August 3rd, 2008
10:53 AM ET
10 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. Vig

    John McCain will lose this election if he picks a good ole boy from the clubhouse. He needs to really think about a woman candidate – a competent woman, not only to shame Obama (who could care less about Hillary or any other woman candidate as VP) but to show he's progressive. Anyway, it's a write-in for Hillary. I'm already putting the remote on mute when Obamaspeak is jabbering.

    August 2, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Polly

    Just from quickly glancing at his background on the net, he looks like an interesting candidate. He would be a good person for the American public to get to know. He probably would be a good voice towards national security issues.

    August 2, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Cynt

    BREAKING NEWS....for I've just figured it out! McShame has gone disrespectfully negative all of sudden, not because he doesn't wish to see a black man in the white house...but because he finally realized that he is completely inept and totally incapable of steering this country out of the many challenges that we now face as a why not sabotage his own campaign? That's brilliant ~ and surely, he could not have come up with that idea on his own...

    Let us be in prayer for the leaders of this nation...and its citizens, for "Divided we Stand."

    August 2, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. El Kababa

    McCain's vice presidential choice may well become president. McCain is seventy, a cancer survivor, and may not survive a four year term. Huckabee would be his best choice. Romney by far would be the most frightening, not because he is Mormon but because of his CEO mentality.

    August 2, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Mary In AL

    So, mccain is in trouble in VA!

    August 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. 08/12 Obama

    Who with a brain would want to be on that loosers ticket and go down with the
    "Loosers Negative Express" ?

    August 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. William Courtland, Earth

    What would happen if they both ran for Vice as well as President?

    August 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. The end is near

    I have no problem with the ad other than the voice should be coming from below instead of above.

    I am not a big McCain supporter but is pretty obvious Obama is the anti Christ.

    August 2, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Steven E Harris

    I seriously doubt that the McCain campaign has this gentleman under serious consideration. He has too many positive points in his favor, and Mr McCain will not want anyone that may have even a possibility of upstaging him. Next...

    August 2, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  10. Brian

    No one cares... about u John McCain...

    August 2, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. Black 35 year old male for McCain

    Does the fact that John Edwards fathered an out-of-wedlock child ruin his chance of being chosen by Barack ?

    August 2, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  12. sssss

    mccain needs to put himself to sleep and be over with the race because his not winning the election. no matter what republican will not take office this year. mccain is a bad news and i think bush is much better than mccain.

    August 2, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. Raphael Alverio

    To those that do not know Sen. Barrack Hussein Obama , presidential nominee for the democratic party, I recommend you read the recent published book and Bibliography, a study made by the well known doctor Jerome Corsi, Ph.D. The book is titled "The Obama Nation" Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.

    Use your wisdom and do not be deceived by promises that you want to hear and may never be realized.

    Dr. Alverio
    Katy, Texas

    August 2, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. Tom B.

    CNN has ceased to be a news organization and has become an arm of the Democratic party. One needs only to look at the number of Obama news items on CNN versus the number for McCain. You might as well shut the doors and go home.

    August 2, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Why would anyone endanger their career by being VP for someone aiming to be the SECOND worst president in U.S. history? Hoping to get the top job due to McCain "checking out" soon after being sworn in?

    August 2, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. Peter

    If McShame chooses this guy than it will prove he only cares about winning the election

    August 2, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. McCain:SmallWeakManOffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    Maybe Grampy can pick someone to fill in the honesty, decency and integrity gaps in his character. Not likely, but he can try if he can remember the meaning of any of those words without any prompting from Cindy, Joe Lieberman or Lindsey Graham.

    August 3, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  18. Griff

    Whatever it takes, John.. You have all the right Credentials. Now you have to get through to the little one's.. They need a Mentor!!

    August 3, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. Bill In OHIO for MCCAIN

    John, Please make a good choice. You are now leading in the polls . You should be up by at least 5 by the end of August, or Higher. A Really Good VP pick could make that lead by 10. I can see and hear the hatred of the Obama crowd saying the same thing about you they said about Hillary. I hope the Democratic party are proud of their pick this year. This should have been the Democrats year. It will not be now. No Hillary, No Obama.

    OHIO WILL GO MCCAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MCCAIN 08, 12

    August 3, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. mk

    Can you pont me to a place where I can find objective news? Seriously, every article is about The ONE.

    August 3, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  21. im4cantor

    Oh, I so hope he chooses Cantor. Cantor is an id10t of the highest form. That would be awesome for McSame.

    August 3, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  22. Chris, PENN

    Mccain is brilliant. For months, the man sat and waited as the media promoted him as senile and near death. He sat and waited while Obama mocked him and played celebrity. He sat and waited and welcomed in a glance here and there as a few folks threw his way. Many said, he was done. Many more said he was running a disasterous campaign. But what he was really doing was....... He counted it all the obstables and the rockblocks. He studied and observed all of his opponents advantages. And when he saw that his opponent has eating too much, drank too much and his head was too heavy with self congratulations...........Mccain pounced! He pounced in the most unexpected ways...........he pounced not by taking away any advantages from his opponent but by building it up even larger, feeding it more and created an ever so bloated image of the man. All the show call advantages are now larger then life and their images are now distended, swollen, engorged, overstuffed and bloated. The once considered advantages has become disfigured images of self indulgence blown up so all can see them for what they are.

    Age has wisdom and wisdom has patience. Patience allow one to see truth through observations and truth is recognized by all at some level. Mccain is brilliant!

    August 3, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  23. Anonymous

    I follow your politics ,and I am left to wonder kind of an America is it ?First you talk about equal oppertunity for all but all the media does is keep bombarding their viewers with BLACK and WHITE issues.Why dont every body just see the individuals as just human beings just trying to better the country. Every body is just playing on the race card.Thats ashame on you America.Its time we grew up and be children again ,where colour didn't mean anything. We were innocent and pure and loving, untill we grew up to be foolish people just bent on distruction.

    August 3, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  24. bill for barack

    Eddie Cantor ?
    I remember him ...............

    August 3, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. Young Rep

    I'm totally behind McCain but I do not want Cantor. I'm sure he is a great conservative but his stance on Israel is to much for me. Also, his stance on Iran is way to in line with the neo cons. He really doesn't impress me.... McCain needs to pick someone like Pawlenty or Palin

    August 3, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
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