August 29th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
15 years ago

Minnesota governor suggests he's not McCain's VP pick

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggested in a radio interview that he will not be McCain's VP pick."]
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign has told Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty he will not be the GOP vice presidential nominee in November, sources told CNN on Friday.

Pawlenty on Friday also told WCCO Radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul that he will not be in Dayton, Ohio, where the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is expected to unveil his choice of a running mate at a rally later Friday.

Plans reportedly are in place for the senator from Arizona to reveal his VP pick at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday, the day after Sen. Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination.

The McCain campaign said it's hoping to have 15,000 people at the Ohio event, roughly five times the size of his largest crowd to date.

But Pawlenty on Friday told WCCO Radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul that he will not be in Dayton, suggesting that he will not be McCain's choice.

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  1. YES

    It's a new dawn,
    It's a new day,
    It's a new life for .... ALL Americans

    And, I'm feeling goooood....

    August 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. anthony

    So, McCain is picking Palin? I guess the Republicans think that experience is overrated too. They want a 44-year-old 1st-term governor with no foreign policy experience to back up 72-year-old McCain? I wonder how Hillary's supporters are feeling about this. Considering McCain is 72 years old, Palin might becom the first female president of the United States if McCain wins but for some reason cannot finish out his term.

    August 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Anonymous

    There are very few disgruntled Hillary voters, and the ones that are disruntled are so because she wasn't the pick. They don't want "a woman" on the ticket; they want Hillary.

    Do you think they'll be happy that a different woman gets to be the first?

    August 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. MikeH

    I had a a talk with an anti-Obama person who pretty much asked the same question that "People make no sense" mentioned, how can he pay for all that. I brought up how are we paying the cost of the Iraq war, taxing corporations and wealthy etc, and it didn't seem to matter to this gal, who is struggling to make ends meet as it is. I told her she would probably get a $1000 tax break from Obama, and she STILL wasn't convinced, so you're right People make no sense.

    Back to topic, I thought McCain had a VP choice. Looks like whatever Dem. Convention upstage plan the Republicans had, must have fallen apart. Let's see how many SPONTANEOUS people show up to McCain's events. I doubt it will be anything close to the sea of humanity that was at Obama's acceptance speech.

    I agree with Obama. Enough, get the Republicans out of the Executive branch of the US government, the Republicans are too corrupt, and they are trying to create a Police State to protect the wealthy elite.

    August 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. the weather breaks Obama's way :)

    Yeah, CNN. Its not working . We’ve known its Romney for a long time and any attempt at creating suspense is quite sad. One camping is interesting and one is not. Sorry.

    August 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Abby :)

    Yeah, CNN. Its not working . I don’t care. We’ve known its Romney for a long time and any attempt at creating suspense is quite pathetic. One camping is interesting and one is not. Sorry.

    August 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. EC


    Sarah Palin WHO? WHO? Alaska WHERE? The state with only 3 electorial votes? WHO? Sarah WHO?

    August 29, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Bill

    As an Obama supporter, I'm loving these rumors! Pawlenty was the only VP prospect who even remotely concerned me, as he has a decent record and governs a narrowly blue state.

    I didn't think McCain would be stupid enough to pick Romney. It would just open the door for Obama to run the same ad's of Romeny criticizing McCain that McCain did when Obama picked Biden. If McCain picks Lieberman, then he might as well deliver his concession speech when he makes the announcement. Lieberman was the worst VP pick anyone has made since Dan Quayle, and I would be very surprised if McCain would make such a dumb choice.

    As for Whitman or Palin, I kinda laughed when I heard the picks. They're obviously both designed to get the female vote and nothing more, but if it's Meg Whitman, I will definitely be making some large donations to Obama. While Meg Whitman did a good job running eBay, there is quite a lot eBay has done to harm the American economy (i.e.-excessive fees for small business owners, sales tax evasion, copyright infringement, etc.). I think it's really down to Palin and Ridge, and I think it goes to Palin, if for no other reason than McCain wants to try and create the illusion he's independent from the Bush administration, and selecting a former Bush cabinet member in Ridge wouldn't achieve that.

