Skip to comments.McCain-Cantor? That's the Winning Ticket
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.
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Makes too much sense.
Cantor would bring a lot of strength among voters who don’t typically vote Republican.
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.
Cantor is one of the good guys. I would love to have the rest of America get to know him.
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.
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.
“If not Romney, who?”
Here’s one possibility.
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).
Romney has the $$$$
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.
Can he operate the wishbone?? I still like J.C. Watts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There might still be hope for the party yet.
Anybody like the idea of McCain/Forbes?
I love the guy but he is too conservative for McCain and probably not a cultist.
Ignore? No they’d paint him as a “right-wing zealot”.
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
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.
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.
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...
There's a Freeper who does, rmlew
Ron, what do you think about this? He's a personal friend of yours, isn't he?
I don’t trust CNN to interview Conservatives fairly. Making them look bad and catching them at their worst is their M.O.
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.
It would calm the nerves of the Jewish vote that finds Obama repugnant.
I can’t say I do. Forbes is too wonkish.
Talk about a photogenic ticket!
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.
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.
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.
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.
You sound like a Romney guy there. Am I right?
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.
I don’t think so. Look at the mess in Mass. And it all started with Romney.
Too late? Baloney.
"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul." - Jesus Christ
That’s gonna leave a mark.
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.
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