Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. listens at left as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a news conference prior to a town hall-style meeting in Aston, Pa.
TAMPA, Fla. - As the Republican National Convention draws near -- which will take place right here in Tampa -- the clock is ticking on who Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican presidential candidate, will pick to be his running mate. 10 News wanted to know what plays a role in the pick and who could end up in the spot.
So, what are some of the things Romney's camp will be looking at? Political analyst Shawna Vercher says one important factor is which candidates can help Romney lure voters. "Are they from a state or known from a state that they feel is a swing state that they might need to carry?" she said.
Other than that, Vercher says it's about conservative credentials, no drama, and charisma. Among the list of possible VP candidates right now is Florida Senator Marco Rubio. "Some say he's auditioning for the role. So, we'll have to see how he does. Does he gravitate to people outside of the State of Florida and how does he do in the polls with a very important demographic? Not just Florida, but also Hispanic voters," said Vercher.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has also been mentioned, as well as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. However, Vercher doesn't believe either will be the pick. She says it's rumored Bush is looking to run for the presidency himself in 2016.
As for Christie?
"He's a guy that's known for saying and speaking his mind, and they don't necessarily want that on the campaign trail," said Vercher.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman is also making headlines. "If you looked at the ability to carry a swing state, Ohio, then he would fit that bill. He has strong conservative credentials, particularly in budget and fiscal matters, and he's considered to be a very safe choice," said Vercher.
Romney's running mate will most likely be announced before the Republican National Convention.