August 29th, 2008
10:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin addressed VP speculation in February


Watch Palin discuss her thoughts on being VP in February.

(CNN) - With Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty out of the mix, increased speculation over who McCain will pick as has GOP vice presidential nominee has turned toward Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sources point to Palin as McCain's running mate, but CNN has not confirmed.

In February, CNN's Joe Johns asked Gov. Palin whether she would join the Republican ticket if asked.

“It seems so out of the realm of possibility. I feel like I don’t even have to answer your question. At some point in my life, I would like to have an opportunity if it’s handed to me to serve on a national level," she said then. "But I don’t think it’s going to happen on this go around.”

Watch Palin answer the question.

Palin said at the time that McCain should choose a governor as his running mate.

"I do think there needs to be a governor on the ticket. A governor on the front line, administering bureaucracy and setting good policy for the people for whom they are serving. They know how to run government.

In many ways Palin is considered a good match for Sen. John McCain: young, conservative, a reformer who took on and beat Alaska's old guard Republican machine, and hugely popular.

On the other hand, Alaska may be geographically large, but in the presidential race it’s the electoral map that counts, and Alaska only has three electoral votes.

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
August 29th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Minnesota governor suggests he's not McCain's VP pick

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggested in a radio interview that he will not be McCain's VP pick.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggested in a radio interview that he will not be McCain's VP pick.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign has told Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty he will not be the GOP vice presidential nominee in November, sources told CNN on Friday.

Pawlenty on Friday also told WCCO Radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul that he will not be in Dayton, Ohio, where the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is expected to unveil his choice of a running mate at a rally later Friday.

Plans reportedly are in place for the senator from Arizona to reveal his VP pick at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday, the day after Sen. Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination.

The McCain campaign said it's hoping to have 15,000 people at the Ohio event, roughly five times the size of his largest crowd to date.

But Pawlenty on Friday told WCCO Radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul that he will not be in Dayton, suggesting that he will not be McCain's choice.

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Filed under: John McCain
August 29th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Gergen: A Political masterpiece


Watch Obama says the country is better than what it has gotten the past four years.

I imagine that lots of you out there remain fierce critics of Barack Obama. Next week Republicans will legitimately debate and challenge many of his ideas, especially about his call for a more activist government. It will be fascinating now when John McCain and Obama meet in debates.

But for this moment and for this purpose, I saw Obama's speech tonight as a political masterpiece. As I had a chance to say on CNN a few moments ago, it was in many ways less a speech than a symphony. I also sensed that we saw tonight an Obama who is growing into a new, more mature leader - stronger, tougher, harder-hitting than he had appeared only a few weeks ago.

Watch: 'Our work won't be easy,' Obama says

Whether Obama will win this Novemember or not is still very unclear, but if he does, I imagine we may look back and say this was a major turning point.

Many of you, I know, will disagree. From all of you, I would welcome your thoughts - you, after all, are the voters who will actually decide the fate of the country.

August 29th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Sources: McCain passes on Minnesota's Pawlenty for VP

McCain passes on Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty for VP.

McCain passes on Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty for VP.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign has told Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty he will not be McCain's vice-presidential running mate on the Republican ticket in November, sources told CNN's John King.

Filed under: John McCain
August 29th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Analysis: Obama takes on McCain, GOP critics

Barack Obama greets the crowd at the Democratic National Convention.

Barack Obama greets the crowd at the Democratic National Convention.

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - This summer, the McCain campaign tried to make the presidential race about a handful of words, like "celebrity" and "elite."

On Thursday, as he accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, Barack Obama added a few new words to the mix, all drawn from his personal experience: food stamps, scholarships and loans. It's the language of the working class, and it's turf John McCain can¹t compete on.

Watch: Part 1 of Obama's acceptance speech

"I don't know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine," Obama said.

Watch: Part 2 of Obama's acceptance speech

The problem for the McCain campaign is simple: The more successful it has been in spreading the meme of Obama as an unqualified celebrity candidate, the easier it has become for the Illinois senator to exceed expectations.

Maybe Obama¹s oratory hovered more than soared for most of the night - but it landed safely. The policy proposals are up for debate. But they can¹t be dismissed entirely.

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August 29th, 2008
06:09 AM ET
10 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, Aug. 29, 2008



CNN: Obama blasts McCain, lays out his own agenda
Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president Thursday in a speech that attacked John McCain and George W. Bush, laid out an ambitious agenda for an Obama administration and called on Americans to unite around common beliefs.

WSJ: McCain Moves To Seize His Target: The Momentum
John McCain worked to seize the momentum in the race for president with a new TV ad congratulating his Democratic rival, and a vice-presidential pick

CNN: McCain camp closely watching Gustav
John McCain’s campaign is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Gustav as it heads towards the Gulf Coast and Republicans begin the trek to St. Paul, Minnesota, to nominate McCain for president.

Detroit Free Press: Romney’s brother denies knowledge of Secret Service checking out sister’s house
If the Secret Service is vetting his family in advance of his brother’s selection as John McCain’s running mate, Scott Romney, the brother of Mitt Romney, said early this evening that it’s news to him.

Washington Post: Meanwhile, Back in the Capital . . .
Normally you can't swing an intern in Washington without hitting a politician, a lobbyist, a journalist, a muckety-muck or, at the very least, a deputy assistant undermuckety-muck. But everyone's gone from Official Washington. It's apocalyptically empty.

CNN Radio: Millions watch as Obama accepts historic nomination
Barack Obama made history Thursday night in his acceptance speech and then spent part of it blasting John McCain as out of touch. CNN's Steve Kastenbaum has more in this CNN Political Ticker.


Click here to catch all the Day 4 video highlights here

Click here for the full transcript of Obama’s speech here



Filed under: Political Hot Topics
August 29th, 2008
05:51 AM ET
10 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Friday, Aug. 28, 2008


* Sen. John McCain celebrates his 72nd birthday and highlights next week’s Republican National Convention. It is speculated that he may announce his running mate today.

* Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden hold an “On the Road to Change” event in Beaver, PA.

Filed under: On the Trail
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