March 6th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain, Crist mum on V.P. possibility


McCain and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist campaigned together in Florida. (AP Photo)

(CNN) - John McCain praised Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in a visit to the crucial voting state Thursday, but the Arizona senator brushed aside questions he is considering the popular Republican for his presidential running mate.

McCain and Crist appeared together during a campaign stop in West Palm Beach - his first official event since clinching the nomination Tuesday. The two heaped praise on each other, but McCain wouldn't say if he is considering Crist as his number two.

"You know, obviously, we have just begun that process - and we, in fact, have not even outlined how we're going to go about this," McCain told reporters. "We're looking at how the process was conducted by other candidates and nominees of their party.”

McCain went on to call Crist, who endorsed the senator days before his critical win in Florida's January primary, a "great governor," and said "there are many ways for him to serve the country."

McCain officially clinched the Republican nomination Tuesday night with overwhelming victories in Ohio, Texas, Vermont, and Rhode Island, and quickly faced questions on who he is considering his for his running mate.

On Wednesday he said A.B. Culvahouse, a longtime Washington, D.C. lawyer, would head up his search for a number two.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Florida • John McCain
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Marcy,Florida

    Reading all of your bull C*** just discuss me. What do you know about Florida and its election??? I live here and know than all of you all are full of it. By the way, what do you know about our Governor??? Keep your opinions to yourselves until you have something intelligent to say. Thank you very much. Excuse me, actually some of you had a good point to say and thank you for standing up for us here in Florida.

    March 6, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. frank

    Americans should remember that Hillary is ungreatful person ! She claims Obama Give Speeches And She Give solution. Well A good Speech Is better than bad solutins because All she has proved with her experince is to make fool of ohio and the media ! I looked in her eyes and i saw hungry for pbower. All the experience she claims is just talk and fight !when ever she loses a state she runs to next instead of thanking the people that voted for her .obama still thank iowa this is what we consider a true American but Hillary is all about give me the vote and go to hell! Watch out before you vote!

    March 6, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    Crist is the reason the democrats are in the mess they are in. I hardly call that a good judgement call. I believe the choice he does make, will be one of the most important of his career.

    March 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Arni

    Charlie Crist helped John get the nomination at very crucial time for John McCain, otherwise we would have singing songs of Guiliani's brilliance or Rommney's tact.

    Now Crist will help Hillary win the nomination for democratic party, who should Clinton pick as VP? Austan Goolsbee? SNL writers/actors? Rush Limbaugh? anyone from media? (all those are helping her).

    Arni, Austin, TX

    March 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. JohnQPublic

    Probably not his best choice, but any way you slice it Mr. McCain does have problems.

    If he runs against Hillary a lot of fed up, disenfranchised social conservatives are going to bolt the GOP and vote for her because Mr. McCain has ignored their concerns. Many feel she's more in tune with them than Mr. McCain whom they do not trust.

    If he runs against Barack he may hold on to a few more conservatives, but the Independents and the centrist Republicans are going to vote for Barack in droves.

    Either way he loses. His one hope may be against Hillary if he should choose Mr. Huckabee for VP. I doubt that even Mr. Huckabee could save him against Barack but then it's a long time until November.

    March 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Wes

    Republican Governor Crist moved up the primary knowing very well that it went against the DNC rules which disenfranchised millions of Democratic votes in Florida, and now Hillary is calling for it count?

    Where there's smoke there's fire...

    March 6, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Conservative

    I'm just curous who Ron Paul is going to chose as VP

    March 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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