— -- Here's a roundup of the latest Veepstakes chatter heard over the weekend:
Huckabee, Rubio and Jindal get nods from social conservative leaders:
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who backed Rick Santorum during the Republican primaries, said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he wants to see Romney choose Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as his running mate. Gary Bauer, president of American Values, said he's pulling for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, but neither men were given enough time to elaborate.
South Dakota Sen. Thune isn't ruling anything out:
"I don't think you ever rule out opportunities or options when you're involved in public life and you say you want to make a difference and you're serious about that, obviously, then you don't foreclose options," Sen. John Thune said on Fox News Sunday. "But in my view, I have a job to do in the United States Senate, I like what I'm doing. I think I can make a difference there."
Source tells Politico that Romney plans to play it safe:
Don't expect a Palinesque Hail Mary move from Romney's campaign when it comes to picking his running mate, Politico's Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei report:
[T]he most conscious effort by Romney's team to do things differently will be in the V.P. selection process. One Republican official familiar with the campaign's thinking said it will be designed to produce a pick who is safe and, by design, unexciting — a deliberate anti-Palin. The prized pick, said this official: an "incredibly boring white guy."
Rubio's official stationary ends up in Kansas for some reason:
A lawyer was shopping for office supplies in a second-hand store in Independence, Kansas when he found a box of official Rubio stationary, the Kansas City Star reports:
"Kansas City lawyer Dale Ingram found a bargain - and a mystery. Earlier this month, Ingram was shopping at Cargo Largo, a discount store in Independence offering salvaged merchandise such as clothing, home goods and, in Ingram's case, office supplies. ... Ingram had spotted one box of 500 business-letter envelopes stamped with the return address of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, along with a clear warning: 'Official Business.'
The contents were meant to be part of a shipment to Tallahassee, Florida that somehow got sidetracked in the mail.
"While other envelopes from that shipment are accounted for, we are working to determine how some were apparently separated," said Rubio spokesman Alex Conant told The Star. "…While it's not unheard of for things to get lost in transit, it's something we take seriously."
Portman tags along with Team Romney in New York:
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is joining a New York-area fundraising conference call with Romney's campaign this afternoon, then meeting with reporters in Manhattan.
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