By JUANA SUMMERS | Politico
CHICAGO â€” A parade of vice presidential possibilities came here Friday to strut their stuff in front of a gathering of conservative activists.
Republican Govs. Chris Christie (New Jersey), Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Bob McDonnell (Virginia), and 2012 presidential runner-up Rick Santorum â€” plus ex-contender Herman Cain â€” all took a turn on the Conservative Political Action Conference stage.
The Republican farm team touted their records in their respective states and tried to undercut President Barack Obamaâ€™s case that he deserves a second term, especially on a day when his statements about the economy sparked a firestorm. But the group as a whole spent a surprisingly scarce amount of time promoting presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who has never enjoyed a cozy relationship with the partyâ€™s conservative wing.
The CPAC Chicago conference â€” a regional offshoot of the three-day Washington conference â€” gave the men that could be vice president a chance to take a solo tour and preen in front of hundreds of activists and party faithful.
Some, like Christie â€” who flirted with a 2012 presidential bid and has been an enthusiastic Romney surrogate â€” delighted the activists with his straightforward, unorthodox message.
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