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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnews/20080402/ts_usnews/portmanrisesongopveeplist;_ylt=AoPdngzMcn0rz90A9WwK2_pg.3QA Portman Rises on GOP Veep List By Paul Bedard Wed
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      Portman Rises on GOP Veep List

      By Paul Bedard Wed Apr 2, 4:47 PM ET

      Former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, most recently director
      of the Office of Management and Budget, is being
      suggested as one of the top picks whom John McCain
      should consider for a vice presidential running mate.

      Despite some recently critical opinion pieces on
      Portman, Republicans advising the McCain campaign said
      that Portman offers key domestic and economic policy
      expertise, youth, and deep roots in Ohio that could
      help McCain in the fall election.

      "He could help McCain carry Ohio," said one outside
      adviser, who also dismissed previous suggestions that
      Republicans like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and
      Florida Gov. Charlie Crist top the vice presidential
      list. Meanwhile, McCain advisers are still working on
      their vice presidential search plan and are eager to
      use it to make news as each candidate is interviewed,
      somewhat like President Bush did leading up to
      selecting Dick Cheney. The advisers believe that
      McCain can use individual candidates to show voters
      and the media what he's looking for in a partner, with
      a high priority being youth, energy and an
      unconventional spirit. He also is interested in those
      not in politics who have a "recognizable personal
      success story to tell," said an adviser.

      "He will think of outside-the-box ideas," said the
      adviser, who suggested names like former
      Hewlett-Packard boss Carly Fiorina, now a McCain
      fundraiser at the Republican National Committee.
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