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Poll: Who Do You Think McCain Should Pick for Vice President?

By June 2, 2008

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Democrats drew one step closer to nominating Sen. Barack Obama as their presidential candidate this weekend, and some believe that if Hillary Clinton wins the final two primary elections on Tuesday, Obama may decide to offer her a spot on his ticket in order to end the indecision and bring unity to the party.

Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain has an opportunity to beat the Democrats to the punch and steal their thunder at the same time by choosing a running-mate for his November ticket. Last week, I discussed some of the possible choices, men McCain invited to his Memorial Day barbecue, but new and intriguing names have emerged in the veepstakes since then, the most notable being that of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a 44-year-old former beauty queen, who could put a seriously interesting spin on the entire process. Palin is, quite literally, the darling of the GOP right now and, according to DC insiders, a coveted secret (oops ... guess I blew that one).

Intelligent, good-looking and conservative, Palin has the political tri-fecta for Republicans. Her youth would also hush the rampant ageism that’s been plaguing McCain’s campaign. Last year, she had the highest approval rating of any governor in any state. During the 2006 race for governor, Palin admitted to smoking pot when it was legal in Alaska, but according to this story in the Anchorage Daily Times, "she didn’t like it and doesn't smoke it now."

Palin nevertheless would bring strong conservative credentials to the ticket: she belongs to Feminists for Life and is a rabid gun advocate. She’s an edgy conservative who could help get those vital cross-over and independent votes. Assuming Clinton doesn’t get the nomination, Palin would provide those disenfranchised Democrats one more reason to vote for McCain.

Sarah Palin Not that McCain necessarily needs it. During the Democratic National Committee's meeting Saturday, disenfranchised Clinton supporters saw the writing on the wall and began to take up the chorus of "McCain '08! McCain '08! McCain '08!"

Whether McCain will make an offer to Gov. Palin is still debatable. Wednesday, I spoke to her press secretary, Sharon Leighow, to find out if there were any truth to the rumors.

"As you know there's been a lot of buzz about this for at least a year now," Leighow said. "She's been very flattered by it, but she loves being governor of Alaska and her plate is very full."

Which is entirely true: Palin recently gave birth to her fifth child (the baby arrived in April, a month before it's due date, Leighow told me). Perhaps what has been fueling the rumors are Palin's comments that she wouldn't rule out a run for federal office. This may or may not be the year that happens, although something tells me that if McCain were to ask -- even as busy as she is -- Palin would accept.

Still, "Sen. McCain's campaign has not contacted our office," Leighow said, and until that happens, a McCain/Palin ticket is a dream.

Other names on the list that haven't heretofore been mentioned include Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina. The wife of 1996 presidential nominee Bob Dole, Elizabeth or "Liddy" Dole, 71, started her political career as a Democrat, but switched to the Republican party in 1975. She has served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations and ran for president herself in 2000. In 1994, Hutchison, 64, became the first woman to represent Texas in the US Senate and has been a powerful figure in Republican politics ever since.

Vote now and tell us who you think McCain's running-mate should be. Then, use the comment link below to tell us why.

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Illustration courtesy of Ethan Demme at MyMcCainBlog.com

Comments

June 2, 2008 at 12:08 pm
(1) COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall says:

Dear American Voters,

Hon. Senator McCain and Obama, besides each having many attributes and characteristics. The critical differences in my professional, political, and personal opinion are as under:

1. Presidential “Temperament and Composer”.
2. Little Washington “insider Versus outsider” connectedness.
3. Vision and mission for our nation future rather than past.
4. American policies first USA centric than other countries centric.

In my professional opinion one senator has it and the other does not. We need one for our Greatgrand Nation to address our all these challenges with a fresh, clean and new slate.

God Bless America. its diverse people, and our Greatgrand Nation.

Yours truly,

COL. [retd] A.M.Khajawall
Forensic psychiatrist, Las Vegas NV

June 2, 2008 at 12:17 pm
(2) Ted says:

There’s been noted buzz of late on rising GOP star Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal as a McCain prospective Veep. Certainly Jindal is more than very good, However, I believe there’s some “strategerie” going on here. The “real” beneficiary of the Jindal talk is the other rising GOP star, Alaska Gov Sarah Palin. Palin’s got everything that Jindal has (new/exciting, wildly popular, ethics and spending reformer, core conservative etc.) and more — mother of 5 w/remarkable bio, she’s 8 yrs older than Jindal, Alaska energy issue, and set to garner the disenfranchised female Hillary voter (I don’t believe Dem leaders can dump Obama).

