View Poll Results: Who Should John McCain Choose For Vice President?

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  • Mitt Romney (former Mass. governor)

    2 10.53%
  • Charlie Crist (Florida governor)

    0 0%
  • Bobby Jindal (LA Governor)

    0 0%
  • Mike Huckabee (former AK governor)

    0 0%
  • Rudy Giuliani (former NYC mayor)

    1 5.26%
  • Joe Lieberman (CT senator)

    3 15.79%
  • Tim Pawlenty (MN governor)

    0 0%
  • Hillary Clinton (NY senator)

    3 15.79%
  • Linda Lingle (Hawaii governor)

    3 15.79%
  • Other (please specify)

    7 36.84%
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    Default Who should be McCain's VP?

    Now it's the other guy's turn!

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    Well, if what the vocal Hillary supporters are saying is true, then McCain no need pick Hillary. He's already got their votes. Linda Lingle is a VP contender? Maybe McCain should surprise everyone and go for Jeb Bush.

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    Hillary Clinton, riiiight!

    Too bad this poll doesn't include the names of the female candidates who do have a serious chance at being considered. They would include:

    Sarah Palin (Alaska governor)
    Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas Senator)

    And of course, a few months ago, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina was enthusiastically talked up by some factions in the GOP as being a candidate who could shore up McCain on the economic front, while appealing to women voters. But Fiorina doomed her own chances by going off-message several times, including an occasion where McCain was put in the awkward situation of commenting on Fiorina's criticism of health insurance companies covering Viagra, but not birth control.
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    Default Re: Who should be McCain's VP?

    Let's not forget about Condi Rice. In the big picture, she is by far the smartest person on Capitol Hill. And that point is irrefutable.

    I'm a big fan of Rudy Giuliani. He's a tough sumbeetch. We must remember that we are in a war, no matter how ignorant the motive. Truth is the Crusades started over 1000 years ago. As long as Islam harbors a militaristic, homicidal motive, we will never be able to sleep peacefully.

    McCain has a host of reasonably good choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timkona View Post
    Let's not forget about Condi Rice. In the big picture, she is by far the smartest person on Capitol Hill. And that point is irrefutable.
    Except that Rice has consistently said she's not interested in President or Vice President. But I do agree that she would be a good republican choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timkona View Post
    Let's not forget about Condi Rice. In the big picture, she is by far the smartest person on Capitol Hill. And that point is irrefutable.
    Oh, choosing Rice would make the Obama/Biden team leap for joy! If that choice is ever made, you're never going to hear the end of Democrats saying that voting for McCain/Rice is like a voting for a 3rd term for Bush/Cheney. From then until November, the Dems will be running commercials of Bush with McCain and Bush with Rice.

    Damn, Tim. If only you were McCain's senior advisor.

    Quote Originally Posted by timkona View Post
    I'm a big fan of Rudy Giuliani. He's a tough sumbeetch. We must remember that we are in a war, no matter how ignorant the motive. Truth is the Crusades started over 1000 years ago. As long as Islam harbors a militaristic, homicidal motive, we will never be able to sleep peacefully.
    The thing that works against Giuliani is pretty much the same thing that works against Tom Ridge. Rudy is pro-choice. Now, McCain enjoyed a bounce in the polls after that quasi-debate with Obama in Pastor Rick Warren's church. But a big part of McCain's success there was his simple, straightforward response to the issue of abortion. While Obama went into a complex and intellectual-sounding shpiel when asked about the topic, McCain hit homeruns with the evangelicals with his direct, no-nonsense answers that made clear that he not only held a pro-life view, but that he was passionate about it. I believe that many of the evangelicals who were formerly unsure of McCain were impressed with the soundbites they heard from the Arizona senator that night and raised his numbers from the low 40s to the mid 40s in many of the daily tracking polls.

    But will McCain be able to keep the support of those evangelicals if his pro-life stance becomes muddled by picking pro-choice candidates to be his running mate? It's a gamble. Frankly speaking, if it wasn't for the abortion issue, I think Tom Ridge would have been a slam dunk choice for McCain, moreso than Giuliani. Ridge is a popular former governor of Pennsylvania, which is a battleground state. (Very doubtful that Rudy will be able to deliver NY to the GOP this year.) Ridge, of course, also has national security credentials as the first Secretary of Homeland Security. And finally, Ridge and McCain are good friends who get along very well on a personal basis.

