WASHINGTON (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford continues to see his name floated in the GOP veepstakes - but he’s still not dropping any hints that he wants the job.
On CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer” yesterday, Blitzer asked Sanford: “You want to be the running mate?”
“No, I'm just trying to survive the week,” Sanford responded. “I made it to Sunday. I got another week ahead of me.”
“What's wrong with being vice president of the United States?,” Blitzer asked.
“There's nothing wrong with being president, there's nothing wrong with being president, there's nothing wrong with being vice president,” Sanford said. “But it's not on my radar screen. I'll worry about that lightning strike if it comes my way.”
Sanford told the Washington Post last year that if the GOP nominee inquired about putting him on the presidential ticket that he would at least entertain the idea. "Of course I'd take the call,” he said at the time.
The fiscal hawk is popular vice presidential option among conservatives, but some McCain insiders say Sanford may have damaged his chances by not endorsing the Arizona senator before the South Carolina primary in January. Sanford, as a congressman, had endorsed McCain during his 2000 bid.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest advisers, appeared to pour cold water on Sanford’s chances in March, noting that Sanford has had a “tough” tenure as governor.
"To be honest with you, I don't see any of us in South Carolina bringing a whole lot of value to the ticket,” Graham told The State newspaper. “We're talking about winning a national race that's going to be very competitive."
I suspect that this is just smoke screening. I think that they plan to bring in JEB BUSH... THE MASTER PLAN like the CLINTONS'.
Whoever, John. You've got my vote. Those Dems clearly need to be hit over the head with an oil soaked log. All they understand is the vote, so don't give them the vote, simple as that.
I'll learn to love you. I'm already working on it.
he's a typical republicans, flip-flopping, evasive liar
this Blitzer, guy is he so out there...............
he should be campaigning for billary................
by the way, mcbush will get clinton's supporters, so blizter, why not ask h er to be mcbush's vp..........the supporters are there,, why not here..
None of you bring any value to any ticket...not even McBush. There will be no country for old men! McBush, get ready for your defeat!
I normally don't vot Republican, but I voted for John Sanford for Governor of SC.
At this point, I doubt any GOP wants to be saddled with the 2nd place spot on a losing ticket.
So if you don't a candidate early, then you reduce your chance of being considered as a vice president nominee? And these individuals are the ones who run and lead this nation? Maybe I'm old fashion but whos is crazier; the candidate who doesn't consider the nominee because he did not endorse him early enough; or the individual who accepts vice president nominee of offer? Sound like a series on Sesame Stree......one of these things belong to another, one of these things are not the same........we all need to start looking for another country to live in.
There's always 2012.
They will sneak in Jeb Bush?God help us.
We cetainly don't need Mr. Grahm and his "secret life" in the whitehouse. We need someone with hard core Christian Values like Gov Huckabee.
Democrats, Independents, & Republicans for McCain!
Sounds like a smart man to me. I wouldn't want to run on George's coat tail either!!!
Couldn't Agree with army and navy mom more.
Boy, it is a sad day when I have to agree with Sen. Lindsay Graham but he is right – I don't see any of us in SC bringing a whole lot of value to McCain's ticket. I hope he picks Sanford for his VP because I would love for him to be out of SC for a long while.
We are going to need a stable, reliable, honest nominee with knowlege and wisdom to run against the republicans (Obama). And
We are also going to need a fighter who will fight dirty and won't care if she's talked about or picked on. (Because Mccain is not going to run a clean campaign). If Hillary is willing to unite the democratic party and use her fighting spirit against the republicans then an Obama-Clinton ticket is awesome. It's like playing nice and dirty as the same time. With these two different personalities the republicans don't stand a chance in the General elections. The republicans won't know how to handle Obama and Hillary. As far as the democratic party with these two.. It's a winning ticket all the way if the democratic party unite.
Isn't it amazing how Clinton supporters suddenly turn to a Rebublican as their choice for president.? There like children in a playground that when they do not get their way they throw a tantrum.
republicans need not bother choosing a vp.they will have no need for one.
it doesn't matter who mccain pick
Obama 2008/2012 and that's without Hillary on the ticket.....
IF HE'S SMART HE'LL SAY "NO", IF HE'S ASKED TO BE THE VP.
WHO WANTS TO BE THE ONE'S ARRANGING THE DECK CHAIRS ON THE TITANIC??
Independent, Vietnam Vet, for Obama.
Hillary support for McCain. At least this one is!!
If you consider Bush's popularity and McCain's near identical rhetoric on the most important issues, I would be scared to the VP nominee on the ticket. If you lose, any hope of a future presidential campaign of your own is probably shot to pieces.
NO ONE POINTS OUT THAT OBAMA'S DELEGATES IS ALSO LESS THAN 1% MORE THAN CLINTON'S!!!!!!
WHY NO ONE MENTION THAT, BUT JUST TO SAY ANYTHING AGAINST CLINTON.
Sanford is non-factor in South Carolina. His main goal was to bring School-Choice to SC, but the people of SC voted in a Democrat as Superintendent to stop him from doing it. Thats right, the only Democrat elected to a South Carolina state office in 2006 was Jim Rex, and only because he was against Sanfords inane silly idea.
If SC would actually wake up and listen, they would see as a state we are closer to the Democrats than Republicans. However, most don't vote because they think the Southern Baptist own the state. However, they don't, and it is a shame we let them pretend they do.
Please pick this clown McCain...he's already run our state into the ground...I can only imagine what he'd help you do to our country.