Ohio's Portman VP maybe but no meeting with Romney

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By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — He may be on Mitt Romney's short list for vice president, but Sen. Rob Portman says he did not travel to New Hampshire to meet privately with the prospective Republican nominee.

The Ohio Republican told reporters he hasn't visited Romney's New Hampshire vacation home and has no plans to meet with Romney before he leaves New England. Romney's vacationing just 40 miles from where Portman headlined a state GOP fundraiser Saturday night.

Portman wouldn't say whether he's being vetted as a potential running mate.

He says he's visiting area colleges with his teenage daughter. He's also expected to host a Boston-area fundraiser to benefit the Romney campaign on Monday.

Portman previously served as President George W. Bush's budget director. He says he's proud of that service.

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