August 28th, 2008
08:24 PM ET
5 years ago

The Republican ticket?

McCain joked he has chosen Wilford Brimley to be his VP.
McCain joked he has chosen Wilford Brimley to be his VP.

DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) - John McCain appears to be comfortable with the selection of his running mate, whoever that person may be.

Upon arriving in Dayton, Ohio, Thursday evening, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate was asked on the airport tarmac who he has selected for the No. 2 job.

“Wilford Brimley,” McCain deadpanned.

McCain has been very coy in responding to reporters’ questions about his vice presidential selection process, most recently remaining quiet when asked, or simply raising his thumbs in the air. The candidate’s offbeat joke about Brimley, the 73-year-old actor known for his roles in Cocoon, Our House, and diabetic health commercials, likely reflects the state of ease he is currently experiencing as the months-long search for a running mate is over.

That is, if he was joking.


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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. RB from NH

    Going with a younger man, excellent choice!

    August 28, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. John Morrison

    Can any one of you actually tell me what Obama stands for?

    Seriously.... Logically.... Unemotionally....

    We hear so much about "Change", but what kind of "change"?

    And how exactly is this "Change" going to work for America as a whole?

    August 28, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. george

    At least McCain can laugh at himself and injoy himself . Of course he isn't trying to be something he's not. The more I see of the real Obama the more I fear for our country after 8 years of Bush /Channey do we realy need another untrained President being coached by a V.P. noone would ever elect president.

    August 28, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. jim, netcong nj

    i bet old wilford says more with less words then biden and obama. plus he has accomplished more then obama and biden.he is however, not as good an actor as bill clinton.

    August 28, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. NClaw441

    3.3% economic growth for the second quarter, figures just out. Waiting for the media to give Pres. Bush credit for it, but not holding my nose...

    I was glad Gore lost. I was glad Kerry lost. I think most of America feels the same.

    You can like Obama. He seems like a nice guy. He is just wrong and inexperienced. I cannot vote for him.

    August 28, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. alvino

    If McCain picks Pawlenty, I am sure the disenchanted supporters of Mitt will be outraged. (did he not get more delegates than the other republican candidates?) Remember, if you are from Michigan what McCain did to a great politician's little boy.

    August 28, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. chitowngal07

    FOR ALL OBAMA SUPPORTERS:

    I am from Chicago and I can tell you Obama is all talk no substance.....
    Chitowngal waiting for Change.........................................
    waiting...................................................................................
    waiting................................................................................
    still waiting.............................................................................
    what's that Obama want to become President of the U.S. darn better get the rest of the chairs out of the basement so we call all "HOPE" AND WAIT FOR "CHANGE".........................................................
    STILL WAITING HERE IN CHICAGO WHERE HE SUPPOSSEDLY REPRESENTS US FOR A WHOLE FOUR YEARS AND TWO OF THOSE HE HAS SPENT CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT....................

    WAITING................................................................................

    August 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Joe T.

    Is that picture from an embalmer's convention? Wilfred looks a little stiff. Mccain is his wooden slef.

    August 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Patti

    It doesn't matter who McCain picks, he doesn't need anyone to help him because he IS the leader whereas Obama needs Biden. I'm voting for a real leader.

    McCain '08
    and after Hillary's speech two nights ago she just might have what it takes now for me to consider her for '12.

    August 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. California Gold

    Oh heck, McCain can't remember who he selected to be his VP. He's so feeble minded.

    August 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  11. Tyler in Raleigh

    PERFECT!!!!!!

    Another old man that anyone 70 can't remember.

    August 28, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. david kerbaugh

    obamas speech was subpar at best. what a let down.

    85000 people – 85000 idiots.

    August 28, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. reef133

    Sad but old citizens trust Brimley. Why? Can he really make you 'live a better life'? Florida-based Liberty Medical really needs to be looked into as to their ties to Nixon and the birth of HMO's. Brimley's lack of appearances when elections are not held, and then his overly played crotchey commercials only during election cycles are scary. They are scary because they have worked in the past , subversively, to get old folks to vote for candidates that keep the status quo intact (read profits for Liberty and insurance companies). This USA is so screwed up because of what angry old white men have done and continue to do (and I'm 40 and white) – not from another background. Brimley and Liberty Medical: please just go away! Stop manipulating our population that is sick and tired of bent lies.

    August 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Republican 4 Obama

    HAHAHA thats thats the guy from the diabetes commercials.

    This race is over Obama won.

    August 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Republican for Obama

    Mediocrity begets mediocrity. McCain will pick an uninspiring veep.

    Bush and McCain are the best testimony for mediocrity in leadership. What a waste of the Republican brand.

    August 28, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Mary

    McSame the same.. and his super next empty week. That will be so funny to watch.

    August 28, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. Annette, Washington, DC

    This guy for President, I know we can do better then this???

    August 28, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  18. Cynthia

    He's just as good as any of the contenders. Senator McCain's jokes are just not that funny. We Democrats are going to have a good time next week watching their clown act.

    August 29, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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