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John McCain close to Vice President decision
Telegraph ^ | Feb. 17, 2008 | Alex Spillius

Posted on 02/17/2008 9:00:09 PM PST by CreativePerspective

As Washington begins one of its favourite guessing games, the Arizona senator has refused to divulge any names. But aides have admitted that Tom Pawlenty's will be near the top of the shortlist.

Aged 47, the Minnesota governor will provide a youthful contrast to the 71-year-old war veteran, and is only a year older than Barack Obama, the Illinois senator who is the narrow Democrat favourite.

Other names in the mix include South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and Florida Governor Charlie Crist, whose support for Mr McCain helped secure early primary victories in their respective states.

With the Democrats set to field the first female or black White House nominee, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has emerged as a possibility, along with Bobby Jindal, who last year became the first Asian American to win a governorship, in Louisiana.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; elections; liberal; liberalagenda; liberalvalues; mccain; mccainvp; mcmexico; mn2008; pawlenty; rino
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1 posted on 02/17/2008 9:00:10 PM PST by CreativePerspective
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To: CreativePerspective

Uh...Who?

If anything, McCain needs a bigger name than that.


2 posted on 02/17/2008 9:02:06 PM PST by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: CreativePerspective

He neeeds to pick Steele. Please not Crist.


3 posted on 02/17/2008 9:02:40 PM PST by therut
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To: Wiseghy

His purple horse perhaps?


4 posted on 02/17/2008 9:02:56 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: CreativePerspective

Isn’t the governor in Alaska a female republican?


5 posted on 02/17/2008 9:03:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: CreativePerspective

Why on earth do this before you get the nomination?

If Ronald Reagan had not done that in ‘76 he likely would have been president instead of Carter.


6 posted on 02/17/2008 9:04:01 PM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: therut

I agree. Crist is a loser.


7 posted on 02/17/2008 9:04:08 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: therut

he needs a dynamo and a person who can bring in votes....but sadly, I don’t know who that would be....


8 posted on 02/17/2008 9:04:13 PM PST by cherry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

YES!....and a UI grad if I remember correctly...(Idaho)


9 posted on 02/17/2008 9:04:54 PM PST by cherry
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To: cherry

Paging Ms.Rice


10 posted on 02/17/2008 9:05:19 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Lancey Howard

More polishing of turds.


11 posted on 02/17/2008 9:05:57 PM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: CreativePerspective

12 posted on 02/17/2008 9:05:58 PM PST by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: CreativePerspective
That's Tim Pawlenty. The crappy journalism these days.....
13 posted on 02/17/2008 9:06:11 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: CreativePerspective

“John McCain close to Vice President decision”

Hmmm, Kennedy or Feingold? Decisions, decisions!


14 posted on 02/17/2008 9:06:31 PM PST by Grunthor (McCain voters believe that it's possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.)
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To: CreativePerspective
“...along with Bobby Jindal,”

You have GOT to be kidding me.

This guy has enough experience to take over as Pres should something happen to McCain?

Talk about race hustling.

15 posted on 02/17/2008 9:06:36 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: therut

YES! Steele!

PLEEEEASSSEEEEE don’t pick Crist!


16 posted on 02/17/2008 9:07:10 PM PST by whitedog57
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To: gondramB

Thank you. The Republican convention is AFTER the Dems, we need to wait and seee who they pick as their team, BEFORE we put our team on the field.


17 posted on 02/17/2008 9:07:23 PM PST by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: CreativePerspective
I ain't saying one of them would be my choice, but somehow I get this weird suspicion that it will be someone in this photo.


18 posted on 02/17/2008 9:07:40 PM PST by squidly
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To: CreativePerspective

He’s bound to disappoint.


19 posted on 02/17/2008 9:08:36 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Don't trust anyone who can’t take a joke. [Congressman BillyBob])
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To: CreativePerspective

Joe Lieberman is on that list too.


20 posted on 02/17/2008 9:09:05 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes she is.

Sarah Palin.


21 posted on 02/17/2008 9:09:37 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: CreativePerspective
Who was it that once said, the Vice Presidency is about as useful as a bucket of warm spit?

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

22 posted on 02/17/2008 9:09:56 PM PST by expatguy ("An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - New & Improved - Now with Search)
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To: CreativePerspective
Don't know anything about Pawlenty, maybe he's a good choice.

I was really, really hoping for John Boehner, however.

23 posted on 02/17/2008 9:10:37 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: therut

The only problem with Steele is, while he is one Black Conservative who could win the support of Blacks and Whites (and others alike), he probably would be attacked by liberals for only having the experience of being Maryland GOP Chairman and being Maryland Lt. Governor (even through it is definitely more experience than Obama has, especially some executive experience).

Hutchison, while she supports legalized abortions, would probably be more creditable as a VP candidate, due to her extensive political experience (which is certainly more than Hillary Clinton’s).


24 posted on 02/17/2008 9:10:53 PM PST by jonyyeh
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To: CreativePerspective
Here's a thorough analysis of McCain's veep choices. Pawlenty leads the Top Ten list.
25 posted on 02/17/2008 9:11:11 PM PST by inkling (exurbanleague.com)
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To: CreativePerspective
Ye Gods!! The tan plastic Charlie Crist who was in on the fix in Florida??

He might as well add pretty Lindsey Graham to the list to finish it! They've been posing together in most of the recent pictures I've seen.

