When Sen. John Thune and Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) opted against 2012 presidential bids, that left just two potential candidates serving in Congress, Reps. Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann. While both are long shots to secure the GOP nomination, Paul and Bachmann have tea party cred that could come in handy should they give it a try.
But the bench is deep when it comes to the No. 2 slot on the ticket to challenge President Barack Obama.
These Members of Congress are likely to be on any nominee’s longish short list for vice-presidential contenders come 2012. Here are a few pros and cons about each.