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. David

    Best choice, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, period.

    July 23, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Billy

    Look! Shiny object, shiny object!

    Anything to distract....


    Romney is the VP pick but it won't be official for several more weeks.

    July 23, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Onan (Atlanta, GA)

    I think Pawlenty would be a great choice, as a very conservative voter it gives me more confidence in McCain to see him choose someone like Pawlenty....but I still will not vote for the man. I would vote for Pawlenty however...in fact a Pawlenty/Jindal ticket would be a much better Presidential pairing. People like Tim Pawlenty and Bobby Jindal are who the Republican party shoul d be turning towards not John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenneger, or Rudy Guiliani.

    July 23, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Jim

    Gov. Pawlenty is a tax raiser. He raised taxes to build a baseball stadium for the billionaire Mn. Twins owner. Why would McCain
    want a tax raiser for a VP?

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Shar

    Phil from Florida your opinion is so very wrong about Mitt Romney. I personally know he is a good honest man.

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |

    he will still lose.

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Ralph

    McCain/ Romney would be ideal! No one knows who Pawlenty is, not to mention he adds nothing to the ticket. I think that Jindal will be a major player in the future, at least let him finish his first term as Gov. Romney has the economic experience that McCain is in need of and conservatives like him, ie. Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, etc... I voted for Romney in the primaries and will vote for him in the future if he ever runs again.

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. SemperFiIsAStupidPoster

    NObama will lose, not because of race but, because he is a fraud and his wife is a hater.

    You, Semper Fi, need to get over this race thing.

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Jim-Minnesota

    Please say no to Pawlenty. We have had "Pawlenty" of Pawlenty in Minneosta. We would hope he would leave politics. We also would hate to see our Lieutenant Governor move up to Governor. Lt. Governor Malnoau the former head of the Minnesota Transportation
    Department was asleep at the wheel before the 35W bridge collapse. Would she be asleep at the wheel running a whole state government?

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. webo

    Wow, you Obamabots are unbelievable. McCain and Pawlenty have strong positions on the war, economy and social programs. You Bots just like to pretend thay don't and then lie about it.

    Obama, the worst presidential canidate ever.

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. david


    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Obama is a Socialist

    Wow! It really is true, CNN viewers/readers are the left wing nut jobs. Nice show of tolerance.

    July 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. America for Obama

    CNN is like a megaphone for lies, the McCain camp will tell you sheeple anything to try to get into the news and you guys just print it like it was fact. McCain is desperate to get back into the headlines, because Obama is such a bad motha, that McCain will say or do anything to steal a headline or two and of course the derelects at CNN are happy to oblige.

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. twocam

    Seems like the Obama worshipers always get a little scared if McCain gets mentioned by the media. The only good thing I can say about Obama is if he is elected he will be only slightly worse at president than George W. Bush. They have both always been clueless. The thing that gives Bush a leg up is at least I think he loves America. I question Barry Obam's patriotism. I am not a great fan of McCain but he puts those two clowns to shame.

    July 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Danny

    Nice posts. You people can't even spell without your spell checker and your grammer would indicate you have about a fourth grade education. Maybe you should let mommy and daddy worry about the election so you can go back to your coloring books.

    July 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Ben

    Everyone here is hallarious. 'Ohh my candidate is better, your candidate sucks' .... Do you not know that they are both the exact same? – a bunch of lieing, hypocritical morons. Congratulations to the american public for getting the stupid award. Whatever president it will be, just know you didn't have a choice in the first place.

    'Semper Fi' knows what he/she is talking about. It's the end of a "cycle" and the presidency usually changes sides with each consecutive (8yr) president. Democrats SHOULD be way up on the polls, by a margin of at LEAST 10-15%. The fact that Obama made it to the nomination and has as much support as he does PROVES it's not racism. History also shows that republicans win when there are economic problems or signs of war, which we have both.

    As for me? I hate both candidates but a third party won't win until the media releases it's stranglehold. I think i'll vote third party this year just to make a point. Not like it will matter though, we're due to be in the biggest "Great Depression" this country has seen before we even vote. (Sep – Oct) If you think the economy is bad now, just wait. The economic wave or cascade effect will be bigger than a tsunami.

    July 23, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. BobU2

    Hey Wisconsin,
    Will the current map have 57 states on it?

    July 23, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Superpower - Houston, Texas

    If McCain picks anyone other than Romney, he'll definintely lose this election.

    July 23, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Richard L.A. Schaefer

    It was highly regarded political columnist David Broder who pinpointed a key characteristic of Obama shown during the later parts of the nomination fight:, namely, retreat. The symbol for the Obama campaign should be the White Flag. And rather than the fist bump, the signifying should be as follows: two people face one another; both raise their hands above their heads; both slap both hands together. It's the High Ten.

    July 23, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Jerry

    I don't think Mccain is the best candidate the GOP could put out there. I do think 35 five years of experience makes him about 10 times more qualified than Jr. Senator Obama. If elected I do believe Mr. Mccain could be far and away better in regards to getting things done. Obama talks a good talk but as President ineffective at best with far higher taxes.

    July 23, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Duke

    I have to agree with Roger, Obama should be way ahead at this point. McCain is making a fool of himself everyday, yet the polls are close. I had been thinking the same thing for some time Roger. Don't know if it is race or not, it is hard to explain, but there is real danger here. If the American public wants 4 more years of the same, I guess they will vote for it. It is hard to believe that 50% + 1 people in this country are doing better than they were 4 or 8 years ago, but maybe it is the case. You get what you vote for I guess. I did not think that the public could vote for Bush a second time, but they did. So, if they vote for McCain, I don't think that it should be such a great surprise.

    If trends continue there will be nothing left of this country for the plain folk that continue to vote for politicians who systematically sell the country out from under them and ship their jobs overseas. Oh, I forgot, none of that matters because he has a flag pin on his lapel. He must be a patriot, yeah right.

    July 23, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Denver Conservative

    Pawlenty could be a good pick. I like Steve Forbes too. Considering Odoofus doesn't know his history or geography when speaking on his own and not from a prepared speech from one of his lackies, it will be nice to see someone added to the McCain ticket that will enhance the party's chances.

    One thing is for certain. The conservatives need to be jumping on Odoofus every chance they get. He's been putting his foot in his mouth in record numbers since proclaiming his victory and has anyone noticed how his wife has been "benched" to keep from being a liability? The pickings are good to nail this knothead if the Repubs are gallant enough to expose him for the snake oil salesman he is.

    July 23, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. topper1958

    Keep the change.

    July 23, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Felines for Freedom

    Obama/Richardson would be a major mistake. Obama needs to get back the PUMAs and while some are shifting over, Richardson is perceived as a major Clinton betrayer. If Obama selects Richardson, he really hurts his chances of recovering the disenfranchised Clinton supporters. I don't think Obama needs to pick Clinton to win them back, but I think he definitely can't pick Richardson.

    July 23, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Mattm

    McCain already has the crackpot Southerner vote. They have no place else to go. And as far as the independents are concerned, picking another same old/same old hillbilly pandering religious crackpot will simply be THE KISS OF DEATH and hand the presidency to this ungodly cross cross between Jimmy Carter and Michael Jackson.

    July 23, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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