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Parsing the Veepstakes

The confidential background checks for John McCain's and Barack Obama's possible running mates are under way, and the oldest rule in politics applies: those in the know probably aren't talking, and those who are talking probably don't know what the candidate really thinks. While neither presumptive nominee is expected to reveal his choice before July, advisers say each is seeking a partner with two main traits: someone qualified to be President and someone the candidate likes.

REPUBLICANS The big surprise has been the bond developing between McCain and onetime rival Mitt Romney. As a competitor, the former Massachusetts...

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