Is Romney getting closer to picking running mate?

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 2. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 2.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks to senior adviser Beth Myers after they boarded his charter plane in Centennial, Colo., on Thursday en route to Aspen, Colo.

Despite saying on Thursday that he hadn't yet decided on a running mate, Mitt Romney gave a possible hint on Friday that he's nearing a decision: Three of his top strategists accompanied him on a flight from Aspen, Colo., to Las Vegas.

The trio included Beth Myers, who is leading his vice presidential selection process, as well as former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie and senior campaign advisor Kevin Madden.

During a radio interview on Thursday with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Romney declined an opportunity to make an announcement about his pick or the timing. But he praised the "large number of people" from whom he's had to choose.

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Later on Thursday, Romney met with some of the possibilities at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association near Aspen. Among the governors present were New Jersey's Chris Christie and Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, both of whom have been the subject of running-mate speculation.

Each of the governors gave brief remarks praising Romney and highlighting their own accomplishments that they achieved in their states using conservative principles.

Romney is holding a campaign event Friday at Sierra Truck Body & Equipment in North Las Vegas. From there he is scheduled to travel to a series of fundraisers in Reno.

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