July 23rd, 2008
09:15 AM ET
11 years ago

Is McCain inching towards Pawlenty?

Is McCain inching toward Pawlenty?

Is McCain inching toward Pawlenty?

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - It's VP tea leaf reading season, and a Republican source who attended a small private meeting with John McCain Tuesday in New Hampshire tells CNN that the GOP candidate dropped a serious hint about Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

The Republican source said "out of the blue" McCain told the gathering that he thinks they are "really going to like" Pawlenty.

CNN's Political Market: Pawlenty's stock on the rise

This GOP source noted that McCain also said nice things about Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani, but those appeared to be standard lines he says about former rivals.

This source said McCain may have been talking about Pawlenty because the meeting was with New Hampshire GOP delegates, and the Republican convention is in Pawlenty's state.

But this source said McCain's praise was effusive, and noteworthy because it appeared to come "totally out of left field."

Pawlenty is a long-time supporter of McCain's. He's from a swing state with considerable support across the Republican Party, including evangelicals, and has always been thought by Republican strategists to be on McCain's short list.

The Minnesota governor, who is visiting Washington, was at McCain headquarters in Virginia today for meetings, according to a McCain aide.


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  1. Steven, MA

    It doesn't matter, it's the same formula. Old white guy, with young white guy, who'll pretend they know what's best for non white guys.

    July 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. damion

    MCCain is counting on a state that voted for Jesse Ventura and some sort of home field advantadge with the RNC being in the backyard of Pawlenty? Wow, and we think his Iraq plan (or lack there of) is flawed??? Yikes!

    July 23, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    Semper Fi: oh boy, you are so cynical! You actually believe that Sen. Obama will lose because of his race? I guess I am more naive, I STILL believe in the BASIC GOODNESS & COMMON SENSE of THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! I believe that people, who vote, will weigh carefully the differences between the two candidates and choose wisely........ this time. We have been FOOLED BY THE GOP TWICE! And what has that gotten us?????????????????????????????????????

    $10 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT; 4100 TROOPS DEAD, ANOTHER 30 THOUSAND MAIMED; LIES, AND MORE LIES; ENRON LOOPHOLE; TORTURE IN IRAQ & GUANTANAMO. Just to name a few of the Bush/Cheney/McCain problems!

    God willing America is waking up! We wont buy the lies and half-truths this time! And sure many wont vote for Sen. Obama because of his race......... that's their ignorance and their hatred showing.

    July 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Manny

    Attention all bloggers:

    If you have nothing constructive and intelligent to say in regards to the topic at hand, then don't write anything!

    Most of you people wouldn't know the facts on a variety of issues if they slammed you in the face. I will vote for the person who has a track record of doing the following:

    1. Supporting an overall decrease in government spending (which generally means less taxes).

    2. Our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms (which by the way was just reaffirmed by the Supremes, and no that does not mean that you liberal fascists can make new and more detailed anti-second amendment laws).

    3. Keeping this country secure from future attacks from our enemies. I have a hard time believing that a man who has never served in any brach of the Armed Forces, and has consistently voted against funding our troops and supporting defeat overseas will lead us as our Commander-in-Chief. You watch, now that he's back from his "tour of duty" (what a joke!) he will toe the Bush line a little more and now that he has seen the situation on the ground will defend the surge a little more, as well as breaking all of your hearts when he fails to bring the troops home within 16 months as he promised.

    Why don't you guys go on to moveon.org and Code Pink and blog a little more for the candidate that will continue to lie to you, when you know deep down if he is elected he will toe that center line. Too bad you guys are all invested in this man, because the messiah he is not, and you will come out more dissapointed in him than you think.

    July 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. MN Ike

    Obama needs medical attention. He has a severe case of PIS. Premature Inauguration Syndrome.

    July 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Oluwa

    Yesterday, McCain made a serious error about the time of the surge and what caused it on CBS. No one in the media is talking about this, even CBS cut it out from its airtime. When he was talking about it, he sounded so confident like he new what he was saying but it was all false.
    It was only on Anderson Cooper on CNN that talked briefly about it last night on AC360 (that's how I found out). This is becoming ridiculous. Why wont the media talk about this? How can the Media let this get away. When he was talking about it, he sounded so confident like he new what he was saying but he was completely false.
    McCain is older version of Bush, no matter how commander-in-chief he may seem, He does not know a lot of things when it comes to the Middle East and Europe.

    July 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Meneka

    McCain should pick Sean Hannity as he is very negative like McCain. I do not care who he pick as VP, in my eye Obama is my next President he is the future.

    July 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Clark

    Jindal is running for president for 2020. He'll be 48 by then, which is Barack's age.

