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
another weak republican
Whats the point of replying to these comments on the weekend when they ignored all of them on saturday. Now all it says is permalink? Why have a "leave your comment" here if you are planning to ignor it all?
I would say that Hillary Clinton would make McCain an ideal VP her campaign issues closely match those of McCain and i think women would love to see her in the white house. whatever baggage she brings with her would be offset by her experience and draw power so he should reach across and invite her. obviously her future does not lie in an obama government
Mr.Cantor should , run Eric run. OBAMA 08
Connie from Indiana
Obama is the best choice in this race. Even the Republicans to include Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh praised him before they thought he stood a chance against Hillary. Now they are making false attacks on him and making up lies.
It doesn't matter who McCain chooses, he is a continuation of the Bush administration.
Yeah, but does he look like those other Presidents? Does he have a funny name? Is he . . . black? Yes, Not Really, No, he's Jewish.
You know what? I don't care! I'll bet the majority of US Voters are looking at issues and not the color of skin or the ethnicity of a Candidate. And if they ARE voting based on skin color or ethnicity and not based on issues and character, then maybe they shouldn't waste time voting in November. The USofA needs an educated voter, not an emotional one.
Is that the best picture they could find? It's like they snapped the shot 2 seconds before Cantor stabbed McCain in the back.
Clean?? As opposed to waht??
He sound like a good potential but I still believe that Gov. Paulin would bring many of Hillary supporters to vote for McCain.
How dumb is America to vote for a senile man for president?
You've voted for a lame duck and now it's time for senility!
Big Mc as long as it isn't Slow Joe. Hell you need someone young enough to push your wheelchair.
Hey John King go get your dictionary out you may have missed a couple words descriping this /di you tell him the so called Titanic is cracking re: The Loosers Express . Oh this may be,could be ,believe it may be, potential, serious consideration .believed to be in contention ,presumptive,a comer,a report,bright and clean but not angry and JEWISH (isnt that an odd statement Not Jewish?
What a buildup for 2 piles of crap.
Who cares what his "religion" is? Why don't we just re-name America :
McCain has to make sure that Cantor is willing to play dirty, dishonest political games like he does before bringing him on board.
I thought I was on CNN but must be Fox they won't let people blog keep removing them they must benefit McBush or are removed notice how the Brittney and religious McCain ad stay on here under Permalink and they cut blogs off after a couple entrys on McBush.
Way to go CNN you are showing your FOX colors.
I certainly hope that McCain can concentrate, what with Joe Lieberman practically jumping into his lap lately....
McKane and McCan't. What a pair!
I would prefer Mitt Romney. Mitt brings a lot to the table.
McCain should consider this further.
Mitt could become one of the finest VP's of all time.
Well, here are some facts, since the GOP doesn't like to deal in those. McBush has been around Washington for decades to be exact 25 years. He was a pilot (logged a whole 20 hours of flying) during Vietnam before making a poor mental error that led to his capture. He got more credit and fame than the pilots who complted their mission sucessfully in Vietnam.
The worst part of it all is that he left his injured wife for a wealthy trophy wife.
I think John should pick Mitt Romney today. He has no other good choice and I'm a Baptist. He is loosing vaulable time hum haulling around with the somewhat unknowns. You need Mitts voice on the trail now-Lets get going.
Isn't this known in other circles as the kiss of death ?
McCain gave us the ad "The One". In response, I dedicate to McCain the Metallica song "One".
I can't remember anything
can't tell if this is true or dream
deep down inside I feel to scream
this terrible silence stops me
now that the war is through with me
I'm waking up, I cannot see
that there's not much left of me
nothing is real but pain now
hold my breath as I wish for death
oh please God, wake me
back in the womb it's much too real
in pumps life that I must feel
but can't look forward to reveal
look to the time when I'll live
fed through the tube that sticks in me
just like a wartime novelty
tied to machines that make me be
cut this life off from me
now the world is gone I'm just one
oh God, help me hold my breath as I wish for death
darkness imprisoning me
all that I see
I cannot live
I cannot die
trapped in myself
body my holding cell
landmine has taken my sight
taken my speech
taken my hearing
taken my arms
taken my legs
taken my soul
left me with life in hell
Would the prospect of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) selected as the first Jewish Vice President help Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) carry Florida? The politics of identity is a tragic and treacherous trench.
McCain needs someone who is an excellent speaker,someone who is quick and decisive with a good sense of humor someone who could possibly steal the show from Obama.
Eric Cantor would be a very interesting choice and quite like the move McCain might go for! :)