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. R.I.F.

    No mention of Mccain's Anbar Awakening – Surge LIE and no mention of CBS's coverup of this.

    July 23, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Donna

    Texas Trail Dog..you are address McCain like he READS the INTERNET...have you forgotten he doesn't know anything about computers and admitted as much??? You would do better to get a bullhorn and shout it to him...we all know his hearing is bad....LOL

    Seriously, who cares who he picks? He just wants to stay in the news as much as possible since none of the reporters are interested in him enough to track him down...I'm sure the ones on his plane wish they were somewhere else...

    July 23, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Bill S.

    Wow. Reading these comments, CNN really is in the tank for Obama. If not for the Drudge report linking to this article, I guess no self-respecting conservative would have gone to the CNN site. Fortunately, CNN has been dying out ever since it lost its respectability, both because of its ultra-liberal bias and because Ted Turner decided to rewrite the ten commandments to have a liberal bias.

    July 23, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Obama 08

    Who cares? I suppose that Pawlenty has soooooooo much foreign policy experience for someone no one's ever heard of. Be careful you people for McCain...the unknown VP just might end up being the Pres. since your candidate is already over the hill.

    July 23, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. redherkey

    Leave it to McCain to consider a nobody who's a country club RINO Democrat. Like I said about Fred Thompson, McCain is a dog who won't hunt.

    Neither McCain nor Obama have executive experience. Obama should be trivial to beat as the poseur can't talk for 30 seconds without whopper gaffes coming out, intermixed with the worst extemporaneous speaking of any candidate in recent history. He's a verbal Jerry Ford. On top of that, he's only capable of fooling fools, as anyone who's ever done anything can read through his complete inexperience which leads to rambling and incoherent discussions.

    It would be a great year for a third candidate, as we need to send both of these losers back.

    July 23, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Herman in LA

    Poor Grampy McCain, no one cares who you pick because all of you republicans and G. W. Bush are done get out of the white house now...

    I hear your playing Steve Wonders very super superstitious and we are superstitious of you grampy he is already backing Barack so please pick some other music I don't think he authorized you to play his music at your events.

    July 23, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. CNN out of touch

    Can someone answer this? CNN is mainstream, yet a large
    majority of bloggers at CNN are for Obamma (Its gotta be like 3 to 1 Obama).
    Why does the CNN "Poll of Polls" only put Obama up by 4-6 points? Is this false info to sway the electorate, or is it just that bloggers represent more progressive politics? Is the MSM that out of touch?
    I read blogs all over and it seems that McCain is going down by a landslide.

    July 23, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Disco

    Minnesota isn't a swing state this year. Obama has a nearly 20-point lead in MN.

    July 23, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. marty

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA wil bring America to its knees!! He is ignorant about all issues. He flip-flops constantly.Income taxes will go up, FICA will increase, health care to all(INCLUDING ILLEGALS), College for all(EVEN IF THEY CAN'T READ AND WRITE ENGLISH)He is promising everything he can think of to everyone!! AMERICA WAKEUP!! McCain is no-cure-all but is the lesser of the two evils. Imagine HUSSEIN'S Cabinet made up of Rep. Jessie Jackson Jr, Carol Mosley Braun, OPRAH, and Al Sharpton as our Representative to the United Nations. Might as well add the Rev. Wright as Secy of Defense. Third world status here we come. The American people have been brain-washed by the left leaning media in this country , They have made HUSSEIN OBAMA appear to be GOD-LIKE . O'h yes. do you want HUSSEIN OBAMA with his finger on the "RED BUTTON" THINK!!!!

    July 23, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Proud&Liberal

    It makes campaign sense to try still the wind out of Obhamas mid-east tour my teasing about – if not outroight announcing – a VP pick.

    (Oops...that spelling mistake – "Obhamas" – might make it's way all over the net. Hurry up Obama censorship squad and try to nip that one in the bud!)

    July 23, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. J.D.

    In Obama's world the surge in Iraq was wrong, but he is now proposing one for Afghanistan. Drilling here will not work, but Bush needs to pressure the Saudis to increase oil production. Gas prices aren't too high. He only wishes the increase in price was less sudden.

    While I am not thrilled about McCain the arguments for Obama on this board thus far are that McCain is lame and a loser, Obama's black, and the country is racist. Such logical arguments are about as substantive as Obama's stump speech.

