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. Phil, FL

    McBlubber couldn't even get his words out of his mouth on most issues to let anyone decide what he was saying. Sick of the demented fool.

    July 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Nate

    Sounds like a good guy to me. Anyone would be better than Slick Romney

    July 22, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Ranger7

    McLame ..would be better off with a doctor...

    July 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. And what about the real issues?...

    And they talk about white guilt when refering to white people who chose to vote for Obama...
    However, there's one thing called MEDIA GUILT!
    McCain whined about bias and the media outlets immediately posted some series of irrelevant, empty and speculative news about McCain's campaign...
    However, what has McCain to say about real issues , about America and about the world?


    July 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Mohammed, Minnesota

    ummmm yaaa I live in minnesota and i have no idea why they said its a republican state. No one likes Pawlenty here, he is an idiot that EVEN WHEN THE PEOPLE WANT TO THEIR TAXES RAISED TO PAY FOR PROGRAMS, he would rather cut them. This state is not going republican for one because of the Large college population here, U oF M annyone? 2 because we just are smart enough to know not to vote for BUSH so what the heck makes u think we will vote for mccain

    July 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Dave Gordon

    Semper Fi's comments are true. Being a conservative, I'm no Obama fan because of his policies. (I'm no big McCainiac either, I just think McCain's idea of socialism isn't as extreme as Obama's.)

    The following is unfortunate, but it's very true. My wife is one of the few Republicans (she's a moderate) in her family, so she'll vote for McCain anyway. But the majority of her family are lifelong Democrats, never supporting or voting for a Republican position until this year. This year, the majority of them refuse to support for Obama for all the wrong reasons and some have already inquired about McCain bumper stickers.

    It's sad really. I feel very confident that Obama will get beaten pretty badly in this election. Part of me is happy because I don't care for his positions. There's also a part of me that's disappointed because I know that he will lose support for all the wrong reasons. I don't want Obama to win because I don't think his ideas are good for the country, but I don't want him to lose due to the color of his skin. I hope that my childrens' generation handles this the right way, but I think some of our elders thought we'd be past this in 2008 and I don't think we are.

    July 22, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Desert Shield vets

    its is a shame . Mr McCain has been fumbling his facts all day.
    he was even told about how bad his campaign staff is. He is now crying about media coverage when he is the one who wanted Obama out of the country. Him and his whiners should know better.
    His Lobbysit friend the resigned (Phil Grahmm ), he was thrown under the bus but still pops back on the bus ,like the terminator.
    no straight talking there.

    Obama 08

    July 22, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Joe Reed

    Semper Fi, You are a Republican for McSame posing as an Obama supporter. This country won't get fooled anymore with the dirty Rove political tactics.

    July 22, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |

    Really nobody cares about this latest Mc cain effort to divert attention away from Obama's successful trip abroad. Strategically its very unwise to name the VP just now as the spotlight it would generate would only be shortlived.Compare that with the kind of bump Mc Cain would get by selecting his running mate towards the convention time.Basically ,this is an ineptly managed campaign,so desperate to remain on the headlines,,quite challenged on the ways and means of remaining relevant in the face of the interest and enthusiasm Obama generates.Whether its Romney,or whoever he chooses seemingly nobody really cares.The real story is between Obama and Mccain.

    July 22, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. HMB-Sandman

    Hi Texas Trail Dog,

    I watched the press conference, and Obama said he would neither 100% ignore nor 100% follow the general's advice. He said he would FACTOR in their opinions in making a strategic decision. We are a democracy, the military answers to elected civilian leaders. In my opinion his remarks were an incredible display of leadership. It is exactly what a President has to do, not run around the WH imitating Dr. Evil.

    July 22, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. michael corleone

    Sempe Fi,

    If your candidate loses, it will not be because his race, but rather his inexperience, poor judgment, radical left wing-Marxist views, and his ties to other radicals.

    July 22, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. MikeH

    Does Pawlenty know how to personally check McCain's Bearings to see if McCain has lost them or not?

    That would be Pawlenty's primary purpose as vice-presidential candidate.

    July 22, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. David E

    Tomorrow McCain will be considering Mickey Mouse. Why doesn't the media see that this is all publicity to take the shine off Obama? The day McCain picks Jindal or Pawlenty.....

    I could eat my words, but McCain is likely going to go with Romney, Crist or Guiliani...more marquee names. Just my two cents...

    July 22, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Linda

    Wow, who would imagine that so many Obama supporters could be so Illiterate?

    July 22, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. JonRoss

    The schilling CNN does for Obama will not win it favors even if Obama wins the election. You will either eat what his minions feed you or he will shut you down. In your heart, you know thats true.

    July 22, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Sarah Bonner

    Breaking news (on Anderson Cooper 360)

    McCain just made a very serious gaffe, saying the surge made it possible for the Anbar Awakening to occur. Problem is the Awakening occurred months before the surge began! You couldn't script this stuff any better. There's your Iraq war expert people. Unbelievable

    July 22, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Rafael Richmond VA

    McCain get it right go with Collin Powell shock the world and shock Obama.


    July 22, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Olivia

    I think Obama will lose in Nov because most americans like fairplay and the media is not being fair to McCain, by a long way.

    If Obama should win, people will always wonder if the outcome would've been different if both candidates had been treated equally.
    At this point the race is pretty close. Obama will act as if he earned the win. I hope he goes down in flames......big flame for a big ego.

    July 22, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. Thomas, Illinois

    To Semper Fi-No need to worry, a 6 point lead in a GENERAL ELECTION is conceidered a landslide...For each point in the ratings of a general election equals about 60 Electoral College votes...270 to win...Don't worry, Its all good.......Obama 08

    July 22, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    If we had a commander in chief 7 years ago, we maybe could have stopped the September 11 attacks (had the then CIC looked at the intelligence report a little more carefully).
    But we didn't Texas Trail.
    See, as much as anyone wants to talk about the surge, we should still be asking why in the world we're in the mess to begin with.
    For that reason alone, one candidate should already be out of the picture.
    Just the same, I think in the end, this most recent trip makes one candidate look quite presidential while the other candidate only snipes about if, but, etc.

    July 22, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. MN Voter

    The busiest bridge in MN fell down on Pawlenty's watch. McCain can have him.

    July 22, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. ADAM


    July 22, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    By the way, I hope Senator McCain does select Pawlenty. He won't bring Minnesota or any other state in the upper midwest.

    July 22, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. dormar

    This old man has lost his glory days

    July 22, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. ICanSeeTheAdsNow

    Go ahead and pick Pawlenty. I can see the ads now. Minnesota under spent the federal funds on bridge repair. Pawlenty had someone in charge of MnDot that didn't know anything about transportation. The state legislature voted her out of that particular office. And the list will go on and on if Pawlenty is McCain's vp.

    July 22, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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