The REAL 3 Stooges!!

26 posted on 02/17/2008 9:11:14 PM PST by LADY J
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To: CreativePerspective

Mcain/Petraeus 08


27 posted on 02/17/2008 9:13:14 PM PST by camerakid400
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To: jonyyeh

Didn’t Steele just lose a big Senate race? Not someone who has been able to win the support of Blacks.


28 posted on 02/17/2008 9:14:04 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: squidly

The Bucket List

29 posted on 02/17/2008 9:14:34 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Jindal would be a great candidate, when he gains more experience as Louisiana’s Governor.

That said, he is barely old enough to be President. But I think he certainly has great potential in the future.


30 posted on 02/17/2008 9:15:11 PM PST by jonyyeh
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To: LADY J

The VP choice of McCain will have to accept the fact that their political career will probably be toast aqfter the election


31 posted on 02/17/2008 9:16:07 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (UCFRW On McCain: "You can remove the stink-shooter from a skunk's butt....but it's still a skunk")
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To: originalbuckeye

Bobby Jindal?

Is he old enough (i.e., 35 by Jan 20 2009) yet?


32 posted on 02/17/2008 9:16:36 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: CreativePerspective

2nd trial baloon popped. Next.


33 posted on 02/17/2008 9:16:59 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: CreativePerspective

UK, Telegraph?

Well....Now we know who is NOT going to be his VP selection.


34 posted on 02/17/2008 9:17:39 PM PST by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Jindal will turn 37 this June.


35 posted on 02/17/2008 9:17:42 PM PST by squidly
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To: blackdog
Paging Ms.Rice

Oh please, NO! McCain is bad enough. We don't need that Israel hating, terrorist loving, globalist in there with him.

36 posted on 02/17/2008 9:18:05 PM PST by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: CreativePerspective

The last time the Telegraph made an accurate prediction was for “Fog in London”!


37 posted on 02/17/2008 9:18:46 PM PST by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
Not enough experience yet. Give him a few years of governance under his belt and he could be a national player for the Republicans.
38 posted on 02/17/2008 9:19:11 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Old Sarge

39 posted on 02/17/2008 9:20:06 PM PST by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent......)
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To: CreativePerspective

Didn’t Kasich used to run with the same crowd as Gary Condit?


40 posted on 02/17/2008 9:20:17 PM PST by GunRunner
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To: therut

He neeeds to pick Steele. Please not Crist.


Steele would be an excellent choice. He might even deliver Maryland the GOP column. 22 of 25 counties routinely go red.

Presumably Crist would deliver Florida. What is the issue with him?


41 posted on 02/17/2008 9:20:27 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Lancey Howard

Can’t stand Crist. Has he come out of the closet yet?


42 posted on 02/17/2008 9:20:30 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Our memories remind us, Maybe road life's not so bad...)
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To: CreativePerspective
Other names in the mix include South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford...

Oh now that would be THE best choice possible:

* Mark Sanford served 3 terms in Congress for South Carolina.
* He was elected twice as Governor of South Carolina.
* Actively supports school-choice programs.
* While in Congress, he earned straight "A" ratings from the National Taxpayers Union.
* He also earned an "A" rating from both the NRA and the GOA while in Congress.
* Earned solid endorsements from various Pro-Life groups.
* Is a rational conservationist in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt.
* Is a STRONG fiscal conservative

Gov. Mark Sanford "...garnered a rating of 92 from the American Conservative Union, but displayed an occasional independent streak. He often would be one of two members of Congress, along with Ron Paul, voting against bills that otherwise got unanimous support. He opposed pork barrel projects even when they benefited his own district... Sanford professes to be a firm supporter of limited government, and many pundits have described his views as being libertarian in nature. "

We NEED guys like Mark Sanford for the future of traditional conservatism.

43 posted on 02/17/2008 9:21:41 PM PST by The_Macallan
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To: Lancey Howard

I definitely agree...not Crist...He is a loser...


44 posted on 02/17/2008 9:21:51 PM PST by billmor (God Bless Out Troops and Gold Star moms and dads)
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To: Grunthor
Hmmm, Kennedy or Feingold? Decisions, decisions!

McCain/algore 2008

45 posted on 02/17/2008 9:22:31 PM PST by libh8er
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To: My Favorite Headache
Can’t stand Crist. Has he come out of the closet yet?

Maybe Obama and his former lover Larry Sinclair would know.

46 posted on 02/17/2008 9:22:35 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: My Favorite Headache
Has he come out of the closet yet?

Heh. That will seal the doom of the Party.

-Joan

47 posted on 02/17/2008 9:24:08 PM PST by JoanVarga ("¿Por qué no te calles?")
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To: CreativePerspective

“With the Democrats set to field the first female or black White House nominee, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has emerged as a possibility, along with Bobby Jindal, who last year became the first Asian American to win a governorship, in Louisiana.”

Bobby Jindal is Indian American if I’m not mistaken, not Asian American. Not your fault, bad telegraph UK journalist.

Squidly,
Hysterical!


48 posted on 02/17/2008 9:24:09 PM PST by SOSUSA
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To: cmsgop

Be sure to have a clean, pressed shirt and a matching tie ready, just in case.


49 posted on 02/17/2008 9:24:50 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: CreativePerspective

BOBBY JINDAL!!!!!


50 posted on 02/17/2008 9:25:46 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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