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. David Hodo

    If Obama is Britney and Paris then that would have to make McCain Lancelot Link, then of course that would make Cindy McCain Lance's girlfriend Mata Hari!

    August 3, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  2. Paul Olson

    As a citizen of John McCain's supposed home state of Arizona, I find it interesting that so many think that the Senator will do a good job as President when, in fact, he has done such a poor job as a Senator from Arizona.

    His voting record is horrible. He seldom bothers to attend Senate meetings....even worse now that he is running for President.

    I live in Arizona's second largest city...Tucson. Senator McCain has not bothered to vist the second largest city in his state since 1997. That's 11+ Years folks!

    I could never wish my nation the same level of service from a President as Senator McCain has shown his own home state!

    In fact, a NY Times Poll now shows that Arizona, McCain's home state is now considered a battleground state as Senator McCain only leads in our most populous County (Maricopa, wich includes Phoenix) by a mere 5%!

    I'm betting that with a little effort by the Obama folks...That you will see a BLUE Arizona this November!

    August 3, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. Karl

    "He's bright, clean, conservative but not angry, and Jewish."

    What does being Jewish have to do with anything? BTW, what do they mean by clean?

    August 3, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. Raymond Duke

    He may be a good choice but I would have to do some research on him and see what stances and policies he has toward america and its people.

    August 3, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  5. fred

    Why not Huckabee??????? Or is he too good for McCain. If McCain picks Romney, I'm not voting.

    August 3, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA


    August 3, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  7. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    LOVE the description "conservative, not angry and Jewish". First of all, I don't know of one conservative who isn't angry- and the Jewish bit–anyone remember the way Joe Lieberman was lambasted in 2004 by this party?
    Virginia will go BLUE this year- and the next President is an African American who turns 47 Monday.
    Talk about "angry" conservatives!!

    August 3, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  8. andrew s

    who care's Mcsane is a looser and Americans would be dumb to vote for him

    August 3, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  9. Doris,Memphis,TN

    McCain has loss the respect of so many Americans this past week.
    I thought this campaign would be about the issues not Brittney Spears, Paris Hilton or the Messiah. He is putting women down and
    talking inappropriately about religion. Maybe he should select
    Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh. He should work well with one of
    these guys.

    August 3, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  10. Jaime

    Cantor might be a good pick. After all someone needs to stay up and work past 7pm.

    August 3, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  11. Timber (ex dem)

    The dems are wondering why Obama is not beating McCain???! Are you kidding? This was forecast months ago, the guy is not qualified, he can give speech after speech but he is still not qualified. Hillary was, but the Liberal elite in the DNC hijacked the party and installed Obama. We the people will not put up with that kind of corruption, WE choose the candidate, NOT Dean, Pelosi and Brazile. THAT is why he is not winning so you can now stop wondering.

    August 3, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  12. CB

    Doesn't matter who he's vetting. None wants to run on a losing ticket. In the end he probably will pick Bush as his VP. LOL!

    August 3, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    I wouldn't care if mccain picked Jesus as his running mate it still wouldn't make him an honorable man and he will never get my vote!

    August 3, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    Not bad traits compared to his running mate, who would counter the ticket by being dim-witted, dirty, moderate and hot-tempered, and a cracker. Also a poor fund-raiser (can hardly raise his pants by himeself) and is a lock to be on the losing end of a landslide victory in Virginia. Way to balance out your ticket McCain!

    August 3, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |

    I cannot imagine any intelligent, ambitious, honorable
    person wanting to run as a VP with Mccain.
    His extreme dirty politiing has taken away any
    integrity the man once had,

    August 3, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Yan, Minneapolis

    When it comes to election, Repubs have six Gs: God, Gay, Gun, Gambling, Gynecology, & Greed. No matter who you pick as VP running mate, we the people are turning the tide to against your corrupted party this time.

    Obama 08/12

    August 3, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    A Jewish man? That should make Lieberman happy.

    One hear-beat away? I thought it was going to be the Mormon.

    August 3, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Dr. Roy

    Cantor would be an excellent choice! A political conservative will certainly get support from the right. Selecting Cantor would counter a Kaine selection by Obama, and most likely keep Virginia in the Republican camp. The greatest benefit, I believe, is capturing some of the Jewish support, which is strong in heavily Democratic northeast states, especially New York and Maryland. Plus, many African Americans still remember that the Jewish population was one of the first and one of the strongest supporter of civil rights.

    August 3, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Is this the Best You Can Do?


    August 3, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. cynamen

    BREAKING NEWS...For I’ve just figured it out! John McShame has gone disrespectfully negative all of a 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 nation out of the many challenges that we now face. So instead if running that “aforementioned” honorable campaign, he opts for self-sabotage, which is brilliant! Surely, he could not have come up with that bright idea on his own; nevertheless, it is a mixed blessing that his true character has been revealed before it was too late...

    Let us be in prayer for the leaders of this nation ~ and its citizens...for “Divided we Stand.”

    August 3, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    I'm from that guys district and he has voted w/ Bush something like 99% of the time.........another reason to vote for Obama.

    August 3, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Ann Romero

    John McCain is solid and he will pick someone of great value to the ticket. McCain is someone you can trust, his record and love of this country is deep. I believe his age only gives us more wisdom on how to get the job done. He will save tax dollars and all people will benefit. We don't need bigger government to spend all our monies and ask more from those of us who are hit the hardest in the failing economy.

    Think twice and vote safe, because John McCain will make sure our country is safe from the enemy and protect Israel.

    Obama is young, he can get over it and run again. We can afford to have this flame, star attitude running our country. Experience is better in the long run, other leaders will not take Obama serious, they will laugh and say only in America, liberal, loose and fancy free. The enemy loves this type of environment.

    Vote for McCain to keep us proud Americans , we don't want to be consider Fools.

    August 3, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    So !!!!, and what does Jewish how to do with the price of coffee? If you feel that the person you want for VP can help you then what does his religion have to do with anything. Quality,Quality,Quality.

    August 3, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Charlotte

    This is going to be one of the most important decisions either candidate will make. I will write in Hillary in November, as I do not have any confidence in either of the two major candidates.

    August 3, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. dannette

    The media, with the exception of msnbc, is helping MCain by showing his negative commentary about Obama, then excludes Obamas negative remarks about McCain. Obama should take out an add and tell the voters about McCains misleading information and his parternership with the oil companys. And stop waiting on the news outlets to tell the truth about offshore drilling! It's time to tell the nasty truth about McCain, and stop being nice, Obama!!!

    August 3, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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