{Byline}By The Associated Press

LIFE ON THE SHORT LIST

Ohio Senator Rob Portman addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Enlarge photo

Ohio Senator Rob Portman addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

"My name is Rob Portman and they say I was on Gov. Romney's short list of vice presidential candidates. Apparently, it wasn't short enough." - the Ohio senator joking as he opens his speech in support of Mitt Romney.

Paul Ryan got the veep slot instead.

- David Espo

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