72 Candles and a Running Mate
WASHINGTON – Republican White House hopeful John McCain may unwrap a surprise of his own when he celebrates his birthday next week in the battleground state of Ohio.
The Arizona senator turns 72 on Aug. 29 and plans to celebrate by naming his vice presidential pick at a rally in Dayton with 10,000 supporters, Politico.com reported .
McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan would not comment on the report when reporters asked about it after his campaign plane landed in New Orleans on Monday evening.
“Stay tuned,” she said.
There is still no word on who McCain might be leaning toward as his running mate. In recent days, speculation has centered on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.
Whoever he picks, McCain will unveil his choice on Friday Aug 29, Politico.com reported — a day after Illinois Sen. Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination in a prime-time speech at Denver’s football stadium before an expected crowd of more than 75,000 people.
McCain’s timing could allow him to steal some of Obama’s limelight — or at least force him to share it as Republicans head into their nominating convention on the following Monday.
“You’re going to own the weekend,” a McCain official told Politico.com, explaining the announcement strategy.
Photo credit: Reuters/Scott Audette (McCain speaks at the Veterans convention in Orlando on August 18)