August 5th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
13 years ago

DNC takes aim at McCain's VP prospects

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(CNN) - President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney may be keeping a low profile this campaign season while their approval ratings are at historic lows, but the Democratic National Committee wants to make sure their shadows loom large over would-be Republican successors.

Democrats revealed a new Web site Tuesday that looks to detail links between seven of the GOP’s top vice presidential prospects, the man they would replace and the current occupant of the White House.

Election Center: Who could be on the vice presidential short list? is an information clearinghouse with a focus on Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, FedEx CEO Fred Smith, and Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor – all of whom have been high on most observers’ lists of potential running mates for presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.

The site, the latest salvo in an unprecedented Web war waged by Democrats this election year, also gives party supporters a chance to be part of local rapid response efforts – including the kind of amateur tracking operations that have dogged candidates this cycle.

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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Independent Fred

    Both parties use scare tactics it's just the DNC's is more subtle. (hinting McCains age, tying him to Bush policies.)

    On the Republican side the "Experience to Lead" and "The One" are code words to get southerners afraid of Obama. You know the script calling him arrogant and uppity. In other words who does this guy think he is.

    The tactics used by both parties makes my stomach turn.
    One plays on fear of age while the other is a subtle play on race.
    We Independents aren't fooled

    Both parties better clean up their acts..

    August 5, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Disappointed Democrat

    The DNC should not be criticizing anyone because of their dishonesty of stealing away the nomination from Clinton. They should be ashamed of themselves and I do hope that they lose the election for the democrats which should teach them a lesson not to play sneaky dishonest game. What goes around comes around and we will see that the DNC will pay for this action when Obama, the selected candidate, lose the election to McCain.

    August 5, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. JA Cook

    "I was for Hillary and now I'm for McCain…"

    Then you never really understood what Hilary was campaigning for.

    August 5, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Morningstar

    Mitt Romney is a true chameleon in politics, this man can call day night and night day while having the face of a saint: “the night was day because there were stars in heaven; the day was night because of the clouds.” The man can defend anything, be anything with the smile of an innocent baby on his face

    August 5, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. JohnyC

    Funny how when Obama camp starts attacking McCain it is labeled as "telling the truth". But when the tables are turned McCain is labeled as "racists" or "dispicable". I guess two wrongs can make a right for the Obama camp. Give me a break!

    August 5, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. hey Rick


    Excatly how much executive experience does McCain have?

    As for flip flopping, nobody has flip flopped more than McCain.

    August 5, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Ross in MD

    Good. People need to understand the people around McCain are the same as the people around Bush.

    Since McCain and Bush don't understand policy, it is those corrupt people who will write policy. Corrupt politicians, incompetent CEOs, these guys will run a Republican White House.

    August 5, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. sebastien


    John McSame is 4 more years of Bush and Cheney.

    August 5, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. obama is the most dangerous man alive

    Oh, this is the one that obama supported and McCain was against. Obama is such a liar. Who are you trying to kid.

    August 5, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. TonyinKentucky


    John McCain has ZERO executive experience. His experience is longevity in a wholly different part of Government.

    McCain does equal Bush, because he plans to execute the same tired policies and in many cases mounting a "surge" on failed neocon and GOP ideas.

    If you want to refute McCain being Bush's third term then you'll have to explain how his policies, intellect, and temperament differ.
    To be honest, I don't expect McCain to do as well as Bush and see more accurately the second Hoover Administration, AT BEST!

    August 5, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Sammy

    Dragon Lady, under normal circumstances you would be right. But after 8 years of a VP run shadow government that holds itself above the law, I would think VP candidates should not be taken for granted. Nor should the issue be belittled.

    I will change things around a bit.... how many Republicans think a VP Clinton would try to do the same kind of power thing as Cheney? My guess is its 90%. Also, if she is chosen by Obama I can forsee all kinds of anti-Hillary ads and more GOP attention than any previous VP has had in living memory.

    August 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Don, GA

    Executive Summary:

    McCain 26 Years in Congress 22 Years Military

    Obama 143 Days in Congress Zero Military Experience

    This concludes the briefing. Questions?

    August 5, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Weepy

    Where do these foul-mouthed Obama lovers come from?

    August 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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