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McCain Hosts Three Possible Running Mates

By Juliet Eilperin and Michael D. Shear
As Sen. John McCain and his top aides ponder privately whom to pick as a vice presidential running mate, the presumptive Republican nominee for president is offering the public a brief glimpse of at least a few of the candidates.

During an unseasonably mild Arizona weekend, McCain grilled barbecue for three possible running mates at his Sedona vacation house, but said nothing to reporters staked out at the bottom of a dirt road leading into the valley where his compound is located.

Those in attendance were former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Several of McCain's top aides were also in attendance for a weekend that the campaign dubbed merely a "social" event with no VP significance.

McCain did little to hide from the media. Television reports showed a caravan of white vans and SUVs leaving the ranch for a restaurant called the Asylum, which overlooks the red-rock mountains of Sedona. But none of the participants made any comments to reporters who followed.

Washington lawyer A.B. Culvahouse has begun vetting potential candidates for McCain, running down what the campaign says is a very long list of possible choices.

McCain has consistently said he is looking for a running mate who shares his beliefs and would be prepared to take over the presidency if needed. Republican officials said he had made those two qualities his top priorities in judging any possible vice presidential candidates. But his team is also taking political calculations into consideration, including candidates' geographical location, their age and their knowledge of domestic issues.

While "geographical balance is overstated," said one GOP operative, the campaign is looking at whether a candidate "would really help you in a swing state. Crist would be a good choice for that."

McCain's aides are also looking at women and younger candidates, though the operative added that such demographic issues "would be secondary in McCain's mind."

The fact that Sen. Barack Obama seems poised to become the Democratic nominee could argue for a younger GOP running mate, this Republican added, but McCain's aides are also aware that there are risks involved in picking someone several decades younger than the 71-year old senator, such as Jindal.

"That goes to compatibility: You sort of imagine the two together, you look at a picture of them and think, how does this look, how does this feel?" he said. "Look, Obama has a lot of appeal to young people. All things being equal, someone who brings a youthful profile would be attractive."

In light of all these factors, Republicans said McCain was not likely to announce his running mate in the immediate future. At the same time, the GOP operative said, the senator was sure to do it before the party's convention in early September.

"The last nominee that was picked at the convention was Dan Quayle, and that didn't go so well," he quipped.

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Mitt Romney is an excellent choice ... great leader, organizer, campaigner ... classy and clean. But he won't have the horse power to bring in the "Reagan Democrats". BUT ... Senator Lieberman will! He's honest, seasoned, a great leader, and supports McCain's foreign policy. He can swing the votes, and that would be a sure winner in November.

Posted by: Baby Tank | June 4, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, it looks like his VP shortlist has been leaked to the press. Emeril? Really?
http://www.236.com/blog/w/lee_camp/mccains_short_list_for_vp_leak_6780.php

Posted by: eliana | May 30, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait to hear that at least one of Mitt's young, healthy sons has enlisted into the military. That action will show a true belief in the great Mother of All Wars in Iraq. When I hear this news, I promise to laugh less when Mr. Romney's name is mentioned as a vice presidential candidate. I promise! This guy makes me truly sick.

Posted by: Dave, Allentown,PA | May 27, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McAnus should have all three vice presidential candidates so he can bring all the branches of the Republican party together.He could have Charlie Crist to represent the gay Log Cabin Republicans. He could have Mitt Romney for the Mormons, whothe Republicans poked in the eye in the primaries, he could have Bobby Jindahl as the token minority candidate, and then they could wheel the corpse of Jerry Falwell arounf everywhere throughout the campaign like "Weekend at Bernie's".

Posted by: oldman&theC | May 27, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

But McCain had butt sex - he's unelectable.

Posted by: Horace P Manure | May 26, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Actually, you will find Mitt's sons would be seeking Commissions as Officers-If they were so inclined.

However, it seems the Romney Camp has hooked up with the McCain Camp, so the quest to save America from Soros continues! ;~)

The World Labor Party has to be prevented from getting it's claws on this Country! It already has too many Congressmen!

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 26, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Since Romney suspended his campaign - have his sons signed up to serve their country in Iraq?

Didn't think so!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Jimbo-What needs to be realized, is the level of concern most people have over the Economy at this point.

Mitt Romney is the Person needed. I really feel if Huckleberry did not make Religion an issue, and if the current Economic Realities were going on sooner, Mitt would have EASILY won the primaries.

What I would LOVE to know, is why is Mitt's Religion such an issue?

Nobody seems to care less about Harry Reid being a Mormon-Or, a Moron for that matter! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 26, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell will not run for office as anyones vice president. He may take the Secy of State spot from the Dem or Rep, winner. I believe he was fooled by Bolton, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld on the WMDs. I don't believe he thought deadly biologicals were in breechable mobile labs, but possibly aerosol poison production. When Cheney's conspirators went after Plame, Colin looked at the hard data and realized he was fooled. He asked for the resignations of those that fooled him and gave his instead. So much for lets see what changes happen in Dubya's administration.

