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Pawlenty or Romney?
NRO Campaign Spot ^ | July 29, 2008 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 07/29/2008 3:15:26 PM PDT by Plutarch

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

JOHN MCCAIN, MITT ROMNEY

Pawlenty or Romney?

The individual who told me yesterday that he had heard McCain's pick is coming soon, and that it was Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, now tells me that McCain's list is down to Pawlenty or Mitt Romney.

I urge readers to take this with the requisite caution. Neither man's schedule has had any last-minute changes or cancellations, which to me is a leading sign of an announcement being lined up. Pawlenty is still scheduled to speak before the American Legislative Exchange Council tomorrow, and Romney is on vacation in New Hampshire until next week. (Or so the media is told.) He's also scheduled to attend the Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Beijing.)


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; mccain; pawlenty; romney; veep
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More Veepstakes chatter from Jim Geraghty at NRO. Romney and Pawlenty have been running neck and neck at Intrade. Real-time graphs:

Romney:

No Graph Available!

Pawlenty:

No Graph Available!

1 posted on 07/29/2008 3:15:26 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch
McCain Romney
2 posted on 07/29/2008 3:17:38 PM PDT by littlehouse36 (McCain -- because the media will not keep Obama in check.)
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To: Plutarch

None of the above.


3 posted on 07/29/2008 3:18:02 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Plutarch

I was thinking about voting for McCain.

His recent backsliding on Social Security (increasing the taxes on the motivated, but not their benefits) make me wonder.

Adding Romney to the mix would make me vote third party -— and give money and time third party.


4 posted on 07/29/2008 3:18:25 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan ("Jesse Jackson was an important figure; paving the way for Osama bin Laden to appear" -- Dan Rather)
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To: littlehouse36

If it has to be one of those two, I would go with Romney all the way.

Romney is the more energetic campaigner, and I can visualize him getting under Obama’s skin.

Pawlenty will be about as effective as Dan Quayle was.


5 posted on 07/29/2008 3:19:31 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: littlehouse36

McLame needs to do something gutzy... oh nevermind.


6 posted on 07/29/2008 3:20:07 PM PDT by vortigern (Watch this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZxBX8sz3tO8)
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To: WilliamReading

Agree. Romney.


7 posted on 07/29/2008 3:22:18 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Plutarch

Pawlenty is vacant. And he looks and comes across wormly. That choice would be so weak and disturbing to most that it would be hello President Obama.


8 posted on 07/29/2008 3:23:30 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: MeanWestTexan

At this point voting third party does little except jeopardize the future U.S. Supreme Court. Grit you teeth and put your X in the Republican square.


9 posted on 07/29/2008 3:23:37 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: WilliamReading

Excellent point!


10 posted on 07/29/2008 3:24:09 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Osama is Carter's second term.)
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To: Plutarch

I am putting money on Pawlenty. If Obama picks Kaine in an attempt to pull VA, McCain is almost forced to counter with Pawlenty and flip Minnesota.


11 posted on 07/29/2008 3:24:17 PM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: Plutarch

Romney has charisma. He has gravitas, intellect, and is media savvy. And he has been vetted completely.

With Pawlenty, the press will have a field day digging up the most insignifigant of items and blowing them out of proportion... and the McCain campaign does NOT have the time to be fending off baloney.

ROMNEY is the best pick, tried and true, with good economic credentials.... something McCain sorely lacks.

GO ROMNEY!!


12 posted on 07/29/2008 3:25:37 PM PDT by Edit35 (.)
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To: littlehouse36

It doesn’t matter who is selected to hold the applause sign.


13 posted on 07/29/2008 3:28:32 PM PDT by doc
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To: WilliamReading
Pawlenty will be about as effective as Dan Quayle was.

EXACTLY!

Pawlenty, while a nice enough guy, leaves me totally UNimpressed.

With McCain/Pawlenty... it will be like Mr Boring and Mr. More Boring....

Puhleeze McCain campaign... do the right thing and pick Mr. Romney. If people can't accept Romney's denomination, then quite frankly, they shouldn't even be in the Republican Party because that goes EXACTLY against what being a Republican is all about.

14 posted on 07/29/2008 3:29:28 PM PDT by Edit35 (.)
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To: Plutarch

Rumor: McCain will pick Colin Powell as his Vice Presidential Nominee

Monday, July 28, 2008 6:47:02 AM · 41 of 105
TomGuy to MikeFrancesa.com
Incontrovertably, it is Rice.

Irrefutably, it is Lieberman.

Positively, it is Hagel.

Absolutely, it is Bloomberg,

Huckabee,

Romney,

Jeb Bush,

Crist,

Hillary Clinton,

Bill Clinton,

et al.


15 posted on 07/29/2008 3:30:43 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: commish
I don't think Pawlenty could flip anything. He barely got re-elected in 2006 with an incompetent opponent. I think he is a nice enough guy, but my opinion of him went downhill when he bought into the gorebal warming scam.

