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Rep. Blunt Offers Up Veep Pick Advice for McCain

Since so many others out there are giving their two cents worth on who they think John McCain should pick as his vice presidential running mate, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) figures he will, too.

At least twice in the past week, Blunt has hinted that he'd like to see McCain pick former Ohio congressman Rob Portman, whose name has popped up as a serious contender. In his most recent name-dropping foray, Blunt said in a taped interview for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" show, set to air Sunday, that he thinks McCain needs to choose someone with a strong economic background.

"I'd go as strongly economic on that list as I could. Because I think the economy, barring some cataclysmic problem, is going to be the No. 1 issue," Blunt said, adding that whoever McCain picks should be able to show "that he's more ready to be president than Barack Obama."

"Portman would be a guy who meets that test," Blunt said.

The minority whip also mentioned former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as a good pick for McCain, even though Romney told a radio station this week he doesn't plan on getting the veep nod. ("I think there's some great people (McCain) could choose from and I expect he will do that. But I don't plan on being part of the ticket," Romney told 850KOA in Denver.)

As he mentioned in an interview with the Washington Post editorial board last week, Blunt told C-SPAN that Romney "would meet that [economic] test."

Blunt also downplayed predictions by political analysts that House Republicans stand to lose seats in double-digit range, and dodged a question about whether he'll give up his leadership post if his party does suffer severe losses. "It's up to the members...It's up to them, but I think it's not worth very much effort right now thinking about it."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 1, 2008; 5:50 PM ET
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Here's a thought for the McCain advisors:

In 2002, Mitt Romney led the Winter Olympics out of scandal and debt to success and surplus revenue. And, I understand that he plans to attend the Summer Olympics in China. What better time for McCain to announce Romney as his Vice Presidential choice. Media will push for interviews that, if granted, Romney will probably acknowledge the nod and, with grace, turn the focus back to the importance of the Games that he knows all too well.

It would be a correlating announcement with worldwide interest and a very appropriate answer to Obama's Public Relations tour.

Posted by: Kelly Warnick | August 1, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Kelly....Your idea of a Romney VP announcement during the Summer Olympics rocks!

Posted by: Shelby | August 1, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain is too stubborn to choose Romney; plus he will want someone who will not upstage him which is what Romney would do - although Romney is ok w/economics his religion was not the repugs choice and being that repugs are so high and morally RIGHT - Romney just won't work out as adding anything to a McCain ticket.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Roy Blunt doesn't have any gravitas to be suggesting or recommending a Veep choice for McCain. As a second in command to the discredited Tom Delay, he ought to keep his mouth shut, and maintain a low profile. He may yet win his seat in November, but with a diminished republican strength.

Posted by: Krishna | August 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and while Romney is in China he can give a speech about this being the world's moment!

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 1, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Varmitt "Fibber" Mittler shouldn't be recommended for anything, as he advocated torture (against American Law) and doubling the size of Guantanimo. Gen Douglas MacArthur said he's go to the ends of the Earth to prosecute anybody who waterboarded, and Romney is willing to - guess General MacArthur would prosecute Mittler, huh. He's on film saying tons of lies - about himself - about McCain. The Democrats will have alot of fun showing these films - how Romney and McCain were bent on swiftboating each other. THen ROmney was Pro Abortion and was the first Governor to not defend the family against Gay Marriage. Oh, let's see, what else? How about ( LA TImes) his company Bain Capital raided and stripped companies and laid off the workers, pocketed the cash without paying taxes. That's right, tax free because the company was registered in the Cayman Islands.
No, Varmitt Fibber Mittler would be the certain defeat of McBeholden and the certain victory of Obama.

Posted by: Comissioner Constable | August 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wants to win over white women and the economy minded he will surprise the world and choose Meg Whitman as his running mate. She is smart; her knowledge of the economy is exceptional; she is a good speaker and her success as CEO of EBay is unparalleled in modern business history. AND she is young!

