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. Internet: Kill Yourself

    You are all extremely petty I wish you would kill yourselves or neglect your children so they have a horrible, dismembering accident and you live your life wracked with guilt.

    July 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. EmmaLee

    McCain NEEDS to pick Romney. He is a self-made man. He used his OWN money to run for President. The Media can't attack his intelligence, because he has more brain power, then all the candidates that ran for president. He has been married to the same woman, no affairs, no son's getting into trouble, AND the biggest reason IS, that the Media did all they could to prevent him from being our choice!!!!! The Media was promoting McCain and Huckabee 24/7, and even when Romney won a state or when he came in second, or when he lost Virginia because the Republicans pooled together to let Huck beat Romney, the Media was saying "Romney needs to drop out! " So the Media GOT who they wanted the Republicans to have for a candidate, so now I WANT to at least have the best choice for the Rep.Candidate to be "at least" the VP!

    July 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Bezuss

    I like to touch me some monkeys!

    July 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. John in Columbus

    It's hilarious that the Republicans this year have to look for VP candidates whom nobody has heard of because everyone else is too dirty.

    July 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Greg

    Is everyone on this site in the Obama campaign? Or are the pro-McCain or anti-Obama comments censored?

    July 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. American

    McFlip Flop better choose someone who understands the economy...because he has admitted that he absolutely knows nothing about it......and while he's deciding he should also get someone with true foreign policy experience and military strategy, because he totally does not get it in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    And just wanting to Bomb Iran is not a solution either.

    July 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Sharkman

    Oh, all you uptight "hopers" for Obama. Where's his experience? No where. Support a real leader, not a make-believe one.

    Hey, Wisconsin –

    "McSame?" Hardly. What a laughable comment. Get real.

    July 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Hispanic For McCain

    Liberals get over it!!! John McCAIN WILL WIN

    Hispanic for McCain

    July 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Who's Pawlenty?

    If he chooses a nobody, then that will be it for me! I have never liked McCain, but would have voted for him if he had the common sense to pick a VP with knowledge (who would hopefully tell him how to do things). The imbecile will lose now!

    July 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. John Faber

    Perhaps some day the Democrats will nominate a candidate whose supporters feel comfortable supporting on his merits, rather than replaying the same kind of lame, malicious blather they used against Bush four years ago.

    Anybody who maintains that McCain is the same as Bush either hasn't paid attention lo these many years or- more likely- is simply lying maliciously.

    As for ideas, it would be a great deal easier to listen to Obamas if they were not either so incredibly naive or attempts to take credit for being wrong on Iraq.

    The "hopeless" war and the surge that "wouldn't work" have now created a situation in which even Obama's once-irresponsible deadline is beginning to look plausible, and now Obama is trying to claim credit for McCain having been right!

    July 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Richard

    A Obama /Hagel ticket would defeat a McCain/Pawlenty ticket..

    ps I am a republican voting for Obama. He is just the better candidate.

    July 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. John Faber

    BTW.. it would be a great deal easier to take the comments of some on this board seriously if they could spell better!

    July 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Mckee

    McSame confuse man and braindead.......

    Obama 08/12

    July 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Anonymous


    July 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. McLAME

    So VP, please tell us what VICTORY in Iraq means. Still waiting for ANY repub to explain it without resorting to unrelated words like Honor, Sacrifice, and Pride...which they clearly know nothing about.

    McLAME / Pawlenty will lose.

    July 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. F. Taylor

    If we can ever get an honest speech from McCain it might go something like this:

    "My Friends".................phoney grin.............don't worry about my age as it won't be a factor since I have rested up for the past 20 years by doing nothing in the Senate. Well not quite nothing I did go against all the initiatives for women's issues and for veterans affairs.

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Arizona heat

    I will be glad when all of this is over. The hatred toward Romney is hard to take.
    Pawlenti is ok.
    Anybody besides that WHITE guy Barry (50% white from his Mom, the rest is a mix). So sick of the press reading him bedtime stories and rocking him to sleep.

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. CF San Diego

    It's nice to see that Obama supporters are so educated that they can refrain from childish name calling, or other stupid insults. Nice! This election is being handed to Obama on a silver platter, and he can't put any distance between him and McCain. The reason: McCain is a disguished Senator with many pieces of legislature to his name. Obama... just under two years in the US Senate (actually one, beacuse '07 he spent campaigning for president) and a couple of years in the Illinois senate. He has 130 'present' votes in the senate and finally went to Aghanistan this week. Wow.... that looks very presidential! He's even with McCain right now because the American people fear he's simply does not have enough experience to be the leader of the free world! And, it's not becuase he's black as noted above.

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. California Gold

    The suspense is killing us. The entire country is riveted. The world is in suspended animation. Will McCain come down from the mountain and deliver the Word today?

    Never mind. We are too busy following Senator Obama, his campaign and the 3 person bi-partisan delegation of Congress as he moves from meetings with leaders of foreign governments, kings, members of the United States military in charge of our ground forces abroad. That's the news. That's where the action is.

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Obama 08 - rocking it baby

    Obviously I am an Obama supporter but I will not disrespect McCain. Some of you McCain supporters are just crude... "Save the drama for Obama mama" <== very clever who taught you that a fifth grader? The thing is I am not voting for McCain because I do not want the right to Choose taken from me, I do not want to be in war for the next 100 years, I want a President that is youthful enough to understand modern technology and can support us into making the necessary changes (energy, environmental etc...).... So play nice and if you do not have anything nice to say don't say anything.... Or say what you want and let your ignorance shine.... I mean with the state of our Country right now and you have the audacity to vote for McCain which is the same as voting for Bush we all ready know your intelligence level ... vote on emotion and not simple common sense..... Emotional votes got us into this BIG Old MESS WE ARE IN NOW.... Too bad Bush did not take heed to Obama words like he is doing now... maybe we would be better off but hey McCain supporters ... McCain is not taking heed.... can we say 3rd year of Bush Policies? Sure you can if you support McCain....

    God Bless America!

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. NObama!

    Obama is so fake – the product of a slick PR team. An empty suit, and no more.

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Ann Messine

    Wonderful knowledge of history to call names:McScum,McLame etc. Covers up that Obama HAS NO QUALIFICATIONS WHATSOEVER to be president and the media knows it but is in the tank for him anyway. McCain was a war hero,tortured for his country, and has long experience in the Senate. Obama spent 20 years in a church which spewed anti white and antiJewish sentiment. THAT is the longest experience he can claim. This 'tour' is pure PR with no substance.

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Tim from Ohio

    We don't know much about his guy. I would have thought that McCain would want to pick someone who is more familiar to the American people and someone they know, especially since it's this late in the game. I'm not sure picking this guy from Minnesota would be a wise choice.

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Sarah

    All these Mc(insert whatever lame generalization comes to mind) are really getting annoying. Come up with something substantive or at least original.

    July 23, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Kenneth

    Thanks to all you liberal commentators for showing your true colors once again – The Party of NO – No Ideas and no solutions! As most of you have shown, when the intellectual debate starts you resort to name calling – GROW UP PEOPLE!

    Hey CNN – To a clear-thinking person the unbalanced ratio of liberal to conservative commentators would suggest your ntework is left-leaning but you can deny that too, that's okay. As for me, I found the link at Drudge and couldn't resist the opportunity to put some liberals on their heels.

    July 23, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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