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Pawlenty: 'I Will Not Be in Dayton'



Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, show here with his wife Mary and Sen. John McCain, has been a part of the v.p. conversation since McCain became the presumptive nominee this spring. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster - AP)

By Robert Barnes
DAYTON--Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a local radio station this morning that he will not be in Dayton Ohio today, where Sen. John McCain is expected to name his running mate.

Pawlenty told Minneapolis/St. Paul radio station WCCO this morning:  "I will not be in Dayton, Ohio." Instead, he said he will be hosting his weekly radio show from the state fair.

"You can draw your conclusions from that," he said.

Asked if he was disappointed, Pawlenty said:  "I'm  just happy to support Senator McCain."

Pawlenty never said directly that he was not McCain's choice, but added: "I'm glad you guys will quit following me around so much because it's been a bit distracting here in Minnesota."

By Washington Post Editor  |  August 29, 2008; 8:07 AM ET
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Calm down Alex! Good lord, you're practically frothing at the mouth! Honest to God, what are you Obamabots going to do if your Messiah loses, huh? I strongly suspect, rioting in the streets! It's scary!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Local Alaskan tv report nails Palin lying about firing scandal. What was McCain thinking?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UojMnCgqVA

Posted by: markg8 | August 29, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I understand. A Chicago politician chooses a career Washington insider and tells us we need change. A Maverick Republican, who has worked effectively with someone like Ted Kennedy on major legislation, picks a woman, married to a union member, who has cut government spending and confronted government corruption--that is change.

Posted by: steve w | August 29, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

...I haven't laughed this loudly since Rudi Guiliani talked on Frauds News on the so called off shore drilling by CHINA on the coast of Cuba....which was a FRAUD also

Five reasons why Sarah Palin is a laugh-out
loud ridiculious choice!!!

Seriously? Sarah Palin for VP? It's one thing for millions of voters to put forward a sitting senator as a possible commander in chief, but for John McCaint
to hand-pick a first-term governor of a tiny state is bizarre.

Here are five reasons why, if she is the pick, this is a huge mistake:

1. There goes McCain's best argument.

He cannot say Obama is not ready but she is. Obama started organizing his campaign for president the same month she was sworn in to lead the third-smallest state's government.

2. She has no base of support.

Obama won his senate seat with 3,597,456 votes, that's more than five times the population of Alaska. He has won more than 18 million votes in a long, tough primary that tested him and prepared him.

How has she been tested?

She lost her first bid for statewide office, then won the governor's office with 114,697 votes, not a majority, but enough to take office.

And apparently, enough to set her up for the Oval Office.

3. The "woman card" will backfire.

She's no Hillary Clinton..none of the MEN
in the RNC/GOP lie machine could have come
as well it would be different if she were known to anyone or qualified or something.

4. Alaska, a corrupt hinterland.

Yes, she is a hard-nosed, tough reformer. But the McCaint campaign will have to deal with the fact that Alaska seems like a foreign land as corrupt as Louisiana.

It's longtime senator will stand trial smack dab in the middle of this campaign season, and McCaint may have to vote to remove him from office.

Yes, they can spin it that she is someone cleaning up the mess up there, but what Americans realize is that they don't know much about what goes on up there. Will they be comfortable with her?

5. Was this McCaints choice?

It seems clear that McCaintwanted to go with Lieberman but was talked out of it by the right wing of his party. Rove admits calling Lieberman to ask him to pull his name out. Bush lost his way because he never stood up to Rove et. al.

McCaint' once again is headed down the same path to ruin and political suicide

....So McCaint wanted a VP with nothing to add but an ample bosom...how laughable.....and sorely pathetic

McCaint..."The candidate does not speak for the Campaign...."

And what about this.....

So Palin once again bows to the Alaska Outdoors Council which is so worried it might not have enough Alaskan wildlife to kill for trophies, eh?

The federal biologists have shown the polar bears are in trouble.

Alaska state biologists have warned they are in trouble. Even the Natives along the Northern Coastal Plain have noted how things are getting worse for the polar bears.

But, like Palin, there are commenters in this discussion who are willing to sell Alaska down the drain for a few oil-soaked dollars. I can see the true VECO mentality (?) is alive and well and can be found here in their comments.

Palin allows airborne killing of wolves and bears, wants polar bears to remain huntable for trophies, and has generally shown she is even worse than Murkowski could ever have been when it comes to selling out our wildlife to the highest bidder.

