August 3rd, 2008
10:53 AM ET
6 years ago

Cantor getting "thorough vetting" from McCain team

Rep. Eric Cantor, right, is being vetted by John McCain’s vice presidential search team.
Rep. Eric Cantor, right, is being vetted by John McCain’s vice presidential search team.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A Virginia congressman is among those getting "thorough vetting" by John McCain's vice presidential team, an informed Republican source told CNN on Saturday.

The lawmaker is U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., a top GOP member in the House. The 45-year-old is a fourth-term congressman representing Virginia's 7th District, a heavily-Republican district in the Richmond area.

The source said that the work on Cantor and other potential running mates is mostly done.

Some conservatives have been pushing the House chief deputy minority whip for the vice presidential spot.

"He's bright, clean, conservative but not angry, and Jewish. (He's a) great fund-raiser and locks up Virginia for good measure," the source said.

The source indicated he "doubt(s) he'll be the pick but he's a comer in the party."

A spokesman for McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told CNN on Saturday night he had no comment on the report, and would not say if McCain and the congressman had met. The Associated Press reports Cantor declined comment as well.

Cantor may be the only current member of Congress under serious consideration by McCain.

Others Republicans believed to be in contention include former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman of Ohio, and Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty


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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    It would be surprising if mccain picks a younger man (because his ideals are still old and a younger man has newer ideals. ) Although this would be great for the republicans, because they know that it is a great possibility that something will happen to mccain, before the next four years are up.

    CNN for two days I have posted and you have not put up in of my comments. Are you not posting comments from Obama Supporters?

    August 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Anna, SW Missouri

    That is just what McCain needs, an extreme right winger to show the independents that he really isn't the maverick that we all knew in 2000.

    August 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Susan

    Who?

    August 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. jFA

    Anybody questioning Barack Obama's decision to agree – for now – only to the 3 standard commitee for U.S. presidential debates, needs to look no further and wag their collective accusing and nagging fingers at the ridiculous attitudes posted on this forum.

    With a citizentry that would rightly disenfrancize itself with sociopathic beliefs and behaviors, why martyr ownself, hurl precious peals in slop for dirty mud hole jumping lunitics.

    A responsible and caring human being would work for those who have and will reciprocate in kind, for the circle of human and other life and for the continuing advancement and evolutions that carry all swimmers forth. Clear eyed, straight back people would we expect less than to do all we can for the most?

    August 3, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. jFA

    Anybody questioning Barack Obama's decision to agree – for now – only to the 3 standard commitee for U.S. presidential debates, needs to look no further and wag their collective accusing and nagging fingers at the ridiculous attitudes posted on this forum.

    With a citizentry that would rightly disenfrancize itself with sociopathic beliefs and behaviors, why martyr ownself, hurl precious peals in slop for dirty mud hole jumping lunatics.

    A responsible and caring human being would work for those who have and will reciprocate in kind, for the circle of human and other life and for the continuing advancement and evolutions that carry all swimmers forth. Clear eyed, straight back people would we expect less than to do all we can for the most?

    August 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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