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. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    Why is there no blog on the McCain scrulous and in accurate comments about Obama and the Sunni Awakening. Has the McCain camp so intimindated you that you are afraid to say anything other than "fluff" about him.

    July 23, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. tidho

    Seems like a realy good choice for him. I think there are probably better people for the office out there, but for a variety of reason's they don't fit as well.

    July 23, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Johnny

    That guy looks like a constipated Baldin brother and nobody's ever heard of him. Brilliant choice. McCain's batting 1000! We'll have that Iraq/Pakistan border secure in no time!

    July 23, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Phil, FL

    The whole world is weary of the Bush/McCain crap.

    I sure hope U.S. Citizens don't show their ignorance again this year.

    Obama is admired and respected, and he respects the people in return. NO MORE WARS

    Obama '08

    July 23, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. wycliffe, NJ

    While Obama is visiting with world leaders McCain is playing around with VP choice...not because it is what matters to americans but to grab some spotlight from Obama. This is non-sense and CNN got to be smart and cover real news.

    July 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Elizabeth, MInnesota

    Why isn't anyone talking about how Romney will be as or more controversial in America for being MORMAN than Obama and his race?. Especially for the GOP which on the far extreme take Bible thumping to a new level – they will never go for a Morman and if McCain can't quite get the Evangelical vote, he's really not going to get it going with a 'Scary Morman."

    July 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Jim, MN

    Ugh – it's been bad enough having him as governor. Having him on the McCain ticket only makes things worse.

    (Go OBAMA!)

    July 23, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    Obamabots are the most disrespectful people I have ever met. Childish and immature.

    Go McCain!

    Can't wait till McCain squashes Obammy in November. : )

    July 23, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. hakeemsdad, Florida

    Hey McPain,

    Here is the clear picture of what is happening in Iraq, stated by Obama:

    “I am pleased that as a consequence of great effort by our troops, but also as a consequence of a shift in allegiances among the Sunni tribal leaders as well as the decision of the Sadr militias to stand down, that we've seen a quelling of the violence,”

    IT IS NOT WHAT YOU ARE CLAIMING (The only reason is the surge)! I think you are way older but you cannot cleary grasp and analyze what is really going on on world matters.
    Think before you speak it helps to see the reality.

    By the way, attacking your opponent on every issue at every stage you been is not real politics. I guess, you will need to grow up more to reach that level!

    One final thing, AGE is nothing! Older doesn't mean the person have good experince to handle world matters in better ways. See examples for yourself!

    July 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. FactCheck

    Still no a single news item on McCain's blatant lie about the Anbar Awakening being the result of the surge?

    July 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. FactCheck

    > This man is an idiot because he already has his stupid mind made up

    Wow that's rich... the pot calling the kettle and all. Look in the mirror much?

    July 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |


    July 23, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Really

    I am amazed by the hate and disrespect coming from Obama supporters. I love how they post comments about McCain saying he is a loser and call him names. This is the best they can come up with. Just because a guy does not believe in the same things as you, does not make him a loser. McCain has done a lot for this country and I feel that he truely loves and respect the United States. This is more than I can say for a lot of you. Your hate will keep this country divided for decades. Good job.

    July 23, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. S. Shay

    The surge, a VP pick what next McCain? Will you start talking about the price of grain in Somalia? I don’t see why you wouldn’t talk about that considering the media are mindlessly following your red herrings. This whole week has really revealed the lunacy of your campaign. You chided Obama for not going to the Middle East and then you criticize him for going. You have no strategy for ‘victory’ in Iraq so you spend all of your time critiquing everything Obama says thereby improving his credibility and making Obama more relevant. You claim that the American people are not interested in a candidate traveling abroad yet you’ve traveled abroad and bragged about it. You claim the American people are interested in domestic issues yet you haven’t spent one day talking about domestic issues, not one day since Obama has been gone have you spent addressing our economic concerns. And to make matters worse you’ve graced the American people with a gaffe a day, thereby making yourself look old, senile and out of touch. I think John McCain is a Manchurian candidate; he is too dumb to be for real.

    July 23, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. Earl

    NEWS ALERT.....McWar is playing everybody to offset fhe news time that Obama(the next president) is getting.

    Jed Bush has it in the bag but McWar is keeping that quiet

    July 23, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    He should run with Rush, that way he'd have a nice outlet to spew invective 24/7 and an army of ignorant ditto-heads to keep the PUMAs company. Plenty of Oxy for the wife as well...

    July 23, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Justin

    I am so glad the left is so mature..Sleepy McLame, McClueless, McSame...FUUUNNNYYY!!! After using the same terms thousands of times...not so funny anymore. Semper Fi, here is an idea for you...have you noticed all of those problems came AFTER THE BIG D'S TOOK CONTROL OF CONGRESS???

    July 23, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. RONNIE

    If I can't pronouce his name why on Earth would I vote for him?

    July 23, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Tony

    Pawlenty, Jindle, Romeny.....who cares.

    Come November McCain will be a TWO-TIME LOSER! 🙂

    July 23, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Thank God, it is not Romney!

    At least Pawlenty is handsome, but Barack is more handsome!

    July 23, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Mason, Wales, WI

    I knew it would be Pawlenty. Not that it matters.

    July 23, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. bill for barack

    Let McScum pick whom he will. The voters of Minnesota – and America – are smarter than that.

    July 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Bill, CA

    Wisconsin, learn to spell!! You ar an idiot.

    July 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Didine - Maryland

    McCain, you can pick anybody that you want, but you will still lose in November. Americans have already elect their leader, which is Barack Obama. Look at how everybody follow him wherever he goes! He in not only popular here in the US, he is popular in the whole world. You are complaining that only one reporter and one photographer met you at the airport? Start running a good campaign if you need more attention.

    July 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Semper Fi...have faith in your candidate and the majority of the American public. National polls are meaningless at this stage. If you are into polls you should look at the expected swing state polls (i.e. Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Florida) to see how the candidates are polling.

    Obama leads in the swing state polling with the exception of Florida where both candidates are tied.

    July 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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