August 29th, 2008
08:15 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP VP shortlisters react to McCain’s choice

McCain announced Friday he had chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
McCain announced Friday he had chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

(CNN) – As news broke that Sarah Palin Friday had been selected to join John McCain on the Republican ticket, reactions from others believed to have been on the Arizona senator’s shortlist trickled in, each speaking more glowingly of the Alaska governor than the last.

“A wonderful, terrific, outstanding pick,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at the Minnesota State Fair Friday morning. Pawlenty was believed to be a longtime frontrunner for the vice presidential slot, but Friday morning told a local radio station that he wasn’t going to Dayton, Ohio where McCain was to unveil his pick.

Fellow frontrunner and former McCain rival Mitt Romney called Palin’s biography “inspiring.”

“She's a Washington outsider with a commitment to the conservative principles that will make our nation stronger,” said Romney in a statement. “I look forward to campaigning for Senator McCain, Governor Palin and Republicans all across the country.”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee revealed on his Web site on Thursday that the McCain campaign had never asked him for the documents necessary for the vetting process. He praised Palin as a “pleasant surprise” because of her pro-life record and said she was a reminder to women, “that if they are not welcome on the Democrat’s ticket, they have a place with Republicans.”

Florida governor and prominent surrogate Charlie Crist – who appeared to fall off the Arizona Senator’s radar in recent weeks – complimented Palin for her bi-partisan work.

"Senator John McCain has made a great pick in Governor Sarah Palin. She has demonstrated tremendous leadership as the chief executive of her state…” Crist wrote in a short statement released by his office.

All four men will address the Republican convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul next week.


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Estelle

    Now John McCain has two beauty queens. Between that and his so -called humourous side, I don't think this man has a serious bone in his body. Out of touch is putting it mildly. Doesn't he know that these are serious times.

    August 30, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. Paul Dobro

    Of course to the media, all the Repubs will say "Great" but all are screaming inside. John McCain just put an individual with zero experaince this close to the most important job in the WORLD?

    There are so many more qualified Men and Women in the GOP and instead (because far be it for him to listen to anyone who might know better) he personally choose someone he personally meet once before?

    August 30, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  3. pina

    is McCain on Viagra or is he completely out of his mind? where to run from this candidates ? forced to vote for obama

    August 30, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  4. Aida

    You only need to meet Governor Palin once, to realize how sweet, warm, sincere, honest, professional and energetic person she is. I have lived in Juneau Alaska for 36 years and have seen nine Governors, so far she is the best governor we have had. I know that she will be a great VP and will do all in her power to fullfill her chief on command duties if neccesary. The american people will love her.

    August 30, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  5. Lucy

    pandering as only the republicans can

    August 30, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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