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Report: Romney narrows VP list to 3

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears to be in the final stages of deciding his vice presidential running mate, with speculation growing that he has narrowed his list to three: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has narrowed his list of potential running mates to three: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Reuters reports.

Romney hasn't settled on one just yet, the Los Angeles Times reports. He hired staff to help him make the veep pick, The Hill reports.

One senior Romney adviser said he could name his pick by end of the week, PBS reports, as part of a conversation about how the Obama and Romney campaigns are jousting in the run-up to November.

One oddsmaker says Pawlenty is the favorite, the San Francisco Examiner reports.

In a profile of Pawlenty, the New York Times fueled speculation on Sunday that Romney had made his choice already and that he could announce it this week.

Investors Business Daily examines why Romney seems to be drawn to the blandest of candidates.

A couple of local experts say Pawlenty would bring certain strengths to the table, WCCO reports.

Meanwhile, whatever happened to the last GOP vice presidential candidate? Slate has a quick take on Sarah Palin being snubbed at the upcoming GOP convention:

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