3. Bob McDonnell
From yet another key swing state, the popular governor of Virginia is also high on the list of vice-presidential contenders.
Governor McDonnell seems open to the job, as his own term as governor is just about up. (Virginia limits governors to a single term.)
He was in the news a lot in February for the flap over transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions – and his compromise, stripping out the transvaginal ultrasound mandate but still requiring such women to undergo an ultrasound – didn’t exactly please Republicans or Democrats. Still, McDonnell is a top contender.