the pick will be, I believe the short list comes down to three names: Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty and Paul Ryan.

Ryan is the dark horse here, dismissed by many as relatively inexperienced and tainted by his controversial "Path to Prosperity" budget, but Romney confidants tell me Romney thinks highly of Ryan and sees his budget plan as a positive, despite the predictable attacks that would come from Democrats. After all, those attacks will come anyway (Democrats already speak of the "Romney-Ryan Budget"). Picking Ryan for VP would put on the ticket the person best able to respond to those attacks.

And get this: Some of Romney's political advisers believe Ryan could put Wisconsin in play, giving a Romney-Ryan ticket a chance of winning a state that hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale in 1984. They point to a recent PPP poll that showed putting Ryan on the ticket cuts President Obama's lead in Wisconsin to a single point.

Here is the poll.

There are other longer shots potentially still in play. Marco Rubio, of course, has strong advocates in the party and continues to draw the largest and most enthusiastic crowds of any of the others. There's also Kelly Ayotte and Bobby Jindal.

One thing to consider is the Rafalca factor. Rafalca, of course, is Ann Romney's horse that is in the Olympic dressage competition. Although Mitt Romney is back in the United States, Ann Romney is still in London to watch Rafalca compete.

If Rafalca does well this week (and our money is on the horse doing well), she will make it to the final round of the Dressage competition, which would delay Ann Romney's return from London until Aug. 9. The question is, would Mitt Romney make such a big announcement without his wife?

So, now, here is the new short list of those most likely to be Mitt Romney's running mate:

The Top Tier

1. Tim Pawlenty: Pawlenty is the new front-runner. He has won high marks from Republicans for his work on the Romney campaign: on the stump, in interviews and in fundraising. As the former governor of Minnesota, he has executive experience. He's popular with evangelicals who still might have reservations about Romney. And this might be most important: He is fully vetted (remember, he went through the process in 2008, when he was a top contender to be John McCain's running mate).

2. Rob Portman:
He's the man with the golden resume: Two-time cabinet member, congressman, senator.

3. Paul Ryan:
Romney has already endorsed the Wisconsin congressman's budget, so why not go all-in?

The Second Tier

4. Marco Rubio: He is the top Republican rising star and to count him out would be foolish.

5. Kelly Ayotte: Kelly Ayotte might be a political novice (Her successful run for the Senate in 2010 is the one and only campaign she has ever run), but she has high-level law enforcement experience as the former appointed attorney general for the state of New Hampshire. She's also well-liked in Romneyworld.

6. Bobby Jindal: The Louisiana governor has policy smarts, executive experience and credibility among conservatives. Then again, he endorsed Rick Perry for president, which, for at least some Romney confidants, makes him virtually disqualified.

The Unlikely

7.  Former Secy. of State Condoleezza Rice

8.  Sen. John Thune of South Dakota

9.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

10.  N.J. Gov. Chris Christie

11.  Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

12.  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

13.  Mike Huckabee

For continued analysis from ABC News Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl:

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How Ann Romney's Horse Could Decide VP Announcement Date

ABC News(WARSAW) -- The success of Ann Romney's dressage horse Rafalca in the London Olympics could determine when Mitt Romney announces his running mate.

As Mitt Romney prepares to head back to the states tomorrow evening after several days abroad, the frenzied speculation over who he will choose to be his running mate will reignite after a momentary pause.

But not so fast, veepstakes trackers.

One person who isn't heading back to the U.S. quite yet is Ann Romney, who will return to England to see her horse compete on August 2 and 3. Depending on how the horse performs, he could show again on August 8 and 9, according to Mrs. Romney's spokeswoman Sarah Haley.

That means Ann Romney may not be back in the United States for at least another week. It's unlikely that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee will announce his running mate - perhaps one of the most important moments of his campaign - without his wife, whom he often refers to as his "sweetheart," by his side.

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Romney’s VP Search Head Keeps Secrets, Even at the Dinner Table

Hemera/Thinkstock(ASHBURN, Va.) -- Beth Myers, who is leading Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate, rallied about 55 Republican women at a Mexican restaurant in Ashburn, Virginia, on Tuesday.

