Skip to comments.Republican John McCain to reveal vice-president choice (at rally in Ohio)
Posted on 08/27/2008 6:16:14 PM PDT by Fred
John McCain is expected to reveal his vice-presidential choice on Friday at a rally in the critical battleground state of Ohio.
Mr McCain is seeking to blunt Barack Obamas hopes of a bounce in the polls after he accepts the Democratic nomination in Denver tomorrow night.
The Republican nominees move comes after a week in which he and his Republican surrogates have had significant success in inserting themselves aggressively into what was meant to be Mr Obamas week. Republican guerrilla tactics and attack advertisements have forced the Democrats campaign to respond in kind.
Mr McCain will appear at a midday rally in Dayton before his own nominating convention opens in Minneapolis on Monday. He will then tour three of the most important battleground states Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri with his newly announced running-mate this weekend.
Just as the choice of Joe Biden last week as the Democratic vice-presiden-tial nominee was a well-kept secret, the identity of Mr McCains pick has also been guarded closely.
Speculation has focused on a handful of possible candidates. They include Mitt Romney, the former Massa-chusetts Governor, who was defeated in the hard-fought primary campaign by Mr McCain; Tim Pawlenty, the 47-year-old Minnesota Governor; Joe Lieberman, Al Gores 2000 running-mate who has become a staunch ally and close friend of the Republican nominee over the issue of Iraq; and Kay Bailey Hutchison, the first woman senator from Texas.
Mr Obama accepts his partys nomination tomorrow night after a week of unremitting negative advertisements by both sides and a declaration of intent from the Democrat that he is not going to allow any Republican attack to go unanswered. It is a sign of how intense and increasingly toxic the race has become between the two, who pledged to rise above such hardball tactics.
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I had heard Rob Portman was a possibility...I’m not saying that’s the best choice, although if the choice is being announced in Ohio that *might* be a tipoff.
What, Romney and Cantor have been on the campaign stump for him...they’ve been auditioned far more than Portman...
Still... my bet (even though I hope it is Cantor) is it will be some dark horse candidate we haven't discussed much.
Now THAT'S what I call unbiased reporting./s
Secretary of Defense to be exact
I detest McCain’s amnesty and campaign finance record and think he got off to a slow start, but have to admit he’s running a very good campaign lately.
Why Ohio unless it is a hometown boy, i.e. John Kasich. OR.....
With a swing to Lousiana, is it Haley Barbour?
I agree but to a more extreme. I have detested McCain in the past (my comments during the primary will attest to that), but I will give major credit to his ad guys, they are doing the job I wish our side has done in the past. The thought of an experienced, seasoned heroic vet running against a neo-hippie, faux messiah is each day, making me more excited. I don’t really like McCain’s political history, but in light of Obamalamdingdong, it is brilliant. Add to that, our side is finally running a decent marketing campaign, and we will have some fun for the next few months.
Kay Bailey Hutchison said “No”.
I’m hoping for Palin.
As a Texan, all I can say is that McCain better NOT pick Kay Bailey. A pro-baby-murderer VP candidate will assure an Obama win - and McCain better realize that FACT.
The buzz is all about KBH, but what if it is a misdirection.. what if it is John Cornyn...
That would kick a**.
We don't need a Politician, a Leader will be fine.
McCain wins or loses on his VP. Pro Abortion and he is done.
Right now McCain wins easy since Obama picked Biden.
I like that a lot! We should use guerrilla tactics and attack ads. The more the merrier. It is a culture war after all. It's one we must win.
You are right, VP choice will really make the difference. It is coming from a marketing perspective that I was discussing. Although, head to head, Mac’s resume versus Obama’s is a no-brainier.
VP will make a difference to most of us if we hold our nose and pull the lever or if we give the campaign our all.
99% of us agree on the vote part, it is the work part that is in question. I am holding a big check right now waiting to see who he chooses for VP. If it is some RINO, I’ll shred it. If it is a strong Conservative, I’ll send it. This is the first campaign since 96 I haven’t put in 100 hours plus volunteering because of my doubts. The VP choice will really direct where the party is going. McCain is just a placeholder.
That is my dream.
Ohio.....John Boehner?????? Hmmmmmmm.....
I think Haley is from Mississippi.
Considering how effectively McCain has been using YouTube ads, and considering how rapid their responses have been, and how innovative and funny, that cartoon couldn’t be further off the mark. Har har, he’s old. I get it. Lame cartoon.
Yes, we Cantor! ;-)
Buzz is getting louder. I hope it is Eric. Let’s see. Unlike Obama, apparently Mac has made his final decision tonight and contacted the VP nod.. check schedules.....
Call it the objectivist part of me, but the reality is, he may be the worst, but he is the is. We have to face the reality he is the nominee.. how do we deal with it.
Meg Whitman (#5 on Intrade) began her career in 1979 at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is a pretty tenuous lead, but I'm puzzled by the choice of Ohio.
We'll find out soon, no doubt.
We all become mavericks and vote for Bob Barr.
We cut off funding to the G.O.P. and to McCain.
No donations, only the McCain peso above should be sent to them.
Ohio is probably the #1 battleground state.