Veep Beat: Ready for an Ayotte-Biden Debate Showdown?
AYOTTE EAGER TO SPAR WITH BIDEN: Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is ready to hit the debate stage against Vice President Joe Biden, telling the Boston Herald that going head to head with Biden "would be quite enjoyable" and pointed out the vice president's penchant for gaffes. "The vice president does have a way with words," Ayotte joked. Asked if she'd be able to make Biden trip up and commit a gaffe, Ayotte said, "I don't think there's probably anything we have to do to make that happen." Ayotte deflected questions about whether she would make a good running mate for Mitt Romney, only saying, "It's certainly an honor to be mentioned for consideration as vice president, but serving New Hampshire in the Senate is the greatest honor I could ask for." Ayotte's front page treatment in the Boston Herald is here.
DANIELS WON'T ANSWER VP CALL: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has been one of the most adamant VP contenders to say he will not appear on the GOP ticket, and Daniels, who notably turned down a presidential run out of concern for his family, joked Monday that he would disconnect his phone if he ever thought the call might come, Yahoo! News' Chris Moody reports. "Of course not," Daniels said on FOX News when asked whether team Romney had contacted him about vetting. "If I thought that call was coming, I would disconnect the phone."
CHRISTIE FUNDRAISES WITH ROMNEY: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will fundraise with Mitt Romney today in New York, ABC News' Shushannah Walshe reports. RYAN TO SPEAK AT REAGAN LIBRARY: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., will deliver his first speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., as ABC News' John Parkinson reported earlier in May. Ryan will deliver the speech, entitled "A Rendezvous with Reagan's Legacy: Lessons for 2012," as part of the Perspectives in Leadership Forum before a sold-out audience, which includes former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
PAWLENTY HITS TRAIL FOR WALKER: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty hit the trail Monday with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who faces a recall in his home state, the LaCrosse Tribune reports. "Real change requires real leadership," Pawlenty said of Walker. "You have in Gov. Walker somebody who has the courage and the strength, and the vision to not only talk about real change but put it into place. … You've got a governor who gets it. … He shouldn't be recalled. He should be applauded."
SANDOVAL'S VP PROBLEMS: The Daily Caller talked with a number of Republican strategists who highlighted some of the trouble spots of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's record, from being pro-choice to raising taxes twice as governor of the state, which could present problems for him in a VP vetting process.
ROMNEY'S TIMING CONUNDRUM: The big question after who will Romney select as his VP is when will he do it? Real Clear Politics' Scott Conroy looks at the potential for Romney to roll out his pick early in the summer or hold it until right before the Republican convention in late August.
FLORIDA DEMS POKE FUN AT RUBIO: Yahoo! News' Chris Moody reports Florida Democrats have written a song mocking Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for his connections to Sen. Jim DeMint just days after Rubio delivered a speech to the South Carolina Republican Party. The song, written to the tune of Little Peggy March's "I Will Follow Him," includes the lyrics "I will follow Jim" and accuses Rubio of "pandering to DeMint and Tea Party Republicans."
@KellyAyotte: Kicking off Manchester Small Business Week with forum today on small biz financing
@GovMaryFallin: Enjoyed visiting with young ladies from across OK participating in leadership program. Future leaders of OK!
@nikkihaley: I continue to be shocked that our President continues to tell our enemies of the timeline of the drawdown in Afghanistan.
@GovMikeHuckabee: I constantly remind our government, our veterans deserve better. If you agree please respond with a message of support for our veterans.