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. rich5

    reading the angry stupid little dems posting, just keep up your little talking points. what a bunch of light weights. angry little libs and your cnn

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Willow, from Iowa

    McCain can bring whomever he wants to the party. Reality is, he's running such a negative campaign that its going to do him in at the end.

    Semper Fi, in an election, 4% points is a landslide victory. In some elections the difference was 2%. In previous elections Bush won by 0.5% and it was a solid win (in most states), even closer in FL. (we all know how THAT went). But a 4% win is a good solid landslide. 6% is even more noticeable, that would be all blue states.

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Uncle Sam

    Apparently there are those who are under the impression that the Republican nominee for president is John McClain, the heroic character who singlehandedly defeats the terrorists, portrayed by Bruce Willis in the Diehard movie series.

    I suppose it could be worse. Quite a few believe that his opponent is Osama bin Laden.

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. lj

    McCain is the better cadidate on taxes, defense, smaller government period. How anyone feels that the democrats ( Pelosi, Reid) offer anything positive for our society ( other than more taxes for you, more perks for them) is beyond me.

    How about Obama's possible running mate, that lame excuse for a man , Edwards? He threw his cancer stricken wife under the bus after he used her for political motivation. This is a man you would want in the White House? He doesn't care about his sick wife and you think he cares about you? Everything is a stepping stone to these people.

    McCain is a real man, something we don't see much anymore. You can bet your family's security on that fact. Fo get about that daft, stuttering Obama, he is an empty suit.

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Independent White Woman For Obama

    Texas Trail Dog! McCain did you notice the remarks from OBAMA about General Pethraeus.........Why not send McCain a personal E-mail ..........you are full of hate toward Senator Obama .......here is a Bone –Now MOVE on !!!

    Obama 08/2012

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. PRE

    For McCain to attack Obama's ideas Obama would first have to HAVE ideas. As it is, McCain is treating this kid-cult as you should, by attempting to cut off its head. WTH is this country thinking electing a man who had a grand total of LESS THAN 200 days in national elected office before running.

    Sure he gives pretty speeches, but Osama is going to laugh himself to death if we elected this empty suit.

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Robert NYC

    wow – a CNN website where all the group think liberal suck ups criticize McCain and are in love with their fake veneer speech machine candidate who thinks he is a senator but has worked less than 200 days as one.

    Oblama is incompetent. anyone is better.

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. rightguyinchicago

    You mindless left-wingers crack me up. I can't think of a dumber voter then one who casts their vote for a rookie to be in charge. Reb or Dem, doesn't matter. Obama is too young and too left to be me in charge.

    July 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. paulie_nj

    It's funny how all the comments here come from Obama supporters bashing McCain. Looks like all of the McCain supporters have jobs and/or better and more productive things to do with their time than sit on here and cut down the competition. So much negativity. Semper Fi (above) is right on the money.

    July 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I heard one commentator refer to a McCain/Pawlenty ticket as "Good and Pawlenty". I think a better description would be "Dull and Duller". I am 100% for Obama but if the GOP want to make any type of splash with their picket, it has to be someone that can govern as well as bring excitement to this extremely dull ticket. If the GOP wants to hand over the election to Obama, we will gladly take it!!!

    July 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Sweet!

    * Good and Pawlenty *

    July 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. McCain08

    You know, Fox gets a bad wrap about having a conservative bias, but for a site operated by CNN, this says a lot about the has-been network. You are a bunch of liberal fools! "McSame"? And "Mclueless" a born "looser"...? Nice spelling. Morons.

    McCain/Anybody > Obama/Anybody.

    July 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Rhonda Tracey

    No koolaide drinker here... i'm voting for mccain.. sure hope he picks Romney with great business experience to get this economy going. Free us from all regulation and taxation...you koolaide drinkers can thank us later... oh by the way... obama is a socialist and a conartist.. wake up

    July 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Rod

    I find it amazing that Obama supporters can criticize McCain for his lack of knowledge and experience and yet support their own candidate whose resume consists of community activist, Harvard attorney(who only dealt with six court cases) and Senator (State and US for three years attending session 145 days). We are talking about someone that is going to make decisions regarding this country. This is not a popularity contest about who is King for Homecoming.
    Everyone needs to sit back, take a breath and find out what each of these candidates believe and what they want to do for this country. So far all I have heard is a lot of pandering and promising. We need black and white answers to very difficult questions ahead.
    So stop the name calling and character attacks and think!!!!