Posted by: Karolyn | August 4, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney would be a public relations disaster for McCain. For one being that Romney is probably more qualified than McCain but the facts remain that the same way McCain belittled Romney into obscurity in the primaries as a chronic flip flopper the Democrats will do the same to him. Secondly, Romney comes off as the typical Republican Elitist and I can't see how his style will mesh with John McCain's Straight Talk. Then again, everyone's flip flopped so much during these campaings it wouldn't matter. However, McCain personally doesn't like Romney and showed his disdain for him publicly every chance he got and I can't see them interacting together on the same ticket though Romney has poked his lips out on McCain's tush with pefection the past two and a half months so it may be doable. Portman is the better choice though in public speaking, he's as deplorable as John McCain and Claire McCaskill D-Missouri gave Portman his lunch this past Sunday on CNN in a mini debate. That can't be good either.

Posted by: 2pacolypse Now | August 4, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely impossible to ignore John McCain's age in the presidential race, and autumn debates. No matter who has raised the issue of race, it is absolutely impossible also to ignore the issue of race in the campaign. We know that as the son and grandson of US Navy admirals, John McCain was fifth from the bottom of his class at Annapolis. Noting that many of the world's current leaders have degrees from Harvard (including, gasp, even the current president of the US), it is not surprising that Obama is considered intelligent and capable of dealing effectively with other intelligent world leaders. Although Senator McCain enjoys the town meetings with 200 people, and Obama enjoys speaking to 200,000 in Berlin,McCain takes issue with Obama's developing international credentials is a sort of sour mood, Obama correctly asks the question, "Didn't John McCain make his own post primary world tour, and didn't he say that I should also do so to learn more about the real world?" When the 3-4 Commission debates come in the autumn, including one by the vice presidential candidates, we must worry if McCain can make clear arguments, or will simply joke his way out of tough questions. Obama still has a lot to learn as he proceeds, but he can stay on topic. Ideally, real debates, as used to be sponsored by the League of Women Voters, rather than cute anchormen who want to trip up the candidates and make them look foolish, would be a much stronger way to see which candidate can really speak intelligently on each substantive issue raised. It is incredible that Senator McCain wants to throw Russia out of the G-8 meetings (and if Russia, why not China, Brazil, South Africa?) We note that Obama's engagement proposals with Iran, for example, have now been endorsed by President Bush (more or less), and that PM Maliki of Iraq has also (more or less) endorsed Obama's proposed time table for troop withdrawal, leaving McCain behind the actual conditions as they are likely to be addressed even by the current US administration. Who is the better man to be president--too young Obama (about the same age as JFK when he was elected) or too old McCain (about the same age as Ronald Reagan (clearly diagnosed with Alzheimers 6 years after leaving the presidency) or Robert Dole when they were running for President? If Obama wins, despite the hidden race issue, will John McCain later agree with Robert Dole not too long after the 1996 election that he knew the race was lost in March of 1996 rather than in November of 1996? If McCain wins, will it be a hidden indication that race is still a determining factor in an American election?
Time will soon tell. We live in interesting times!

Posted by: Michael Prosser | August 4, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Comissioner Constable - Your post is filled with ignorance and lies. Doesn't speak well of you, sorry to say.

Posted by: kc | August 5, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Don't see Blunt in this at the end of the day; Gravitas says it all as Krishna says. Rep have the same prob at VP that they had at Pres; all the good ones aren't in it any more; where is Colin Powell when we really need him? Too bad Jeb Bush's name is Bush. He could do a lot worse than Joe Scarborough at MSNBC. Tony Snow would have been great! How about a conservative THINKER, and not just a pol this time.

Posted by: Imezgoin | August 5, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

....Another McCaint supporter..looking to get some points...

McCaint rewarding anyone who makes negative remarks about Mr Obama and positive ones about McCaint......The "point" system...."revealed"

500 Points...a shirt
2000 Points a coffee cup
10000 Points a signed book
100000 points a signed picture
1000000 points a ride on his "Straight Talk" Bus
10000000 points a ride on his "Straight Talk" Airplane
100000000 points a front row seat at the RNC/GOP convention
1000000000 points Vice President of the United States....

Pathetic, Sad, & Laughable.....

These RNC/GOP card holders must take hot showers to remove the elephant crap from their sickly bodies.....

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 8, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

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