Posted by: Jimbo | May 26, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The idea that an issue like prison rape could be an issue for McCain shows how low our political theater has sunk.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Condi Rice LOL. Her plan instead of Tommy Frank's was used in Iraq initially. She blamed the failure on our brave fighting men. She has not accomplished anything until Baker/Gates took over the foreign policy. Romney will be the probable choice, unless the Evangelicals make a stink over the 2000 McCain remarks whereby Huckabee has a shot.

Posted by: Jimbo | May 26, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Dems will pick either Wesley Clark for his military experience and nullify the 'soft on terror' card, or Hagel - the Republican from Nebraska and nullfiy the 'Republicans and Lieberman' card altogether.

Either one is great. I personally think going back to the time when the loser of the general election became vice-president is a good idea. Checks and balances.

Wouldn't be in Iraq if Al Gore was Veep.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Picking Romney would gain NV, UT, MI and a state or two in the northeast, also making McCain viable in the northwest. He would lose the Evangelical base needed in the midwest and southeast coast. Huckabee would solidify the Evangelical base and give him TX, the southeast coast and some more in the midwest. He would kill McCain's chances elsewhere. A Catholic veep for the Dems in Richardson will also garner much of the hispanic vote and possibly bring FL and TX into Obama's column with
Romney. Huckabee will be a drag in the northeast and northwest, as well as turning off moderate Catholics who will flock to Richardson.

Posted by: Jimbo | May 26, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

My father served in Vietnam and spoke only once about being in a POW camp before he died from cancer in 95. During his conversation he told me about the prisoners being raped, not all of them - but they were raping them. It's not something I would necessarily want to discuss or make public, but if you're running for president - it goes with the territory. Besides, he's been a functioning member of congress for years - I doubt anyone would question the affects of homosexual rape on John McCain.

Posted by: richard, SD | May 26, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

I have been to Senator McCain's, and Mittster's Web Sites. THEY provide their Issues without any gimmicks. Out of curiosity I tried finding out what "Barry" was willing to say.

Not much, if you do not provide your Info FIRST!

I have to say: "Red Flag".

I challenge anyone who has not gone to mittromney.com, to do it! He does not need your Info to let you see his!

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 26, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

One thing all the evangelicals preach is their hatred for homosexuals and homosexual acts. If McCain was raped in prison camp - it just might freak out enough of those bible thumpers.

Posted by: Bill the Welder | May 26, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Please pick Mitt Romney so that the Evangelicals will stay home.

Remember - Huckabee said that 'Mormons are not Christians.' and this man should know. Evangelicals aren't Christians either!

Christians preach tolerance and love, not prosperity.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The person suggesting Colin Powell as McCain's running mate has it totally wrong.

Powell USED to be well respected but he is forever linked to the lies that brought us to this illegal and despicable war.

How many people standing in front of satellite photos, holding laser pointers do you see now? That mode of communication will never be trusted again.

Like all of them, the story he now tells shoulders no blame for events that very much involved them.

They should have spoken up when they had the chance; when they had a chance to stop any of the endless immoral and illegal acts that this corrupt and perverted administration has bruised the nation with.

Powell had a duty to warn America about the course being set by the mental defectives carrying out an agenda thought up by the fascist cabal at the AEI and PNAC.

If fascist unilateralism and imperial hegemony achieved through illegal and immoral acts by this kakistocracy is your idea of how government should serve its citizens, then your standards will forever reap you the contempt you deserve.

Powell can get down off his cross; we need the space to nail the next one up.


Posted by: KAckermann | May 26, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

There is only one way to find out if being raped during his captivity will have an affect on his ability to act as President.

Like it or not - there is too much depending on this man's ability to think clearly and effectively.

Posted by: nancy delouise | May 26, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain needs to get Mitt Romney because Mitt is a Businessman, a Fiscal Conservative, and Popular where John McCain is not. McCain already has Florida, and the Evangelicals.
What he does not have, is any practical Economic sense.

As far as Colin Powell-he should be targeted for Secretary of State again, or some other Post. Same should be done for Giuliani, Tancredo, Dr. Ron Paul, Thompson, and possibly even Bloomberg or Dennis Kucinich! There are HUNDREDS of Jobs available behind and with the President!

There is a LOT of work needing to be done, to repair this Bush-whacked Country!

Cripes, how did One Man cause sooooo much grief to soooo many?! :-(

Truth, -He had a LOT of Help!

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 26, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I think there might be something there that the public may or may not be comfortable with but probably should examine if this man is running for the highest public office.

Look at what happened to our country simply because no one in the press wanted to second guess our president about Iraq and his intentions for taking us to war - perhaps if we the public or press did, there wouldn't be 4,000 dead U.S. Soldiers and our economy wouldn't be collapsing.

Posted by: Steven Zanders, ID | May 26, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean McCain will win West Virgina now?

You can almost hear 'Dueling Banjos'.

Posted by: JakeD | May 26, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I think that much of the general public may just assume that McCain was being 'raped' as well as physically beaten during his captivity. If not, the idea or concept may just simply escape some who can not imagine such atrocity.

