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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?

9 thoughts on “John McCain Watch: VP Sweepstakes – Crist, Jindal and Romney?

  1. It will be hard enough to rally conservatives to support McCain but interviewing these three first is a slap in the face to Rudy, Thompson and Huckabee supporters.

    McCain is running a LOUSY campaign.

  2. There is an update to the story. The McCain camp says that there will about 20 guests this weekend. It is a way of McCain thanking his supporters, and has nothing to do with the VP selection process. For instance, Senators Graham and Brownback will be in attendance.

    Interesting that Rudy’s name does not appear. Who knows where things stand with Rudy.

  3. Yes and I updated the post but Ambinder has the McCain campaign is not happy that the story leaked. They are running for cover.

    It makes Rudy, Thompson and Huckabee appear small.

    Good job, Mac.

    Unite the GOP!


  4. I guess the candidates McCain ‘wants’ have to be either Crist or Jindal or Graham. He could ‘balance’ his age with Jindal, or go with Graham becuase he’s really comfortable with his buddy, or go with Crist to lock in Florida. Depends, I guess, on who’s in charge of the selection process. Romney for sure isn’t going to make the cut.

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