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Veepstakes: The Bain Way

Conducting his VP search, the Bain way… “A businessman at his core, Mitt Romney was legendary in the private sector for his reliance on reams of information and extensive research to decide which companies to take over,” AP writes. “When interviewing potential employees, he favored question-and-answer sessions designed to make recruits think on their feet and provide clues about how they approached situations… Now, as the Republican presidential candidate weighs a running mate, it's a good bet that he's relying on that same methodical approach and interviewing style that he honed at Bain….”

More: “The hush-hush nature of the search partly reflects how Romney used to do business in his decades in the private sector. Much like when Romney's team investigated a company for a potential takeover, his political aides are trying to be discreet as they cull public records and prepare to start whittling a short list before presenting their boss with a final recommendation for a running mate. The most Romney has said about his search for a No. 2, the biggest decision he'll make before the election: Being prepared to be president is his top criterion. That factor and the methodical selection process run counter to how 2008 GOP nominee John McCain chose the untested Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin was a risky selection that raised questions about McCain's decision-making.”

AYOTTE: “In what may be a surprise vote to conservation groups, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said yesterday she will vote against a Senate resolution that would prevent the federal government from limiting mercury and other air toxins from power plants,” the Concord Monitor writes. “In doing so, Ayotte will vote against fellow Republicans and find herself in agreement with President Obama, who said Monday he would veto the resolution. The vote is expected today. Guessing Ayotte would vote the other way, the conservation group American Commitment targeted Ayotte and several other lawmakers in a $1 million ad campaign against the measure.”

PAWLENTY: Channeling First Read, Politico writes, “Tim Pawlenty has jumped to the top of the vice presidential shortlist of several Mitt Romney advisers after emerging as the most effective — and well-liked — surrogate for the GOP nominee-to-be, according to several Republicans familiar with campaign deliberations.”

RUBIO: He was on FOX last night talking about the vetting dust up and immigration.