We often dismiss such things because of their gruesome context, however any rape victim will tell you that there is a tremendous amount of psychological baggage to be dealt with as a result of such violence.

Posted by: debra salinger | May 26, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Being raped and showing courage have nothing to do with each other.

If McCain was raped - it may have a tremendous amount of impact on his ability to do the job of President.

If McCain was raped - it may have a tremendous amount of impact of his ability to build the types of relationships required to perform diplomatically.

If McCain was raped - it may have a tremendous amount of impact on his support from the right wing Evangelicals who may or may not consider his heroism during a homosexual act regardless of the circumstances, captivity or torture.

There is reason to believe that such a horrific act of torture did not occur, it is not uncommon, nor is it unreasonable to suggest that it may impact the man's judgment.

It is fair, for the American public to understand the entire circumstances and the results, of such torture and what it may mean for the American public.

Posted by: Greg Davis | May 26, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

You know I read it and I got something different out of it. You have a woman here with real problems and a husband who didn't give a s**t. It took her family to have an intervention to get her straightened out. Mean time John Mccain acts like he didn't know anything about it. Who has ever live with a drug addicted person and didn't know a thing about it. This reinforces the stories of his past wife abuse. This guy doesn't care one bit about her. Maybe he was waiting for her to over dose and be out of his way. The story was enlightening and made me feel sorry for the woman who is married to this creep.


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Prescription drug addiction and theft


Cindy McCain, ship's sponsor, prepares to christen USS John S. McCain at Bath Iron Works in Maine. September 1992.
In 1989, Cindy McCain became addicted to opioid painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin, which she initially took to alleviate pain following two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs and to ease emotional stress during the Keating Five scandal, which involved her as a bookkeeper who had difficulty finding receipts. The addiction progressed to where she resorted to stealing drugs from her own AVMT. During 1992, Tom Gosinski, the director of government and international affairs for AVMT, discovered her drug theft. Subsequently in 1992, her parents staged an intervention to force her to get help; she told her husband about her problem, attended a drug treatment facility, began outpatient sessions, and ended her three years of active addiction. A hysterectomy in 1993 resolved her back pain.
In January 1993, McCain terminated Gosinski's employment on grounds of budgetary reasons. In spring 1993, Gosinski tipped off the Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate McCain's drug theft, and a federal investigation ensued. McCain's defense team, led by Washington lawyer John Dowd, secured an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that limited her punishment to financial restitution and enrollment in a diversion program, without any public disclosure.
Meanwhile, in early 1994 Gosinski filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against McCain, which he told her he would settle for $250,000. In April 1994, Dowd requested that Maricopa County officials investigate Gosinski for extortion. The Phoenix New Times was about to publish a negatively-cast article about the whole affair. Cindy McCain pre-empted this by publicly revealing her past addiction, stating she hoped it would give fellow drug addicts courage in their struggles: "Although my conduct did not result in compromising any missions of AVMT, my actions were wrong, and I regret them." A flurry of press attention followed, including charges by Gosinski that she had asked him to lie concerning her drug use when the McCains were applying to adopt their baby from Bangladesh and statements by past AVMT employees that Gosinski had once threatened to blackmail her. The Arizona Republic published an editorial cartoon ridiculing the motivations for her AVMT work and an award dinner in her honor was canceled citing poor ticket sales. In the end, both Gosinski's lawsuit and the extortion investigation against him were dropped.
AVMT concluded its activities in 1995.[24] That year, McCain founded a new organization, the Hensley Family Foundation, which donates monies towards children's programs in Arizona and nationally, but she was largely a stay-at-home mom during the balance of the 1990s. She also held positions as vice president, director, and vice chair of Hensley & Co.

Posted by: | May 25, 2008 9:29 PM
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What's your point?

Posted by: Rafael PR51 | May 25, 2008 11:23 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Senator McCain does not take Charles Crist or Bobby Jindall away from positions where they could do some good to make them vice-president. I also hope that this barbeque is just political theater and not serious consideration of either Jindall or Crist for vice-president.

Crist has recently been re-elected as governor of Florida and would make more of a plausible candidate and one could hardly blame him for trying to leapfrog other GOP contenders including fellow Floridian Jeb Bush by signing on with McCain. But it would be a waste of talent.

Bobby Jindall should put an end to this vice-presidential speculation as soon as possible. I read an article ( I forget the source) that describes how talented and ambitious people strive to get out of Louisiana. The author lauded Jindall for coming back to Louisiana to try and help.

Jindall has just barely begun his term as governor and if he bails on it to run with John McCain he loses all the good feelings described by the author and sets back the Republican Party in Louisiana for years. If Jindall does a good job he could be the nominee in ten years instead of having his fate tied to McCain.

Using a vice-presidential campaign to advance your ambitions is a gamble. As vice-president you move to the head of the line for the nomination. But history has not been kind to losing vice-presidential nominees. The process in 2004 was not kind to former North Carolina Senator John Edwards and the results of his 2008 campaign show it.

