By CNN's Jack Cafferty:
While Mitt Romney intensifies his search for a running mate, it remains to be seen how much his #2 pick will even matter.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio kept mum on NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday about whether Romney will choose him.
Rubio previously said he's not interested in being vice president; but now he says he's not talking about it anymore.
Romney has said Rubio is definitely in the mix of possibilities, pushing back against a report last week that Rubio wasn't being vetted.
Meanwhile another report suggests the Romney campaign is also vetting Wisconsin Congressman and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
Some Republican kingmakers told The Hill newspaper who they think Romney should pick.
Several of them mention Rubio as their top choice. Other names include: Republican Senators Rob Portman and Rand Paul, Congressman Ryan, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.
Not on that list: Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who over the weekend said he thinks he can best help Romney as a "volunteer and surrogate speaker."
There's also New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who would bring a little Tabasco Sauce to an otherwise pretty bland omelet.
Candidates usually name their running mate right around the Convention; but some believe Romney might jump early and name his number two before the Republican National Convention in Tampa in late August.
It's a way to rev up the base, generate more buzz, increase media attention and bring in fundraising dollars earlier in the campaign.
VP candidates sometimes help win their home state but others say the most important quality is to "do no harm." See Sarah Palin in 2008.
Here’s my question to you: How much does Mitt Romney's v.p. pick matter?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Anthony in Arizona:
Romney's v.p. doesn't matter unless the pick is a disaster. In fact, Romney doesn't matter much himself. People are either voting for or against Obama. I don't know anyone actually voting for Romney.
John in Connecticut:
The V.P pick is very important, I consider it the first presidential decision the candidate makes. That was the problem with McCain last time, he wanted a 'game changer' instead of a qualified person who could fill the office if needed.
Larry in Kansas:
Jack, Mitt Romney does not have reality in his DNA. He constantly refuses to tell the American people what he really thinks. He needs a game-changer. Arrogant, outspoken, say-what-you-mean Chris Christie. He connects to the middle class. Christie would ignite the ticket like the 4th of July.
Cee in Louisiana:
It matters a lot… shades of Sarah Palin. I hope Romney chooses our Governor Jindal. He is never here anyway; he demotes any members of the legislature who questions his lame-brained policies. Does anyone in the media ever do some in-depth vetting of these people anymore? To hear the national media tell it, Jindal is a rock star. Well he is not… please take Bobby Jindal.
Paul in Ontario:
I don't think Romney's v.p. choice matters much at all, seeing that a recent poll gave Obama a double digit lead over Romney. He'd have to pick someone wildly popular. Too bad Justin Bieber is Canadian.
Do you think Joe Biden got 95% of the black vote 3 and a half years ago?