July 23rd, 2008
09:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Is McCain inching towards Pawlenty?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/23/art.mccainpawlenty.ap.jpg caption="Is McCain inching toward Pawlenty?"]ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - It's VP tea leaf reading season, and a Republican source who attended a small private meeting with John McCain Tuesday in New Hampshire tells CNN that the GOP candidate dropped a serious hint about Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

The Republican source said "out of the blue" McCain told the gathering that he thinks they are "really going to like" Pawlenty.

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This GOP source noted that McCain also said nice things about Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani, but those appeared to be standard lines he says about former rivals.

This source said McCain may have been talking about Pawlenty because the meeting was with New Hampshire GOP delegates, and the Republican convention is in Pawlenty's state.

But this source said McCain's praise was effusive, and noteworthy because it appeared to come "totally out of left field."

Pawlenty is a long-time supporter of McCain's. He's from a swing state with considerable support across the Republican Party, including evangelicals, and has always been thought by Republican strategists to be on McCain's short list.

The Minnesota governor, who is visiting Washington, was at McCain headquarters in Virginia today for meetings, according to a McCain aide.

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soundoff (606 Responses)
  1. Voter

    McBush has to "inch" bless his heart. The old guy is just too old to run.

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Joe AZ

    Texas Trail Dog, let me see if I understand you. You said: "Of course the the President is the ultimate Commander-in-Chief but he does need to know what the hell is going on before he makes a decision. "
    That is the type of president we have had, one that has no idea what the hell is going and lets his flunkies (Cheney & Rove) make all the decisions that ultimately are made only to line their pockets.

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. NoToObamaSocialism

    The Obama blooters here reveal their ignorance.

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. james

    Libs will vote demo no matter how inane his policies are...if he even states them while conservs will vote repub no matter what. its pathetic that we the ppl cant choose our own leader.

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Rob in DC

    SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama July 23rd, 2008 9:31 am ET

    Obamabots are the most disrespectful people I have ever met. Childish and immature.

    Go McCain!

    Can't wait till McCain squashes Obammy in November. : )

    Per your comments, I must infere that you must be an "Obamabot". Name calling is childish and immature.

    July 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. David Moore

    IT really does not matter who Mcains picks as VP. Mccain is sure to win. Mr Hussan is the most unqualified person to ever seek the office of President but it does show the tremendous ignorance of our Country to even allow for the chance that this con man could be President of the United States.

    July 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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