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McCain: Quality of candidates makes VP search tough

July 15, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE – Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday his search for a vice presidential running mate is proving difficult because he has many qualified candidates.

rtr1ytqq.jpgA host of high-profile names have been circulating for weeks who McCain might be considering for vice president, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

At a town hall meeting in Albuquerque, McCain specifically took a question from a youngster described as a reporter, and the youth asked him about his vice presidential search.

McCain said the search “is somewhat difficult because we have so many highly qualified individuals” to consider.

He gave no names. But he said he was operating under a specific timeline that he hopes to meet “well before.”

McCain has said he wants to announce his choice before the Republican nominating convention in St. Paul in early September.

He has given few clues as to who he might pick, but McCain told a fund-raising event in Albuquerque on Monday night that he and Romney, who McCain defeated in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, have become good friends.

It was only a few months ago when the two were at each other’s throat in the often-acrimonious campaign.

“Mitt and Ann Romney and Cindy and I have become good friends,” he said in describing how he feels the Republican Party is united now for the battle against Barack Obama for the Nov. 4 election.

In fact, he said, based on Romney’s television appearances on McCain’s behalf, “He does a better job for me than he did for himself, as a matter of fact.”

He also praised other Republican one-time rivals Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani.

Photo credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking (McCain, Romney at a meeting March 27)

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It doesn’t matter. Obama is going to save us from these Republican loons anyways.

 

McCain needs a younger female VP candidate to make this ticket attractive. Former CEO of IBM is a good choice. Governor of Alaska is also a good choice.

Posted by James | Report as abusive
 

I would like McCain to address the Medicid perticipants to have to pay a co-pay or deductible with each visit
to Doctors, ER, Dentist. I feel that too many are getting a free ride, because many have support from a working spouse, boyfriend, or others and that is never considered in their accesiment.
I was an intake clerk and one of the things I found was that many rent furniture, big screen TV’s, and still will not provide their children with medical coverage as it is so easy to get, and hard to prove their living conditions. We Seniors have to pay and sometime do without food or medicine, and no one comes to our aid.

Posted by p.hughes | Report as abusive
 

Romney and especially his wife are climbers. I sense his wife salavates at the possibility of first lady or first lady in waiting.

However Mitt has a great financial track record in picking winners from a venture standpoint. How this translates into moving the bureaucratic sludge around to get things accomplished is another matter.

A banker under Carter tried that and they handed him his head. Oh, Burt Lance was his name.

I say Mitt and we will put up with his wife.

Don Jones

 

There are hard time to find someone. Is there anybody without Alzheimer’s ?

Posted by John Smith | Report as abusive
 

What better candidate could there be than an individual with a good plan for social security (which has been ignored), a firsthand understanding of international business, and an expertise in creating/providing jobs. I hope he chooses Romney.

Posted by Marilyn | Report as abusive
 

Mitt would be an excellent choice. Of course, the Dems must actually choose someone with political experience to their ticket so at least one of the two can actually claim to have it. (And not Emil Jones, Jr.)

Posted by RR/FL | Report as abusive
 

MITT ROMNEY IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR VP BECAUSE HE BRINGS YOUTH TO THE TABLE.HE BRINGS A OUTSTANDING RECORD ON BUISNESS AND THE ECONOMY.ROMNEY ALSO BRINGS NEVADA,COLORADO,MICHIGAN,AND OTHER KEY STATES WHILE HUCKABABY ONLY HELPS IN THE SOUTH WERE MCCAIN HAS THE ADVANTAGE.LASTLY I DON’T KNOW WERE YOU GET THE IDEA THAT THEY DISLIKE EACH OTHER BECAUSE THEY DO NOT

MCCAIN/ROMNEY 08

 

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