Portman: ‘I’ll Probably Stay’ in the Senate

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The Ohio Senator and one of the front-runners to become Mitt Romney's running mate told a CNN reporter in Denver Wednesday night that he'll probably stay in the Senate. Probably. Earlier this week, ABC News's Jon Karl reported that at least two potential Romney VP picks "have been told to stand ready for an announcement any day now that Romney has returned from his foreign trip." The other being Tim Pawlenty. Perhaps just playing coy, Portman made the happy-where-I-am comment during his five-stop jaunt through the swing state as a Romney surrogate, adding, "I just got elected two years ago." And Portman said about his current gig in Washington: "I think it's a very important position right now," explaining that there are pressing issues facing the nation, including the debt, the deficit, developing energy resources, and health-care issues.

"And right now Congress is paralyzed," Portman continued. "And we're really in kind of a partisan gridlock. We need leadership, and that's where I intend to stay. I think I can really help in there."

Portman has held several fund-raisers for the Romney campaign in his home state of Ohio and made sure to give the guy a vote of confidence as he added intrigue for the millions of people with Mitt's VP app squeezing the shine off their smartphones. "We need Mitt Romney. And I will help him all I can. But I'll probably stay in the United States Senate."