Going back even further, Being a losing vice-presidential nominee did not held Ed Muskie, Bob Dole, and Sargent Shriver in subsequent campaigns. Even the chances for a sitting vice-president are dicey. If Crist and Jindall can get over the initial allure of the vice-presidency and think rationally, they will politely decline any advances from the McCain campaign.

Sometimes the jobs you don't get are as important as the ones you do get.

Posted by: danielhancock | May 26, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Collin Powell for VP! He should have been invited...

Posted by: Marie H | May 26, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

There is no proof McCain was raped while a prisoner of war. The suggestion is absurd.

That being said - even if McCain was raped - that doesn't mean he is a homosexual.

Posted by: Jenna Owens | May 26, 2008 11:33 AM

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Thank God some one with a high IQ around here. Jenna I have said it many times in this blogs show me proof of McCAin being raped? I am still waiting. The people who say this stuff are just trying to diminish the courgae that McCain had while POW.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Bush said God was on his side too. And look at what he's done the past 7 years and so many months.

A majority of Bush's actions have been so un-Christian. McCain will be no different, no matter who he chooses as his running mate.

Posted by: Michael | May 26, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Being raped could have a huge impact on McCains ability to form trusting relationships with other men, not to mention diplomats from foreign countries. Perhaps that is why McCain is so opposed to dealing with leaders from foreign countries. He's afraid of being raped.

Posted by: Dave Borrows | May 26, 2008 11:35 AM

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THIS COMMENTS ONLY DESERVE ONE WORD! STUPID!

Posted by: MORON WATCHER | May 26, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Being raped could have a huge impact on McCains ability to form trusting relationships with other men, not to mention diplomats from foreign countries. Perhaps that is why McCain is so opposed to dealing with leaders from foreign countries. He's afraid of being raped.

Posted by: Dave Borrows | May 26, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

There is no proof McCain was raped while a prisoner of war. The suggestion is absurd.

That being said - even if McCain was raped - that doesn't mean he is a homosexual.

Posted by: Jenna Owens | May 26, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

COLLIN POWELL IS THE ONE McCAIN SHOULD PICK! COLLIN DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM BUSH AND IS REGARDED AROUND THE WORLD AS A GREAT DIPLOMAT!

Posted by: Say Thanks to our soliders today! | May 26, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Where the hell does this story about McCain being raped keep popping up from?

Posted by: Al in NJ | May 26, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

If the reports are true about McCain being raped during his captivity, I'm not my church will support a homosexual for President.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

MORE WAR AND RECESSION

That's why I'm voting McCain.

Posted by: Mitt Romney | May 26, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

When 50% of the nation votes for dude A, and the other 50% votes for dude B, they should flip a coin so that one becomes the president and the other the vice president.

Posted by: fairnsquare | May 26, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Fortunately, not many of you McSame people are going to vote to keep this country on this course.

I know you hate the idea of a black president more than you hate the idea of four more years of this...but we are the largest political donor base in history and we are committed to stopping you from doing any more damage to this country and the world.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Mommy, these people are scaring me.

'Net anonymity is at its prettiest here. Wow, pretty nasty, ugly stuff. I see the post really moderates their commentary (not).

I am voting for McCain because he's the only qualified candidate. Not to mention the only one with gonads and integrity.

Posted by: Jenna Owens | May 26, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

When is the media gonna get it straight? McCain doesn't have a "Sedona" home-ranch-compound-hideaway or anything else. His place is in CORNVILLE, Az. The zip code is 86325. Look it up reporters. It's Cornville. It's NOT SEDONA. Judging from her YouTube video,apparently even his daughter doesn't know where she is when comes here. Whatsamatter McCain, Cornville not good enough for ya?

Posted by: Cornville Redneck | May 26, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain is simply playing for media attention. The presidential race this year has been focused on Obama and Hillary. Why? Because based on the enthusiam and national conditions, a democrat is favored to win the White House this year.

The Republicans and McCain are not going to pick an unknown white woman or a 36-yr Indian-American Governor of 6-months to be McCain's running mate. Simply not going to happen. McCain's most likely V.P. picks will be one of the following:

1) Minnesota Governor Pawley
2) Sen. Lindsey Graham
3) Sen. Joe Lieberman
4) Florida Governor Charlie Crist
5) Mitt Romney

Most likely pick that I can see is Charlie Crist or Mitt Romney.

The Republicans are not that progressive enough to choose a woman or Indian-American as V.P.

Posted by: AJ | May 26, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I still want to know McCain's psychological profile after being raped in prison.

Who do we need to petition to have McCain examined?

Posted by: Dave Neville, NO | May 26, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Nothing sensible to say?

Apparently, you've glossed over the 'Saudis funding terrorism' article a few weeks ago and the fact that our president is 'Butt Boy #1' for the Saudi prince.

