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. Wayne

    This election will show if the usa is still the most racist country in the world.

    July 22, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. Joey, MN

    Pawlenty is bad enough as a governor... if people put him in the white house, then they deserve the misery they will get: Pawlenty wouldn't even fire the person (his Lt. Gov.) that was responsible for the bridge collapse... he won't raise "Taxes" but he has put a "user fee" on everything: pretty soon, you won't be able to breathe in the U.S. without Pawlenty making you pay.

    July 22, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. TIM(minnesota)

    Please let this be true... minnesota needs a competent governor. take him away Mr. McCain

    July 22, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. texas DEM

    If Mccain wants Michigan he'll pick Romney.

    IF OBAMA wants states like Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, New Mexico, New Hampshire, or Nevada HE SHOULD PICK...

    NEW YORK SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AS VICE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    July 22, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. Doug from Cali

    semper fi, I hear you but I disagree. A 6% lead on election day reflects a landslide. I think we have finally crossed the bridge as far as the majority being willing to vote for a black or woman candidate. Stay faithful my friend, we'll be ok

    July 22, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Minnesotan

    The country better beware of Mr. No New Taxes Pawlenty. In Minnesota we used to be able to brag about our great quality of life, good schools, clean air, water and solid infrastructure. No more. Thanks to T-Paw we have schools failing, bridges falling down and no money to repair streets and highways. Our streets are full of homeless people and our welfare system is stretched to breaking. While we would love to get rid of him...it would be trouble for our country...no thanks!

    July 22, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. anne

    McCain just lost my vote and the election.

    July 22, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Molly in MN

    I think people arent seeing the big picture when they say they don't care or rather, "who cares?" Pawlenty is from MN, very democrat. They haven't voted anything BUT that way in the 20 years I've lived there on a national level. Pawlenty is well-liked. Not just by MN, but Iowa and Wisconsin too. YOU may not know him, but the midwest does. And if he helps to win those states on any level, Obama will have an issue to deal with. Pawlenty is young, his wife charming and hugely intelligent ( a judge) and he seems to work both sides of the aisle well. I look at it this way. McCain is old and the VP will be far more important on his ticket than Obama's. UNLESS he picks Clinton. If that, then a food taster might be a good idea.

    July 22, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. An AARP Member

    McBush will never run the country. His vp will and that will be Cheney (or a reasonable facsimile). America will get a double dose of more of the same.

    July 22, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |


    July 22, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Florida Livin

    Just some thing for

    Texas Trail Dog!

    What a stupid statement to say about Americans. Yeah we do have some that won't vote for Obama because of race. But really do you think he would have made it this far with White people not voting for him. All white people are not racist and Obama is White and Black. To say he will loose because of this sounds like a Republican sympathy message. Look around will you at the rallies and the states that he is winning. Republicans do have a base and supporters you know. They are not going to just vote for Obama because he is Black. He needs to give them a reason as he is doing. If not then he did his best. In general though i truly believe the majority of Americans do not wish to be identified in anyway as being racist. They would like to move beyond all the pain and stigma that people portray. I am black if you would like to know and i looke people and find the good in them. America needs to overcome this, if not for us now for the Children and Generations to come. Grow up and stop the hate. Regardless who you Vote for.

    July 22, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  12. zt

    As a Minnesotan whose grown weary of Pawlenty. I can't wait for him to go to Washington, so we can get someone else to finish his term. But... wait...that'd mean McSame would be Prez...Hmmm... gotta choose the lesser of the two "evils".

    July 22, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Steven

    Texas Trail Dog, Your Not Reading or Listening!

    Obama 08

    July 22, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Hispanic For McCain

    Like I said before, all the Hype about OBAMA in Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Germany, France, England, The media, News Coverage, Liberals, Obama the Messiar and all of this and he only 4 Points in front WOW. Come Sep Obama will go down Big Time. The media, Liberals love this Messiar OBAMA and they will come down hard when McCain steam roll OBAMA. Latinos open your eyes we can smell A Rat miles aways. Latinos will decide the election and guess what it is going to John McCain. Especially the Morons on this Blog, you are all LOSERS with a capital L. McCain will clean out Obama.

    Hispanic for McCain!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Rave

    Whoever it is ... He or She are to be never seen in American politics again for running with McPain. Not only will he loose, but he will ruin the career of his running mate.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 22, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. Steven

    Texas Trail Dog!, Blinded By The Warmonger

    July 22, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Walter

    It would be a great choice for McCain. It would completely deprive him of his central criticism of Obama – that he lacks foreign affairs experience.

    If a 72 year-old presidential candidate picks as his running mate someone who has never served a day in federal office, putting that neophyte a heartbeat away from the presidency, then "lack of experience" is not a phrase that he can ever utter again.

    July 22, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. John W.

    Instead of all this waste of the taxpayers' money, let's kick it 'old school.'

    Lets's have the loser (i.e. 2nd place) in this upcoming race become the Vice-President...THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE A CHOICE.

    If they feel compelled to serve the American public in the nation's highest office, I would hope that they would do so IN ANY capacity.

    As many people that I have talked to, we're back to the old "lesser of two evils," they'll cling to a party line rather than look to the greater good.

    Whether it's a McCain/Obama or an Obama/McCain ticket, they country will be equally distraught and disturbed. Few of us will do anything more about it other than blog or hog a water cooler conversation.

    This is our right as Americans, but IMHO, too many of us take this 'gift' for granted.

    July 22, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Pawlenty has ruined the local governments of MN. I shutter at the thought of him being V.P. or POTUS!!

    July 22, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  20. 1LT. Ron

    Maybe he (Pawlenty) can answer the quesion of how we can win a war that never should have been waged. Or better yet, how is this surge gonna catch the true enemy : Bin Ladin?

    Enquireing minds would like to know........

    July 22, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. Val from MA

    It will be Mitt Romney folks. The campaign has previously reported that McCain may announce his pick right before the Olympics – and for a good reason. The announcement will be significant because it will once again remind people of marvelous work Romney did at the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 and his ability to turn our struggling economy around at this very difficult time.

    Mitt Romney is an awesome choice for VP (would have been even better as president).

    July 22, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Crush Rush

    Obama will not get my vote if he doesnt prosecute those who commited crimes in the present administration.Keith Oberman said one of Obamas staff members said they will pardon most crimes.No one is above the law or Constitution,period.

    July 22, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. seyi

    i think the McCain campaign is failing dramatically as it unsuccessfully tries to take the spotlight away from Obama. It seems to me like the more light McCain gets, the more his incompitence shows, I can honestly say this is the 2004 version of Bush reincarnated in 2009.

    July 22, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  24. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    Funny...you know McCain is playing you for publicity and you still report it!

    July 22, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. Mike, FL

    Why put someone who can't even deliver his own state?

    July 22, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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