The Obama Camp's Pick for McCain's No. 2
I finished up an appearance on MSNBC this morning to discover that Robert Gibbs, the amiable spokesperson for the Obama campaign, would be filling the chair after me. So, I figured I'd hang around. Not surprisingly, the chitchat was all about the selection of Sen. Joe Biden as the vice presidential running mate for the senator from Illinois. During a golf cart ride from the Pepsi Center to just outside press tent No. 5, I asked Gibbs who he would want Sen. John McCain to pick as his No. 2.
"It would be fun to run against Mitt Romney," Gibbs said of the former Massachusetts governor who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination against McCain and eight others. "You'd have to have a special edition of Architectural Digest to feature them. They must have 12 homes together."
And so the Obama campaign continues what it sees as an irresistable line of attack meant to undermine McCain in the eyes of voters. Just as Obama's penchant for big rallies and lofty speeches gave the McCain camp the perfect backdrop for its "celebrity" charge, McCain's gaffe last week -- not being able to tell a reporter how many homes he and his multi-millionaire heiress wife have -- was a perfect opening for the Obama camp to push back against charges of elitism. And apparently too good to let die after a couple of news cycles. At a time when millions of Americans are worried about losing their only home to foreclosure, the gaffe could have particular resonance.
Ultimately, Obama's mouthpiece said he thought the senator from Arizona "will go safe and pick [Minnesota Gov. Tim] Pawlenty." Gibbs declared that McCain is in a bit of a box, highlighting last week's flurry over the potential of a pro-choice running mate. "They will either split the party or give in to Rush Limbaugh."
| August 24, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
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