McCain talks up possible VP picks
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Republican presidential candidate John McCain had kind words for two of his possible vice presidential picks in recent days but dropped nothing more than hints about his eventual choice.
With the Republican convention starting next Monday, McCain is expected to name his running mate in the coming days — possibly at a rally in the swing state of Ohio on Friday, his 72nd birthday.
At a fundraising event in San Diego on Tuesday evening, he praised Mitt Romney , once a bitter rival for the Republican nomination who has now become a strong advocate for McCain on cable news shows.
“He does better on television for me than he did for himself,” McCain joked, reviving a line he has used before to acknowledge Romney’s efforts.
On NBC’s Tonight show on Monday, he lauded Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty when host Jay Leno mentioned him.
“He’s a great young man,” McCain said. “He’s a great governor of his state, and he’s done a great job, and he was reelected in 2006. It was a tough year for Republicans.”
Leno suggested Pawlenty could get “eaten alive” in a vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden, the foreign policy heavyweight chosen by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as his running mate.
McCain did not agree and joked that the real difficulty would be Biden’s propensity for verbosity.
“The problem for any of them might be getting a word in edgewise,” he said.