72 Candles and a Running Mate

August 19, 2008

mccain1.jpgWASHINGTON – 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.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Scott Audette (McCain speaks at the Veterans convention in Orlando on August 18)


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I’d guess McCain will pick Pawlenty.

Romney would be a good choice, if it weren’t that too many evangelicals just won’t vote for a Mormon.

If Obama picks Colin Powell or one of the Clintons, we are in trouble, folks. Otherwise, it will be tight, but McCain should eke out a victory.


Posted by Josh Geller | Report as abusive

No offence, but SURELY the American people would not dream of electing some guy of such an advanced age?

He is well passed retirement age and McCain might well become a liability that America saw coming?

Of course, Hills would LOVE McCain to trounce Obama – as would her memory-challenged husband who seems to have forgotten the important bits of his past.

Happy birth to John and best of luck for finding a suitable retirement home. I am sure Hills will visit you?

Posted by The Truth Is… | Report as abusive

“Its the economy stupid”. John McCain picking Ohio and Michigan for rallies on the day he announces the VP pick probably means he’s bringing former Governor Mitt Romney aboard.

Mitt has incredible economic experience and ability, and that’s exactly what Sen McCain is weak in, so this will be an awesome team in the Presidency to tackle both our security and economic issues of the time.

I’m in Michigan and I have lots of Evangelical friends that support Romney, as well as Catholics and Jews. We’ll be totally excited on the 29th if Mitt is brought onto the ticket!

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

John should drop out of the race, retire and quickly endorse Dr. Ron Paul.

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

Mitt’s the better man but the passion against him rivals that Hamas v Israel.

Bush abandoned the fiscal conservatives and double downed on the religious conservatives. Out national debt is incredible!!! $9.5 trillion and to think Bill Clinton a democrat pushed it down to where it was a non-issue.

I love the extra $50 billion to Aids; Someone tell “W” that this isn’t Brewster’s Millions (ol’ school reference).

Where have you gone fiscal conservatives?

Posted by ClubbieTim | Report as abusive