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Old 07-22-2008, 10:15 AM   #91
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UPDATE JULY 22: McCain campaign sources confirm to CNN that there have been discussions high in the campaign about naming a running mate this week. They also say that the choices have been "narrowed" to the point where McCain could make a decision by the week's end.

Robert Novak reports:

Sources close to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip. The name of McCain's running mate has not been disclosed, but Mitt Romney has led the speculation recently.

The news set off a flurry of reporting, with Politico's Jonathan Martin appearing to throw some water on Novak's story:

John McCain has narrowed his vice-presidential possibilities to the point where he considered a decision this week -- but he's likely to hold off, say sources close to the campaign.


The prospect of stepping on Barack Obama's much-anticipated overseas trip with the headline-grabbing news was discussed among the small inner-circle of McCain aides and advisers privy to the running mate decision, according to a McCain source. [...]

One inner-circle McCain adviser said the longtime plans are to name the selection close to the Republican convention, on the theory that all that really matters is the final sprint to Election Day.

"No one is panicking about this week," the adviser said. "Frankly, it is excellent for the press to be getting Obamamania out of their system."

Meanwhile, Chris Cillizza reports:

John McCain will huddle with vice presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal during a trip to New Orleans later this week, sources close to the campaign confirm to The Fix.


McCain's trip to Louisiana on Wednesday was the cause of much head scratching in the political world as it was not in keeping with a week of planned stops in battleground states.

But, the meeting with Jindal, who has been the state's governor since 2007, suggests that McCain himself is deeply engaged in the process of picking his second-in-command and that the youthful Jindal is under serious consideration.
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UPDATE JULY 22: McCain campaign sources confirm to CNN that there have been discussions high in the campaign about naming a running mate this week. They also say that the choices have been "narrowed" to the point where McCain could make a decision by the week's end.

Robert Novak reports:

Sources close to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip. The name of McCain's running mate has not been disclosed, but Mitt Romney has led the speculation recently.

The news set off a flurry of reporting, with Politico's Jonathan Martin appearing to throw some water on Novak's story:

John McCain has narrowed his vice-presidential possibilities to the point where he considered a decision this week -- but he's likely to hold off, say sources close to the campaign.


The prospect of stepping on Barack Obama's much-anticipated overseas trip with the headline-grabbing news was discussed among the small inner-circle of McCain aides and advisers privy to the running mate decision, according to a McCain source. [...]

One inner-circle McCain adviser said the longtime plans are to name the selection close to the Republican convention, on the theory that all that really matters is the final sprint to Election Day.

"No one is panicking about this week," the adviser said. "Frankly, it is excellent for the press to be getting Obamamania out of their system."

Meanwhile, Chris Cillizza reports:

John McCain will huddle with vice presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal during a trip to New Orleans later this week, sources close to the campaign confirm to The Fix.


McCain's trip to Louisiana on Wednesday was the cause of much head scratching in the political world as it was not in keeping with a week of planned stops in battleground states.

But, the meeting with Jindal, who has been the state's governor since 2007, suggests that McCain himself is deeply engaged in the process of picking his second-in-command and that the youthful Jindal is under serious consideration.
Exciting news. I doubt it's Jindal. I think he's more likely to give the major speech at the convention, kind of like Obama did, and become the rising star setting himself up for a future presidential run.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:09 AM   #93
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Ok, Thursday there will be the announcement.


Obama's speech begins 7pm CET, about 1pm New York time.
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He's announcing his VP choice in Germany? Is that what they're saying there?
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No, Obama is speaking publicly here on Thursday, and having talks to Merkel, then on Friday to Sarkozy and Brown.
I guess as that might cause some media interest and hence McCain could announce his VP choice on Thursday as that probably would suppress Obama's speech and meetings here.
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Oh I see, thanks

McCain is desperate for attention Hey he was up in Kennebunkport at the Bush compound yesterday, it was on the local news. Then he spoke at the Nonantum resort and some McCain protesters showed up.
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i'm thinking McCain's going to do something to shake things up and go for Jindal.

a risk, but it would be like a shot of adrenaline to his campaign.
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if i had to guess right now

I would say Romney is in front of Jindal

I do realize Jindal is a pick
that would seem to counter-balance Obama a bit.


But, lets be honest, Obama has the youth vote sewn up.

and picking up 2-3 per cent, won't really help, that much.
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Sarah Palin, the current governor of Alaska might be a great choice as well. She has the highest approval rating of any politician in the country at 85%. A women at 44 years old, she has the gender and youth that McCain does not. I can see a lot of independent and Democratic women swinging to McCain with her on the ticket as well as those in the younger demographic.
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Alaska Senate leaders want an investigation of whether Gov. Sarah Palin pressured and then fired the public safety commissioner because he wouldn't get rid of a state trooper who had gone through a bitter divorce with Palin's sister.

"I'm fairly confident at this point that what we're going to see is the appointment of an independent investigator," said Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French, chairman of the judiciary committee.
Story.
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Story.
I think she would have been a great running mate, but the highest that most people ever put her at was #4 in terms of who would be most likely to be McCain's VP. Having something like this come up at this point probably takes her off the list, unless it were to be quickly found that it was not true and the issue disappeared. Right now, it appears that Romney is at #1 when looking at the probabilities for who is likely to be McCain's VP.
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Apparently it won't be Jindal. He took himself out of the running today on Fox & Friends.
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Apparently it won't be Jindal. He took himself out of the running today on Fox & Friends.


looking like the Mac and Mitt show.
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Oh Mittens. I've missed him. Remember how mean McCain used to be to him in the debates? Fun times!!
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Who would take themselves out of the running for Vice President on Fox and Friends? That's pretty anticlimactic. Hey Steve Doocy, I'm not going to be VP.

Mac and Mitt. The most scintillating twosome since ARod and Madonna
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Oh Mittens. I've missed him
Mittens. lol
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