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Rating the Jindal-Pawlenty Veep Smackdown in Parma

PARMA, Ohio -- It wasn't American Idol, but for diehard Republicans, it was close: Bobby Jindal and Tim Pawlenty back to back on the same stage, showing off their stump skills on behalf of t Mitt Romney, the man who holds their vice presidential fates in his hands.

The two governors -- one current, one former -- stood in this Cleveland suburb Thursday on a makeshift platform in a parking lot at a strip mall trimmed with green-painted corrugated steel. The backdrop: A ticking national debt clock. The mission: Media coverage of the GOP message amid President Obama's "Betting on America" tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was a perfect showcase for their veep bona fides. So how'd they stack up?

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