June 2nd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

South Carolina’s Sanford dodges vice presidential talk

Sanford isn't hinting he wants to be VP.
Sanford isn't hinting he wants to be VP.

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."


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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Obama Fan

    Who in his right mind wants the VP job with McCain?

    They all know it would be the end of future political ambitions!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. JC

    Obama is too far left to be good for this country. He already plans on cutting the military budget despite the fact that we are at war!

    McCain 08.

    June 2, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Democrats

    Strange that some Democrats cant see Obama's long-term motives....

    Obama has soft corner for terrorists.

    He did not vote against a measure to label Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. WHY ??

    This is the same group who harbors hate and sponsors terror.

    Sinister moves.

    June 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. IAMWMD

    Can't blame the guy for not wanting to ruin his career by being linked with Tales from the McCrip and George Dubya Bush.
    .

    June 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Has it ever occurred to you people who say "Obama will lose" that IF he loses, it won't be because he's a "weaker" candidate but because you have voted AGAINST your interests (since Obama and Clinton have similar policies) and for a man that is total opposite, out of mere spite?

    So when the country's going to hell with McCain at the wheel, blame yourself for voting for him.

    June 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. enomisa

    I'll support the Republicans before I will vote for Obama.

    June 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Phil

    People, quit worrying that Hillary has "something up her sleeve." The party chooses the nominee, not Hillary. There isn't anything she can do, she can't "sue" to win the race. The courts have already ruled that they have no jurisdiction in how primaries pick their candidates, it's up to the party. And we can tell which way they are leaning.

    At this point, the only likely reason she is still running is to repay her campaign loans from herself.

    If she is dissatisfied with the Democrat party, she needs to leave it.
    She should've left at the start of the race however, if that was her intention. Complaining about the rules only once its clear that they do not favor you is very, very poor sportsmanship.

    June 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. ???

    "ACTION
    June 2nd, 2008 12:29 pm ET

    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."

    The magnitude doesn't matter, if you win by a single vote/delegate you still win.

    June 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. so what

    We all know it's going to be Keith Olbermann... let's just stop right now...

    Hopefully McCain picks Colbert

    June 2, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. martin

    noone cares if mccain gets a vp or not.

    June 2, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Mike

    I remember as a kid how I supported the Vietnam war. This was because my leaders instilled fear in me that if we retreated from Vietnam, all of Asia would be over run by Communism. Of course we now know that it was all lies. Vietnam is at peace with all of it’s neighbors and thousands of fine young Americans died for nothing. Now McCain tries to instill this same fear in this generation. Again it is a lie. When we leave Iraq they will work out their own problems in their own way.

    June 2, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Rick in Florida

    HEY.................How about Hillary for McCain VP??

    If so many Hillary supporters plan to vote for McCain anyway, it should be a good choice for John McCain to consider her.

    Then WE won't have to deal with her anymore.....or Bill (just read the July issue of VANITY FAIR to see what SCANDALS are coming next for good old Bill !!

    MORE REASONS not to have Hillary on our ticket !!

    June 2, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. martin

    action-noone cares about hillary anymore either.

    June 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Randy - Denver

    Not sure if this is the right choice for Mr. McCain, I would think he needs someone with a bit more "flair" who is well known for domestic issues to counter-balance Mr. McCain's belief that he is strong on foreign issues.

    However, since it appears (and has appeared for a while) that Mr. Obama will finally wrap up the Democratic Nomination tomorrow. I personally do not care who Mr. McCain brings in as his VP (I would not be surprised if it were Lieberman actually). I will be supporting and voting for Mr. Obama come November.

    Obama/Sebelius '08!

    June 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Tony

    Hey Governor! Thinbk twice about running with a LOSER! Doesn't look too good on your resume!

    June 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Sue

    But the real reason for Obama’s extraordinary freakout is that he fears the release of the videotape, reported here, of Michelle Obama in the pulpit of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church railing against “whitey.” And we don’t mean Whitey Ford. Four Republican sources have told me that the tape exists. I’ve also been informed that Karl Rove and his allies have a copy of it and are using it to raise funds for independent expenditure groups. The tape, I’m told, will be disclosed as the GOP October Surprise. It’s a ticking time bomb.

    And I’ve learned that a right-wing Republican billionaire has put a $1 million bounty on the video. He doesn’t want John McCain to win, like a number of conservatives, and thinks Obama is a pathetically weak candidate. The billionaire wants that video released now.

    June 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Tony

    I'm planning to write in Hikllary's name on the ballot whether it counts or not. We Dem.s deserve the reputation we have.

    Just NEVER learn. For the first time in decades we could have both houses of Congress and the White House, but the DNC, superdelegates and the black community just DON'T GET IT!

    Let the chips fall where they may and if Mc'Bush wins, so be it.

    June 2, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Tony

    JEB BUSH FOR MCCAIN'S VP!

    DEFINITELY SURE TO SINK HIM LIKE A STONE. THE WORLD IS FINISHED WITH THE BUSH'S.............PERMANENTLY!

    June 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Deb

    Take it to floor if you have to Hillary!

    We the people have spoken!

    And if the Super Delegates are smart and want to win in November with their Lifelong base in place, they will listen to the Will of the people!

    If the will of the people is ignored….

    I will be registering as a Republican and working the phone banks and donating all my disposable income to see that a qualified candidate is elected to our Highest Office!

    Hillary 08

    June 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. enomisa

    This historic election should be quite fun.

    Millions of democrats will turn out to vote- and for the first time in history- 50% of them will NOT vote for the nominee of their party.

    Write in Hill for a Nov win.

    Make history.

    June 2, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Tony

    HELL, EVEN HAVING YOUR PHOTO TAKEN WITH BUSH IS POISON!, AS MCCAIN WILL FIND OUT IN NOVEMBER!

    MCCAIN WILL LOSE A 2ND TIME AND WON'T BE LONG FOR THE SENATE AFTERWARDS. WON'T BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY ANY LONGER NOW THAT HE IS BEING EXPOSED MORE AND MORE FOR WHO AND WHAT HE TRULY IS EVERYDAY.

    BYE BYE JOHNNY BOY!

    June 2, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. shooter

    Who?

    June 2, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Tony

    YOUR COMMENT IS AWATING MODERATION!

    GET SOME NEW MATERIAL YOU JERKS! YAWN!

    June 2, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. enomisa

    If we Americans, democrats and republicans alike, who are tired of the Bush style... but can't throw our Country over to the leftist version of Bush unite behind Hillary Clinton and WRITE her in- we can abort the disaster that is Obama.

    June 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Unite for Country against Obama

    This DEM who does not want to replace the current Bush with his left wing counterpart, Obama, is appealing to all who love their country.

    Do not waste your vote on McCain. Rally behind the only viable candidate- Hillary Clinton- and join the movement to write her in in Nov.

    June 2, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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