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Speculating about who Senators McCain and Obama will pick as running mates is one of the few summer joys for those of us trapped in muggy Washington. So far this week, the score is one in and one out of the vice presidential fray.

On Monday, Virginia Senator Jim Webb issued a statement saying he had, “communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country.”

Meanwhile, at a Monitor breakfast with reporters on Monday former Hewlett Packard Board Chairman Carly Fiorina did nothing to dampen speculation that she is interested in being Senator McCain’s running mate. When asked if a former corporate official could be an appropriate vice presidential pick she said, “I think there are things that government can borrow and learn from business.”

Ms. Fiorina “couldn't be any more plain about her vice presidential ambitions without taking out an ad,” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank said in his piece about the breakfast.

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