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Veepstakes: Silly season

“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan lead the guess list for possible Romney running mates,” according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

AYOTTE: “New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is an important asset to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign,” the Manchester Democrat Examiner’s Paul Briand writes. “But she’s not important enough to be his running mate.”

CLINTON: We’ve written about this being the “Silly Season.” Well, here’s yet another “Silly Season” story… Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked (repeatedly) on CNN if she would accept being President Obama’s running mate if he asked. She responded this way: “That is not going to happen. That’s like saying, ‘If the Olympic Committee called you up and said are you ready to run the marathon, would you accept?’ Well, it’s not going to happen.” She added, “I’m out of politics, but I’m very supportive of the team that we have in the White House going forward.”

JINDAL: Matt Lewis reports, per GOP 12: “A well-placed source who worked on Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign tells The Daily Caller that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his staff helped convince the one-time GOP front-runner to oust his trusted strategist Dave Carney. ‘You cannot question Governor Jindal’s influence with Governor Perry. He definitely played a big part,’ said the source. (Worth noting is that one of the men brought on to replace Carney was Jindal’s close adviser, Curt Anderson, who also co-wrote Jindal’s book ‘Leadership in Crisis.’)”

He signed his education reform bill into law.

MCDONNELL: Peter Roff alleges in U.S. News and World Report that Virginia Democrats are trying to keep McDonnell off of Romney’s ticket.

PORTMAN: Time profiles the Ohio senator as asks, “Is Rob Portman the Answer to Republicans’ Palin Problem?”

RICE: Political Wire: “A new CNN survey of Republican voter preferences for Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate finds Condoleezza Rice with 26% support, ahead of Rick Santorum at 21%, Marco Rubio at 14%, Chris Christie at 14%, and Paul Ryan at 8%.”

New York magazine points out the downside of putting Rice on the ticket.

In Mississippi yesterday, she said she’s not interested.

RUBIO: Jeb Bush writes the blurb in the Time 100 for Rubio. “Rubio is the real deal, and I for one look forward to watching him contribute to the rebuilding of our great country in the years to come,” he writes.

David Rivera also wants Rubio as VP. (Not sure that helps.)