May 9th, 2008
08:58 AM ET
10 years ago

Sanford won’t appear with McCain

 Mark Sanford poses for a picture with President Bush.

Mark Sanford poses for a picture with President Bush.

(CNN) – Mark Sanford might be considered a vice presidential prospect by some, but the South Carolina governor won’t be appearing with John McCain when the presumptive Republican nominee arrives in the Palmetto State on Friday.

Sanford, a member of the Air Force Reserves, has reserve duty on Friday, a commitment that will keep him far away from McCain’s press conference in Columbia this afternoon.

Joel Sawyer, a spokesman for the governor, said Sanford’s wife Jenny will attend the McCain press conference as well as a big-ticket fundraiser in Columbia later in the day.

Despite the vice presidential speculation surrounding Sanford nationally, several McCain insiders in the state have privately downplayed the likelihood that he will tap Sanford, a staunch fiscal conservative, as a running mate.

McCain was asked about his vice presidential search process at a campaign event in New Jersey on Friday morning.

“There is a period where you just start looking at a large number of people,” McCain responded, “and we are still at that stage.”

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  1. a REAL American

    A few quick questions for you Stacy Clarks– what makes abortion a "right"? Does that fetus have a voice to speak up? Why don't women who committ abortion exercise their "right to choose" when they're acting irresponsibly and getting knocked up? And before you start stammering about how abortion is for women who are raped or victims of incest, keep in mind that a very low proportion of total abortions are done under these circumstances.

    Darth Vadik, what an intelligent posting. Your all-inclusive attitude speaks volumes of how concerned Obama supporters are about "uniting" this country.

    May 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Dave

    I would be so impressed to see a thoughtfull and mature comment from an Obamite for once – one without petty name calling, without paranoid dellusions, and one without the empty slogans.

    Please Obamites, define what "change" really means. Seems like back in the 1930's, the Germans wanted "change" without knowing what "change" really meant. Wow, did they and the rest of the world get it!!!!!

    I doubt this post will make it since it doesn't fawn over Obama.

    May 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Don

    The headline should have been, "Sanford to miss McCain visit due to Air Force Reserve duty". Your headline indicates there is a disagreement or issues between the men . . . and you say you not biased . . . Baloney.

    May 9, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. DoneWithDems

    Dems....go away!! Your constant drivel and mung has a reaking stench to it. You've turned this campaighn into a cesspool.

    Spoiled and unruly children. Learn some discipline or go home......or Canada.

    May 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Bucks County

    Just remember it was the women like Hillary who fought so hard for Roe v. Wade and other gender equality issues.

    May 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Tired of W, OH

    CNN, why aren't you reporting on McCain's crooked land deal? McCain pushed for a 35,000 acre land swap that benefited one of his top fundraisers. This corruption and back-scratching is just another example of the old politics.


    May 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. JDS N.C.

    Sanford would be a great pick and he is from the South. Strong principals and has led his state well. He doesnt tread into the social issues but has made his mark in fiscal issues.

    May 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Twinkle Toes Mulligan

    Obama can't win without Clinton.

    If Clinton is not on the ticket. I don't vote.

    May 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Independent

    Carolflowery –

    Obama was born in part of the United States, making him "a native-born U.S. citizen." If he had been born outside the U.S., then both parents would have to be citizens for him to be a qualifying citizen. The "both parents" part is clearly only modifying "or those born abroad," hence the parentheses.

    May 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Andy J, NY

    To Darth Vadik: News flash, pal- Democrats and Republicans are the same people. How can you not see that these parties have been hijacked by liars. Truthful politicians are the exception to the rule, especially when it comes to Democrats and Republicans.

    How about you think for yourself and remove the spoon they use to feed you the mindless garbage you spew. But then again, you're probably a socialist and enjoy being fed by the government.

    That goes for everyone else: Personal responsibility, fiscal conservatism, morals, hard work, and respect for our brothers and sisters. These are the things we should strive for. These are the ideas upon which America was built, and thats how you succeed in this country.

    May 9, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    For those who continue to read that Sen. McCain is a warmonger or who are bombarded by DNC ads distorting his "100 years" remarks at a townhall meeting, the following are the words of Sen. Joe Biden in a recent television interview: "My fellow Democrats may not like to hear me say this but, I know John and he hates war and he would do everything he could to get us out of Iraq."

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Mark

    carolflowery please read your on words before posting such nonsense!

    "Only native-born U.S. citizens (or those born abroad, but only to parents who were both citizens of the U.S.) may be president of the United States, though from time to time that


    BARACK is a native-born U.S. citizens!!!

    May 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Ken

    Apparently, McSame doesn't want a "a staunch fiscal conservative, as a running mate". It sure would be strange seeing a real fiscal conservative in the upper echelons of the [R] party power structure after the executive and congressional spending orgy of the last 8 years. Notice that I said 'real' -- these neo-nuggets talk a good game, just enough so the [R] lamebrain public will feel good about voting for them, but we've all seen what a crock they realy are. The proof is in the pudding - and you [R]s have proven yourselves to be abject failures at running this county.

    May 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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