February 24th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
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Potential V.P. picks stay mum

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, rumored to be on John McCain's shortlist for the number 2 spot, said Sunday he likes his current job.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, rumored to be on John McCain's shortlist for the number 2 spot, said Sunday he likes his current job.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican and Democratic conventions are still months away, but speculation on possible vice presidential candidates is running rampant.

The V.P. subject is just too enticing for most reporters, especially as the field continues to dwindle. But when the question is raised, potential running-mates from both parties almost always answer the same way: complete denial of any interest in the position.

Sunday was no different.

Governor Tim Pawlenty, R-Minnesota, spoke about the 2008 race with John King on CNN’s Late Edition. When asked about last week's Washington Post article that had Pawlenty on the short-list for John McCain's running-mate, the governor replied, "I don’t need a day job. I have one. I’m focused on being governor."

On Fox News Sunday, Governor Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, rejected the idea that he’s interested in Barack Obama's number two post. "I do have a very important job at hand, which is governing Virginia. I want to do everything I can to help Barack win Virginia, and I think I can do that as governor."

And Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, was even more straightforward on ABC’s “This Week.” In response to Steve Forbes' comment that she is the "frontrunner" for McCain’s V.P. pick, Hutchinson said “I think that Sen. McCain has a lot of options, I think he has to look at a lot of different factors. I don’t want to be vice president."

Perhaps the most expected V.P. dismissal came from Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, who also appeared on Late Edition. For months, rumors have surfaced of Hagel joining up with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York for a potential independent ticket. To that suggestion, he responded, “Chuck Hagel is out of the mix. I’m going to continue to focus on my job in the Senate, and do what I can to influence the direction of our country over the next year.”

– CNN's Peter Lanier


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  1. Terri in Texas

    As lond as Obama doesn't choose Billery as his running mate, he has a good cahnce of winning in Novemeber as long as he distances himself from the Clintons.

    February 24, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Gobama

    After defeating the Clintons, Barack Obama should select Gov Kathleen Sibelius of Kansas as VP.

    And considering that Kathleen has a few years of administrative experience, Obama should put Kathleen to work as the day-to-day administrator in the White House. lol

    Added advantage is that the females will not feel so let down, after Hilary already let them down with HER INABILITY to even run an effective national campaign on budget. lol

    February 24, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Cent Cal

    McCain-Clinton 08!

    February 24, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Joni

    Smart Women, Foolish Choices – – To all voting women of America, For the first time in you life a legit Woman candidate is running to be President and many of you are abandoning her for Obama. Not that Obama is bad. Either of them will make a good president. But if you do not believe in your own cause, a woman's cause, a mother's cause and support Hillary, why should America support women's causes, I mean your causes?

    February 24, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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