McCain: Quality of candidates makes VP search tough
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.
A 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.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking (McCain, Romney at a meeting March 27)