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McCain-Cantor? That's the Winning Ticket
The Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Apr 23, 2008 | Bob Raynor

Posted on 07/17/2008 7:46:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

ONE LOCAL pol whose name has not been mentioned could make the perfect running mate -- for Republican John McCain.

Rep. Eric Cantor is 44. McCain is 71.

As a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Cantor brings the clout and experience on economic and tax issues that many believe McCain lacks. He was a businessman before being elected to the House in 2000 and has been an eloquent spokesman for pro-growth policies ever since.

Cantor would energize economic conservatives in a way that McCain has not, and he possesses the skill and expertise to attack the Democrats' high tax, anti-trade, big government platform as precisely the wrong medicine for a struggling economy. (His wife, Diana, also plays in the financial major leagues, serving for more than a decade as executive director of the Virginia College Savings Plan. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Media General, which owns this newspaper.)

As the Republican chief deputy whip in the House, Cantor is one of the youngest members of the congressional leadership. And in this year of group firsts, Cantor would be the first Jewish nominee on a national Republican ticket.

His consistent, staunch defense of Israel's interests could strengthen McCain's already respectable standing among traditionally Democratic Jewish voters, many of whom are growing nervous about Obama's pastor's embrace of the anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan. Jimmy Carter's get-together with Hamas terrorists offered another reminder that left-wing Democrats often lend tepid support to Israel.

The congressman from Richmond would keep Virginia and Florida in the GOP column and could help McCain in Northeastern states, such as New Jersey, where the Arizona senator appears to be running better than recent Republican presidential candidates.

(Excerpt) Read more at inrich.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 110th; 2008veep; ericcantor; mccain; rino; rjc; va2008
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1 posted on 07/17/2008 7:46:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Makes too much sense.


2 posted on 07/17/2008 7:50:39 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Norman Bates; ExTexasRedhead; neverdem; Free ThinkerNY; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; ..

Cantor would bring a lot of strength among voters who don’t typically vote Republican.


3 posted on 07/17/2008 7:50:50 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sorry, CF. I just don’t know this guy. I fear the MSM if nominated would totally ignore him as trivial. Regardless of the merits and I’m sure you are right about Mr. Cantor, I think we need to go bigger than US Congressman.


4 posted on 07/17/2008 7:54:03 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Cantor is one of the good guys. I would love to have the rest of America get to know him.


5 posted on 07/17/2008 7:54:34 PM PDT by Flora McDonald (Stand the storm!)
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To: Old Sarge

Is Cantor in the global warming cult? Pawlenty and Crist both are and that is why I think it will be one of those two.


6 posted on 07/17/2008 7:54:54 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The Richmond angle would insure VA remains GOP. I don’t see the author’s Florida angle, though I think it’s almost safe regardless.


7 posted on 07/17/2008 7:57:07 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Plutarch

“If not Romney, who?”

Here’s one possibility.


8 posted on 07/17/2008 7:58:32 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: nonliberal; Clintonfatigued

I think the GOP made a foolish mistake to pick MN as the state for the convention. Picking Pawlenty as VP is too risky unless the race there is very competitive (i.e., McCain is tied in MN or ahead).


9 posted on 07/17/2008 7:59:28 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

McCain-Sanford.


10 posted on 07/17/2008 8:02:38 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Nah.

It's McCain-Romney.

Romney has the $$$$

11 posted on 07/17/2008 8:05:42 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Clintonfatigued
>> Cantor would bring a lot of strength among voters who don’t typically vote Republican. <<

I don't think so. He might flip some moderate Jewish voters who wouldn't otherwise vote GOP, but otherwise I don't see how he could help the ticket. Jewish voters are a tiny minority of the total number of voters in this country (as the 2000 election showed when LIEberman only helped Gore win in a couple of select areas like south Florida) Cantor is from the safest GOP district's in Virgina and won't change the results from how Virgina is going to vote anyway, as the votes he gets in his district each election are hard R voters. If McCain's going to beat a running mate from Virgina, the first criteria should be someone who win over parts of Virgina that aren't automatically going to vote GOP. We need to keep VA's electoral votes in the GOP column or we're toast.

I think Cantor would probably make a good VP, but he wouldn't make my top 10 by any criteria. He's more valuable staying in the House to fight Pelosi & Co.

12 posted on 07/17/2008 8:05:52 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Support Operation Chaos!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Can he operate the wishbone?? I still like J.C. Watts.


13 posted on 07/17/2008 8:06:28 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: fieldmarshaldj

You’re correct when you point out that Sanford is an outstanding Governor, but I don’t see what he brings to the ticket politically.


14 posted on 07/17/2008 8:07:45 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Credibility. The ticket needs a Conservative. If McCain is pig ignorant stupid to pick a liberal fraud like you-know-who, the GOP ticket will go down in flames, and it will deserve to.


