In an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Mitt Romney on Thursday gave something of a hint – or was it? – about what he’s looking for in a potential running mate.

From an excerpt of the interview, which was conducted as part of an upcoming MSNBC documentary on the presumptive GOP nominee:

CHUCK TODD: What do you want your running mate to say about you? What do you want your selection to say about what kind of president you’re going to be?

GOV. MITT ROMNEY: I don’t think I have anything for you on the VP running mate. Other than I -- I certainly expect to have a person that has a strength of character, a vision for the country that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country. I happen to believe this is a defining election for America, that we’re going to be voting for what kind of America we’re going to have.

A “strength of character, a vision for the country?” Might that be good news for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)? Or someone else entirely?

The answer could come as early as Friday.

Or perhaps not.