How about Dubby being the American Oil Boy and his half-hearted plea for the Saudis to increase oil production. Or the fact that Oil Boy has the largest oil reserves in the history of the US, tankers at sea with oil on them, and he's gouging Republicans and Democrats alike at the pump.

Can you say Profit Margin Missles?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Judging by some of the comments made here, such as that of "Dead Soldier" there are far too many readers without much of anything sensible to say.

If you still believe in Obama you are truely not paying attention

Posted by: Volunteer | May 26, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

If Mc Inane is elected ever yet more troops will be killed in VietNam, I mean Iraq.

Posted by: Dead Soldiers | May 26, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Who cares who McAnus makes his VP nominee? He's still McAnus.

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | May 26, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Go ahead and send your kids to Iraq now if you vote for McCain.

I promise, we'll still salute their coffins as they parade by with the Saudi American flag on them.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

My concern is for the psychological impact being a prisoner of war will have on John McCain and the impact of being raped repeatedly by the Vietnamese will have on McCain's judgment, but the right wing who has a negative perspective of homosexuality.

We must be able to determine if McCain is impacted by being sexually abused, what impact that has and of course the political impact of whether McCain enjoyed being raped by other men, or enjoyed the sexual interaction, or the experience of male intimacy.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee, a pastor - said on the campaign trail that Mormons 'are not Christians'.

So God can not be on the side of Mitt Romney.

Besides, how could anyone vote for a man who is ashamed of his Mormon background and who could only utter the word 'Mormon' once during a speech about Religion.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney has God on his side. If God is for you. who can really be against you? Be
reasonable, God is calling Romney to save our nation. Face reality, folks. Mitt is the best prepared.

Posted by: Smartgranny | May 26, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney has God on his side. If God is for you. who czn really be against you? Be
reasonable, God is calling Romney to save our nation. Face reality, golks. Mitt is the best prepared.

Posted by: Smartgranny | May 26, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Hope he picks Romney. GQ Mitt turns men off, especially working class men - big time.

Posted by: Dieterman | May 26, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

McCain need Lt. William Calley as VP, another war criminal.

McCain was part of the Savings and Loan scandal, he is BUSH economics and has no new ideas, just more ways to deeped our debt and another shot to destroy the insurance plan called Social Security and spend billions more on a MADE UP THREAT.

Bush, with McCain's and Hillary's votes just murdered 4,100 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis and refugeed 4,000,000 more and cost us over $600 billion and made only the top 1% better off.

Every Family has more debt, thanks to Bush McCain, more dead friends, more poor neighbors and a world that hates us and McCain wants to continue the mess???

Lt. William Calley is experienced in killing for sport and getting pardoned like Bush and Cheney, so I vote he get Lt. William Calley or David Duke since Hillary is not running and won't use David Duke as her running mate!

How about Keating?

Posted by: nacirema | May 26, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

McCain is going on 74 years old. There are many alert 74 year old men but McCAin certainly is not one of them. He often looks confused and tired. Is he the best the GOP can offer as our president?

Posted by: gerealdine | May 26, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a GE product sponsored by NBC/MSNBC. You have seen the stocks of GE fall last year and now thet are selling their appliance industries. Hillary supporters like me are boycotting GE and watch its stock CRASH this year. Same for CNN also. It hurts to say but FOX is more fair and balanced. If not Hillary, vote McCain

- A McCain Democrat

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Having a choice between McAmnesty and Hussien is like having a choice between Hitler or Stalin! My dog has more potential to make a good President than either!

Posted by: Black Saint | May 26, 2008 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Having a choice between McAmnesty and Hussien is like having a choice between Hitler or Stalin! My dog has more potential to make a good President than either!

Posted by: Black Saint | May 26, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Mccain should choose Tim Pawlenty. He represents a new modern style of GOP. He has proven himself to be an avid campaigner and doesn't bring "Washington" baggage to the campaign - Imagine a Mccain/Liebermann ticket!
Furthermore it would provide Mccain with a serious footage in Midwestern states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and maybe even Indiana (maybe in play?) and Michigan. I would be wrong to choose Crist because of Florida. For Mccain Florida is a nobrainer. He has to win the state to win the election, but it won't be enough because of the GOP meltdown in Ohio. Choosing Crist would only limit the strategic approach to Florida and Crist would campaign for him anyway. The key to the election is in the Midwester states. Mccain already do well in the region, but choosing Pawlenty would really make him competitive.

Posted by: Simon Aisen | May 26, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

John McCain = George BUSH term 3

Do we need to explain more? Republicans simply do not know how to govern this country. Everytime they run it, the economy gets screwed while they are busy filling their own pockets from the lobbyists and the kickbacks from budget. We have seen this game for too long. Time for a CHANGE :)

Posted by: Ron A | May 26, 2008 5:13 AM | Report abuse

I am for Romney, he is always smiling and happy and young and energetic and good looking too. I just hope he is faithful too.

Posted by: smarty | May 26, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Romney doesn't have a chance. Crist would secure Florida for the GOP, particularly because of the Democratic situation involving the seating of their Florida delegates.
If Colin Powell would agree to become VP, I imagine many moderates would vote republican.

