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. Scott L

    It is so funny how you all think Obama will win. Read my lips Obama will get crushed in the general election. Period. The machine hasn't even begun warming up yet...when it does, Obama will be like a deer caught in the headlights and his handlers will prove their amateur status.

    July 23, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Obama '08


    July 23, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. dpcpastor

    Win = Social conservative to shore up base, non-establishment, executive expereince, energy, communicator, non-establishment and non-white male. Win = sarah Palin

    July 23, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. T. Battman

    Pawlenty has been a joke of a governor here in Minnesota. He's childish, doesn't cross party lines, but at least he's seen the light as far as environmentalism.

    July 23, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. LegalCitizensUnite

    Young people start out as Democrats when they are foolish, selfish, immature, and in need of unearned hand-outs ... on someone elses dollar.

    Then, when they grow up some, have added some real wisdom under their belts, begin to see what is really happening, they become conservative Republicans.

    This is a historical trend.

    Wake up, and cut to the chase.

    July 23, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Liz

    You will not only get to know him, you will yearn for more of his brilliant personality, intellect, humor and charisma. He is a political moderate with a strong spiritual core. He is perfect for Senator McCain–bringing the youthful balance needed on his ticket. The media can throw all the barriers in the world but he will be seen, heard, admired, and successful on this team.

    July 23, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Damian Salter

    Pawlenty looks a bit slimey.

    July 23, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. James Hussein, SC



    July 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Phil E.U

    mmh, this Nov poll will be the biggest in American history...

    And these bloggs will be read in the gr8t future..
    ....i just wanna say a big "Hi" to the next generations ; ) and to all those that study politics and stuff please take notice of how the GOP was trying to deflect media 's attention, during Sen Obama's foreign trip, with cheap VP-ticket rumors...Once again since the chaos of 'Operation GOPUMA Chaos' there's not much left in the tank ..of ideas.Doh.!!

    July 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Virginia is for lovers

    The only way I will vote for John McCain...

    McCain must promise to not run for a second term


    McCain picks Mitt Romney as his running mate.

    Me voting for Obama is like a snowballs chance in hell....not goin' to happen!

    July 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    Maybe Mr. Pawlenty can help his Grampy remember the Iraqi timeline of events (of which he's the alleged "experienced" expert) before the surge since John McCain't can't remember which events preceded which as evidenced during his lame interview with Katie Couric. I'd be more impressed if journalists actually did their research before these interviews so they themselves would know the facts and be able to call the candidate out on this error.

    July 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Chris

    You're wrong Semper Fi, so very wrong.

    July 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. adam

    I am a used car dealer and I resent being compared to any politician...at least we work for our money.

    July 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Nick C.

    Wow, funny how in a race where Obama is only polling 5 points ahead of McCain, 15 out of 16 comments here are pro-Obama, or really more anti-McCain, and the other one is neutral. I suspect most of these responses are really from Obama operatives on his fast-reaction Internet response team, or even from CNN staffers in the tank for Obama.

    And not surprisingly, not one intelligent point in the bunch. Mainly a bunch of ad hominem attacks, juvenile twisting of McCain's name, and trite bumper sticker slogans. If people like you select a president, this country is truly doomed.

    July 23, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. 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 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Trudie

    Who cares? McLame is going to lose and lose big. The only people signing up to be his VP have presidential aspirations in 4 years, not 8. Why? Because McCain is going to lose this election.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Jake

    Who cares what CNN says, who cares what the extreme left liberal hate squad here blogs, who cares about obama other than those who want the successful workers of this fine nation to support them. YES, I AM proud of my country, and I have been ever since those racist southern Democrat house and Senate were defeated. WE as a nation have been safe after our President stood up to the terrorists allbeit without the help of the democrats. Those selfsame far left liberal democrats joined the terrorists in fighting our President and his administration. Sad too, since the terrorists without a named nation have taken heart waiting for a sympathetic democrat to take office. Sad day for America if that happens. Sad day for those brave armed forces who lost their livers waiting for the democrats to support them in the war effort. Sad for those parents who watched those democrats help the terrorists kill their children.

    July 23, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Tom, NJ

    Race will not be the primary reason if Obama does lose the election. It will be because he is an empty suit with no record to stand on. How are we to judge Obamas qualifications to lead this great nation if he has no record of accomplishments?

    This country has made tremendous strides in dealing with the issue of racial equality. Are we perfect? No, but the Obamas themselves are examples of the opportunities available to all people who are willing to take personal responsibility and work hard for their own success.

    July 23, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. jw

    McCain needs to have Ms. Condeleeza Rice as his vice-president. She would be an excellent choice that has the inside on foreign affairs. We need a strong vp in the McCain camp.

    July 23, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    Texas Trail Dog!
    I understand everyone has a right to their opinion, however Obama is absolutely correct in what he said, he is focusing on the whole picture and the future of America. People like you and unfortunately it's a lot of you around, are so naive you would believe anything your government tells you. This is why we need someone in office with good sound judgement and someone who cares about the american people's issues instead of his own agenda. General Patraeus stated his point and Obama totally understands his point, however he is saying he will make a sound judgement on when the troops will come home and the safest way for them to come home.

    Second, this war is an illegal war and should not have happened! over four thousand men and women of our military did not have to die, they did because of this war we had no business starting in the first place!!!!!

    Third, if Bush and Chaney really cared about dictators abusing their people, they should have had the military invade African Countries!!! It did not happen because it is all about the oil!!!! Over four thousand people died in Iraq so Bush and Chaney's companies can benefit from fixing Iraq back up and eventually get their oil!

    July 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. mayahh

    No need to select one, it is over, Let's KING OBAMA.

    July 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Robert Steinert

    Obama is an exotic – not really a native -profoundly ignorant of many facets of the American ethos -patriotism -optimism -attachment to freedom. McCain is clearly a native and an example of our best sort. I hope he's clever enough to win and effectively govern.

    July 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Nancy

    Take Tim Pawlenty....please.
    He's ruining our state.

    July 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Shari, NY

    Never heard of him! That aside, no matter who seems to be getting the most publicity/attention and no matter what the polls show, it all boils down to what will happen on Election Day itself. Semper Fi – I have heard a few people express views similar to yours. Do not be disheartened. For the year 2050 which is just a little over forty years from now this will be the projected scenario QUOTE 29% of the population will be Hispanic, Blacks will remain at 13%, Asians will make up 9%, nearly 1 in 5 Americans will be foreign-born, and non-Hispanic whites will become a minority, accounting for only 47 percent of the population UNQUOTE. Now let your imagination run wild! Obama’s slogan embracing the word “change” has taken on new meaning.

    July 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Erik

    We've had P(aw)lenty of McSame already. We want change.

    July 23, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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