...Well if Dick (Satan) Cheney Bush2's VP can kill small fowl from his limousine and shoot other hunters in the face ...great choice McCaint ...a great choice.....

And I guess its all true that.....anothe VP can shoot from flying airplanes heliocopters and other flying dirigibles (balloons)..its okay...

"The Candidate does not speak for the Campaign...."

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Darn it Pawlenty had his head up Mcsame
tail all summer,wow is that how you treat
your my friends? Poor Norm he wanted a
boost out of that,now we just wait and see
McSames and Nocoleman go down in flames,
which dum dum is use to.

Posted by: st.paul cops | August 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I think it's obvious who I'm responding to, by name. :)

Since you brought up Bill Clinton, you have quite a deluded memory of this "wonderful" President. Even if we put aside all the scandals he dragged the country through, his 2nd term was very ineffective. He taxed Medicaire, he had a chance to take out Bin Laden, but didn't, and he was a habitual liar and sex addict. He NEVER had the majority of the popular vote for either of his two terms (Bush Jr. at least did in his 2nd term, love him or hate him.) Oh and let's not forget all those pardons that Bill attempted on his last day in office.

But I guess he is the "father of our country" in a literal sense, so I'll gladly concede on that. ;)

So keep praising Bill Clinton all you want. Heck, you can keep Jimmy Carter in your party too and talk about his "good times" as well. How about digging up LBJ from the grave while we're at it? I can't wait to hear how much you like him too. JFK didn't live long enough, so it's hard to tell how he would have turned out. Hmm, was FDR the last good Dem in office? That's quite a long drought.

Thank heavens we won't have to go through a 3rd Clinton term either way.

Posted by: Democratpunditdeflator | August 29, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

p.s. and you also don't know your history-Abraham Lincoln was an accomplished trial lawyer, who represented corporate interests, the railroad companies-OBAMA on the other hand, has never used his JD in Harvard to gain expertise even in his own field-he's never done a damn thing in his entire worthless life except hang with racist nuts, avowed terrorists and convicted felons, who helped get him a mansion, that's all.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

KING-you DO realize, don't you? That the excessive esclamation points is a dead giveaway for a kiddie Obamabot, don't you? of the juvenile variety.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Similar criticism's were made of Bill Clinton when he first ran for the presidency in comparison to Obama's run. History however, has demonstrated the the two-term president left the country in its best economic prosperity since the country's inception. Further, the then record deficit accumulated by the republicans was shrunk to a balanced budget, and a surplus. This was the first time in 67 years that the country saw a balanced budget, and a surplus simultaneously. Fast forward to 2008 and the republicans have again stamped their trademark on the country - a two trillion dollar war, climbing unemployment, a declining value to the worth of the American dollar, and the largest recorded amount of foreclosures this country has ever seen. There is a domestic enemy within the borders of America. That enemy is the republican party, and those who wish to grant them another four years! Obama is the man fit for the job! His policies have demonstrated his love for our country and the prosperity for all American's. My name is Bill, and I support this message!

Posted by: Republicanpunditdeflator | August 29, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Palin = less experience than Obama

Obama = same resume as Abraham Lincoln

McCain is pandernig to the hillary vote.

Political Choice!!!!!!

Posted by: King, PA | August 29, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama and Lincoln have nearly the exact same resume.

Republicans will pass rght overe this comment and continuie to call him a communist, based on nothing but their own ignornace of his policies.

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Is McCain telegraphing his VP pick rather than texting his supporters? How do I sign up?

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse


RFLMAO

Posted by: European_Elitist | August 29, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin = 21st century Dan Quayle

Posted by: Jerry | August 29, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I'll go you one better....lets have condelezza rice with obama...lol maybe we could stir up cat fights between michelle & condi baby...lol lol lol lol lol lol

Personally I think politics in the USA is nothing more than a bedroom affair with corporations.....nothing more!!!! This country is crumbling all around us while politicians continue with a wink and a quick trip to the bank with the checks from corporations that have canabilized their own country.

We could go without a president and have better leadership than Mc Cain or Obama. And the disappearance of congress would be no great loss either!