    Ah, but he's pro-choice. And that alone will probably take Ridge out of the running.

    Quote Originally Posted by timkona View Post
    McCain has a host of reasonably good choices.
    Out of the remaining finalists, it is said that Tim Pawlenty is the one that gets on best with McCain. But with Biden on the Dem's ticket, the Minnesota governor could be in over his head in a VP debate.

    That pretty much leaves Mitt Romney as the prime favorite. A McCain/Romney pairing is like shotgun marriage, for sure. But does McCain have any other choice? He's pro-life (although his Mormon background might be problematic for some evangelicals). He has the economic credentials. He could possibly help carry the state of Michigan (Romney's father was the former governor there).
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    We're at 'war' only because Bush & Cheney say we are.
    We're actually in the midst of another contrived bunch of republican BS.
    But, for the troops fighting it out, it doesn't matter what you call it, because it sucks!

    Guiliani ain't tough, he's just a beech, and would immediately change from everything he's ever truly believed in to get a shot at the White House. The guy is probably the only person in America who would actually be worse than the crap we have in there now, and sadly there are all too many who would jump at the chance to vote these two infected monkeys in. Rice too, and throw Hillary in as well. You know ol' Bill would be only too happy to get back in the mix any way he could.

    McCreep would be an even bigger fool if he doesn't pick Romney.
    Nobody comes close to the 'ooooh, he's looks so Presidential' image he projects.

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    Will McCain pick someone young looking? Will that only bring out how old McCain looks standing next to that person.

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    hi this is sansei and i'd pick mitt romney is he's the best choice like Our Current VP Cheney and he has qualification's like When cheney was elected with Bush and i think Mccain would be a good president like Romney would be like Current Vp Cheney,may anyone agree?

    Well thank's for your time:O) Ps:Im Voting for Mccain.

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    The Log Cabin Republicans would be happy with Rudy G. But I dont think you can put a pro-life and pro-choice team together on the same ticket.

    Sarah Palin is a brand new mom, I doubt she would accept the VP ticket, maybe in a few years.

    To help McCain out on economic issues, Romney would be a good choice. However, his choice of religion might cause a problem with voters.

    Is Romney loved in Massachusetts still? The state almost always votes Democrat, heck even George McGovern carried the state in 1972 when he couldnt even carry his own home state.

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    I picked “Other” since Ron Paul wasn’t one of the choices. I figure if Timkona can clutch on to a candidate that goes against everything McCain stands for, why can’t I? At least mine has a clear idea on what it will take to shore up the value of the U.S. dollar and eliminate our federal debt and trade deficit — before it’s too late. McCain has to do something radical between now and November if he wants to win back his conservative base. Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Moses have had some success in closing the gap, but only because Obama was eating shave ice and bodysurfing for a week.

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    I would also choose Colin Powell. Very good leader who was miffed when he left the Bush Cab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timkona View Post
    I would also choose Colin Powell. Very good leader who was miffed when he left the Bush Cab.
    Well then McCain had better hurry and do so before he endorses Barack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Hillary Clinton, riiiight!
    Why not? It would make this year's election ver-ry in-te-res-ting.
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    It's Sarah Palin (44) as McCain's choice, Miss Congeniality in the Miss Alaska Beauty Pageant. Married to a full blooded Eskimo. Mother of five, including a 4 month old with Downs Syndrome. Political experience: Mayor of a town of 8000. Governor of Alaska for 2 years. International or Federal experience....0. Her sister is involved in a nasty divorce with an Alaska state trooper. Palin had him fired from his job as a result.

    McCain has shown real insight, decisiveness, and savvy in this courageous choice.....NOT! McCain has proven he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Ohhhhh.....this campaign is going to be good, real good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    McCain has shown real insight, decisiveness, and savvy in this courageous choice.....NOT! McCain has proven he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Ohhhhh.....this campaign is going to be good, real good!
    So, McCain chose a governor from a noncontinental US. And Linda Lingle was so close!