By the way, Mr. Obama needs to pick Janet Napolitano or Kathleen Sebelius as his running mate. They'd both be excellent.

Posted by: ishmael | May 26, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

McCain is the best choice for president.Obama is a good talker, but he is not going to make a good president. He is very very liberal.On the other hand, Barrack H.Obama does not have the qualification to protect america against another attack. We saw what happen 9/11. The democrats are not just strong on security. The planning of the the 9/11 attack was all done under the administration of Bill clinton. Do we need another liberal democrat to approve a a second attack on us?
Beware of Barrack Hussien Obama.

Posted by: peaceforall | May 26, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

The election is all about race so it only makes since that McCain would pick somebody Black and Obama would go with a white woman.

Posted by: 1ahead | May 26, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney or Collin Powell. Romney for the economy or Powell for his great diplomatic skills.

Posted by: Rookie Dad | May 26, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Collin Powell is the only one that I like.

Posted by: Macho Man | May 26, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Looks to me like sexist ideas are going to errode with our government nomatter how you spell it even with counter,counter,counter,counter,counter intelligence being the spirit of our country has been missing since before reagan and before our country. It's just that I grew up feeling safe to know that I could alway's trust God and still can but what about the rest of America ? It seems that I get ridiculed on a daily basis by a regime of millions that have had over 260 years to build on and one unknowing civilian could unravel and expose corruption by himself in 1 year and it ends up that his whole life has been total corruption from anyone not of my faith. That is all the people that actually have Jesus as their friend and pray to god. Sometimes we forget about heaven just like good people we know but the really good ones are with us until the end. Only difference is people don't take you to higher ground it's your faith, will, trust and righteousness. By the way you can find it all in the bible. Good by my friends and God bless America.

Sincerely, Scott Allen West

Posted by: Scott West | May 25, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like sexist ideas are going to errode with our government nomatter how you spell it even with counter,counter,counter,counter,counter intelligence being the spirit of our country has been missing since before reagan and before our country. It's just that I grew up feeling safe to know that I could alway's trust God and still can but what about the rest of America ? It seems that I get ridiculed on a daily basis by a regime of millions that have had over 260 years to build on and one unknowing civilian could unravel and expose corruption by himself in 1 year and it ends up that his whole life has been total corruption from anyone not of my faith. That is all the people that actually have Jesus as their friend and pray to god. Sometimes we forget about heaven just like good people we know but the really good ones are with us until the end. Only difference is people don't take you to higher ground it's your faith, will, trust and righteousness. By the way you can find it all in the bible. Good by my friends and God bless America.

Sincerely, Scott Allen West

Posted by: Scott West | May 25, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

All signs point to Romney. Look for their embrace in Utah during a campaign rally or fund-raising event. Just my two cents, but when adjusted for inflation are worth only 1.4 cents.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I live in Florida. We have a severe budget shortfall, the insurance industry continues to plunder the consumer and is routinely defended in its acts by administrative and legislative branches, there is no adequate planning for a real tax base, a severe drought in which we have major fires past the dry season is aggravated by municipal mismanagement of dwindling water resources, bad feelings between North and South Floridians over allocation of resources has reached the point where South Florida is talking about secession from the state, and it goes on. It is disheartening, therefore, to see our Governor pull a Pete Wilson and grovel for "higher" political ambitions instead of fulfilling his mandate to work on his state's problems and earn the privilege of national service.

Posted by: jag | May 25, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Of course they would all like to run with McAnus. There is a very good chance that he won't finish his term and that they will become president if elected vice president.

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | May 25, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Collin Powell.

Posted by: Rafael PR51 | May 25, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Prescription drug addiction and theft


Cindy McCain, ship's sponsor, prepares to christen USS John S. McCain at Bath Iron Works in Maine. September 1992.
In 1989, Cindy McCain became addicted to opioid painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin, which she initially took to alleviate pain following two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs and to ease emotional stress during the Keating Five scandal, which involved her as a bookkeeper who had difficulty finding receipts. The addiction progressed to where she resorted to stealing drugs from her own AVMT. During 1992, Tom Gosinski, the director of government and international affairs for AVMT, discovered her drug theft. Subsequently in 1992, her parents staged an intervention to force her to get help; she told her husband about her problem, attended a drug treatment facility, began outpatient sessions, and ended her three years of active addiction. A hysterectomy in 1993 resolved her back pain.
In January 1993, McCain terminated Gosinski's employment on grounds of budgetary reasons. In spring 1993, Gosinski tipped off the Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate McCain's drug theft, and a federal investigation ensued. McCain's defense team, led by Washington lawyer John Dowd, secured an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that limited her punishment to financial restitution and enrollment in a diversion program, without any public disclosure.
Meanwhile, in early 1994 Gosinski filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against McCain, which he told her he would settle for $250,000. In April 1994, Dowd requested that Maricopa County officials investigate Gosinski for extortion. The Phoenix New Times was about to publish a negatively-cast article about the whole affair. Cindy McCain pre-empted this by publicly revealing her past addiction, stating she hoped it would give fellow drug addicts courage in their struggles: "Although my conduct did not result in compromising any missions of AVMT, my actions were wrong, and I regret them." A flurry of press attention followed, including charges by Gosinski that she had asked him to lie concerning her drug use when the McCains were applying to adopt their baby from Bangladesh and statements by past AVMT employees that Gosinski had once threatened to blackmail her. The Arizona Republic published an editorial cartoon ridiculing the motivations for her AVMT work and an award dinner in her honor was canceled citing poor ticket sales. In the end, both Gosinski's lawsuit and the extortion investigation against him were dropped.
AVMT concluded its activities in 1995.[24] That year, McCain founded a new organization, the Hensley Family Foundation, which donates monies towards children's programs in Arizona and nationally, but she was largely a stay-at-home mom during the balance of the 1990s. She also held positions as vice president, director, and vice chair of Hensley & Co.

