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. tess

    It seems there are many people one here that have bitterness in their hearts. Basic respect, pronouncing someone's name for example, isn't even in the vocabulary. My parents always told me to make my point, with respect. Perhaps, more people would take you seriously if you could argue your point with a little more knowledge and a little less name-calling. I'm just saying.

    July 23, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Open Minded Voter

    Reading the disrespect here for McCain, I don't think I could support Obama knowing the crowd I would be falling in with. Regardless of your feelings on McCain's stance on issues, this man has served our country for many many years and put his life on the line, he deserves respect. What most of the Obama supporters post show is lack of intelligence. Name calling just shows that you have no defense on the issues. How sad.

    July 23, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Herman in LA

    Cnn where in the heck is my comments, you are so protective of McCain it's a shame...

    July 23, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Whitney

    Show Senator McCain some respect. He spent 6 years in a North Vietnamese prison camp because he thought he should serve his country and defend your right to be stupid.

    July 23, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Change is Good

    I like higher taxes, I like more power in the hands of the government, I like more federal programs. Heck, they know how to spend my money better than I do. If only the government was in control of everything, all would be O.K. Let's nationalize health care and the oil companies and the power companies and the auto companies and the farms. Who needs private enterprise any way. Print more money and give it to the people. Take money from my employer until they go bankrupt and give it to me. Obama for president!! ......President of RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Literate Southerner

    Hey Southern Trucker, loser is spelled with one "o," not two. Loser.

    July 23, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Fly Over Country

    McSame blah blah blah blah, Nobama blah blah blah blah, We in Wisconsin think blah blah blah. Ummm, no one cares Wisconsin, now go to back sleep!

    July 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. GLT

    Pawlenty's wife is hot.

    July 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. NOBAMA in NJ

    It's interesting that you feel like you can use stupid names like McSame, etc but get upset when someone uses Hussein as Obama's middle name.

    Oh, that's right, it IS his middle name!

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. hisako

    I am not a fan of McCain but there is no way in hell I would vote for the messiah Obama. I follow politics way more than the average citizen and can't understand why would McCain pick an unknown ( I never head of Tim Pawlenty until this article) 4 months before the election when Someone like Mitt Romney who has great name recognition and been totally vetted is an obvious choice? If something happens to McCain do I want Pawlenty for president? I don't know squat about him. I would have no problem if Romney became President. To bad people can't have a more intelligent discussion than some of the idiot comments on the subject ofr that have nothing to do with the subject..

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Biffington, Biff

    Guys.. really.. the Mccain camp is playing you. There will be NO vp pick prior to the Democratic convention. This game of saying who might it be is only being played this week because Obama is on a very successful foreign policy tour.

    Its the only way McCain can keep his name in the media this week.

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Bill Nelson

    I'm a devout McCain follower–Black, 60 year old!

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Lean to the left
    Lean to the right
    Stand up, sit down
    Fight, fight...(sigh)...oh that's enough exercise for an old man McCain.

    Pawlenty? Paw-lent-ee? Pow-len-tee? Pa-wlen-tea?
    I mean, could you have given us anything harder to pronounce?

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Truth

    McCain is a much better choice than O-bomb-us. O-bomb-us is so far to the left he scares the "..." out of me! The thought of him running our military, his lack of protection for the unborn and his obvious pandering to any cause he thinks gets him votes makes me sick.

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. pam Eugene OR

    Linda 10:09
    What is llliterate?
    You must support McCain...one of the uneducated. Correct?

    July 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. AJ

    You CNN readers are such fools. Obama is a moron. Retreat from terrorists, raise taxes, NO experience, etc. McCain is a born WINNER and you latte libs are ungrateful fools., WHEN McCain wins, remember Obama is ONLY in the race because of his race and you libs are so full of white guilt and care noting about America so you blindly support this empty suit.

    July 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. TyWebb

    There's pawlenty of time left.

    July 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Steve

    Liberals are pitiful. When will people understand that any government is inherently bad. Don' you read history? Mankind is incapable of governing itself in any form, but socialism is a failed ideology.

    Let's all hug and hope for change. ..??

    Osama has no substance to anything he says. He is a wormy politician who learned well from the Clintons. Not saying McCain is much better, but at least you know what you are getting.

    July 23, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. SheikYoboudi

    Or is McCain advisor Karl Rove playing the media like a fiddle so that he can stay in the 24-hour news cycle?

    July 23, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Lee Cary

    Now that we can't call CNN the Clinton News Network, but do we call it? Place your entries here.

    July 23, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Nobama N. Nobama

    LOL! Minnesota? Smart? Only in that state could Jesse The Body Ventura and Stuart Smalley be taken seriously...

    bill for barack: "Let McScum pick whom he will. The voters of Minnesota – and America – are smarter than that."

    July 23, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. McCain = War

    Really – Who cares....

    July 23, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Mark

    this is all a bunch of garbage, to spark news stories about McCain, and try to divert news from what Barack Obama is doing overseas (which is fantastic and quite presidential BTW)...

    Give it up McCain, either pick one or don't, but in reality it won't matter your going down in November!

    July 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. WayneG

    Its two crappy candidates Obama is a fool... he talks about the 56 states of the USA I think it was... News flash obummer its 50

    And the bomb that was dropped on Pearl Harbor... actually there were many... umm excuse me Mr. Obummer we um dropped the "bombs" there were 2 and we dropped them on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Put a teleprompter in front of Obummer and he sounds real brilliant... take it way and he stumbles all over his words overall he is a total dolt

    And Obummer can’t even put an American flag on his plane… he had it removed and an Obummer sticker put on it… He isn’t patriotic at all

    One saving grace with Obama he makes Dan Quail look like a genius

    July 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Jay for Liberty

    Pawlenty isn't a WOW pick but his state does come into play, and there could be a bit of a drafting effect with some area states and being so close to Illinois could cancel out some of the Hussein effect in the area. Let him choose Pawlenty, Huckabee, Romney or Jindal, it doesn't matter. McCain is going to slip bast Hussein into the White House because the American people are waking up to the fact that Hussein is a third-rate political puppet that changes his direction with the wind. Hussein... what a joke.

    July 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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