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Originally published April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM | Page modified April 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM

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10 possibilities for Romney running mate

Possible candidates from the West, East, Midwest and South.

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's possible choices for vice president:

East

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey (has endorsed Romney): His regular-guy manner makes him very popular. Despite his personality, it would still be tough for him to deliver a Democratic-leaning New Jersey.

South

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana: Very popular and conservative Indian-American governor viewed as a potential presidential candidate in the future.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (has endorsed Romney): Young, Hispanic and from a key swing state, Rubio is a favorite of the tea party and could be a strong choice for the Romney presidential ticket.

Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia (has endorsed Romney): A popular governor from an important new battleground; his gubernatorial message on jobs and the economy could help win in toss-up states.

Midwest

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota (has endorsed Romney): He is good-looking and has an almost impeccable conservative reputation, but he may not be enthusiastic about taking on the vice presidency.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota (has endorsed Romney): Very loyal but lacks charisma. He would be a safe pick but might not generate excitement for Romney among the GOP base or with independents.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (has endorsed Romney): Although heavily courted to join the presidential contest, he turned it down. Beloved by the policy-wonk side of the GOP, he may still not be interested in the race.

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana: He has a national reputation for speaking uncomfortable truths on debt and spending issues. He could have been a presidential-campaign favorite but decided not to run.

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (has endorsed Romney): A safe pick who helped lead Romney's Ohio primary victory. He is an expert on budget matters but was part of the Bush administration, which ballooned national debt.

West

Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico: The first Hispanic female governor in the country, Martinez has issued a firm denial of any interest in being vice president. She is the guardian of a developmentally disabled sister and says it would be "devastating" to separate her from the rest of their family.

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