published Friday, August 10th, 2012

Romney to announce running mate Saturday in Virginia

n this Aug. 8, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Des Moines, Iowa. Mitt Romney faces urgent tasks as he heads into a new phase of the White House race: repair an image shattered by negative Democratic advertising and shift the trajectory of a campaign that's seen him lose ground to President Barack Obama. He's got opportunities, starting with a big swing-state bus tour beginning Saturday and then his critical running mate announcement and the TV hoopla of a national convention.
n this Aug. 8, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Des Moines, Iowa. Mitt Romney faces urgent tasks as he heads into a new phase of the White House race: repair an image shattered by negative Democratic advertising and shift the trajectory of a campaign that's seen him lose ground to President Barack Obama. He's got opportunities, starting with a big swing-state bus tour beginning Saturday and then his critical running mate announcement and the TV hoopla of a national convention.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s campaign says the presumed Republican presidential nominee will announce his running mate Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va.

The short list — if there is one — is believed to include Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

In a statement issued Friday night, the Romney campaign said the running mate would be revealed at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. Romney is kicking off a four-day bus tour through swing states.

Romney’s choice comes as he tries to repair an image damaged by negative Democratic advertising and shift the trajectory of a campaign that’s seen him lose ground to President Barack Obama.

The vice presidential selection will dominate headlines, and Romney’s team has been relentlessly teasing the announcement for weeks.

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