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Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., would consider an invitation from Obama. "If it would occur, I would have to think about it," Hagel told the AP's Anna Jo Bratton. "I think anybody, anybody would have to consider it. Doesn't mean you'd do it, doesn't mean you'd accept it, could be too many gaps there, but you'd have to consider it, I mean, it's the only thing you could do. Why wouldn't you?"

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., would accept such an invitation. "Unlike most other people, I'm being straight with you. If asked, I will do it. I've made it clear I do not want to be asked," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Carly Fiorina probably wouldn't say no, either: "Anyone would be honored to serve John McCain, and I would as well. But he will have a long list of highly qualified people to choose from," she said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Tom Ridge, R-Pa., also wouldn't say no -- but won't make it easy on McCain. He said on "Fox News Sunday" that McCain will have to cope with his "pro-choice" stance if he wants him on the ticket: "I believe what I believe, and I've had that point of view before I got into elected office. I've had it when I served, and I have it now. . . . He feels very, very strongly about that issue, and that's why any conversation we have relative to that issue or the vice presidency is something that he and I have to discuss before I ever go down that path publicly."

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., gets a Chicago Tribune profile: "It is widely speculated that Obama will need to choose a vice presidential nominee versed in national security matters, perhaps with a strong military background, to attempt to blunt the edge his opponent, John McCain, carries in those arenas," the Tribune's James Oliphant writes. "Webb seems made-to-order for that, a character right out of one of his novels. His careers keep evolving. Lawyer. Defense analyst. Journalist. Pentagon bureaucrat. Novelist. Screenwriter. Emmy-winning filmmaker. Businessman. And now, politician."

Politico's David Paul Kuhn looks at three possible women for McCain's ticket: Fiorina, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska.

Our new take on the Democratic veepstakes has Biden atop the non-Clinton list.

Odds & Ends:

A blow to GOP efforts to hang on to Rep. Vito Fossella's Staten Island seat: "Frank Powers, the most likely Republican candidate set to run for the seat of Rep. Vito J. Fossella, died of a heart attack Sunday morning at the age of 67," per CQ Politics. "His death leaves in question the future of the only Republican-held New York City House seat."

NBC does the right thing: Tom Brokaw will keep Tim Russert's big chair warm through the election.

The Kicker:

"Maybe I have. Stay tuned." -- Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., mischievously asked why he "can't find one woman in all of Florida" by The New York Times Magazine's Deborah Solomon.

"It's definitely not an accident. The chance is less than one in a thousand." -- UCLA Professor Daniel Geschwind, on the fact that the 44th president will be left-handed, like Nos. 38, 40, 41, and 42.

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