Beth Myers may not be a household name to most Americans, but around the Romney kitchen table she is front and center. The reason: she is the person charged with finalizing the list of potential vice presidential nominees and insiders say the list is getting shorter by the day.
Political analysts and insiders close to the Romney campaign say some of the names penciled in toward the top of the list include former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Others names still being knocked around are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
However, Ann Romney, wife of the soon-to-be Republican nominee says her husband is also considering a female running mate.
“We’ve been looking at that, and I’d love that option as well,” Ann Romney told CBS News during an interview at the couple’s New Hampshire vacation home. “There’s a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.”
Legal pads that contain the names of potential running mates change quite often during the months preceding the nominee’s convention. For example, Barack Obama’s short list in 2008 contained not only the name of Sen. Joe Biden (his ultimate choice), but also Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia and former Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana.
Prior to former GOP presidential nominee John McCain picking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – to the surprise of even party insiders – his short list included Sen. Joe Lieberman (who had run alongside Al Gore in 2000), Pawlenty and Romney.
Interestingly, former White House Chief of Staff and Congressman Dick Cheney was tasked with helping pick then Gov. George W. Bush’s running mate in 2000 before he ended up with the job himself.