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. Maurice, an Ohioan not named Clarett

    Hahaha, Wilford Brimley....

    Not a McCain supporter, but that was hilarious. I love those Brimley commercials.

    IF YOU HAVE DIABEETUS.....

    August 28, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Pat S

    Would in the world even KNOWS who Wilford Brimley is - except perhaps the elderly population? McCain is SO out of touch! At least the elderly answer the phone to answer political polls AND they do go to the voting booth!

    August 28, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown

    Wilford would be a great choice! He is old, feeble, out of touch and sickly... Just like the GOP!

    August 28, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. TRUTH

    Wilford Brimley huh, McSame really bringing out the youth vote. Maybe they can compare their "diabeatus"

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08' and 12'

    August 28, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Pat

    I used to live in MN…Pawlenty is a joke. The king of "Rob Peter to pay Paul"… Cuts support to local governments which lowers the state's take in property taxes. Then the local governments are forced to raise their taxes to make up for that shortfall. Don't tax Paul so that you, Peter, look really good. Why people think he is successful is beyond me. Even though I cannot stomach John McCain, Pawlenty would be a stupid choice. He is by no means a good choice for any one…..

    August 28, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Hope

    BRAVO!!!!! Alan BRAVO!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Slater

    It is about time this nation took a hard stand on diaBEEtus. Also, Alan, keep in mind that in this capitalist country "need" should have nothing to do with it. Anything but a flat federal tax (% or straight dollar amount) was illegal until the Constitution was changed about 90 years ago.
    I'd much rather the family with the ill child look out for their own while I do the same. You say collective responsibility (with those wealthy few composing the collective), and I say personal responsibility. I am no fan of the current administration, but the solution isn't to start clammering for another New Deal. People need to provide and support for their own, not demand state sanctioned hand-outs based on fuzzy concepts like "need" and "elite".

    August 28, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Joe

    ALL men and women of good faith must rise up for a change enough is enough. Gop and all blood suckers must go!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is a challenge to Humanity!, no doubt.
    ALL the lies, ALL the spining, all the blood spill, ALL THE KILLING MUST COMES TO AN END., ALL the war mongers must be stop and put to their place.
    "Whatever goes up must come down" The time is here!
    RISE UP, RISE UP, RISE UP TO HUMANINITY.
    No going back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!now or never

    August 28, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Teknarik

    Some of you guys are so serious @ commenting to this post. Just let go and enjoy the show. This is America after all, everything gets a Hollywood treatment here. Look at Barakapolis event tonight, you'd think this is MTV awards show or something....Just relax and go with the flow. Enjoy it as much as both of the candidates are enjoying.

    August 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. Ken

    Who Cares ? People are Sooo tired of McSame starting every sentence with "My Friends" which he took from Ronald Regan, who was also a "Celebrity" ! Poor OLD McCain, not ONE original IDEA. Same Old Politics of the past. Soon he will be part of History as the man who ran for the Presidency (How many times? ). Barak Obama will take his place in History as our next President !!!

    August 28, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. just me

    I don't know why John just don't pick HillBilly and show all of us he can really reach acroos the aisle!!!

    August 28, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. Dylan

    Wilford Brimley is still alive?
    The guys is as old as dirt.
    McCain's kinda guy!

    August 28, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. 45 year old white lady for Obama

    To Wiliford Brimley, John Mccain is a young man.

    August 28, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. DA

    who cares!!!

    August 28, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Monica

    Pray first and then make the right choice! I will not tell anyone who to vote for, but we have to have something better than what we have! No more Bush!

    August 28, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. Brian

    Where are your children McCain?????

    Are they still holding a grudge about how you abandoned them?

    YOU WILL NOT BE A FATHER FIGURE TO THIS NATION!

    August 28, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Jason

    I don't know if I should laugh or not – Wilford Brimley, America's archetype of The Old Guy, is only 2 years older than Sen. McCain? Really? Whew.

    August 28, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Geri

    Has any one seen the ad McCain has out congratulating Obama on his official nomination. Very gracious of him. Hope Obama has the balls to do the same. (I'm a democrat). Tonight had better be good because I'm sitting on the fence of not voting. He has to prove to me that he can do the job. I really do dislike his wife. She looks mean & nasty.

    August 28, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Will, NJ

    Is that the guy from the diabetes monitor commercials?

    August 28, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Jeremy

    Reading this blog makes me think: "Man, there sure are a lot of Democrats in the world!" And "Wow! The Democrats really have got the vote locked up this year!" But then I look at the polls and realize that McCain is dead-even with Obama in a year that Republicans weren't supposed to compete on the national stage. It really makes you think...

    August 28, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Tom in CA

    ...and the GOP orchestrated the conflict in Georgia to benefit its presidential candidate – John McCain. The U.S. government encouraged Georgia to attack the autonomous region of South Ossetia.

    Once again it was done to benefit a presidential candidate - John McCain. U.S. citizens were in the area of the conflict, they were acting to implement the U.S. government's position, and the U.S. government gave the orders from President Bush.

    This fact Limbaugh-obots!

    August 28, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. John Stamos

    hahahahahaha. I might vote for McCain just for this! This is really funny.

    August 28, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Michelle Cabral

    Oy vey.

    August 28, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. SUE, Michigan

    Brimley is probably a good choice-Americans see him all the time and trust him. Won't make a hill of beans difference anyhow-landslide to the Dems this fall.

    I heard that Cheney is interested.

    August 28, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. John's pick

    Gee I am thinking Alfred E.Newman from Mad Magazine would be a great sidekick for the senator. McCain is as good at comedy as he would be at being president.. which is really, really bad.. Not everything is a joke McCain.. and you better rethink some if not all of your sick remarks.. America is not laughing.

    August 28, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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