    July 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Jack

    Stop with the race victim crap. Obama sat in one of the most racist churches of all time and used elements of those speeches in his own book. If Obama loses its not because he's black, its because hes a left wing lunatic.

    July 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. eagle1

    Hey CNN why don't you put up a story about the DNC filling up their tanks for their vehicles in Colorado for the convention and not having to pay the fuel tax. I guess that wouldn't make the news because that would be going against your liberal bias. If it was the Republicans doing this, it would be front page

    July 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Eric Peele

    Look at all the people posting comments on here who are on the Obama payroll. CNN, get a clue. For all comments to be one sided within the span of 20 minutes and then no further comments. Obviously these are all orchestrated. What a crock!

    July 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Mike, Mandeville, La.

    Sorry, this guy from Minnesow-w-w-ta just does not seem presidential and I doubt anyone from there is. Romney should be VP.

    July 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Virgil

    Barack Obama.
    – He is against photo ID’s for voting.
    – He is in favor of early release of sex offenders.
    – He is in favor of pornography being permitted on school library computers.
    – He thinks school sex education should begin in kinder garden then continue on to the 5th grade.
    – He was against a bill that would ban porn shops within 1000 feet of schools or churches.
    – He is in favor of tax funded abortion.
    – He is against medical care for an infant on the operating table who survived the abortion.
    – He is against parents of minors being notified when their daughter is going to have an abortion.
    – His wife is in favor of partial birth abortion and thinks it should be protected.
    – He favors homosexual marriage.
    – He favors drivers licenses for illegal aliens, welfare for illegal aliens, food stamps for illegal aliens, social security for illegal aliens.
    – He belongs to a black-separatist church and embraces Louis Farakhan
    – And he wants to immediately evacuate a key battlefield in the war on terror thereby handing it over and empowering our sworn enemies.

    July 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. John

    Not a chance, he's just trying to get New Hampshire teeter-totter voters to look at him a little more seriously, by putting a carrot out in front of one of the locals. GOP tactics at there best.

    July 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. PUMA-Jessie

    If Clinton is not the nominee, it is not going to make any difference who McCain picks, Obama is a dead in the water loser. Check Rasmussen's tracking polls and you will see a statistical dead heat . In the state by state you see McCain leading by 6 in Ohio, tied in Pennsylvanie, winning Virginia and winning big in Florida. All this before the RNC and McCain open up on him with all of Obama's baggage, untral left wing, serial flip flopper, Rezko, Wright, etc., he will lose big time.

    July 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. lorenzo

    I hope McCain goes with the Senator from CT. I know all of you liberal boyscout-spooners would have a conniption and it would be priceless to see. Obama's idea of foreign policy is managed PR shots, no real journalists allowed, and "As President I would talk to foreign leaders"; delivered as though he were the first person to ever come up with the idea. Obama is fluff, no actual experience or real ideas. The perfect Democratic candidate. The only thing that would make him more JFK-esque is Addison's and some STDs.

    July 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. wee one

    I'm confused, CNN. Didn't this site an hour ago say that McCain was leaning toward the young Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal? And then you switch to Pawlenty and TAKE DOWN the piece on Jindal? I am afraid I cannot find your reporting too reliable.

    July 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Claire Solt

    Obama brags about his judgment. However, it does not seem to be informed by facts or expert opinion. The source of his judgment must be a ouiji board.

    July 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Lloyd

    Why can't McCain come out and tell us what he thinks of Obama's Iraq plan and let the American public choose? I mean, Obama had an Op-Ed in the Times. Why can't he submit one? Oh wait, he did submit one? And the Times rejected it? Hmm . . . How can the American public really make an informed decision if once trusted news sources are censoring one candidate's comments while fawning over a candidate who, though intelligent, is very inexperienced. Yet they publish a gossip story about a McCain story w/ no substance. They need some new editors. Bonnie Fuller is available; she would definitely bring some credibility to that paper. (And that is meant as a compliment to Ms. Fuller)

    July 23, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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