John McCain,  Mitt Romney,  President 2008

John McCain Watch: VP Sweepstakes – Crist, Jindal and Romney?

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., waves after arriving in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, May 21, 2008.

Are the McCain VP Sweepstakes on for this weekend in Arizona?

Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Friday is scheduled to meet with two Republican governors who have been prominently mentioned as potential running mates, according to Republicans familiar with McCain’s plan.

The two governors, Charlie Crist, of Florida, and Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana, have both accepted invitations to meet with McCain at his home in Arizona, according to Republican familiars with the decision. One Republican said that Mitt Romney, a former rival of McCain for the presidential nomination wasalso expected to visit him this weekend. Romney’s advisers declined to comment.

McCain, after a week of campaigning, is heading home on Friday for three days without a public schedule. His campaign declined to comment on the meetings.

“We don’t talk about the V.P. selection process,” said Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser.

Still, the names of McCain’s visitors and the timing — coming three weeks after the Arizona senator told reporters that he had a list of 20 potential running mates — strongly suggested that he was moving into an intensified phase in his search for a vice presidential candidate.

Let’s see:

  • Charlie Crist, the unmarried Governor of Florida is “rumored” to be gay.
  • Bobby Jindal was just elected to be Governor of Louisiana and is young and inexperienced.
  • Mitt Romney is the former one term Massachusetts Governor with high negatives because he is a flip-flopping opportunist.

McCain is not starting out well in the Vice President selection process. Should he choose any of the above it would be a drag on the ticket.

Should Romney be the Vice President selection, Flap would have to reconsider whether he would vote for McCain for President.


Team McCain says it is a social get together. But, look who else will be there?

Among other guests expected were Sens. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., close confidantes of McCain.


And, why is the campaign unhappy the story got out?