August 29th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
13 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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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Mary Hartman


    August 29, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. brian

    Palin? Oh my...

    August 29, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. richard j

    great scoop, CNN! Its only been 'news' for about two hours now. I know, I know...still too blinded by fireworks and confetti to report the news

    August 29, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Sherry, Atlanta


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 29, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Darn and I thought we would be getting rid of him. I still hopes he picks the governor of Alaska.

    August 29, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. DonnieJ

    FYI – it's "Middletown," not "Middleton." Look on the map, gumshoes.

    Not that it matters. McCain, his VP pick, and the press will be the only ones there. Oh yeah, the crickets will be there to chirp at all of the applause lines, too.

    August 29, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. M.B. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    who cares... One idiot at the loser's side less or more...well that won't matter in Nov.
    Now it will be Ridge or Romney...but this won't matter at all.
    Get it suckers... and they 'hello' to President Obama 🙂

    August 29, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. People make no sense

    It'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!

    August 29, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Joe - Wilwaukee, WI

    Sarah who? Never heard of her. A great pairing indeed – a bumbling old man who is no longer capable of doing anything, paired with a Governer of an oil state who has done nothing.

    No thanks. I'll take an intelligent and capable Obama paired with a shrewd and experienced Biden, 10 times out of 10.

    August 29, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. Sara

    John McCain led some panty raids – yaaaaaaay

    He was an incompetent pilot – yaaaaaay

    He IS 72 years old – the VP will be APPOINTED BY THE OAF THAT WANTS TO VETO EVERY BEER – and he wants to keep us at war with the whole world.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. DonnieJ

    Wait a minute, a private jet from Alaska. It must be Ted Stevens! Why? His days as senator are numbered anyway, and his age will make McCain look young and fresh.

    Ted Stevens will also be able to advise McCain on where he can get dirt-cheap home improvements for all 7 of the McCain homes!

    August 29, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It appears McCain is going to Governor Palin from Alaska, a woman, for his VP.

    No doubt he believes that all of Hillary's women supporters are going to swing over and vote for a woman so conservative that she squeaks when she walks?!

    August 29, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Dan R.

    McCain's best bet would be to pick Joe Lieberman. He's been the best translator(whispering in ear) for John in briefing him on where he is and whom he's talking about.


    August 29, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Sara

    McCain – 894 of 899 in naval academy

    Obama – Constitutional Scholar

    McCain – angry, bitter, lives in the past

    Obama – even tempered, very caring, wants us to have a better FUTURE

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to richardj:

    CNN broke this story late last night.

    They also broke Biden.

    Where was Faux News?! They're showing their true colors toward McCain already – they lambaste Obama, but seldom say anything in the affirmative about McCain.

    August 29, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. CL OT

    There are a lot of scared Obama supporters on here today.

    August 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Sara

    Remember when McCain didn't hear a question? But he bumbled thru and answered it anyway.

    Want that man's finger controlling YOUR future? I DON'T.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Rave

    And he should be thankful for not getting picked
    McCain will pick the TRAITOR, Joe Lieberman
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    August 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Mary

    Mr McSame wants to controL everything by himself on everything. He said earlier that the choice of a VP is NOT too important, because the VP is there to cast a vote AT THE SENATE if needed, and to 'REPLACE HIM IN CASE OF' BLABLABLA.

    August 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Millie Gee

    Poor McCain. Should I go with Mitt, Joe, Hillary, Tim, Tom, Mike? He doesn't know who to pick. I wonder how many times this week he's changed his mind?

    August 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Judith

    In order for our Party to get things done after Obama wins,we all must vote to put Dems in and take over Congress and the Senate or we will not get nothing done "if" the Reps keep holding out on votes

    August 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain is a nasty old man with a bad temperment. Lieberman would better fit him.

    August 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. James

    Palin is a GREAT choice. I'm no supporter of McCain but that is an excellent move strategically. Forces my guy to spend some time testing a strategy to attack the ticket which kills time. Its like running the clock in basketball.

    August 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. dollorbil

    It doesn't matter who is picked for what. Until we change the corrupt majority of lawmakers we have in washington the country will continue to implode. We are headed for a major financial breakdown in this country. It has been brought to you by the crooked way business is done in this country. If you want to make a change for your benefit you can buy that change. my friend that is wrong and we better wakeup and change the way we do things and the reason we do things.

    August 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Judith

    Personal to "People make no sense" can't ones see that it seems like China owns us and we've borrowed the money from China just like all of us getting that rebate check of $300.00 it was borrow from China and most the people in the USA turned around and bought items for their family of products that were made in China.So China made out both ways

    August 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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