Posted by: marti | August 29, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

THEY'RE SAYING IT'S A DARKHORSE CANDIDATE-ALASKA GOV. PALIN-OH MCCAIN, YOU HAD THE CHANCE, AND YOU BLEW IT BIG TIME! BYE BYE!

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

THEY'RE SAYING IT'S A DARKHORSE CANDIDATE-ALASKA GOV. PALIN-OH MCCAIN, YOU HAD THE CHANCE, AND YOU BLEW IT BIG TIME! BYE BYE!

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin would be a weird choice. She's ALREADY under fire for abuse of power and nepotism over the attempt to try to have her state trooper brother-in-law fired. Just seems crazy to pick someone like her.

Posted by: Maggiee | August 29, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

EUROPEAN ELITIST-PLEASE DO EXPLAIN HOW THE ACADEMICALLY BRILLIANT ROMNEY, WITH A DOUBLE JD/MBA WITH HONORS FROM HARVARD, COULD POSSIBLY "BEAT" A LYING PLAGIARIST WHO GRADUATED FROM FOURTH FROM THE BOTTOM OF HIS THIRD TIER LAW SCHOOL AND IS UP THE ARSE OF CORPORATE LOBBYISTS-PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW SOMEONE LIKE THAT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY STOOD IN ROMNEY'S SHADOW?

BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER-I'M VERY VERY VERY UPSET-MITT ROMNEY IS NOT THE VP CHOICE.

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin?She is only a governor and doesnt have enough experience.
But wait who is on the top of the ticket she could be running against?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

The Dems must care, since they care about everyone.

Posted by: Moi | August 29, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

No one cares

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

"I hope it is a woman! Kay Hutchison? She would be a good choice!"

Kay Hutchison? The oft time winner of the dumbest Senator contest. Give me a break.

Posted by: Jay from NJ | August 29, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE I'M WRONG. MITT ROMNEY IS NOT GOING TO BE OUR NEXT VP. PLEASE TELL ME MCCAIN DID NOT CHOOSE RIDGE-BECAUSE IF HE DID, I WON'T BE VOTING FOR HIM.

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Lynn, you really think ROMNEY is what the Republicans need? If you think a robo-veep is a good idea, I guess you're in Heaven today.
But I think Biden will "smoke" Romney in the debates, as it becomes clear that Romney has nothing to offer. He's outsourced and offshored jobs, his business acumen is vastly overstated, and Massachusetts has disowned his policies (except for child care, which apparently wasn't his idea).
So let's see who smashes who. I think the Dems will surprise you diehard Republicans this time around.

Posted by: DB | August 29, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Well, mcccckkkk is not a great speaker and not honor american. is not what we need in this time a change fro the better is hir and it will stay.... thank god republicas will not be in the white house for the nest 4 years

Posted by: nina | August 29, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Please let it be Romney. That would be a dream come true for conservatives!!!!!!!!!!!
Romney will smoke Biden and obama right out the door! He and McCain can get er' done now!!!!!!!!!! The Hollywood party is over for the democrats. After the Greek Coliseum half time show of dem convention...the lights will go down to dim for Obama. This was his biggest bump and it was not much of one. From here on out, the republican party will continuously take a step up the ladder to VICTORY! Our economy demands it. We cannot afford more taxes to slow our economy down to nothing. It does not even make sense to have a democratic president at this time more than any other time in history. Because of mortgage companies, and refusal to drill in America we are in slightly hard times. What the republican party with Romney's help will do is to remind America that liberal demands have placed us where we are today...and conservative ways are leading us out slowly. Most Americans are impatient and want to see results quickly like everything else in their lives. Republican ways are not quick fixes. It will take time!!

Posted by: Lynn | August 29, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Sarah Palin would be an odd choice...only a few year's of significant experience as a state executive. If she's chosen then the only person on the ballot with less experience and qualifications will be...the Democratic nominee for President!

Posted by: Andy | August 29, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

With McCain's foreign policy experience and Romney's understanding of business and the economy, the ticket would be unbeatable.

Posted by: WakeWashington | August 29, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

People are going to complain about whoever he picks

Posted by: Me | August 29, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

No way, No How, No McCain.

McCain is a brain dead relic of the past.
No amount of spin or choice of running mate is not going to change anything for McCain. McCain is in lockstep with the failed policies of Bush-Chaney of the last eight years. Enough!

