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Real News' War Room: Veepstakes Speculation Intensifies

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With less than 30 days before the Republican National Convention, speculation has heated up regarding who presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will select as his running-mate. The Huffington Post reports that there is speculation that Romney could name his veep as early as Friday of this week. On 'Real News' Thursday, S.E. Cupp broke down the finalists Romney is likely to be looking at, analyzing who will give the Republican the biggest boost and which possible candidates may be just a red herring. Given the polarizing effect of Sarah Palin in 2008, many have predicted that Romney may be leaning towards a less attention-grabbing pick. However, starting to fall back in polls against President Obama, a spark plug selection could be what it takes to get the Romney campaign back on track and ahead of a unpopular incumbent.

Cupp breaks down the speculated shortlist between "plants;" former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, the "stars:" Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and the "safe bets:" former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Cupp reiterated on the show who she wrote in her Daily News column would be the "bold choice;" Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan:

"But a do-no-harm candidate doesn’t also have to be a do-no-good candidate. Sure, I hear the concerns that Romney might be overshadowed by a Chris Christie or a Marco Rubio. And picking a big personality or a minority-group member just as a gimmick might show insecurity.

Still, as the convention nears, Romney needs to show that he can be bold, confident and, yes, exciting. And he can do that with his veep pick — if that pick is Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan."

Andrew Wilkow's pick is the newly elected New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. Watch him defend the unorthodox prediction below:

 

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