Axelrod said if Romney picks Ohio Sen. Rob Portman as his running mate, it wouldn’t affect the Obama campaign’s strategy for competing there. He added that if anything, Portman’s ties to the Bush administration’s economic policies — he was a Bush budget director and trade representative — would reinforce that Romney wants to return to the Bush policies.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.