    In 2000 everyone said Cheney was picked to bring "Gravitas" to the Bush campaign. I kind of hope Obama picks Sam Nunn, because it will be transparently clear that he is an empty suit reciting the prepared remarks of his handlers.

    July 23, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. NW

    Who cares?? lol... McBush and McShame is trying to bring someone unpopular to be his VP people did not even know who this guy is. Too bad...

    July 23, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Marmaduke

    Hey Semper Fi
    Obama is going to lose but not because of his race but because he is an empty suit.
    And since you mentioned race then let's face the facts the ONLY reason Hussein is where he is is BECAUSE OF HIS RACE!!!

    If Hussein was a white man he would have been driven into the ground by Hittlery!

    Oh, and in typical hypocrat fashion, it is polls not poles!

    July 23, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. MT

    I highly recommend that Senator McCain's campaign starts addressing isues "other than" the surge. Americans do have many othre concerns. I gave him credit for the surge months ago but that's currently the only positive mark he's earned. I'm still anxiously awaiting on some substance.

    July 23, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. iziziz

    If anything Pawlenty as V.P. Candidate should push Minnesota even more into the Obama camp.

    Two words ... Governor Molanoe. The current Lt. Governor who was also the head of the Dept of Transportation when the bridge fell down.

    This is a thought that truly terrifies Minnasotans.

    July 23, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. John Vailati

    Senator McCain believing you that America is first, party second, why
    you did not join with the Democratic party, as the vice-presidential
    canidate last election that would have given the country immidiate
    change of direction,then, not 4 more years of what we have had to live through?

    July 23, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Brooke

    Go for Gov. Bobby Jindal or Gov. Sarah Palin, not Tim Pawlenty, please. Jindal's got charisma – just listen to the man speak and even though he is only 37 he has more experience than Barack Obama – he served as a Secretary in Gov. Foster's cabinet in his 20s, served in Congress and is now serving as one of the nation's most popular Governors.

    Do the right thing, McCain, and win the election so all these Obamabots who've put their free thought on cruise control can take their toys and go home so we can be done with them.

    July 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Teresa

    Actually Pawlenty barely won his last re-election bid as Govenor in MN, a lot of people can't stand him, myself included.

    Pawlenty would bring the Evangelicals for McCain, and that would drive many of us Independents to Obama. Pawlenty is a Theocrat and would use his religion to make policy decisions.. plus he is real vindictive when he doesn't get his way. If someone doesn't agree with him, he will get back at them. A disagreement with the Democratic controlled legislature in MN led him to cut off any additional needed funding for St Paul. He even admitted that he was getting back at them.

    I tell you we do not need this man, one shot, one accident, one heart attack away from the most powerful posistion in the world.

    McCain, use to be my hero, but not anymore. He has sold his integrity to get votes anyway he can.

    Obama/Byhe would make great ticket, Richardson as Sec of State, Hagel- National Security Advisor, Wes Clark Sec of Defense, Clinton stays in Senator and becomes the new leader, dump Reid.

    July 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Pat

    haha you moonbat liberals are so stupid, Mccain will wipe out obama, the little boy is in way over his head, middle america sees right through his crap

    July 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Tommy Lee of SC

    McSame will not win Minnesota regardless of his running mate. No one will help the Bush/McSame policital machine steal this election.

    July 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Phil (Dallas, TX)

    It seems to me that McCain is playing the VP speculation game to get media attention to offset the attention Obama is getting while in the Middle East.

    McCain's VP choice is Jindal, no wait, Pawlenty, or wasn't it Mitt Romney just a few days ago.

    McCain discusses a potential VP announcement to offset Obama's media attention, then floats name after name for as long as he can maintain the speculation. At some point he really will name his VP then there will be days of media attention to analyze his choice. But the announcement won't come until it will be most beneficial to his campaign.

    McCain understands politics and how to garner free media attention.

    July 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Esther

    Update to my blog above: The only chance McSame's running on is the fact that Obama is black AND some very very STUPID americans unfortunately cannot see past that!

    July 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. reality cheque

    It is Condi Rice or lose.

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Jerry

    Gee, looks like a lot of sour grapes here. Maybe a little balanced commentary would be productive. Neither candidate is a shining star, but in Sen. McCain we have some credible history. Sen. Obama, well, be careful what you wish for. Change may be good, but what are we changing to? Cut through the hype and the smooth talk. Is it really possible for the government to be all things for all people? I think not. But then time will tell.

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Becky

    Another person to add to the mess of McCain's failing campaign. Can't wait for election day!

    July 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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