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Who will Romney pick for VP running mate?

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Mitt Romney is about to solve the mystery of his running mate, and he just gave some big clues as to who it might be.

Many political analysts suspect he has closed in on Ohio senator Rob Portman. Others still think former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will get the nod. They're both considered safe choices.

But when Romney described what he'll have in a running mate—he may have suggested a surprise is in the works.

In an interview with NBC News, he said he expects his running mate to offer "a vision for the country, that, that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country."

In Republican circles, one of the best known "big-choice" visionaries is Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. The Republican base has cheered his call for big spending cuts.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is also a possibility. He has pressed for a compromise on immigration reform, and is one of the party's youngest and most popular rising stars.

Romney is now behind in the polls, down nine points in the latest Fox News poll. When candidates trail, many try to shake up the race with bold-choices.

Romney could make his announcement any time now. But he may wait until just days before the convention to excite the delegates.

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