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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Here's the deal, McCain and Crist, then comes Crist and Jeb Bush.

    March 6, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. adam

    Hmmm, McAmnesty can't go for Jeb Bush, may as well go with the next best thing! Crist! Still has all the Bush connections.... Bushes just can't give up that profiteering power!

    March 6, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Kewan Shariff

    There needs to be something done about those rascist and sexist comments made by RUsh limbaugh. The man is a down right Rascist and this needs to be brought to the light.

    Thank you

    March 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Mom in PA

    Perhaps this will be Crist's REWARD for pushing for the Florida Democratic primary votes to be counted even though Obama was NOT on the ballot! The republicans would love to run against Hillary!

    March 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Richard Hill

    This is a very good match up.

    March 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. nick in SF

    How funny. Two old whiteheads. Fussy and Crusty. No change in their race.

    March 6, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Elly

    couldnt have said it better myself Mom in PA

    Crist has ulterior motives for wanting hillary to get the votes
    Americans are not stupid
    They know they can beat Hillary but Obama would be a force to be reckoned with

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Paul

    Maybe he should ask Teddy!

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Sasha

    I will die if this olf fart win the election.

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Blah

    Mom in PA,

    Obama was on the Florida ballot. He wasn't on Michigan's ballot.

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Wayne, Greenville TX

    It doesn't really matter who runs as Mccain's VP – they're gonna lose.

    March 6, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. the dude

    haha, what a joke... probably got word if he gets hillary elected via florida votes he'll be vp

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Denis van Dam

    Why would a Republican Governor (Crist) push for the Democratic Vote of Florida count in the Dems National Convention, knowing that Hillary won? Strange, isn't it? Because the GOP (Mac Cain and Crist, both seen on this picture) wants Hillary as the candidate. If Democrats were to deprive Mr McCain of the chance of running against Hillary Clinton, that would be the cruelest blow to Mac Cain. Mrs Clinton would be a one-woman solution to the Republicans' problems, a guarantee that money will flow into the party's coffers and that true-red voters will tr

    March 6, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Flori-Duh

    If Florida wastes anymore of my tax dollars on some type of nomination process – I will find a way to sue the state.

    March 6, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. AISHA

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    March 6, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Tom, Y-town, OH

    As a Republican, Crist should keep his nose out of the DNC affairs. If he was that concerned, he should have spoken up month ago knowing well that FL Democratic party was going to be penalized. Presently, he's enjoying radiating in the limelight of the DNC and democratic primary problems and having a ball stirring up the pot.
    As soon as it gets ready to boil over, he's going to step back and say "see, I told you so" and then disappear until he becomes joined at the hip with McCain.

    March 6, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Obama all the way...

    The reason John McBush likes Crist is because he screwed over the voters in Florida. Rigged it so the democratic primary broke the rules and then the votes didn't count. Now he wants to go to bat for them and change the rules after the game has been played.

    Nah, I don't see any alterior motives here do you? No deals behind closed doors?

    I smell something fishy in old Republican land!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Flat-earther, Georgia

    What a State. Why don't we sell it to Cuba? It's going to soon be underwater anyway.

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Jed in Texas

    Keep your eyes on Governor"Good Hair Perry," here in Texas.Lots of money here and Exxon-Mobil too. Without a doubt he will need a Red State V.P.The big boys are looking to line him up for Savior of the Party in 2012.

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Hillary For President!!!!!! Ohio

    McCain he sure is a Joke!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Alex

    Now we know why Crist is pushing so hard to get the democratic delegates seated. Hillary did/would win FL because its full of older people which she carries over Obama. And since Hillary has no chance against McCain, he's trying to write himself in as VP.

    Obama 08!!

    March 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. A. Harrison

    Interesting how The Republican Gov of Texas voted to move up the primaries. Did you do this in the interest of the FLorida voters or your party?

    Hillary 2008

    March 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Teta

    I want my Florida vote to count – period. I was never told by either the DNC or the State of Fla. my vote would not count. Gov. Crist (a Republican) broke the rules but what could we (the voters) do? Its not our fault. However, Howard Dean should have realized the impact of his decision. Most voters were totally unaware their votes would not count. Neither Clinton or Obama campaigned in Fla. Both their names as well as the other candidates were on the ballot. Fla votes should count and Michigan should re-do theirs because Obama's name was not on the ballot. Our right to vote needs to be honored. Crist nowis urging our Florida votes to count so he can look clean and ready for a VP position. If our votes are not counted, Crist might as well be looking for another job.

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Nate

    Crist, isn't he the one fanning the flames of the DNC over the democratic primary? I suppose the GOP has an agenda to make sure the democrats are in turmoil, if they redo or if they don't it will give feul to the GOP in the presidential race, and perhaps that Hillary is favored because they see her as less electable. ...... hmmmmm I wonder.

    March 6, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Nerakami

    Governor Crist should accept responsibility and apologize to the residents of Florida for signing away our votes. You Mr. Cris put your signature on the document that made sure our votes would not count. Do not blame others for what you agreed to. You cannot come back a year later and start griping about what you did. We, the people of Florida deserve an apology and for you to take responsibility for what you did !

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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