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A Retreat, Not an Interview

By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Juliet Eilperin
A weekend retreat at Sen. John McCain's Sedona, Ariz., ranch sparked a flurry of speculation today that the presumptive GOP nominee was vetting possible running mates, but his top aides quickly quashed the rumors.

Two McCain aides said that McCain and his wife, Cindy, were entertaining a group of prominent Republicans -- including governors Charlie Crist (Fla.) and Bobby Jindal (La.) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney -- for social, rather than political, reasons.

"The McCains are having nine couples to their place in Sedona for a social weekend," said senior McCain strategist Charles R. Black Jr. "Among them are Governor Crist, Governor Jindal and former governor Romney. It's a purely social weekend and has nothing to do with the vice presidential selection process."

Earlier today, the New York Times reported that the meetings were aimed at helping determine who McCain would chose as his running mate: All three men have been mentioned as possible vice presidential picks this year. McCain's staff has closely held any information about its vice presidential selection process away from public scrutiny.

Another McCain aide, who asked not to be identified, wrote in an e-mail that it would make no sense to use the event for vetting since it would be "kind of a large crowd" if the senator was scrutinizing the guests for their potential running-mate qualities.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2008; 8:01 PM ET
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yes indeed mccain is better option than obama. barack obama is only words one cannot feel the sincerity that he realy love this country.those who hate america will have an ally in the person of obama,
it would be the end of america as a world leader and super power.

Posted by: allan beltran | May 22, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The whole thing sounds like a remake of 'The Bachelor' - is McCain going to give out roses, too?

Posted by: Tom J | May 22, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Folks, as I said, McCain is by far more suited for the VP. BUT, if this Country is going to continue the idiocy, then Mitt Romney is STILL an excellent option.

Crist and Florida are not even worth thinking about. McCain easily wins Florida. McCain also easily carries all the places where Huckster is strong due to similar stances, and Evangelical ties.

The Compliment to McCain, is the Businessman/Venture Capitalist strong in the West, and Economics. Mitt Romney also has support in the North and East. Being Younger, he also reduces some of the anxiety about the Age Factor.

Face it, he is by FAR the best choice! Any Nay-Sayers are simply trying to help "Barry"! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 22, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

So any line on the other 6 couples?
Crist is very popular, moderate Republican in FL. If Obama's the Democrat's pick, then FL will go Republican regardless of the VP.
Jindal's an interesting choice but LA may be a lost cause, the final chapter of Katrina/Rita
McCain/Romney reminds me of Reagan Bush in 1980; two fierce rivals bury the hatchet and win two elections

My dream pick: Colin Powell.

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | May 22, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

A new poll shows Obama up big in Virginia against McCain, but trailing in both FL and OH while Clinton leads. Full roundup:

Posted by: Dan | May 22, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain is doomed. Mitt Romney? Ay caramba. He is too prone to bombast and outright flip flops. Romney is either the most malleable politician in America or the best liar. Neither is what we need right now.

McCain needs a younger, more vital conservative... Fred Thompson?

Posted by: steve boyington | May 22, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Too many oppose Mitt. McCain does not need Crist to win FL if Obama is the DEM running. But if it is Hillary he needs Crist. Huckabee is the logical choice. He will get out the vote ... the base. He is witty, personable and no one can fault his ethics. Personally I will write in Ron Paul.

Posted by: Janmarie | May 22, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me how many people have voiced concern over the inexperience of Obama. No one had a problem electing the dunderhead we call Bush into office twice. So, get off of it you all got what you wanted so try to use that lame excuse. If you vote McCain you will get more of the same and it will pile up until you will be begging for anyone to take over and save our country.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Romney 2008
Romney/Jindal 2012

Posted by: Martha | May 22, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I say unto thee;

"Barry" Insane's O'Bombing!

Lookout Belooooowwww! ;~)

Posted by: ALMIGHTY -The ;-) | May 22, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't really matter who John McCain picks as his running mate. He could pick Jesus Christ and they would both lose. It will be so great to see the corrupt Republican party go down in flames come November. We can all roast marshmallows and weiners around the fire.

Posted by: David S. Robins | May 22, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Gimme a Break!

John McCain should be Mitt's Running Mate!

Sorry, but it is to blatantly obvious NOT to be addressed! I mean let's get REAL and examine the ROLES!

President-Executive. Travels(A LOT!), is responsible for Photo Ops, and Speech READINGS!

Vice President-51Rst Senator. White House-Bound!, In charge while President is out, as far as direct relations with Staff and Appointees!

In other words, The Man on the Scene! Thanks to the Dick(Cheney), the Vice President is a Very Powerful Player!

Sort of like here in Texas. The Governor, is NOTHING compared to the Lieutenant Governor!

McCain PROVES his Incompetence, by NOT realizing as much!

I have already announced my DISGUST with my "Peers" about their collective IDIOCY for our current three "Choices"! :-(

Picking our Exec from a Congress with an 11% Approval.

GOD, will NEVER have mercy on your Souls! Cripes, what Maroons! :-(

Posted by: RAT-The | May 22, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm a life-long "Yellow Dog Democrat" who plans to leave the Democratic party if Obama is the nominee. Sen. Obama is is ill-prepared to lead our country.

Mitt Romney has a solid grounding in economics and business matters and I'd be happy to see McCain pick him.

Posted by: wcowan | May 21, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

If John McCain picks Mitt "I can flip flop on ANY issue" Romney, I and MANY like me, will WALK!

It'll probably be Charlie Crist, but listen McCain: NO ROMNEY!

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | May 21, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I only hope and pray it will be Mitt. We truly need someone that knows about the economy. I don,t want someone running my finacial affairs that can not handle their own.

Posted by: Verla Swords | May 21, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

My choice would be MITT Romney ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

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