Posted by: Enough! | August 29, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse


If he picks Pawlenty, I hope the media - and the Dems - are hot on the trail. This guy has been tied to a money for nothing deal with a wealthy GOP supporter, in his first term was tied to people who ran sub-prime housing and telecom grey-scams, and has been in bed with people who keep pushing him to privatize roads, kill transit, expand non-charitable gambling - and ditch insurance for low income kids. He's done nothing for education - hasn't required real oversight of existing situations, has given only lip service to vouchers for the poorest of the poor -- he has spent his two terms being groomed to be McCain's running mate, doing nothing but veto and balance the budget by cutting programs for the poor and refusing to close tax loop holes for the wealthiest and most rightwing. He almost wept when the white house told him, minutes before a press conference where he intended to run for the Senate, that they were supporting a different Republican - someone should find that video!

He also appointed his former law partner to be chief justice of the state supreme court. His wacky religious wife was appointed judge, but has recently become a candidate's wife. Ick.

Definitely worth some journalism and attack ads.

It'd be great to have him run with McCain - great for the Dems. He will emphasize McCain's age, has a tendency to be snotty when challenged, and LOVES the Bush administration. His rightwing supporters have him by the shorthairs. He can help enforce Maverick McCain - Rove and Cheney LOVE this guy - they could never leave office!

McCain won't pick a woman. He tells a nasty joke about Chelsea Clinton, and doesn't support equal pay - he'll pick a man. Hope it's this guy, an easy no-name target.

Posted by: Mom | August 29, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is saying that Sarah Palin took a flight to Dayton.

Posted by: Zack | August 29, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney? Joe Biden will tear pretty boy Romney apart at the debates. Fiorina? Right, with so much experience, why not go for a failed CEO. Condoleeza Rice? You can't get closer to identifying with Bush.

And then there is the idea among talented young Republicans, that 2008 is not the year you want to be seen on any Republican ticket. The Bush administration ruined it all for Republicans.

Meanwhile Obama gets the praise:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/from-across-the-pond-the-first-international-reactions-to-obamas-speech/

Posted by: European_Elitist | August 29, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

It will be a female Governor.

Posted by: Robert | August 29, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

If it is Palin, the election is over.
She eliminates the experience argument. She's spend more time in beauty pageants than in government.
Not one Hillary supporter will go for her (only the MSM thought they were available anyway).
She brings nothing geographically. if McCain cannot take Alaska without her, he is toast.
The only argument for Palin is that hse is not Romney (too Mormon for the evangelicals), Lieberman (too liberal for the hardcore), or Ridge (pro-choice and therefore politically incorrect).

Posted by: Pragmatist | August 29, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin or Romney.

Posted by: Carrie | August 29, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Suuuuuuuure the dems want Romeney. The old reverse physcology trick. ooooooooohh

Careful what you wish for.

Romney would bring Utah, Michagan and Co to the Rep ticket.

Posted by: By by biden | August 29, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

NBC News is reporting that Pawlenty and Romney are out of the running and that a mysterious charter flight from Alaska to Ohio last night carried a woman and two teens who were hustled off into waiting vehicles and quickly driven away. Is this a sign that Sarah Palin is the choice?

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

AS I HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER AND OVER FOR THE PAST WEEK, TO THE "THE FIX" AND "THE TRAIL" IT IS THE BRILLIANT MITT ROMNEY, WHO WITH JOHN MCCAIN, WILL LEAD THIS COUNTRY OUT OF THE ECONOMIC WILDERNESS-IT IS A WINNING TICKET-AND MITT ROMNEY WILL VERY LIKELY BE A FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.

P.S. AND REMEMBER, I CALLED IT FIRST! (SMILE)

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

If Rove wants it to be Mitt, it will be Mitt.

Posted by: Patriot3 | August 29, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I hope it is a woman! Kay Hutchison? She would be a good choice!

If he picks Romney, I think his number at the real-time poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com will start really going up.

Condolezza Rice would be great!

Posted by: mgultch | August 29, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused by AsperGirl's comment. Carly Fiorina has more of an experience argument than Sarah Palin? Really? Experience for what?

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell

Posted by: GerryOP | August 29, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Female short list:

Condoleezza Rice
Christine Todd Whitman
Carly Fiorina

I don't care for Sarah Palin because she's not an argument against Obama's inexperience.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 29, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Please let it be Romney. That would be a dream come true for Democrats.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | August 29, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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