McCain Chooses Running Mate--Expected to Announce VP Choice By the Weekend

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

August 28, 2008

John McCain is expected to announce his choice for Vice President within the next twenty-four hours.

Some say that McCain may make the announcement as early as Thursday night in order to steal some of Barack Obama's thunder, but as to who that person will be is still anyone's guess.

Wednesday McCain announced that he had made his choice for a running mate, but as to who that person will be, is still up in the air. A leading contender on the shortlist is former rival Mitt Romney. It was just a few months ago that the two were at odds fighting for the nomination.

Mitt Romney said of McCain, "He voted twice against the Bush tax cuts -- only two Republicans did that."

But things have changed. Now Romney is campaigning across the country for John McCain, but deflecting any questions about being a running mate.

"I'm campaigning to help him get elected. my turn is over. this is about him -- not me."

Another in contention is Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Washington outsider with a fresh face.

"When you see the difference between John McCain and Barack Obama it's not even a close call," said Pawlenty.

Critics say that Pawlenty's inexperience could hurt the ticket. Also in contention is former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge and Democrat turned Independent Joe Lieberman. However, analysts say their stances on abortion rights would anger conservatives if chosen.

Analysts add that Romney's economic experience as a former businessman would compliment John McCain's foreign policy experience.

McCain is scheduled to make his first appearance with this VP choice this Saturday.

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