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. Celt44

    Semper Fi –

    You are delusional. Race is NOT an issue in this election – it's ideas. NOBAMA is more of an empty suite than any candidate I've every seen in my lifetime. He offers NO change and NO new ideas. It's the same leftist rhetoric that has NEVER worked. Colin Powell, Condoleza Rice, JC Watts – now there are some African-Americans that offer real change and would be 100% electable as president.

    July 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. David

    This buster better wear his flag pin 24/7.

    July 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. luckylager

    McLame, McSame, McClueless... You idiots sure don't hide your childishness do you? Grown up already.

    July 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Mel Mack,

    Did anyone notice that most of the posters for O'Bomber are black? There is one UOWW (I belived she said she is 60) who supports Hussein probably because she couldn't get any other kind of dates when she was young. If for no other reason, I will vote AGAINST Hussein because for someone who has attended the best schools in the country (at taxpayer expense under the quota system) he is one dumbmest men who ever wore a turban. 57 states!! My goodness!

    July 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Ike

    Who you vote for is a reflection of who you are. Racists will always have something to say to defend their wicked ways and choices.

    In an honest world (but that is not so), there would be no contest between Obama and McCain. Obama trounces McCain in every department – personality (charisma), ideas, judgement, erudition, sincerity etc.

    Unfortunately, the uninformed (pls note that being uninformed does not mean being uneducated) and bigots can never admit that Obama is what America (and by extension the world) needs now.

    July 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Dernon

    I think Pawlenty's mother has heard of him. Why doesn't McCain pick someone absolutely no one's ever heard of?

    July 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Tess

    Did you notice that many of the Obama supporter comments seem to have serious misspellings? At least the McCain supporters are educated. But go ahead, follow the charismatic but empty suit who promises to do everything that failed in the 1970's.

    July 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Uncommitted Observer

    It is easy to see that the U.S. Prine (Democratic activist workgroup) is very busy covering all avenues of "voter opinion input". The amount and degree of McCain bashing, (and poor spelling) gives away the designed slander of the liberals. There is obviously no balance in the published responses, and because of that, no validity. As for McCain possibly selecting Pawlenty, it would be ill advised. He has no wide national exposure, and is not known for being a champion of any particular conservative tenant.

    July 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Kaleb

    Pawlenty is great but I think Mccain is down to two choices. Romney or Jindal. His head and money is on Romney, his heart is with Jindal. He will decide this week and announce it during the convention.

    July 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Philly Dave

    does it matter? this is all formality. i really wish Mcshame could just throw in the towel now. I really beleive he has no chance at winning. Instead, America and the world wins. You GObama!!

    July 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Deborah Hussein Myers

    John McCain never had to work so hard for a vote. All he had to do was trot out his war story, and the world fell to their knees. Not this time, he has to actually stand on his feet, present his case and campaign.

    I love the fact that Barack has changed this election. First he made it a fifty state election with Hillary and now he's making it a world election, not an Iraq election with McCain. Now I ask you, who is the best leader? I think we know–Barack Obama.

    July 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Ron

    This story perpetuates the myth that Minnesota is a swing state. Yes on a statewide level they elect Republicans, but the state hasn't gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1972!! And it's not going to happen this year, whether Tim LaPlenty is on the ticket or not.

    July 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Adheeb

    I guess the comments listed about this story give a fairly good indication of the grade level of CNN listeners/viewers. I'm beginning to doubt the wisdom of allowing everyone to vote.

    When I vote for John McCain, I'll have to hold my nose to do it but God help us if Obama gets in. If you plan to vote for Obama, besure to take an ink pen into the voting booth and write down on your hand who you actually vote for. Doing this you'll be able to remind youself why you find yourself where you do a year from now.

    Have a good day.

    July 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Middleaged Woman Rant

    Oh, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    July 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. No to Obama

    All of you who are insisting on calling McCain names and trying to belittle him are acting like little children. Why don't you all just grow up and admit that there are those of us out there who actually think that the government should be run differently then you. When you are calling people names you have no credibility whatsoever. So please grow up!!

    July 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. arc, Lugano CH

    John McCain has served his country both in uniform and in the senate for many years. As a whole, I do not agree with his policies while serving as a senator, nor do I support the policies of the current administration. However, I believe that John McCain should be spared the constant barrage of insults about his age, his appearance, or his mental capacities and instead be given the basic respect deserving not only of an individual who chose to dedicate his life to serving his country but as a human being.

    July 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Mauri

    Everyone seems so concerned over the role race will play in Obama's run for the White House, and the militant uproar over the use of one word that sent The View out of control. But the widespread and venomous attacks on McCain's age is worse. Where are people's manners and respect for a man who served our country valiantly during his lifetime. Are you forgetting that McCain won his place in this campaign over a dozen or so candidates who ran against him. I see no effects of age in McCain's handling of his campaign. He doesn't have to point out Obama's inexperience in every phase of governing, and the way Obama is handling his plans to ignore the military leaders in their stance of conducting the war on terrorism, he would have done better to have stayed home. McCain warnings about Obama's handling Iraq have all come true so far. Goodness knows what he'll do with the economy, of which he also knows nothing. As far as selecting a VP, both candidates have the right to make their own choices. However, I hope McCain will consider just how far a man named Pawlenty will take us. Romney is much better known, and certainly has more name recognition. So it is rather exciting to watch and contemplate who both McCain and Obama chooses.

    July 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Tamara

    Coming from Louisiana..I would hate to see the state lose Jindal..our only hope...but believe that the would be a sure win for the McCain. Not sure that Jindal will be voted in again in Louisiana anyways since Louisianan's can't tolerate an honest leader.

    July 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Roger May

    Wonder what their slogan will be? Here's one that the Democrats could use. John McCain singing, "I've got Pawlenty of nuthin and nuthin's got Pawlenty of me.".

    July 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Al, NY NY

    And this guy's overall experience is............? Since JM is a little on the old side, there is a chance (and I am NOT wishing it for you conspiracy dolts) that this guy could end up POTUS. If Obama is so inexperienced as to not qualify, what makes this guy any better? The only reason he is on the list is that they want to try and grab Minnesota in the election. His ocnsideration of Jindal would be a failure since there are so many idiots in the country (mostly from Red states) that would mistake a Hindu for a Muslim (as what happened after 9/11) and not vote him due to ignorance

    July 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Joe Reg

    Paw lenty for v.p. or Jeb Bush for v.p.

    No one cares. No more repubs this year.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does Pawley have enough clout among the traditional Republican groups to help McCain secure their vote? That could be the question that McCain is asking himself. I can understand Romeny as a possiblity. Both are flexible; Romney more so since he seemed to be going to the Reed Richards look and was as flexible on some issues as well.

    July 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Leslie from Chicago

    Mccain would prettymuch be wasting his time...Minnesota hasn't voted Republican in over 30 years. Plus, Obama is already about 12 points ahead there as it is. As much as I prefer that Mccain lose, I'm sure he could come up with a better choice (but I hope he doesn't!)

    July 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Aaron "Hussein" Bauer

    Minnesota is going for Barack Obama, mark my words.

    July 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Anthony Maryland

    McCain needs to pick Romney for economic reasons, someone to balance the credentials. Romney is a safe pick and what McCain needs to win in November. Experience will win the White House.

    Independents for McCain!

    July 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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