15 posted on 07/17/2008 8:09:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Norman Bates

Pawlenty is younger and has executive experience. Problem is, he is a global warming cultist. That leads me to seriously question his capacity for rational thought.


16 posted on 07/17/2008 8:10:00 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: nonliberal

And don’t forget the drastic GOP losses on his watch in MN. Not a strong leader. It’s why I tout Sanford. The party keeps growing on his watch and he’s actually a porkbuster.


17 posted on 07/17/2008 8:16:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: EternalVigilance

There might still be hope for the party yet.


18 posted on 07/17/2008 8:19:18 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Anybody like the idea of McCain/Forbes?


19 posted on 07/17/2008 8:27:45 PM PDT by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I love the guy but he is too conservative for McCain and probably not a cultist.


20 posted on 07/17/2008 8:29:57 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Norman Bates

Ignore? No they’d paint him as a “right-wing zealot”.


21 posted on 07/17/2008 8:30:47 PM PDT by Impy (Hey Barack, you're ugly and your wife smells.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I saw this terrible moment for Sanford myself. Just happens that it’s documented on the otherwise awful Huffington Post.

Mark Sanford Draws A Blank On McCain/Bush Economics

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/13/mark-sanford-draws-a-blan_n_112391.html


22 posted on 07/17/2008 8:31:56 PM PDT by txrangerette (Just say "no" to the Obama Cult.)
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To: nonliberal

He’s one of our last hopes. McCain can either reach out to Conservatives and pick Sanford, or he can shank us in the gut and go with liberal Slick Willard.


23 posted on 07/17/2008 8:34:41 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: txrangerette

A CNN ambush based on a SINGLE interview. I love how the *omneybots have been touting a CNN interview to discredit Sanford for a single tv appearance, yet will ignore Slick Willard’s horrific liberal record...

Then again, if somebody asked me to say something positive about McCain, I’d have a problem answering myself.


24 posted on 07/17/2008 8:37:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I feel so badly for him.

Even the second example he gave - about earmarks - was a stretch (the first, NAFTA, totally wrong), because it’s untrue that Bush is fine with earmarks. He speaks against them quite often. He thinks Congress should eliminate them. The difference is, McCain claims he will VETO ALL BILLS WITH EVEN ONE EARMARK IN THEM.

But that’s not how Sanford put it...


25 posted on 07/17/2008 8:58:40 PM PDT by txrangerette (Just say "no" to the Obama Cult.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
And he proved that the Reals are not countable; pretty smart dood.
26 posted on 07/17/2008 8:59:40 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Iran's incentive not to make nuclear weapons was the nuclear technology they already got under NNPT.)
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To: Norman Bates; Clintonfatigued; rmlew
Sorry, CF. I just don’t know this guy. I fear the MSM if nominated would totally ignore him as trivial. Regardless of the merits and I’m sure you are right about Mr. Cantor, I think we need to go bigger than US Congressman.

There's a Freeper who does, rmlew

Ron, what do you think about this? He's a personal friend of yours, isn't he?

27 posted on 07/17/2008 9:00:16 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Hah.


28 posted on 07/17/2008 9:00:45 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (America's Independent Party: The citizen-led campaign to save America - www.selfgovernment.us)
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To: txrangerette

I don’t trust CNN to interview Conservatives fairly. Making them look bad and catching them at their worst is their M.O.


29 posted on 07/17/2008 9:03:41 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nonliberal

I’ve never been crazy about the global warming thing. I’d be concerned though with his lack of name recognition. He was also an ok speaker but I wasn’t blown away.


30 posted on 07/17/2008 9:05:14 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: nonliberal
I was hoping Eric would finally bubble up.

It would calm the nerves of the Jewish vote that finds Obama repugnant.

31 posted on 07/17/2008 9:05:26 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: bankwalker

I can’t say I do. Forbes is too wonkish.


32 posted on 07/17/2008 9:06:51 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: bankwalker; Clintonfatigued; txflake
Anybody like the idea of McCain/Forbes?

Talk about a photogenic ticket!

33 posted on 07/17/2008 9:09:52 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.)
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To: Impy
Ignore? No they’d paint him as a “right-wing zealot”.
I'd like to see them try. He is a nice realtor from Virginia who went to Columbia.
Cantor will have his time in the national spotlight soon enough as minority whip, and then hopefully as either Majority Leader or Speaker of the House.
34 posted on 07/17/2008 9:13:07 PM PDT by rmlew (Liberalism is like AIDS; it destroys the natural defenses of a nation or civilization.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL...a conservative? Oh please...we need someone who’ll pull votes...the conservatives who’ve said they’d never vote McCain will not change with a conservative on the ticket. McCain needs to have a VP...who can actually help him.