Posted by: | May 25, 2008 9:29 PM
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What's your point?

Posted by: Rafael PR51 | May 25, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

If he wants a real chance, he should take Huckabee or even Chuck Norris.

Huckabee would at least attract the religious conservatives who hate him. Chuck Norris would do all that and generate some free press & excitement in a campaign that doesn't have much of either.

I realize that's insane thinking, but they'll never win with conventional politics and a famous, left-field candidate like that is just about his only hope of changing the mood.

Posted by: Joe | May 25, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I wish he pick up Romney. Then Obama team would have much easier position to fight them. McSame would forget who is Shiite and who Sunni...Romney on the other hand would change his opinion about some problem which he criticized on Sunday when talking about the same thing on Monday...LOL...dream ticket.

Posted by: Jarda1 | May 25, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Bob Dole - he makes John McCain look younger.

Posted by: Ping | May 25, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

It is not HIS Sedona vacation house, it is CINDY's Sedona vacation house.

It is hot HIS compound, it is CINDY's compound.

The Washington Post should get it right.

Posted by: TeddySanFran | May 25, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I would put money on Flordia Gov. Charles Crist, Flordia moved up the date of their primary,it was a winner take all,a deal was cut.John learn a lesson from Bush suck up to the christan nuts, say what it take,get a new wife with money,it's the all american boy.Obama is a man.

Posted by: Ralph Spyer | May 25, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The comment quality here is atrocious. Let me summarize: old, RINO, Paulbots, liberal, immigrants, Hussein, die, Ronald Reagan, first lady, Hitlery, Iraq, subprime, tax cut, Walmart. Alright, I added some of that just for fun.

Posted by: Michael Davidson | May 25, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse


The process by which we choose our Vice Presidential candidates is probably the most undemocratic part of our "representative democracy".

We, the People, have no voice in the selection process, whatsoever. We seem to settle for "democracy lite".

These "hand-picked", former veeps usually exploit their incumbency and name recognition, to aid their own bids for the Presidency. Historically speaking, a dozen or so of these guys went on to become President. That's a fairly high percentage.

When it comes to choosing our Vice Presidents, there has to be a more fair and democratic method than the flawed system that we have grown accustomed to.

Both major Parties are in no hurry to alter the status quo. There is no demand for reform.

Posted by: new_york_loner | May 25, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to "The brightest and the best". This is a joke real bottom of the barrel stuff.

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McCain is about the same age as Reagan was on his second term, and as far as seeing a doctor every 3 months for checks ups all rich ex-cancer survivors do this.people do this for many reasons Hussina Obama probley does it himself. If you look at the cancer survival rate you'll find that people over 60 rate with people cure rates with much younger people.
McCain's problem is that he's just as liberal as Obama, or kennedy, and plans to (like hilery and Obama ) unleash millions of foreigners upon us with immediate citizensship. many who are old themselves and will aid in killing our social security system.
Our problem is we don't have a choice. neither of thses people are presidential material and the american public should reject them all.

Posted by: owt | May 25, 2008 9:39 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I will not vote McCain no matter how far right his running mate should turn out to be. He is just to far left to be a Republican. (Rino) I will need to right in Ron Paul!

Posted by: James Huppenthal | May 25, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I personally indorse as vice-president a woman I admire.

Kellie Pickler.
She beautiful, smart,beautiful, sexy, pretty, sexy, well educated, and loves america, music, jokes, good times and hunting/fishing/ putting criminals in jail.
The troops love her. They dispise the three presidential hopefuls.
Babies love her(babies dispise the three presidention hopefuls too).

Big business loves McCain;(the ones leave america do).
MUslims love Obama(the ones who hate us do anyway).
Chelesa loves Hilery. still out on bill.


Kellie be our best ambassador to the world.

These three louts running for president would be America's embrass-us-all-dors

Posted by: owt | May 25, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

...Powell?

There is no way that Powell would agree to such a thing.

