July 23rd, 2008
09:15 AM ET
13 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.

CNN's Political Market: Pawlenty's stock on the rise

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. ali

    noone cares

    July 22, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Wisconsin


    What McSame is looking for is a VP that will say nothing about McSame's plan but attack Obama at every chance, true or not.

    Liston to the speeches McCain you are a fake!

    If you can't stand on your own ideas then don't attack Obama for his.

    I for one am Sick of McCain's attacks.

    CHANGE no Rove campaign, no more McSame!

    July 22, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. southern trucker

    No one cares who Mclueless pick, he was born a looser

    July 22, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Claudia

    I hope all Pawlenty is up to the job of not just being McCain's V.P. because he'll have his work cut out for him just correcting everything McCain says. This should be a great comedy show to watch.

    July 22, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Rob

    Good Strategy. Pick the nobody guy. Almost all the potential veeps would seriously upstage Sleepy McLame.

    July 22, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Phil, FL

    More grabbing for free publicity. You folks at CNN fell for it twice in two days – HA HA HA HA HA

    July 22, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Wisconsin

    Will the VP be able to tell us what is victory in Iraq, since McCain has no clue.

    Just make sure he has a current map.

    July 22, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Semper Fi

    I just want to say that I am a die hard Obama supporter. But I believe my candidate will lose the election, not because of his stance on the issues like the war, economy, etc., but because of his race. Look at the situation this way. Obama is ahead in the poles by only six percent. We are not technically in a recession but the economy is slowing down tremendously, thousands of people are losing jobs, foreclosures are at an all time high, and we are paying four to five dollars a gallon for gas, and he is only six points ahead. The opposing party is suppose to be twenty to thirty points ahead in the polls at a time like this.

    Unfortunatley McCain, you don't have to worry about the press you don't need it. You and Mitt Romney will win the White House for sure. My candidate will need all the money he can get his hands on just to finish a close second. It's really sad that we have not gotten over the race issue yet. Maybe with generation Next we will get a candidate of color.

    God Bless America

    July 22, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Texas Trail Dog!

    McCain did you notice the remarks from OBAMA about General Pethraeus. The man OBAMA is so ignorant just to proved a point he downplays the importance of our military forces in Iraq and the Generals mentality for making major decisions. 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. This man is an idiot because he already has his stupid mind made up to do what he has campaigned to do no matter how wrong he may be. GOD help us if this man is elected.

    July 22, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Phil, FL

    I can hear Romney hints coming next. YUCK – he's like a dishonest used car salesman (my apologies to any used car salesmen out there).

    July 22, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    OKAY: You have covered McCain today: the surge and who will be his VP...the most irrelevant set of blogs for the month...

    July 22, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |

    Pawlenty? Oh yea, that'll help McSame.

    July 22, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Roger from CA

    Maybe that is the way to go for McCain: Someone who absolutely no one, other than political wonks on the Right, has heard of outside his home state. Pawlenty is, then, a blank slate that the McCain camp can try to spin as all things to all people.

    I wonder, though, whether it will change the game even in Minnesota. Real Clear Politics' poll of polls for MN shows McCain down in all recent polls by large numbers, with the average being 12%. That's a heck of a lot of ground for even a popular home-state running mate to make up. Plus, he's probably going to get as much MN goodwill as he's going to get, just because of the convention being in St. Paul. Too much MN-focus, and the rest of the country may glaze over (just look what happens when the World Series is between two CA teams, etc.)

    July 22, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. Joe from NC

    Semper fi,

    You mean his race and his pastor.

    July 22, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Ben (Eugene, OR)

    It should be:



    July 22, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. rumpusgoopus

    Can't stand him as governor, couldn't stand him as VP. Luckily, since Obama will win anyway, there's no need to worry.

    July 22, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. M in MN

    I pity the country if he does pick Pawlenty.

    This is from someone who lives in MN – since Pawlenty arrived in office, things have gone downhill. He's another "read my lips" no new taxes governor who refusal to fund the basics has caused our property taxes to go through the roof because schools need the money, crime is up because there are less police on the streets, and need I mention the fact that his refusal to pay for basic transportation upkeep led to the collapse of the 35W highway bridge into the Mississippi River?

    No thank you.

    July 22, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Jay

    As for Mr. Jindal, he seems good and bright young man, but is a little lack of charisma. But I hope Maccain will choose him. It'll be good for Obama.

    July 22, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. sarah

    to Sempr Fi
    your candidate will lose this election yes, but not because of his race. it will be because of his arrogance, elitism, and his rabid supporters who call anyone who does not support obama a ignorant racist. we the people have a right to choose who we believe is the most qualified for the job. we may choose the one who we believe has the character, integrity, and honor to be our representative on the world stage as president of the u.s. sadly obama does not meet those requirements for many of us, even we democrats. i did not support clinton and will not vote for obama. so please stop calling us bitter clinton supporters, or racists, or ignorant, and allow us the right to vote for whomever we choose.

    July 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Ian MacIsaac

    Pawlenty's good.

    July 22, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. maria

    I like the new name for McCain – Mcclueless and Mc done. This man scares me as much or moreso than Bush

    July 22, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. aware

    I vote for Jindal the guy with substantive, energetic ability to get things done! he would knock Obama dead! 🙂

    July 22, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. aware

    I vote for Jindal the guy with substantive, energetic ability to get things done! He would knock the obfuscating, arrogant waffaling Obama dead! 🙂

    July 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Voter

    I'd like to hear more about his plans on issues... let me know if he makes any significant speaches on this...

    July 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. California Gold

    McCain inching, shuffling, creeping, crawling, poking along, dragging his feet, toward Pawlenty. Love the visual.

    July 22, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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