    So, what is wrong with Sarah Palin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    It's Sarah Palin (44) as McCain's choice
    Perhaps a ploy to get the Clinton supporters who have threatened to jump to McCain to follow through, by putting a woman in as VP? (In her speech this morning, she referred to Clinton's "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling.") Since there's a chance she'd outlive McCain and inherit the office that way, there are certainly voters who would go along with that plan.

    So much for McCain's campaign arguing about Obama's "lack of experience" - Palin's lacking it as well. But she's been a harder-line conservative than McCain, so she'll appeal to those members of the GOP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    McCain has shown real insight, decisiveness, and savvy in this courageous choice.....NOT! McCain has proven he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Ohhhhh.....this campaign is going to be good, real good!
    That crack about Alzheimer's disease indicates to me that you, at least, should then be getting the campaign you deserve.
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    Sen. Obama's speech was moved to a larger venue (Invesco Field, Denver CO) to accomodate 84,000 people - many more who wanted to attend were unable to get in.

    Sen. McCain's announcement was in a venue that holds about 12,000 (Nutter Center, Dayton OH) - they had plenty of free tickets to spare. Sen. Obama was able to pack the same space back in February for a rally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    It's Sarah Palin (44) as McCain's choice, Miss Congeniality in the Miss Alaska Beauty Pageant. Married to a full blooded Eskimo. Mother of five, including a 4 month old with Downs Syndrome. Political experience: Mayor of a town of 8000. Governor of Alaska for 2 years. International or Federal experience....0. Her sister is involved in a nasty divorce with an Alaska state trooper. Palin had him fired from his job as a result.

    McCain has shown real insight, decisiveness, and savvy in this courageous choice.....NOT! McCain has proven he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Ohhhhh.....this campaign is going to be good, real good!
    and she's HOT!!!! yah baby!
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    Corrections to her background as the story unfolds. Her husband is only part Eskimo. She was Mayor of a town of 6500. She fired the State Commissioner when he refused to fire her brother-in-law as a State Trooper.

    One Republican strategist said, "She is head of the Alaska National Guard and she is the mother of a son in the military. That is the kind of experience we need to lead the Nation."

    Another Republican strategist said, "We need someone in the Whitehouse who isn't afraid to eat a mooseburger."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    Perhaps a ploy to get the Clinton supporters who have threatened to jump to McCain to follow through, by putting a woman in as VP?
    I suppose that's the strategy. But the problem is that Clinton is pro-choice, Palin is ardently anti-abortion. That presents an ethical conumdrum for Clinton supporters.

    I still think that Obama will announce a significant political appointment for Hillary prior to the election (Secretary of State or Supreme Court?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    So, what is wrong with Sarah Palin?
    Don’t get me wrong, all of the criticisms identified by matapule are valid concerns. But IMHO, it’s not so much as what is wrong with Sarah Palin, it’s the fact that she’s from a state that few people hear about except news of their senior Sen. Ted Stevens. You know, the guy who’s been in the U.S. Senate nearly as long as Sen. Dan Inouye (which makes him pretty f*#king senior). Stevens, in case you hadn’t heard is currently embroiled in a messy scandal in which the FBI and IRS have raided his home. The Justice Department is also investigating whether Stevens steered million$ of dollars in federal contracts to his former aides. Suffice to say, Stevens will be standing trial next month, and I would be shocked if any political party besides the GOP didn’t jump all over this opportunity to hammer McCain’s choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    But the problem is that Clinton is pro-choice, Palin is ardently anti-abortion. That presents an ethical conumdrum for Clinton supporters.
    If those Clinton supporters are so angry with the Democratic Party that they are honestly willing to support McCain over Obama, this will not stand in their way.
    Quote Originally Posted by TuNnL View Post
    she’s from a state that few people hear about except news of their senior Sen. Ted Stevens. You know, the guy who’s been in the U.S. Senate nearly as long as Sen. Dan Inouye (which makes him pretty f*#king senior). Stevens, in case you hadn’t heard is currently embroiled in a messy scandal in which the FBI and IRS have raided his home. The Justice Department is also investigating whether Stevens steered million$ of dollars in federal contracts to his former aides.
    He didn't even go to Dayton for the McCain/Palin announcement this morning.
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