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. dan

    So many lame comments on these replies. lol You all think you're clever with your generic nicknames?

    Barrack the Scama

    See? Isn't it silly? Shut up and discuss the issues for once and use some legit details this time.

    July 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Foreign observer

    Looks like beeing another guy with an upper stiff lip !

    July 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Steve

    Just not Barry Hussein Osama. Without a teleprompter this guy is an empty suit.

    July 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Logtaads

    Pawlenty? Never heard of the guy. I believe I would pick someone with a little more name recognition.

    July 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. JJ

    I hope for McCain's sake he doesn't pick Jindal but then again it will be good for Obama. Pawlenty or Romney would be a more strategic and smarter choice. Strategic and Smarter is what McCain needs right now because lawd knows he is lacking in that area.

    July 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Robert

    Big whoop. The only McCain's winning this election is if he chooses a democrat for a running mate.

    July 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Conservative

    TO: Semper Fi

    What does color have to do with it? Are you saying that we should vote for O because of his color? That we should not take into account O's obvious grow taxes, big goverment, you can't make it on your own policy's?

    Look, race has nothing to do with it. O has touted Hope and Change all year, but he is nothing but the same ole, same ole liberal, who will flip flop on every positon, so he can say that he was right.

    White, Black, Brown, Yellow, Blue, or Whatever, show me a candidate that truely wants to help America, and I'll show you a nation who will not care what color they are.

    As Dr. King said, "...I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

    How are you judging O? By his character, or his color?

    July 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Thrasher

    What is the difference between Pawlenty now and Obama 4 years ago? They were/are both unknowns and young.

    I cannot believe the ignorance, forgetfulness and hate from the commentators on this site. It is unbelievable.

    July 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Zaneta

    McCain, McCain, McCain...
    atleast this article shows you doing something that involves you discussing yourself/campaign instead of Obama's.
    I'm really getting tired of hearing you go at Obama and his views instead of talking about yours!

    but im sure you'll have something to say about Obama when he chooses his v.p

    July 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Sean

    Do all democrats have such poor grammer and spelling? Or is it just the ones who frequent CNN?

    "Looser" "Liston" "Noone"

    Go and believe anything your messiah feeds you. Follow the piper down the path of socialism.

    July 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Given his recent track record with names, I'd make sure I saw it in writing and confirmed by others in his campaign before taking McCain's word on who his VP choice is.

    As for Pawlenty, where's his flag pin?

    July 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. laxraddad

    One more point. When we hear USA of course we think of the "United States of America". If Senator Obama becomes our next President I think USA will change to "United Socialists of America". If you want to lose your freedoms, vote Obama. If you cherish your freedoms, vote McCain.

    July 23, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Will

    Funny, All the name calling against Mcain and this blog is moderated. Hmnn

    July 23, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Sean

    Grammar was spelled Grammer intentionally by the way. What? You would believe Obama, wouldn't you?

    July 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Tim

    What is with all the name calling??? Are you liberals still stuck in kindergarten???

    July 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Mitch45

    All you lefties lambasting McCain had better be careful what you wish for. If you think that anyone would be better than another Republican president, I offer you James Earl Carter, the worst President in the history of the Republic.

    July 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Kimber Grace

    The Obama supporters who post on here are mostly sorry. Get a life, grow up, and inform yourselves. The manner in which you conduct yourselves is scary to those of us who have a brain. That includes CNN-why not give some unbiased stories and opinions once in a while. I fear for our country.

    July 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Texas Trail Dog!


    July 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Tony

    I'm buying a ton of stock in Kool-Aid; clearly everyone here's been drinking what O'Bama has been giving out...

    July 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Ken Pittsburgh

    thios is a leson inwhy do you wait If he picks Jindal a nab who os younger than Obama then he would risk the fact that he younger than Obama if he picks Pawlenty is no sure thing either

    July 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Ben in Atlanta, GA

    Can we get some real news please? Who cares who McLame picks... It won't help! He will not win in 08!

    July 23, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Montana is Obama Country

    with Pawlenty you still get MORE OF THE SAME....

    Mc-Cain = Bush = devasting economic and four more years of War.!

    No We Can't.....

    July 23, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |

    "McSame,McWar, McOld, McGray"

    Gosh Obamabots are SO CREATIVE!
    rolls eyes****

    July 23, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. gary

    McCain better win,or all you Obamacrats will be be in for a big shock.The moron has not got clue one of how to pull out of Iraq with victory,that is probably because he has never served in the military,combat generals on the ground should and will decide how to pull out with out it becoming a Vietnam or Korea.Our soldiers mostly agree that we are nearly complete in our tasks in Iraq,and now the Islamic scum have had to run to Afghanistan where we will be finishing them once and for all.VOTE MCCAIN OR WE WILL ALL BE SORRY

    July 23, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. ManhattanHoosier

    I'm glad to see that CNN even realizes there is another candidate out there not named Obama. I speak of hope all of the time, but it doesn't make me serious Presidential candidate. So why should the same thing hold weight for the JUNIOR Senator from Illinois?

    July 23, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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