Romney’s potential running mates ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Evan Vucci/Associated Press/File Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan gained national attention as the GOP leader of the contentious federal budget discussions. Charles Dharapak/Associated Press/File Senator Rob Portman of Ohio addressed supporters in his home state on Romney’s behalf on Monday. Charles Dharapak/Associated Press/File Former Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota may not have national name recognition, according to polls. Jim Cole/Associated Press/File Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire could potentially appeal to independent female and younger voters. Michael Conroy/Associated Press/File Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has campaigned for Romney, has experience helping to manage disasters such as the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Jae C. Hong/Associated Press/File Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is seen by some as potentially helpful to Romney’s outreach to the growing Hispanic population. Charles Dharapak/Associated Press/File New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s blunt, off-the-cuff style could work as a contrast to Romney’s serious, even stiff demeanor. Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press/File Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would potentially bring a breadth of direct foreign policy experience that Romney lacks. She has said, however, that she is “still not interested” in the job.