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. Jay

    who cares?

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA


    Here is what DNC chairman Howard Dean said about your states.

    "You can not violate the rules of the process and then expect to get forgiven for it."

    This is a direct quote from CNN story "If allowed, Florida, Michigan could tip nomination".

    Yet, how many other ways do the Democrats reward rule-breaking (soft on crime, illegal immigration, etc.).

    The GOP process was much more simple and sane, not run as much by party bosses.

    Return Howard Dean's favor in November. VOTE REPUBLICAN.

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

    How can anyone differentiate themselves from Senator Obama without his supporters yelling and screaming about negative politics? Any critique of Obama, any at all, is greeted with hate and rage.

    Nobody plays the victim like Barak Obama.

    March 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Thatcher

    Why couldn't Jeb Bush be McCain's VP pick?

    March 6, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Joe G

    McCain doesn't need Crist. Obama can't win Florida.

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

    McCain couldn't win if he ran with Christ let alone Crist!

    March 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Branden FL

    This is the scariest possible combination of a republican ticket McCain and Crist? Do we honestly want another 8 years of Bush influence, JEB and Crist are very good friends, and Crist was essentially Jeb's hand picked successor.

    The state needs to hold a second primary one that EVERYONE knows will count, because as it was a beauty contest in January I didn't bother voting, much like many other democratic voters.

    Republicans love that Hilary won the two contests, they have a sure win against her, their main fear is a Obama ticket come November... I call a redo, and I call a redo at the taxpayer's expense, We wanted to have a bigger role in nominating the candidates so we moved our primary to January, guess what we still can play this role, this is a close race and a primary in March, April or May will still play a vital role in the selection of our next president.

    (oh GO OBAMA)

    March 6, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Texican

    NO No No, Mac, He is too old to put on the ticket. and too white too.
    Get an accomplished mainstream, African-American or an Hispanic
    Female to balance the ticket. That way no matter which MINORITY
    the Demos put up, you take away their base. It's all about Race or Gender anyway. Just kidding, we are voting with our minds not our hearts. So you win no matter whom you choose., Maybe not if you choose DOLE.,Bob , not Elizabeth. Whatever you, do stay away from Huckabee.

    March 6, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA


    I think he'll pick Cheney

    March 6, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. KMAN

    He should pick John Warner since Warner will make McRelic appear to be viably youthful candidate!

    March 6, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Dustin in Texas

    The fact that Crist is using his political power to all of a sudden care about "the voice of the Florida voters" is shameful. Sure, every vote should count, but only when the election was fair in the first place. It should not count when the results would be a convenience to governor's political party. Tacky.

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Kay Tuner

    Go Obama
    No matter what happens, Obama will win the delagates's math. Superdelagates are now coming to him in big numbers. He will soon equalize the superdelegates numbers with Hillary.

    Let Florida. Michigan and Penn vote. He will be much closer to Hillary who will regret the reason she asked for re-vote.

    And MY FRIEND McCAIN will be next to beat.
    God is Almighty

    March 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Basquale

    Disgusting! Here's the proof for Christ pushing to count the democratic votes. He wants Hillary to win, so he will win with McCain. Charlie Christ is such a disgusting person! But we've seen those dirty, shameful Florida political games in 2000. Shame!

    March 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Pia

    Crist the creep! He wants a revote for the Dems. in Fla. hoping it will help Hillary win the nom. so McCain can beat her in Nov. and Crist the creep gets to be VP. I do like Sen. McCain though and I hope he chooses a man with integrity instead of this guy.
    Obama 08!

    March 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Todd C.

    Either way, McCain isnt going win this November.

    And, I'm a Republican!

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Willey

    Comment to AISHA?

    Thanks for the promo!! and not understanding! what's really happening in this country.

    March 6, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Cosmo

    Hey Kewan, Rush's statement wasn't racist. He was just saying that in this country having a black and a woman on the same ticket would be tough to sell to a lot of people. All he's doing is pointing out what most people believe. Just look at how the democrats themselves are acting about this, women must vote for Hillary, blacks must vote for Obama.

    C'mon man, think. I can't believe that had to be explained.

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Dave

    You have to just love the fact that CNN posts garbage like someone repeated repeating Hillarys webiste but will throw well thought out comments by those who don't blindly follow the Democratic party. 75% of the time the only way to get posted as a Conservative is to hope the moderators are not paying attention or to post something so outlandishly stupid that it makes all Conservative seem like lunatics.

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Christopher W. Mannoia

    While the Democrats tear their party apart, we have an excellent opportunity for victory; I think that John Mccain should

    1. Re visit his offer to Condolezza Rice, and

    2. Find a more conservative female with executive experience.

    Go John!

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. TheLeftNut


    Crist is very "BUSHY"!

    March 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Keith

    I wonder if all this campaign spending is having a negative or positive effect on the economy?

    March 6, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. LifeLongDemocrat

    Consider Hillary if she is not the nominee. A lot of Hillary supporters will NOT vote for Obama so you could pick up a sizable chunk of Democrats.

    March 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Adam-Atl. GA

    The Republicans do not want to run against Clinton. Obama is too suave and nice. It is going to take another "hawk" to take on a "hawk" like McCain. Clinton has been hungry to go to war with the Republicans; she has wanted this from the beginning. Obama will have to be coached on how to handle the fierce, harsh tactics that the Republicans will throw at him. Clinton is ready now to go one on one with McCain. Seriously imagine the debates between Clinton and McCain; he does not want to battle with her; she is quicker, smarter, and ready to handle McCain. Obama's "chilled" antics will not help him or the Democrats get past McCain.

    March 6, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Kind of becomes clear why he is making a plea to get Democrate votes counted. He want hillary to win so McCain and him and crush her in the general.

    March 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Barbara Lou Townsend

    Very bad choice, senator McCain. don't do it.

    It is largely the fault of Republican Governor Crist that we now have this delegate mess in the Democratic Primary. Crist wanted to have the Primaries held early, then at some point the Democratic voters knew their votes would not even count. democratic turnout was low. Then after the fact he wants to seat the delegates? Patently unfair.
    Probably Unconstitutional. Divisive. sudpicious. Crooked. I do not want this man ANY WHERE near the White House!!

    March 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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