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. JB

    Good choice!

    Senator Obama:

    There is no harm in saying, "I have done additional research and have decided that off shore drilling may be one of many components that will enable us to end this energy problem".

    We want a president who does research, learns from others and adjusts his opinion appropriately.

    NOBODY gets it right the first time, EVERTIME. Show us that you are willing to adjust. We haven't seen that from a President for a long time. Includes Bush and Clinton.

    If you have gained new insight, or seen it a new way, it isn't flip flopping its LEARNING!!!!! Something we all do, EVERYDAY, no matter how old or experiences you are.

    August 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. William Huggins

    Here's the real deal folks. The polls arent nearly as close as 'news' outlets would have you think. There are two main reasons why they are reporting a 'close' race. A) Close races are exciting and sell, and B) A McCain win (through election rigging done by some very influential people) will not raise as many questions if it appears it was a close race.

    August 3, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Jon


    "not angry, and Jewish"


    August 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. robert g parker

    Mitt Romney is strictly big corporate rep. Don't even consider this guy!~

    August 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Ted van Tol

    Yesterday on Dutch television I saw McCain singing
    Bomb, bomb Iran.
    I never heard enyting more stupid by a Presidential candidate!

    If I were a member of the Barack Obama team I would make a
    compulation, beginning and ending with this "song" and
    put in between all the stupid remarks he made the last month.
    I would broadcast it every night for a week on every TV station with the
    only comment "do you want this man to be your next President".
    It would realy do the work. It would be not an attack but pure facts.

    If America is electing McCain as President the whole world
    is morning for the lost chance of changes that we, in Europe see in Barack Obama's vision for the worldproblems.
    No country in the world would support McCains war strategy while
    I am pretty sure they would support Barack Obama's strategy.
    Focussing on Afghanistan, finish Al Qaida and the taliban.
    If the strategy is right America will get support from the world.

    Is America really electing the (next) joker of the world?
    Rev. Wright wil become thrut and America really is doomned.


    With love from the Netherlands

    August 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. ohhh lawd

    i just could not in good conscience vote for a man who has registered LOBBYIST running his campaign. anyone who can vote for John "i think we can argue that over all Americans ARE better off [than we were 8 years ago]"McCain must have been living under a rock for the last 8 years, or is so wealthy that the condition of the economy means noting to them or is not a woman who wants equal rights or is not concerned about the brave men and women who fought for our freedom, or is just plain stupid. the only VP choice McCain should be thinking about is Jesus...but after the blasphemous and sacrilegious ad he put out attacking Mr.Obama i think that is off the table.

    August 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. AJ

    Since there is no room for comment after the pathetic story of Obama's feckless backing out of town hall debates, let me ask you kool-aid drinking libs something:

    This man wants to be president?

    In a town hall meeting, his fawning media can't help him in a townhall setting where you have to be quick and knowledgeable. He cannot think on his feet. He hasn't a clue about economic issues, and anyone voting for him hasn't a clue either”

    Obama has to memorize his lines, and hopes to get screening of scripted questions beforehand. This won't happen. Dude's pretty vapid.

    August 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. wake up

    great team...should be a sitcom...Cant or McCaint

    August 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Great To Be An American

    Anything for publicity. Why vet him if he doesn't have a chance?

    August 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Bonnie NYC

    Doesn't sound like an impressive resume to me.

    August 3, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. TerryDo--PumaPac-40+


    Obama's ideal role for McCain? Loyal Opposition

    ............At lease we can claim that McCain is a patriotic!

    Obama: McCain camp cynical, not racist.

    .................That is true, McCain is not a racist and that he is cynical about you Obama, so is the rest of Americans.

    “I don’t come out of Central Casting… That is not true you are exactly filling the roll that Axelrod and Plouffe described would be the ideal candidate they write your speeches, they tell you how to dress, they tell you when to drop the race card etc… You are definitely from Central casting.

    “I’m young, ,,,,,,,,Not so young as much as Inexperienced

    I’m new to the national scene…... To new, they do not even know what you accomplished in Chicago.

    , my name is Barack Obama,….. Wrong you name is Barack Hussein Obama or is it Barry Soroto

    I am African-American…………..WOW, A.A. did you mention that you are a guy

    I was born in Hawaii,…. We are still not sure about that, where is you birth certificate?

    I spent time in Indonesia …You were adopted by your Indonesian step-father and became a citizen of Indonesia.

    . I do not have the typical biography of a presidential candidate…….That is why you are an empty suit, you biography is_________Fill In the Missing Blank.”

    August 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. linda from South Dakota

    oh my mccains consideration for VP is jewish? and whose complainin about race?? mccin has totally lost his mind,

    August 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. sublicon

    Ohhh, "not angry and Jewish", eh? Well, at least McCain has a strategy, right? He knows what he wants! . . . . right?

    Glad McCain campaign staff have the luxury of anonymity in times like these. We can see how they really feel. 🙂

    August 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. a southern bell for OBAMA





    HIS WIFES PILL ROBBERY, & much more.

    August 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Rob indetroit

    MCbush is full of it, he selected Romney weeks ago.

    August 3, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. The Obvious Choice

    The source said it: He will lock up Virginia! Thats all thats about!
    McCain secured his nomination from early this this year- several months before the Democrats why is it until now he still hasn't picked a VP? McCain is not ready to Lead!
    He is waiting on Sen Obama to make his pick so he can FOLLOW!
    Sen Obama a true Leader!

    August 3, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Brad, CA

    Wow, McCain looks even older in this photo. Sure makes mandatory retirement for workers at the public trough look even better – and make no mistake – McCain is just a a simple government worker, NOT a public servant.

    August 3, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Truth .Defined

    I am sure Cantor is a great story; but, no one REALLY cares about what McCain does. There have to be more interesting stories out there about McCain's candidacy.

    August 3, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Crush Rush

    John should have vetted himself first,what a bum.

    August 3, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Tony Constantine

    Eric Cantor would be an awful choice! He is an overzealous supporter of Israel, and would indeed be "nuking" Iran in the event of Senator McCain's dying while in office. Having a Jewish person as president or vice-president is fine. But having one who lives under the strict "kosher" tradition is absolutely not!

    August 3, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Walt, Belton,TX

    Cantor makes Obama look like a better candidate.

    August 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. norml

    just another jewish warmonger like lieberman.he supported the resolution to invade iraq,as well.bring him on!

    August 3, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. banderson

    Deception, misdirection and propaganda, this is the Republican way. John McCain is not going to pick Cantor just like he is not going to pick Jindal or Portman, or Crist. The Republicans have already decided that it is either going to be Tom Ridge for Pennslyvania, or Mitt Romney for Michigan. My money is on Romney because I think there is a deal in place engineered by the Bush administration for McCain to do one term, turn it over to Romney who will then select Jeb Bush as his vice-president. REMEMBER THESE COMMENTS IN FOUR YEARS CNN if McCain gets elected.

    August 3, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Cheri

    I'm from Va. and Eric Cantor is a joke!!

    August 3, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Bill From Fl


    August 3, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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