(CNN) – Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who political observers often cite as a potential running mate for White House contender Mitt Romney, said Thursday voters were no longer looking for sparks when selecting a presidential candidate.
Portman, speaking from Israel after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was asked by CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger whether his perceived lack of "pizzazz" would prevent him from being selected as a vice presidential candidate.
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"I think what people are looking for right now is not the kind of pizzazz and pop that perhaps we thought we got in 2008, certainly President Obama offered that," Portman said. The full interview will air Thursday at 4 p.m. on CNN's "The Situation Room."
Portman continued, "What they want now is someone who can work closely with Congress and get things done. We have a paralysis in Washington that's not serving our country. We have to address these issues."
Portman reiterated his point – made several times before – that he does not expect to be chosen as Romney's running mate, and that he intends to remain in the Senate.
"I'm very happy where I am, I'm a senator from Ohio," Portman said. "I'm on the armed services committee, which gives me the opportunity to get involved on some of these international issues. My focus is, as you know, on the economic issues and budget issues. My view is that I'm best able to serve my state and my country where I am."