While Myers gave few details on the search process and took no questions afterward, she did say she was pleased with Romney’s options.

“This year we have a ton of qualified Republicans. It is amazing. It made my job really, really hard because it wasn’t a year where there were three people who might fit the bill. We have a deep bench, including your governor,” Myers said, referring to Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has been seen as a second tier possibility in Romney’s search.

Myers also listed prominent women who have worked with Romney and talked about selecting one to be his chief of staff.

She also made light of the difficulty of keeping her work under wraps, particularly in a family setting. “Wherever I go, and it’s been very strange, I can’t tell — because I’m a pretty open person — but I can’t tell anybody about this at all,” Myers said. “My children and husband are really kind of upset, because they — they’ll start — I can sort of tell they’re plotting against me, and they’ll have like — dinner table — just a casual conversation, ‘Gee, who would be a good VP?’ And I just sit there silently.”

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Romney Senior Advisor Says No VP Has Been Chosen 

Hemera/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- A senior advisor to Mitt Romney pushed back today on reports that a vice presidential running mate has already been chosen.

Eric Fehrnstrom, speaking to reporters after a fundraiser for the candidate that was also attended by rumored vice presidential short-lister Gov. Bobby Jindal, said firmly, “No decision has been made on VP.”

Fehrnstrom was asked specifically about a New York Times story this morning that reported, “Mr. Romney has reached a decision, his friends believe, and he may disclose it as soon as this week.”

Asked whether Romney spoke to Jindal to discuss the decision, Fehrnstrom confirmed that when they met they “didn’t talk about VP.”

“Education was one of the topics they covered but they did not discuss VP,” he said.

“There is no decision on VP,” Fehrnstrom reiterated, when pressed again on the report.

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Green Party Presidential Candidate Chooses Running Mate

Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Long-shot Green Party candidate Jill Stein has chosen her running mate: Cheri Honkala, who, Stein said, is “the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate.”

Comedian Roseanne Barr, a Green Party candidate who lost the nomination to Stein, was considered as a running mate but didn’t make the cut.

Stein has promised to create 25 million jobs, downsize the military, legalize marijuana, end unemployment and guarantee college education for everyone.

Her new running mate is the national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group led by poor and homeless people. She ran for sheriff in Philadelphia last year.

“Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities,” Stein’s campaign said in its announcement.

The Green Party’s convention starts Thursday in Baltimore.

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Veepstakes: Rob Portman Met with Romney Aides

Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rob Portman told ABC News today that he had six meetings over a six hour time span with some of Mitt Romney’s chief campaign advisors and did not deny meeting with Beth Myers, the woman charged with vetting a potential running mate.

“You know, I talk to those guys all the time on how things are going in Ohio and what the message ought to be back home in Ohio, so, it was a good-good day, we had six meetings in about six hours, so it was busy,” Portman told ABC News upon leaving the American Builders & Contractors Association in Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning.

Portman nearly immediately clarified his comments, saying that three of the six meetings were fundraisers on behalf of Romney where campaign staffers were in attendance and that they weren’t focused on the vetting process.

The Ohio senator said that three of the meetings were “more fundraising visits where [Romney advisors] attended them” with him and then he had “three meetings in between.”

Asked specifically if he had met with Myers, Portman did not deny that he had.

“Oh, I’ve seen pretty much all of them, you know, at one time or another,” said Portman.

When asked if Portman was with the candidate himself Monday, a Portman aide deferred to the Romney camp.

The Romney campaign, when asked about the meetings mentioned by Portman, said that Portman was in Boston for fundraisers.

Portman spent Monday in Boston, putting him in close proximity to both Romney himself – who was still vacationing in New Hampshire – and his senior staffers, who maintain a headquarters in the city.

Portman spent several days in New England touring colleges with his daughter and holding a Saturday night media roundtable in New Hampshire, where he told reporters he had “no plans” to meet with Romney.

The Ohio senator is at the top of the list of potential running mates for Mitt Romney, and has recently spent time campaigning with Romney during an Ohio leg of his bus tour.

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