Kaine's election in Virginia was under very similar circumstances-- an incompetent opponent. I have family and friend in both states, so I know.

As for Romney, I can't tell you a whole lot about him beyond the observation that he can't be all bad considering they type of people who absoltuely loath him.

16 posted on 07/29/2008 3:32:00 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Plutarch
The only VP candidates McCain should consider are:

Romney

thompson

Rudy

this candidate needs to be seen by the greater electorate as 1st-day presidential material due to McCain's age.

Pawlenty and Palin would both be disasterous from that point of view.

17 posted on 07/29/2008 3:38:26 PM PDT by Mariner
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To: pissant

bump


18 posted on 07/29/2008 3:43:32 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: commish
McCain is almost forced to counter with Pawlenty and flip Minnesota.

What about gaining MI with Romney?!

19 posted on 07/29/2008 3:44:39 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: From The Deer Stand

Thank the RNC for that.


20 posted on 07/29/2008 3:44:46 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Plutarch

Pawlenty would be awful...so it’s probably him. Good match for McCain.


21 posted on 07/29/2008 3:45:03 PM PDT by xjcsa (Has anyone seen my cornballer?)
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To: Plutarch
He's also scheduled to attend the Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Beijing.)

Announcing Romney before the opening ceremony and then getting highlighted what a bangup job Mitt did with ECONOMIC ISSUES with a previous Olympics would be great media coverage. As far as some of the evangelicals "boycotting" McCain because due to a Mormon on the ticket... that's statistical "noise" to be ignored.

22 posted on 07/29/2008 3:49:49 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Plutarch

There goes Mitt’s tough tone on illegals.....


23 posted on 07/29/2008 3:50:50 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (I would rather be water-boarded than vote for John McCain......)
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To: Plutarch
Pawlenty is Dan Quail reincarnated. Dan was a good conservative and badly maligned but not a World Series/Super Bowl stage player and neither is Pawlenty.
24 posted on 07/29/2008 3:52:31 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Plutarch

With oil and gasoline prices likely to be the big issue, McCain should ignore favorite-son calculi and pick Sarah Palin. She’s the most vocal pro-drilling elected official with the necessary stature, and would likely turn the PUMAs who planned to stay home into one-time GOP voters.


25 posted on 07/29/2008 3:52:35 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: littlehouse36

Right, McCain is going to pick someone 4 inches taller than him.

Pawlenty has two things going for him.

First, he was a very early and strong McCain supporter. I suspect that weighs VERY heavily in McCain’s political calculus.

Second, he will NOT overshadow the candidate. (Not sure how tall Tim is. If he’s shorter than McCain then he’s a lock).


26 posted on 07/29/2008 3:55:12 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Plutarch

“Pawlenty or Romney?”

Neither, I want Palin.


27 posted on 07/29/2008 3:56:13 PM PDT by moose2004 (Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill And Then Drill Some More)
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To: The_Reader_David
Sarah Palin. She’s the most vocal pro-drilling elected official...

A lot more pro-drilling than McCain, who still opposes drilling in Alaska's ANWR. So, McCain would be highlighting his weakness with the Pro-Drilling Palin.

28 posted on 07/29/2008 3:56:56 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: DManA
First, he was a very early and strong McCain supporter. I suspect that weighs VERY heavily in McCain’s political calculus.

Pawlenty was a lot more early than he was effective. Romney trounced McCain 2-1 in the MN GOP Caucus.

29 posted on 07/29/2008 3:58:42 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: commish

Kaine will not help flip VA, he’s not that popular. Mark Warner could probably help Obambi flip VA, but he has ruled out a VP run opting for the senate instead.


30 posted on 07/29/2008 3:59:10 PM PDT by moose2004 (Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill And Then Drill Some More)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Don’t tell me Barr or Baldwin.


31 posted on 07/29/2008 4:00:43 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: From The Deer Stand

Whatever.

Anyone stupid enough to appoint Mitt Romney to VP will appoint idiot liberals to the Supreme Court.


32 posted on 07/29/2008 4:01:55 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan ("Jesse Jackson was an important figure; paving the way for Osama bin Laden to appear" -- Dan Rather)
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To: Plutarch

I’m trying to think like McCain here. And don’t take seriously any numbers from the MN caucus. The caucus here is nothing but a farce. None of the politicians pay the LEAST attention to them.


33 posted on 07/29/2008 4:04:07 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Norman Bates

Not Barr; never heard of Baldwin.

May just write in Fred Thompson.

I did send $2300 to Sen John Cornyn. He’s the only actual conservative I get to vote for this election cycle.


34 posted on 07/29/2008 4:05:25 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan ("Jesse Jackson was an important figure; paving the way for Osama bin Laden to appear" -- Dan Rather)
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To: littlehouse36
Pawlenty or Romney?

