August 28th, 2008
08:24 PM ET
9 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. An Independent Hillary

    McCain/Brimley 08. Sounds like lots of good old fun!!!

    August 28, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Peter of Oregon

    Maybe he's waiting for around 3am Saturday morning to break the news. He usually tries to emulate Barack Obama, that's what a lot of fans do.

    McCain may have been a good soldier, but he's no leader..

    August 28, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Laura

    Might as well make it Karl Rove as that's who's running his campaign.

    August 28, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Phil Menger

    Can someone tell John King to not be rude and be on his blackberry while ON THE SCREEN NOT LISTENING TO HIS FELLOW COMMENTATORS?????

    August 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Anthony

    An old man makes a joke.. Why is this news????
    Where has serious reporting gone?
    Enough with the games... theres a REAL convention going on as you waste time posting this "news", distracting from the real issues.


    August 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. James from Akron, OH

    Yep. That sounds about right.

    August 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Denise

    Just heard McBush cannot get enough Ohioians to listen to his speech tomorrow! Laughing my head off! The GOP is having to bus people in from other states! Laughing my head off!

    Gustav has been upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane! Heading straight for the Gulf Coast! I pray the residents will be fine and are prepared. But I am laughing my head off at the fact NOBODY will pay attetion to the RNC next week.

    God has decided to rain on their parade!

    August 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. John Smith

    Obama does not really need to give any great or small speech. If the American people are such big idiots as to vomit for McCain and thereby keep the Bush policies for 4-8 more years, let them do so.

    Obama does not need to convert or convince any American about his ability to lead, and the dare need for change; it is America that needs a "thinking" leader as well as the need for change!

    Obama does not need to work hard for the votes of women, Blacks, and other minority groups; it is those groups that need Obama. Let them go ahead and vote for McCain. They will wake up to 4-8 more years of more "hardships," hate," and loss of basic rights with their new and experienced (and bitter) president in McCain.

    August 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Peter of Oregon

    Well... the Republican "evangelicals" prayed for rain, and that rain may cause a delay of the RNC Convention...

    Meanwhile here on a clear, sunny day in Denver we're celebrating our future President. What a beautiful day.

    God bless America, God bless Barack Obama.

    August 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. Dan

    No it's not the ticket... but I must say.. it's pretty disengenuous to stand there and laugh at Brimley and poke fun at him, even if he is older than Mccain.

    August 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Alan

    I hope that McCain makes a VP pick that costs him the election in November. Remember something John, are you running for you, or are you running for the people? Are you running for the family with ill children who can't afford healthcare? Remember, you voted against the children's healthcare bill along with bush. Are you running so you can be President, or are you running for the people? While you can't re-call how many houses you have, most people are struggling to keep just one house, John, just on account of the dozens of times you sided and voted along with bush, and the effect those policies had on all of us. You talk about experience. Is that experience, what you have demonstrated over the past years by going along with bush on everything and the damage it has done to those of us who work for a paycheck. is that leadership in your policy of giving all the tax breaks to the wealthiest americans while giving none to those of us who really need it. is that leadership about your deceptive and twisting campaign ads and dirty campaign tricks. think about that the next time a family has a sick family member and can't get adequate healthcare.
    you took a mis-step when you said that we all have some form of coverage. we don't. that is a lie, john. we can go to the er, but if we don't have coverage, we get the big bill in the end. if we don't have coverage, we don't get the treatments we need. but you want to continue to send 10 billion dollars a month to iraq, when it has been demonstrated and proven that you are wrong. but you say you are ready to lead. your republican constituents were arrogant to go on live tv and denounce Obama and the DNC Convention after they stated the facts of the suffering caused by the GOP over the past 8 years. John, you are suppose to be running for the people, those of us who work everyday, not just the very elite.

    August 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. Peachy Keen

    Frankly, it doesn't matter who McBush picks. Neither of them are going to be elected.

    August 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. Tom in CA least John will be getting plenty of fiber with Wilford at his side! After all John has no backbone – he flips and flops like a pair of flip-flops!

    John where's your condemnation of all 527s? When they help your anemic candidacy you're all for them! What a hypocrite!

    August 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. onedatewonder


    August 28, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Minnesota against John McWar

    One House One Spouse – Obama / Biden '08

    August 28, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. Michael

    This will be Obama's night, he will shine I have no doubt.

    But next week is McCain's convention where he will be showing his superior stuff. And then the debates where McCain's rock solid ideas for the future of America will drown out the Rockstar's empty refrains that he sings over and over again.

    McCain/and who ever he names 08!!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Joe Reg

    Who cares?

    repubs doomed, doomed and doomed.

    Obama/biden 08/12.

    August 28, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Dave in Illinois

    Isn't great to see the Democrats showing they're the same party they were when Gore and then Kerry ran. Forget about new style politics. Forget about issues. Forget about compromise and working with the other side. It's really all about slinging the mud to get the power so you can stay in power.

    Now that all the loyal Democrats like Hillary have fallen on their swords for the sake of party unity, let's start bashing the Republicans and moving the cattle herd towards the voting booths.

    August 28, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. steve guttenberg

    They're joining together in curing diabetes with quaker oats.

    August 28, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. James

    Well, at least there will be good oatmeal and lots of glucometers if they win. 😦

    August 28, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Emma, San Jose, CA

    The Democrats have selected a VP who operates at a higher level of competence as a statesman than McCain or any of his VP prospects.

    August 28, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Jim

    What's wrong with my comment?

    August 28, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. Jim

    Maybe McCain forgot who he picked.

    August 28, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. FES

    No, he was not joking. Sounds like ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE has set in already!!

    August 28, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |

    Pawlenty is his selection!! for Vice Pres. No one can help McCain except for
    Rove, Hannity, Ann Coulter, Bush Cheney and Limbaugh.
    That jerk Rove is commenting on FOX. Get the hook!
    The above are bad people as far as I can see. I don't know
    how FOX can last after this election.

    August 28, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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