A new poll shows Texas congressman Ron Paul surging into the lead with just two weeks till Iowa's caucuses, the first step in the 2012 presidential contest.
The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows Paul with 23%, ahead of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who was the choice of 20% of those polled.
Former front-runner Newt Gingrich dropped to third at 14%.
Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum, Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachman and Texas Governor Rick Perry were all tied in fourth place at 10% each.
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was last at 4%.
But another poll has Gingrich neck-and-neck with Romney. According to a new CNN/ ORC International poll released Monday, each has 28% of potential voters nationwide.
Meanwhile, Iowa Governor. Terry Branstad says a former Republican presidential nominee suggested he would be a good choice for vice president, but Branstad maintains he's not interested.
Speaking Monday at his weekly news conference, Branstad noted the issue came up recently when he spoke with former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole about the 1996 presidential nominee's endorsement of Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Branstad says Dole mentioned that the Iowa governor would make a good vice president.
KCCI TV reports that Branstad told reporters, "I'm flattered" but not interested.
Branstad added that he loves Iowa and thought others were better qualified to be vice president.
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