35 posted on 07/17/2008 9:16:00 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Personal friend? No.
I've met him a few times and spoken to him briefly alone. I'm still trying to get him to speak in NYC. (I was thinking speak at Columbia for a few dollars followed by a fund raiser elsewhere. I'd have to co-ordinate with the RJC for that.)
36 posted on 07/17/2008 9:16:07 PM PDT by rmlew (Liberalism is like AIDS; it destroys the natural defenses of a nation or civilization.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
He is a nobody.

And if the GOP is going to play defense with Florida rather than offense with Michigan and other Midwest states, then this election is over.

37 posted on 07/17/2008 9:17:40 PM PDT by bill1952 (Obama-the only one who can make me vote McCain McCain-the only one who can make me stay at home)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Here’s the problem. The only candidate I see bringing dough to the campaign is Romney. Sanford may be a conservative (he is in fact) but other than that incidental fact I don’t see a tailor made group propelled to groundswell with cash behind him. (If I may presume) - will voters such as yourself give money with Sanford - probably. But the grand percentage won’t be that great. Even with Romney we already have a ready-made base of ex-Romney donors many of which will be willing to fully back the ticket. There are millions and millions and millions alone in Utah waiting to be tapped in such a ticket (and I don’t mean to sound opportunist). Whatever else one may say I think it’s fair to say Romney is at least an above average debater and a tough campaigner. He would be an asset on the trail. And I stress that it wouldn’t be about him because as VP he will be charged with a campaign against Obama primarily, and secondarily backing up McCain’s message. Romney’s past becomes small potatoes in the campaign. Respectfully, that’s my take.


38 posted on 07/17/2008 9:20:30 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: shield

Yes, a Conservative. See if McCain wins by pissing off the Conservative base. He picks a liberal like Slick Willard and he loses. It’s that simple.


39 posted on 07/17/2008 9:20:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: bill1952

You sound like a Romney guy there. Am I right?


40 posted on 07/17/2008 9:21:07 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Norman Bates
There are millions and millions and millions alone in Utah waiting to be tapped in such a ticket (and I don’t mean to sound opportunist).

Too late.

41 posted on 07/17/2008 9:23:30 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (America's Independent Party: The citizen-led campaign to save America - www.selfgovernment.us)
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To: Norman Bates

Bring the dough, sell your soul. Sorry, Norm. McCain needs to shore up his base, and picking a sleazy rich liberal with a honesty problem AIN’T gonna get it done. The media will be more than happy to remind the base just how liberal this guy is.


42 posted on 07/17/2008 9:24:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: LdSentinal

I don’t think so. Look at the mess in Mass. And it all started with Romney.


43 posted on 07/17/2008 9:26:21 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

New tagline...


44 posted on 07/17/2008 9:29:35 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: EternalVigilance

Too late? Baloney.


45 posted on 07/17/2008 9:30:07 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Norman Bates
Go ahead and focus on Romney's money then. I don't care. I hope he spends every last nickel of his kid's trust funds. Because in the end none of it will matter a bit.

"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul." - Jesus Christ

46 posted on 07/17/2008 9:34:21 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
No one's selling their soul. I just see in terms of money, debate/campaign skills, Michigan, Colorado, Nevada, NH, executive and private experience, he bring a lot to the table. Look you aren't going to get an argument from me over Massachusetts. But, DJ, it's Massachusetts for crying out loud. It was going down the tubes long before Romney or even Weld (but I want no argument there either). Romney campaigned as a liberal in 1994 and 2002, yes. He was wrong. But he governed as I'd say right of center, and considering it's Massachusetts that's good enough for me. There is a 'slick' element to Romney, I admit it. But it's not going to override my reason telling me he brings something to the ticket. At the very least he governed right of center (excepting Romneycare) and he campaigned in 2007-08 as right of center (conservative on most issues).
47 posted on 07/17/2008 9:35:19 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: EternalVigilance

That’s gonna leave a mark.


48 posted on 07/17/2008 9:37:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Norman Bates

Norm, I’ve got this same discussion going in several threads simultaneously. You know where I stand on this. That money is dirty and comes with the kind of strings that will end up choking the party. If McCain is smart, he’ll tell *omney to go as far away from him as humanly possible. Slick Willard is TOXIC.


49 posted on 07/17/2008 9:40:04 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: EternalVigilance
No, silly, not Romney's money. It's Romney's talent at raising money that I find helpful. But it's much more than that. In fact he brings both executive and private sector experience, relative youth, good looks (yes I know - but it cannot be downplayed in this sad age), and play in Michigan, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, N.H., and (uselessly albeit) Massachusetts. Plus he's a good debater/campaigner and has a dormant base ready to donate and volunteer.
50 posted on 07/17/2008 9:40:04 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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