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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Romney’s pick for veep? A Loop Contest

Mitt Romney, campaigning in Pennsylvania last week. (Jae C. Hong - AP)
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice created a bit of buzz last week when it was reported that she topped a CNN/ORC poll of Republicans as their choice to be GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice president.

Rice has repeatedly said she doesn’t want the job. Thus she joins a long list of “potentials” who, as our colleague David Farenthold wrote, have hewed to the tradition of ruling themselves out as the running-mate — but, of course, would take the job in a heartbeat if offered.

Here are the poll results:

Rice led the field with 26 percent, followed by: former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (21 percent); Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (tied 14 percent); Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan (8 percent); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (5 percent); and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (1 percent). Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman got an asterisk.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and South Dakota’s Sen. John Thune, were not mentioned in the poll, but Daniels joined Thune and others on the “not- me” list Sunday. And there’s always Florida Rep. Allen West, a Palin/Bachmann favorite.

So whom will Romney pick? Are there other candidates?

Yes, it’s time once again for the Loop “Pick the Veep” contest. Simply guess whom Romney’s choice will be — and the date that choice will be officially announced.

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