Cantor Won't Talk About the VP Slot
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, www.ericcantorforvp.com, 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.
August 4, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Eric Cantor , John McCain
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