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. Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI

    Yup, picking the nobody because he's afraid anyone else will upstage him. As a democrat, I personally love the choice.

    July 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Nando, Florida

    Another dude in a line of failures. MCCRABBY 08

    July 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. prokat

    McCain needs all the help he can get with the liberal media kissing Obumma"s butt. You'd think Obumma was a rock star based on today's network morning shows. The anchors are falling all over themselves bum kissing Obumma. For what/
    He has no agenda other than tax-spend-tax-spend. he is an 'empty suit'.
    King Obumma-todays Communist du jour of the liberal left loonies.
    Hold onto your wallets-he'll make Jimmy Carter look like a capable conservative.
    Wait until the 18% interest rates like Carter promoted in the 70's.
    By the time we're through in 4 years of Obumma our wallets will be 'redistributed' to illegal immigrants one and all!

    July 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. John

    McCain is trying to get as much media attention as possible while Barack is out showing the world what America's leaders should be like by droppig fake 'hints' to the media.

    It's a sad shame that McCain has to resort to these sort of tactics and even more sad that the media is buying into it.

    July 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Bean

    All those words in the article, yet nothing about his positions on the issues. I guess they know it doesn't matter since McCain is going to lose.

    July 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. P.J.

    I think McCain gave us a strong VP signal when he crawled into bed with Bush guru Karl Rove. Second name on the McCain ticket: Dick Cheney, of course.

    July 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. zeia

    Good luck to them.

    Need someone who really knows where the countries of the world are located !

    Or else they would think that the US is somewhere in Antartica!

    July 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Wrangler, OK

    Texas Trail Dog,

    The only idiot is you because Barack said he would factor in the general's recommendation, which is exactly what it would be, a recommendation.

    I'm not voting for General Petreus, who is the commander at the discretion of the president, I'm voting for Barack Obama. So you should go back to school and take a Civics lesson. It would do you a world of good.

    July 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Larry, Virginia

    Pawlenty? You got to be kidding me. Talk about a VP choice with almost zero name recognition.

    July 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. JA Cook

    Texas Trail Dog! get your nose off the ground and open your eyes.

    John McCain repeatedly has stated, "Al Qaeda is not defeated. They're on the run, but they're not defeated."

    If McCain is such a shrewd war strategist and Al Qaeda is the enemy, why does he continue to pursue Al Qaeda in Iraq? They weren't there until after we invaded. They're hardly there now. They have been in Afghanistan and Pakistan the whole time.

    McCain is fighting on the wrong front.

    July 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Polly

    Go Johnny Go!

    July 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Minnesotan for Bob Barr

    I won't be drinking the bipartisan War Party's Kool-Aid this year.

    My vote goes to Libertarian Bob Barr.

    July 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. elmerg

    "Pawlenty...huh? PAWlenty...what? PAWLENTY! ...polenta? No, Senator, Pawlenty! Pawlenty?...Lend you how much?

    July 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. JDB

    Does it really matter?

    July 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    As a former resident of Louisiana, I honestly do not think that Jindahl is all that he is cracked up to be. This guy comes across as a political animal, seeking higher office for personal glory rather than helping people.He lost his first bid for the governorship, quickly ran for congress and then immediately started running for governor again.

    July 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Nebraska independent

    This name calling on both sides has got to stop. If you can't have civil political discourse you should go back to playing with your toys and let adults discuss the issues.

    July 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Gary

    All you guys are putting your hopes in an empty suit. Obama is all talk and no substance. Experience is important and Obama proves it every day...the polls are showing that people are seeing right through the "change" goobly guck. Mr. 140+ days of experience exposes himself every day with his arrogance.

    July 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Mike

    I am going to vote for McCain just because I am sick of all these Obama supporters and their stupid name calling. No one wants to here all this negative name calling. If thats what Obama supporters are then I am not.

    July 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. vincepage

    I would just like Semper Fi to know that it's true I won't be voting for Obama in November, but it has noting to do with his race. It has everything to do with his stance on abortion. Voting for someone who thinks anyone has a right to snuff out a defenseless human life is like voting for someone who wants to kill puppies and kittens. I can't do it.

    This is really the only thing that keeps me from voting for Obama. I wish he had the proper regard for human life.

    July 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Jamer

    You know for a bunch of clowns who don't care about McCain you sure are reading a lot about McCain.

    July 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Michael

    McSame! McSame! Democratic parrots wanna cracker? What pathetic morons.

    July 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. john

    It is apparent that no one on this post can spell. It guess it is to much to expect for you to be educated on the topic you are posting. Do some research into what you are posting. then come back to debate the possible decision.

    July 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Ron Feuer, Charlotte, NC

    McLame needs a good crutch and a someone to knock that jawbreaker that he is continuously sucking on out of the right side of his mouf !

    July 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. NotFallingInLine.org

    Compared to the unknown, inexperienced, unqualified and unprincipled neophyte in a nice suit that the failed leaders of the Democratic Party have enabled to sleaze of with our party's nomination, this stalwart Democrat will absolutely vote for a McCain-Pawlenty ticket.

    Don't validate the bad choices of party leaders who have betrayed our core principles of democracy and who are representing us and our issues so very badly!


    July 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Ian

    What's the point in putting McCain stories in the political ticker? He doesn't even know how to use the internet anyway.

    July 23, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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