    August 29, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. scat398

    Don't care. No McCain, not now, now ever.

    August 29, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Bruce


    August 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Pam-Oregon

    I just don't get alot of people. Last night was historical and made me feel proud to be an american. I am a single white female who struggles like alot of us. I believe Obama can help ordinary people just like myself. I was a Republican who voted for President Bush thinking he can help this country i am ASHAMED for what he has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. i AM PROUD TO SAY I'M A CHRISTIAN and though i may not agree on every little issue of Obama's i know he is the right choice for this country. And IF people are voting McCain over Obama for the simple fact that Obama is black? WAKE UP PEOPLE WE ARE IN 2008 NOT 1908! Obama can change, yes change this country it so desparately needs. When i see, watch, or hear Barack Obama is see him as a man and not a black man. This is america and it's time to erase the ignorance of people in this country

    August 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Mike from CA.

    Can you spell PANDER

    August 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Obama Supporter VA

    "People make no sense" –

    t's amazing. Some bloggers want to know how will Obama pay for all his dreams. Can you explain to me how we pay $1 billion dollars a week in Iraq? We can find the money for wars and the government borrows and takes our tax dollars for their own gain, yet people will not invest in themselves. How pathetic!

    Your comments are so true. I am so tired of the Republicans and their lies and fear tactics.

    '08 Obama/Biden

    August 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Zach

    Hey Fred, in less everyone on this message board is making over $250,000 a year, none of them will see their taxes rise under Obama.

    August 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. vera t

    I am a Hillary supporter and I will vote for a woman to show the dems that they have disrepected thier 60% female base long enough women who are 54% of the population , but we are supposed to stand in line behind men of every ethnicity before a woman of any color gets her chance. AS OBAMA SAID LAST NITE; ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Good luck and god speed Dem party cause you are going to need it. You have excluded us one time too many.

    August 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Puente

    Thank goodness for Palin! This will work to insult the intelligence of Clinton supporters! Hey, here's a woman, I'm so progressive! Experience, what's that?

    I'm just hoping Huckabee isn't brought in from some dark corner. Ugh.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Above Ur Average

    About for more months Re-publicans ? huh? 4MORE MONTHS !!

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. OhioDem4Life

    Sarah Palin is a one term mayor of a town with a population of 7500 people. She is 1 1/2 years into her first term as governor and she is currently embroiled in a scandal and under investigation by the Alaska legislature for attempting to get her ex brother in law a state trooper fired. When the commissioner would not fire him she FIRED the commissioner. McStupid is DESPERATE. If Hillary supporters vote for her just because she is a woman they were never TRUE Hillary supporters in the first place. Joe Biden is going to CHEW her up in the debate. She is also a Ms. Alaska contestant. John sure does like those beauty contests!!!
    Obama/Biden 08

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Susan

    I am still amazed at the way some women talk-Who cares if Sarah Palin is Mccain's pick? Mccain is a late adopter. He won his presidential nomination in March so what the hell has he been waiting for all this while to choose a VP? He is still undecided–SMART!! I have a question for those who keep on saying that Mccain has experience–being a POW is a privelege not a right. He is respected for that but that is not strong enough to take him to the white house. Lay down his experiences like he helped build a library somewhere–then we'll say oh finally something substantial. But the way some reps are talking STINKS–as if it is not coming from a human brain. Cindy his wife should also perch somewhere with her flat "behind". Following your husband like a duckling will take you no where. Sit down with your broken hand and the the "man" do his thing. After all we all know you are his wife.

    August 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Judith

    how do the people in Alaska and around the Country feel about the drilling in Alaska that McCain wants to do.WIll Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
    flip flop on that??

    August 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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