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Cantor Won't Talk About the VP Slot

Anita Kumar

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, a rising star in the Republican leadership in Congress, told reporters today that he would not talk about possibly being considered by Sen. John McCain as a running mate.

"This is a press conference about the energy plan and the difference between the vision Barack Obama has and John McCain,'' Cantor told reporters on a conference call.

In recent days, several media sources have reported that McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had asked Cantor for personal documents used to vet him to be considered vice president.

Cantor, 45, chief deputy minority whip in the House, has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice for weeks and has increasingly been a surrogate for McCain on television news shows.

Speculation about Cantor's chances to be picked as vice president were fueled when he and his wife, Diana, had a private lunch with McCain in the Hamptons two weeks ago. The lunch was first reported by Mary Ann Akers, aka The Sleuth.

In addition, a web site,, launched several weeks ago to promote the idea that Cantor would be good for McCain's ticket.

"In a year when the Democrats are about to elect a recently unknown Senator who captured the imagination of liberal Democrats, we (a group of unaffiliated Americans) are dedicated to providing a platform for conservatives to promote one of their own," the site states. "We believe Eric Cantor will provide a dynamism that does not exist in the Republican campaign. We urge you to join this effort to make our voices heard."

In recent weeks, Cantor asked stood in for McCain on conference calls and television shows, mostly promoting McCain's view economic and energy issues including his support for lifting the ban on offshore oil and gas drilling.

On Monday, Cantor criticized Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for introducing an energy plan that shows his inexperience and for wavering on his support of offshore oil and gas drilling.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 4, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
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Cantor is a class act! The American people will be well-served if he is the VP pick.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Harvy | August 4, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Cantor for VP? I hope so, if for no other reason than to get him out of our district. He has done NOTHING for it, and nothing for the nation as a whole, while in office. Eric Cantor - could he be this year's William Miller?

Posted by: Larry | August 4, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Take a peek at this cynical toady's plan to help the middle class. It is one gift to big business after another and nothing but trickle down for the middle class

Posted by: Frank Kenesson | August 4, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Cantor would make an excellent Vice President. He is intelligent, articulate, squeaky clean, and a genuine conservative(look at his record)He would be good for the conservative base.
He would complement Mcain as he is young and energetic.
Mccain would really booster his campaign by choosing him.
Go Cantor!

Posted by: Go Cantor! | August 4, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Cantor's a lying scum.

He STILL hasn't recanted his statement that Obama called Israel an infected sore that spread poison through all our foriegn policies.

Probably a perfect pick for the party of BushCo, Ted Stevens, and Duke Cunninham, and Ken Blackwell. Lying scum, each and every one.

Posted by: Trunk Monkey | August 5, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Chris Stewart | August 5, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

*** NEWS FLASH ***

transcript 157.03 dated 8/8/8

Secret sources have indicatd that Senator McCain decided to make a offer to his preferred VP candidate on the same day of the Olympics grand opening. It is a symbolic gesture to his running mate and for the history books.

On 8/8/8 Senator McCain flew to Little Rock, Arkansas to meet with Mike Huckabee to offer him the VP position.

It was said Governor Huckabee accepted the Vice President offer from Senator McCain.
News reports are indicating Huckabee was selected because he met Senator McCain's top 3 priorities:

1. A conservative.
2. A nationally recognized politician.
3. A superb speaker like Ronald Reagan.

It was said the presidential debates have the greatest influence on the presidential election. Sources are saying only Huckabee had the polished speaking skills to persuade the American people on national TV.

The official announcement will be made to the public the day after the DNC convention to slow the momentum of Senator Obama and increase the momentum of the Republican National Convention starting immediately after the DNC convention.

end transcript 157.03 dated 8/8/8

Posted by: News Source | August 9, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

What is the source of the Huckabee as VP pick transcript?

Posted by: Paula | August 10, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

News Source:

Can you verify your iformation? I certainly hope this is true.


Posted by: Mrs. P | August 13, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

If this information from News Source is true, I will be the happiest person on earth. Why? Because Huckabee is McCain's best shot.

Survey USA took a series of polls to determine the VP candidate (out of Huckabee, Lieberman, Pawlenty, and Romney) who would help John McCain the most.

They took polls in PA, NM, VA, CA, OH, IA, KS, WI, NE, OR, NY, MA, MN, AL, KY, and MO. Of these, PA, NM, VA, OH, IA, OR, MN, and MO are generally considered to be possible battleground states in November.

In almost every case, Governor Mike Huckabee did best.

Rasmussen recently took a similar poll. But in this one, they asked those polled whether they had, in general, a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the following VP candidates: Crist, Huckabee, Jindal, Lieberman, Palin, and Romney.

Huckabee had the highest favorability and net favorability rating. The net was +8% compared to -6% for Romney.

A McCain-Huckabee ticket would be received very favorably with me. And according to these polls, it would be received favorably with quite a few other americans.

Posted by: Mrs. P | August 13, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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