[Update] Romney/Ryan 2012 is the ticket. Romney picked Paul Ryan, who has been a member of the House of Representatives for 13 years.
[Update] Video and Transcript of Paul Ryan's first speech from the announcement, found HERE.
Mitt Romney has chosen his running mate and plans to announce it tomorrow, Saturday, August 11, 2012, in Norfolk, Virginia, according to his campaign.
MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN NORFOLK SATURDAYBoston, MA – On Saturday, Mitt Romney will begin his “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour by announcing his choice for Vice Presidential candidate in Norfolk, Virginia. The following events are open to the press. Please note that the tour of the USS Wisconsin and Homemades by Suzanne drop by are pool coverage.Saturday, August 11, 2012Event: Governor Romney Tours USS WisconsinLocation: USS Wisconsin1 Waterside DriveNorfolk, VirginiaProgram Time: 8:45 AM EDT
Although the choice has not been announced yet, the names most mentioned by pundits so far have been Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, Senator Marco Rubio and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Three Republicans close to the Romney campaign told CNN that key staffers have been told to prepare for the rollout on Saturday morning, when Romney tours the U.S.S. Wisconsin, a museum battleship at the National Maritime Center in Norfolk.
Communications staffers for the Romney campaign have been ordered to report to their Boston headquarters at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, an unusual directive for a weekend, a Republican familiar with the plans told CNN.
There were other signals that Romney-world was ramping up for a splashy weekend: Much of the Romney high command flew with the candidate from Boston to Norfolk on Friday afternoon, including Beth Myers, the adviser tasked with running the vice presidential search process, and Will Ritter, the campaign's director of advance who rarely leaves his spacious corner office in Boston's North End.
Ann Romney, the candidate's wife, also landed in Norfolk after her trip to the Olympic Games in London.
This post will be updated with the VP running mate choice tomorrow when it is announced.