12:54 a.m. | Updated Mitt Romney is scheduled to announce his vice presidential candidate on Saturday in Norfolk, Va., ending a four-month search for a running mate on the opening day of a four-day bus tour through four critical battleground states.
Several signs were pointing toward Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as a leading candidate for the position, a choice that would electrify the Republican Party’s conservative base and potentially shake up the race with President Obama.
Mr. Romney is set to disclose the selection at 8:45 a.m., as he tours
the Battleship Wisconsin, the campaign announced Friday evening.
Mr. Romney telephoned other finalists for the position on Friday
evening, a senior Republican aide said, and thanked them for their
cooperation in the vetting process and their help with his campaign
effort. But he did not tell them whom he had decided upon.
the former governor of Minnesota, was set to campaign for Mr. Romney in
New Hampshire on Saturday. A Republican close to Mr. Pawlenty said that
he had been informed that he had not been chosen by Mr. Romney and
would continue with his schedule and would not be in Virginia for the
vice presidential announcement. (Continues)