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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  1. Bit/Alabama

    McCain's campaign is trying to get a woman VP to pander to Hillary's voters.....but it won't work. I don't care what woman McCain aint "Hillary." Hillary's voters wanted Hillary not just any woman. Let me be clear-no disrespect to the woman McCain may possibly chose.

    The Republicans are running scared because the Democrats have united and will be a tough act to follow.


    August 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Nancy

    People make no sense August 29th, 2008 9:32 am ET

    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!

    Very pathetic.

    August 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Eleanor

    it doesnt matter who he picks but I felt Pawlenty would have been the best choice
    Romney is just another rich arrogant elitist like McCain
    how could either one of them with so much wealth ever relate to the the struggles of the average american! its almost a laugh when MCBush thinks being rich is 5 million dollars.Most americans would think they were rich to have a few hundred thousand saved
    To me your choice is clear after last night

    August 29, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. jadedat51

    Dick Cheney!

    (if it can work for Vladdie Putin...)

    August 29, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Pawlenty has a crush on McCain

    Chinless Tim Pawlenty said Obama might be good with a teleprompter, but take that away and he isn’t so hot. Sounds like sour grapes to me. Pasty, boring, whiney, wimpy, no-account Tim a/k/a “Screech”, who can’t even keep this state’s bridges up (never mind give a speech that anyone could stay awake for, with or without teleprompter) tries to insult an obvious prodigy like Obama? Screech/Chinless Tim is obviously intensely jealous of Obama, who is the same age but has made it ON HIS OWN. Chinless Tim, however, has only barely squeaked by in each election (never even winning a majority) and is only being talked about for VP because he enthusiastically licks McLame’s 500 dollar shoes on command (just like he dropped his senate bid on Cheney’s command). The guy is a complete panting lapdog for the GOP.

    August 29, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Scooter Mccain



    August 29, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. MsAnnette , AR

    McCain's vp choice is Mike Huckabee

    NO WAY
    NO HOW

    August 29, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Shakur

    Who gives a friggin hell who McCain picks. We can't have another 4 years of the same misery we've experienced here in America! Enough is enough!

    August 29, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Holly from Minnesota

    Oh, shucks–was hoping to get Pawlenty our of Minnesota for a while! Someone, take our governor–please!

    August 29, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Tony

    Glad to hear it!

    August 29, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Sarah Palin-Big Oil

    Sarah Palin's husband works for British Petroleum (BP) on the North Slope of AK. Talk about letting big oil into the White House.... at least Dick Cheney isn't MARRIED to Big Oil.

    August 29, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. J Michael

    John McCain’s rules of engagement with women:

    Call them vulgar names such as c&nt.
    Cheat on them, then divorce and marry a rich, young woman, one month later.
    Do not give them right to choose what to do with their own bodies.
    Oppose equal pay for women, by avoiding to vote on the Fair Pay Act.

    Women would have to be extremely dumb and self-loathing to support John “McNasty” McCain.

    August 29, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. ET from OMAHA

    McSame desperatly looking for VP
    George W Bush is available
    Dick Cheney is also available
    After all he will secure 38% of votes or what is Bush approval rating again?

    August 29, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Anonymous

    The GOP thinks women are emotional and not politically sophisticated enough to see this pick for what it is: blind panic.

    They think that women will blindly vote for one of their own than for the candidate that has their best interests in mind.

    Also, there goes the inexperience line of attack. This woman has been governor for less than two years, and other than beauty pageants and state trooper scandals, has no other relevant experience.

    August 29, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Spencer from VA


    Seriously, the republican party is a lost cause.


    August 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. KCBob

    Obama will deliver and pay for his agenda. People like John McCain will be left with only six houses instead of seven when its all done, but I think he will survive.

    August 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Obummer

    NO WAY

    NO HOW


    August 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Kel in Auburn, AL


    August 29, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. dollorbil

    It is going to take more than a speech to get things done in washington. The whole stage will have to be changed. The congress attitude will have to change. Too much money from oil and other big business floating around. People eyes get big and their head swims at the large numbers they can line their pockets with. I hope the american people have enough sense to realize the whole system can not be business as usual if the country is going to survive in the way our fathers had it.

    August 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. tj

    If McCain's mate is someone who looks after the oil industry then wouldn't they be a repeat of Bush? I am not a genuis and could care least to be one, but I am an American and I don't care for any more high gas prices. I am going Democratic all the way. Republicans can't say what Democrats will or won't do because they didn't do the things they said they would do. I have three girls and I need to invest in their future but how can I do that paying $87 a week on gas. Bush choose the oil industry over the people and McCain will do the same. I don't won't to give him another house and especially not the White House. Fox News has belittled Obama from the beginning and we all know why. Goodbye Republicans!!! HELLO DEMOCRATS

    August 29, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Deb n Texas

    I hope that McCain chooses the governor of Alaska, so that Obama campaign could use Hillary Clinton to attack her. Hillary's women voters will surely come on to Obama's side if that happens. This will be to Obama's advantage if McCain's VP is the governor of ALaska.

    August 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Bruce

    Consider yourself LUCKY

    August 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Tennessee Mike

    I believe Palin is an excellent choice.

    In any event, I will not vote for a Communist who wants to take my hard earned $ and give it to crackheads, nor will I vote for a warmongerer, in spite of an intelligent and sharp VP candidate.

    Barr/Root 2008

    August 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Lenny, Princeton

    Sarah Palin is under investigation for allegedly pressuring state officials to fire someone (Mike Wooten, state trooper) who was embroiled in a nasty divorce and child custody situation with her sister in her home state of Alaska.

    If indeed she is the pick, it will be very interesting to see if the attack dogs come out on the Democratic side (as they have with Obama). I like her as a pick – she's very articulate, the camera loves her and she would woo many of the spurned Hillaryites – but she may be damaged goods, so to speak.

    That plane could be a decoy, but who knows? Maybe McCain is rolling the dice...wouldn't be the first time he called an audible.

    August 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. jd

    Drill here drill now,give more money to the oil companys gas will never go blow $3.25 again,line Bush and Chaney's pockets

    August 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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