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. Perry

    How come you glossy-eyed Messiah followers never talk about his accomplishments? Is that because he doesn't have any?
    Gov. Sarah Palin has more executive experience AND accomplishments than Obama.
    You liberal Dems should be worried. Gov. Palin will attract most of those disgruntled Hillary supporters now!

    McCain/Palin '08

    August 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Tyrone Brown

    Hear if here first!

    McCain's Vice presidential pick will be CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, the former govenor of New Jersey and head of the EPA under Bush.

    Tyrone Brown
    Proud Obamacrat
    Seattle, WA

    August 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Brian, Idaho

    ABC News says Palin is still in Alaska and is attending the Anchorage Fair.

    LET US BET IN THE POLITICALMARKET. Why on earth would you "suspend" trading activity in the minutes leading up to the announcement? You CNN people aren't very smart.

    August 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Former Hillary Supporter

    I am so Praying it will be Sarah Palin. If it is, I will rip up my Democratic voter card and become a Republican1 Sarah Palin could be the first woman President. She freaking rocks!

    August 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Pro-life power

    SARA PALIN FOR PRESIDENT in 2012!!! Let's turn over Roe vs. Wade!!!


    McCain for president 2008- Let's turn over Roe vs. Wade!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |

    Maybe it Hillary. Since he likes using her attack ads.

    August 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Marie in Boston

    If he picks Palin, it will be a blatant attempt to woo the Hillary supporters over to his side. We all know Obama cannot win without them, and this is one way McCain hopes to get them. However, I supported HRC because I felt she was the best candidate, not based on her gender. Palin and Hillary are miles apart on the issues, and Mccain's tactics will not wok on me.

    August 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Leon

    It really doesn't matter. We are sick and tired of all the tricks that the Republicans use in the elections. As an independent, I am going for Obama / Biden. These are the ones who will work for the people.

    August 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. John

    this is hilarious!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. McCain, no way, no how!

    Nancy, great point!

    August 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Judith

    personal to MsAnnette,Ar
    NO WAY
    NO HOW
    After this was said this would be a Great Ad on Tv for the Dem Party to use

    August 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Brenda

    If McCain doesn't pick Romney, I'll be hugely disappointed. As a conservative, I'm having a hard enough time with McCain.

    August 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Robert

    Wow! As a true independent I find it SHOCKING that this discussion is not about who has the better ideas and abilities to lead us into the future. I am disgusted with both sides of this debate (yes, I read the nasty things bloggers had to say about Obama). Maybe instead of tearing down McCain or Obama, we could talk about who has the better strategy for the USA. And by the way, so far neither has sold me. We need to DEMAND a lot more from both candidates then nice speeches and cute ads.

    Dump the Rhetoric and Think for Yourself in '08!

    August 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. MollyO

    Obama hit it out of the park last night.
    Mc Cain probably feels that his best shot is choosing a woman but the governor of Alaska? Hillary supporters wanted her not simply because she's a woman, but for the experience, etc. she brings to the job. With Obama in office, Hillary will get a prominent role (like Secretary of State) and be part of the great team he's gonna put together.
    Hillary supporters will be insulted by this pick which would show that McCain thinks that gender was their only issue.
    No McCain, No way!

    Obama/Biden (a v.p. who could step into the presidential spot in a heartbeat, can you say that about Sarah what's her name?

    August 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Veterans For Obama/Biden

    If its Lieberman, then it's proof positive McCain is an out of touch fossil!

    August 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. CG


    August 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. E for Obama

    An economy wide cap -and-trade system that will do 3 things.

    1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    2. Generate 15 billion dollars per year to be invested in renewable energy.
    3. Reduce our dependency on oil.

    That is how Obama will pay for his energy plan.

    And if you want more info on what cap-and-trade is, look it up. Don't listen to these idiot pundits on TV they are counting on your ignorance in order to discredit Obama.


    August 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Chi4Obama

    Sarah Palin...Who??

    August 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. anon

    Whoo! At this point, CNN should give Minnesota to Obama, McCain's not getting it.

    August 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. bert

    I am now an Obama supporter. Obama is right, eight is enough and we do not need four more years of the last eight years. We have to think about the fact that Obama does not except money from these big money lobyist because he is sincere when he says he is going to create five million jobs, make us energy independent, solve this rediculous health care crisis , investing in early child development programs, picking judges that are part of the solution towards fixing this systemic racism in our legal system, and restore the worlds confidence and gravitas in our leadership in human equalities, not just in our country but throughout the rest of the world. If you watched the opening of the Olympics you know we have to get on top of our game and be the best people we can be NOW! Vote for Obama 08 and 2012.

    August 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Judith

    Personal to Sarah Palin-Big Oil, at least Dick Cheney isn't MARRIED to Big Oil.
    No but Dick Cheney was known to go into Companies and break the workers that was his gift to the American People

    August 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Mary

    72 years old today 8 houses 8 cakes and 9 candles on each. So for the vp pick who cares really... Not sure if he needs one...anyway

    August 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Dave

    Palin would pick up some of the female vote... but would cost McCain even more of the male vote. Republicans just don't like women in positions of real power, it makes them uncomfortable. Plus, she has scandals attached to her, such as getting her brother-in-law fired from Alaska's state troopers, and her husband works with big oil. Also, they'd lose the "Obama's too young and inexperienced" meme if they picked someone even younger and less experienced than him. I really don't think that McCain would be stupid enough to make this pick... but, some of the foolish choices camp McCain's made lately have surprised me, so, we'll see, maybe he IS that foolish.

    August 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    I think McCain will go with a Cloned Cheney for VP.

    August 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Knowbetter

    My question is simple....

    If John McCain picks a woman, does he really believe that women will automatically vote for him? And what is Hillary going to do when she realizes that "if McCain wins, she could very easily lose her chance to be the first woman president?

    My guess is Hilliary won't be very happy about this at all...

    August 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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