    July 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Chuck

    Another Evangelical. This is truly our own homegrown terrorist group. The hatred and divisivness this group has caused is repulsive and widespread. It has influenced how the world sees us as a country, and it is not in a positive light. I hope America sees this as what it is. A group of radicals trying to influence law and the constitution for the benefit of themselves and no one else. The fact that these people want to discriminate against other loyal tax paying Americans because of their sexual orientation, choice of birth control and many other reasons, (just ask one) is truly damaging to the cohesivness of this country. Of course this is all done in the name of JESUS. If there is a God he hates Evangelicals.

    July 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Marv

    Go figure, a CNN (Clinton News Network) Blog that has all liberal comments. You people are disgrace to your party and clueless!!
    Huseing Obama will having all of us wearing head dresses and the women covering their faces, buried in taxes and driving this economy into Jimmy Carter's 70s. Wake up and get a life . Move to Europe with your liberal friends!!

    July 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Bob Beckner

    Love all of these McCain knockers. Let me see any one of them walk in his shoes! Yeah keep the Democrats in office(they control) Congress

    July 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. IMR4064

    Great more liberals who call names instead of discussing issues. I don't care who the candidate will be. I just want to know what they stand for.

    July 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Dave

    Old and young men yell at cloud.

    July 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. candide

    How will Catholics like the fact that Pawlenty left the Catholic church for an evangelical one?

    July 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Authority Figure

    Wow. All of these Obama supporters chiming in on McCain. Obama is ahead in polls and getting all of this press. Why this obsession with the VP pick? Don't resort to personal attacks when it comes to McCain. It really shows how far America has sunk when it comes to politics. Focus on the issues. While I like Obama as a person, I can't vote for him. Besides being just a new suit, he brings nothing else to the table. The promise is there if he puts a few more years into the Senate. I am afraid he will get caught like a deer in headlights when it comes to Iraq. Anot

    July 23, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Man with a clue

    I can't believe I just wasted 5 min reading a bunch of #$#$# from a bunch of Hussein Obama suckups :<

    July 23, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Independent in Iowa

    Holy Cr@p!!! I don't believe it!

    CNN is actually covering a story not about Obama?! What kind of alternate dimension did I wake up in?!

    July 23, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. nomoredems

    nice choice another moderate republican. this will get the conserevative base fired up. living here is minnesota we all know that he is just another global warming,big government rino.

    July 23, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Raider20

    As an undecided voter, it concerns me that no one on this message board has anything of substance to criticize McCain about. All I see are petty, personal attacks against McCain. I am finding many substantive issues that concerns me about Obama.

    July 23, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Kevin

    McCain should choose Jindal.

    And Obama's tied or barely ahead of McCain not because of his race, as some say (look how many Republicans want Jindal), but because he's a very, very flawed candidate. A lot of people still believe the hype, but a lot of other people are waking up. His policies would be devastating to our country. He has flip flopped on most issues since the primaries ended. Plus 143 working days in the Senate makes for a very thin resume for the most powerful office in the world. Yes, we want to change Washington politics, but let me tell you something: Chicago politics aren't any better.

    Most racist remarks that have been made in this campaign have been made by the left. (ie Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, etc.) It's great that an African-American is a presidential nominee, but just as someone's race shouldn't disqualify them, neither should we elect someone based solely upon their race. "Content of their character", as MLK said... of course, character's anathema to the vast majority of politicians today.

    McCain is far from perfect, but choosing Jindal would be a very good step in the right direction. If he chooses someone like Guiliani, I might find myself voting for (can't believe I'm saying it) Bob Barr. I honestly don't know enough about Pawlenty to make a decision on him yet.

    July 23, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. KC

    McCain inching, shuffling, creeping, crawling, poking along, dragging his feet, toward Pawlenty. Love the visual.

    Studying, discerning, considering, thinking.

    While Obam needs hundreds daily just to prop him up. And he'll never pick a VP because he changes his mind every day – he'll be too scared to stick with anyone!

    July 23, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Safteyman

    No matter who he picks for VP will be better than anyone Obama picks. Obama has no clue on what is going on here or any where in the world. He is just a lost cause. He does have a good logo. Time for a change.

    July 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. 93Metro

    All you socialists on here are ruining this country and you have no clue.

    July 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. drg3750

    It's not likely that Pawlenty will be picked. I still think Crist is going to be chosen. Pawlenty brings almost nothing to McW's campaign.

    As for Obama's VP, there is no one who is better qualified than Wes Clark. Clark puts all other choices in the shade.

    July 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Tim S., Seattle, Washington

    Yes, but more importantly, who is Nader picking for his VP?

    July 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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