Posted by: Alan Truism | May 25, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain is about the same age as Reagan was on his second term, and as far as seeing a doctor every 3 months for checks ups all rich ex-cancer survivors do this.people do this for many reasons Hussina Obama probley does it himself. If you look at the cancer survival rate you'll find that people over 60 rate with people cure rates with much younger people.
McCain's problem is that he's just as liberal as Obama, or kennedy, and plans to (like hilery and Obama ) unleash millions of foreigners upon us with immediate citizensship. many who are old themselves and will aid in killing our social security system.
Our problem is we don't have a choice. neither of thses people are presidential material and the american public should reject them all.

Posted by: owt | May 25, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

What advantage does Romney have? I refuse to vote for a McCain-Romney ticket. If anything, McCain needs someone on the right-wing side, to attract his base... though I would probably refrain from that vote as well.

Posted by: Jonathan | May 25, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Prescription drug addiction and theft

Cindy McCain, ship's sponsor, prepares to christen USS John S. McCain at Bath Iron Works in Maine. September 1992.
In 1989, Cindy McCain became addicted to opioid painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin, which she initially took to alleviate pain following two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs and to ease emotional stress during the Keating Five scandal, which involved her as a bookkeeper who had difficulty finding receipts. The addiction progressed to where she resorted to stealing drugs from her own AVMT. During 1992, Tom Gosinski, the director of government and international affairs for AVMT, discovered her drug theft. Subsequently in 1992, her parents staged an intervention to force her to get help; she told her husband about her problem, attended a drug treatment facility, began outpatient sessions, and ended her three years of active addiction. A hysterectomy in 1993 resolved her back pain.
In January 1993, McCain terminated Gosinski's employment on grounds of budgetary reasons. In spring 1993, Gosinski tipped off the Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate McCain's drug theft, and a federal investigation ensued. McCain's defense team, led by Washington lawyer John Dowd, secured an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that limited her punishment to financial restitution and enrollment in a diversion program, without any public disclosure.
Meanwhile, in early 1994 Gosinski filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against McCain, which he told her he would settle for $250,000. In April 1994, Dowd requested that Maricopa County officials investigate Gosinski for extortion. The Phoenix New Times was about to publish a negatively-cast article about the whole affair. Cindy McCain pre-empted this by publicly revealing her past addiction, stating she hoped it would give fellow drug addicts courage in their struggles: "Although my conduct did not result in compromising any missions of AVMT, my actions were wrong, and I regret them." A flurry of press attention followed, including charges by Gosinski that she had asked him to lie concerning her drug use when the McCains were applying to adopt their baby from Bangladesh and statements by past AVMT employees that Gosinski had once threatened to blackmail her. The Arizona Republic published an editorial cartoon ridiculing the motivations for her AVMT work and an award dinner in her honor was canceled citing poor ticket sales. In the end, both Gosinski's lawsuit and the extortion investigation against him were dropped.
AVMT concluded its activities in 1995.[24] That year, McCain founded a new organization, the Hensley Family Foundation, which donates monies towards children's programs in Arizona and nationally, but she was largely a stay-at-home mom during the balance of the 1990s. She also held positions as vice president, director, and vice chair of Hensley & Co.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

That CNN special repeats tonight at 11 p.m. and 2 am eastern time. You watch that and you may take a long second look at John Mccain. This guy is death warmed over.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

No, I am serious. I just watched that CNN special on the presidents and their health. This guy is 72. He may not be bad for 72, but he is far from in good health for a job like president. He see's a doctor for his skin cancer every three months. That doesn't sound like a normal schedule for someone supposed to be healthy. From the age of 72 to 76 you expect to see a marked decline mentally and physically in even a healthy man much less a guy in the shape he is in. I am serious, he won't make it through the first 4 years either physically or some great mental decline. I am not knocking the guy but he isn't fit to be president.

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hope they pick someone good because the chances he makes it through the first four years are probably less then 50/50.

Posted by: | May 25, 2008 8:42 PM

HERE IS YOUR WINNER!!!! CONGRATS YOU ARE THE FIRST TO INJECT HATE IN THIS NEWS!!

Posted by: Rafael PR51 | May 25, 2008 8:47 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney would be fantastic.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Cough-Cough!

Ahem! Cough!

mittromney.com

Cough-Cough! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 25, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain really want to win the presidency? Two choices would guarantee it: Colin Powell or Condy Rice

Posted by: John William | May 25, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

hope they pick someone good because the chances he makes it through the first four years are probably less then 50/50.

Posted by: | May 25, 2008 8:42 PM

HERE IS YOUR WINNER!!!! CONGRATS YOU ARE THE FIRST TO INJECT HATE IN THIS NEWS!!

Posted by: Rafael PR51 | May 25, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope they pick someone good because the chances he makes it through the first four years are probably less then 50/50.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 25, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see who will be the first Obama supporter to inject venom and hate over this news here? I am ready to count!

Let's see.

Posted by: Rafael PR51 | May 25, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs Romney like Obama needs Hillary. There is no advantage in placing another moderate or GOP outsider (Crist, Jindal) on the ticket.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | May 25, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

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