"It's such a shame they can't both lose."

35 posted on 07/29/2008 4:13:16 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (BARACK OBAMA WILL SAVE US! HE HAS RISEN!!)
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To: Norman Bates

I have a person that would make me EAGERLY vote for McCain:

Eric Cantor -— actual conservative Republican -— from Virginia -— a swing state.

And he happens to be Jewish.

Given Obama’s weakness on Israel, THIS is the election to take back the Jewish vote.


36 posted on 07/29/2008 4:14:37 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan ("Jesse Jackson was an important figure; paving the way for Osama bin Laden to appear" -- Dan Rather)
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To: MeanWestTexan

You’ll write in Fred Thompson, who isn’t running, but you won’t vote for McCain? Now I don’t get that. There’s an old expression: the student is not greater than the teacher.


37 posted on 07/29/2008 4:18:08 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Plutarch

Mitt, Mitt, Mitt. ;)


38 posted on 07/29/2008 4:20:06 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Risky. The announcement at the convention would be, “Eric Cantor!!” The crow would hoot, “Whoo-hoo!!” The following comments in the pressbox would be, “Eric who?”


39 posted on 07/29/2008 4:20:08 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: MeanWestTexan

“THIS is the election to take back the Jewish vote.”

Frankly I’d be happy with 1/3rd and thrilled if we got to 40%. Fat chance for the latter.


40 posted on 07/29/2008 4:21:53 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Norman Bates

Whatever. No one has heard of anyone.

Cantor is an actual conservative.

He’s young and charasmatic. Whip, I think. Actually done things in Congress — in contrast to the Obamination.

And he’s a Jewish guy with Southern charm — a damn dangerous combination, according to Mrs. MWT.


41 posted on 07/29/2008 4:22:50 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan ("Jesse Jackson was an important figure; paving the way for Osama bin Laden to appear" -- Dan Rather)
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To: MeanWestTexan
And he happens to be Jewish.

Given Obama’s weakness on Israel, THIS is the election to take back the Jewish vote.

You would think that, but the GOP gains with the Jewish electorate would probably be minimal if Moses was Veep.

42 posted on 07/29/2008 4:25:45 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch

Maybe, but the Washigton Post reports that the Eric Cantor for VP movement is gaining steam.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/07/021063.php

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2008/07/eric_cantor_for_vice_president.html

There are even websites

http://www.ericcantorforvp.com/


43 posted on 07/29/2008 4:27:59 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan ("Jesse Jackson was an important figure; paving the way for Osama bin Laden to appear" -- Dan Rather)
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To: Plutarch
I voted for Pawlenty twice and have nothing but respect for the guy. He has had to move to the left to reach the center where Romney has had to move to the right.
Pawlenty balanced a 4.3 billion dollar deficit he inherited from Jesse Ventura WITHOUT RAISING TAXES as well as giving us CCW.

He is a safe bet and has no baggage.

44 posted on 07/29/2008 4:29:05 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: pissant

Thought this was interesting, from the Powerline blog:

“In a recent National Journal anonymous poll of three dozen Republican congressmen and senators, Eric Cantor received the second-highest number of votes — behind only Mitt Romney — for whom they would like as McCain’s veep pick. When Bush spoke in Israel this May, the influential Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention told several members of the American delegation that he would like to see Cantor as vice president.”


45 posted on 07/29/2008 4:31:20 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan ("Jesse Jackson was an important figure; paving the way for Osama bin Laden to appear" -- Dan Rather)
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To: Plutarch

http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/jul/29/evangelicals-warn-against-mccain-romney-ticket/


46 posted on 07/29/2008 4:39:00 PM PDT by Lonely Are The Brave
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To: pissant
Mitt might help in more than Michigan. According to people in Nevada, which is a key swing state:

Romney to the rescue?

If recent polling is any indication, Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr could make a dent in U.S. Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) vote total in Nevada.

Anjeanette Damon reports that some in the state are touting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) as a vice presidential running-mate, suggesting he could help McCain secure the state.

"Romney is a no-brainer," said Ryan Erwin, a Republican consultant from Las Vegas who advised Romney’s Nevada campaign. [...] "Romney takes this state from a slight lean-Republican to a heavy lean-Republican."


47 posted on 07/29/2008 4:39:19 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch

http://exposemittromney.com/


48 posted on 07/29/2008 4:40:59 PM PDT by Lonely Are The Brave
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To: K-oneTexas

Yes, Romney!


49 posted on 07/29/2008 4:41:54 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: commish
McCain is almost forced to counter with Pawlenty and flip Minnesota.

My fingers are getting tired from typing it. Any one that thinks McCain has any chance whatsoever of coming within five points in Minnesota, delusional.

50 posted on 07/29/2008 4:44:29 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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