August 19th, 2008
06:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Potential VP to attend major McCain event in Ohio

Portman will be on hand the day McCain is expected to name his VP.
Portman will be on hand the day McCain is expected to name his VP.

(CNN) – Former Rep. Rob Portman - who reportedly figures high on John McCain’s VP shortlist - will attend the major campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio next week where the presumptive Republican nominee is expected to make his vice presidential announcement, amid mounting speculation the former Ohio congressman may join the GOP ticket.

Portman representative Rob Lehman confirmed that the former Bush official would be on hand at the event - which is scheduled for Friday, just hours after the Democratic convention officially ends - but added that his presence at the rally is not unusual. “He always tries to attend events when McCain is in Ohio," Lehman told CNN.

Portman campaigned on McCain’s behalf last week in Indiana.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Sherry

    Mitt Romney is the economic King we need to solve the problems of the kingdom.

    Anybody who did crack cocaine should never be president, but Mitt Romeny would be the peice McCain needs to make America even better.

    August 19, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Paulsur

    This is the sorriest race ever, a liberal democrat posing as a conservative republican versus an anti-american socialist posing as a liberal democrat.
    YUCK!

    August 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Cant Wait

    Seriously, some of you Obamatons should actually read your own drivel before posting. But I guess that cogent thoughts aren't um, er, uh, exactly a strong suit in the Obama deck.

    August 19, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Mrs. Claus could not help McCain.
    He is not ready on Day1 and neither is Meg.

    August 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. John Smith

    In America, we are really good at electing "dumbos" to the Presidency. Just count the following:

    1. George Bush
    2. Bush Senior
    3. Regan

    Now, we are ready to elect another senile guy, rather than a presidential scholar, to the presidency!!!

    August 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. john

    With all the jobs lost in Ohio to free trade and McCain's stance as the biggest free trader of all, I'm surprised they don't run him out of Ohio. More than anyplace else in the US, Ohio can not afford another Republican free trade proponent. 6 out of every 10 Ohioans is on food stamps. Maybe they are weak with hunger.

    August 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Steve-o

    Soldier 4 Obama,

    Why can't you liberals spell properly or construct a decent sentence?

    August 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. zuq

    Google McCain and Organized Crime. Get with it America. This guy is a long term criminal.

    August 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Seattle Sue

    Molly, Don't you rember the American people voted the biggest fraud in all of our history in the last two presidentual elections. George W. Bush. If we were dumb enough to do that, we will probably be dumb enough to vote another disaster into office. John McCain.

    August 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. tim, boston

    ONE OF MANY NEO-CON BUDDIES OF MCSHAMELESS?

    SURPRISE SURPRISE!

    NOT!

    August 19, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. VOICE OF REASON

    THE THINKING PUBLIC KNOWS WHO SO EVER IS THE VP IS ABSOLUTELY IMMANURE AT THIS POINT. ITS LIKE SAYING HAD ALGORE BEEN PRES OSLAMA BIN LADEN WOULD HAVE CALLED OFF THE FLIGHT SCHEDULE. NOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!! THINKING PEOPLE THINK THROUGH THE MATTERS OF OUR STATE FROM BEGINNING TO END. YOU KNOW ABOUT LOGIC RIGHT? SCIENCE OF REASONING RIGHT? NOT FINGER POINTING AND NOSE PICKING GUESSES. THE WORLD WILL GO ON ITS COURSE AND IT WILL GO TO THE MOST POWERFUL. PLAY TIDDLY WINKS WITH EACH OTHER AND HAVE YOUR SANDBOX SPATS AND THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL GOBBLE UP EARTH WHILE THEY GIGGLE AT US. THESE TWO EMPTY WIGS AND THE POPULARITY CONTEST THAT IS ALL THE RAGE WILL BE GONE FROM THE SCENE SOON AND WHATS LEFT IS YOUR KIDS INHERITANCE. WILL THEY CURSE US OR LOOK BACK AND SAY THAT WE DID THE RIGHT THINGS. DOESNT MEAN A THING WHO WINS IN THIS CURRENT STATE OF THE WORLD. BETTER THINK MORE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY AND BE CONSERVATIVE AND SHREWD. DEAR MARGARET THATCHER SAID IT BEST " THE FACTS OF LIFE ARE CONSERVATIVE.'

    August 19, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. J.C.

    Sorry, Mr. Portman, but I still prefer a governor on the ticket.
    I am independent, but I can't imagine to have two senators on the same ticket.

    If the Democratic party has the Congress and two Dem senators in the White House, that would be a nightmare for our country. I feel more comfortable when the balance of power in our government is observed.

    August 19, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. anonymous

    Obama is to bah hum bug. He can't ever seem to come straight out with anything He stampers for words and he just can't seem to win the public trust with all his insecure thoughts just anything he thinks the public wants to hear.

    August 19, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. RJ, CA

    Looks like Michael Moore (yeah, the fat guy . . . ) got a hold of Hillary Clinton's e-mail list. I just received an e-mail from him addressed to Caroline Kennedy — imploring her and Obama to offer the VP spot to Caroline.

    This is turning into a real circus. And a bad movie. And I want neither. I want a president of substance and experience. GEEZE!

    McCain's got my vote, no matter whom he selects.

    August 19, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. katkiss

    I guess the Republican Party is held hostage by the threats of the Huckabee bigots. In other words, non Protestants need not apply. No Jews, no Catholics and especially no Mormons. Hence, behold, the Protestant presidency.
    Mitt Romney has the experience, brains, and ability to work with both sides of the aisle with Reps and Dems to bring our economy out of the doldrums. But noooooooooo, we have to pick someone else.
    The blame for this faltering economy, dollar, pensions and 401Ks, of these coming years, will be place directly on the shoulders of the anti-Mormon base of Huckabites.
    Romney in 2012.

    August 19, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. anonymous

    Well Obama just will not give in to chip monk jaws hillary. She has had a chance and the tax payers do not want the Clintons in the White House again.

    August 19, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Carl from MI

    McCain can pick who-ever he wants – HE will LOSE.

    McCain is an Arrogant, Radical FRAUD – he will NEVER be elected.

    The American People will NOT vote for a FRAUD. (DUBYA excluded!)

    August 19, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. mac

    crook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    August 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. Al - Florida

    tick tick tick...

    the sound of the DNC self destructing!!!!

    Ha ha ha you arrogant Obama maniacs

    Go McCain

    Go McPresident

    August 19, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. patrick

    obama would rather loose the war than loose the american economy, somehting john mc cain said he knows nothing about..

    August 19, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Michigan Voter !!!

    I'm A Democrat That Will Not Help Hillary With Her Debt , As Long As She Aligns Herself With ( Useless ) Obama , And His Campaign .
    She May Not get My Vote In 2012 Because Of This bad Judgement .

    Democrat For John McCain President 2008 / Maybe 2012

    August 19, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am waiting for McCain to pick someone who has undiscovered skeletons in his closet. That will really screw things up for McCain. If it is a pro-choice guy (G-d forbid that he actually consider a woman), that would kill his candidacy since there are many conservatives that are questioning why they should vote for him.

    August 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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