Getting Jindal’s name out first — at Team McCain’s BBQ for instance — sets the stage for the obvious choice, Palin. For example, albeit Rush Limbaugh introduced Palin’s name, and later Jindal’s as good Veep choices, of late Rush has been praising the name of Jindal while on his very same shows discussing at great length the frustrated female Hillary voter and the global warming hysteria/need for energy development, without mentioning Palin’s name as the obvious beneficiary of those two issues. Rush walks a fine line, introducing Palin, yet can’t, at least yet, reiterate much, knowing that his praises may be counter-productive to many a swing, moderate and/or formerly Dem voter (who’s against Obama and switching to McCain). Moreover, while I feel that Palin has more real accomplishment, experience and qualification than Obama (and Hillary combined, albeit w/Obama the bar is pretty low), the only potential argument against Palin is she’s a newbie to the national scene. By having Jindal out there first as a VP prospect “passing” the “experience” and “new to the national scene” test, implicitly passes Palin as well. (For that matter Palin’s got as much if not more experience and accomplishment than Florida Gov Crist who’s only been Gov for 2 yrs — and the media has been touting Crist as a VP prospect.)

That’s my thinking at least.

June 2, 2008 at 12:25 pm
(3) Ted says:

Moreover, here’s an important piece of advice for McCain supporters: If it looks like it’s going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a “no brainer” for Team McCain), McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention. There’s currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows — even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick — selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin’s own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this. Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there’s absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early. McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!

There’s no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real ‘change’ (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.

In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain’s age and health, Palin is more than perfect — now.

June 2, 2008 at 12:47 pm
(4) Pierre says:

Good god! the choices are almost as dreadful as was the field of repubs (sic.) running in the primaries. Anyway, I gave Bobby my vote: we need more color in that terribly colorless party, though Bobby’s Catholicism-obsessed doctrines (and I speak as a recovering Catholic) make you grateful that McCain is at the top of the ticket. For now, anyway. I mean, Obama is only falsely rumored to have attended radical Islamic madrassas, but this guy might as well be Opus Dei’s ambassador to the Bayous.

Nice poll Justin. More, more!

June 2, 2008 at 12:52 pm
(5) Linda says:

Now, now, Justin – I know why you used the phrase “former beauty queen” – you wanted to ‘compare & contrast’ who Palin is today with where she’s come from. But really…would you point out that a male candidate was a former high school or college football hero? prom king? male model? I’m shaking my finger at you.

June 2, 2008 at 12:55 pm
(6) Tom Head says:

Thoughts…

Palin: Compelling 2016 presidential candidate. No regional advantages. Demographic advantage: Female. Bloc: Centrist, which doesn’t help McCain.

Huckabee: Potential 2016 presidential candidate. Regional advantage: Arkansas (purple leaning red). No demographic advantages. Bloc: Religious Right, which would help McCain. Liability: Joked about Obama assassination at an NRA meeting.

Romney: Potential 2016 presidential candidate. Regional advantage: New Hampshire, potentially, but probably not. No demographic advantages. Bloc: Centrist, which doesn’t help McCain. Liability: Nobody trusts him.

Pawlenty: Potential 2016 presidential candidate. Regional advantage: Minnesota, Great Lakes region. No demographic advantages. Bloc: Center-right, which could help McCain.

Crist: My pick (imagining myself as a McCain supporter for a moment). Potential 2016 presidential candidate. Regional advantage: Florida, which would be huge. May appeal to Latino voters. Bloc: Centrist, which doesn’t help McCain.

Dole: Would be about 80 in 2016. Regional advantage: North Carolina (purple leaning red). Demographic advantage: Female. Bloc: Center-right traditionalist, which may help McCain. Added benefit: Fundraiser.

Jindal: Strongest 2016 candidate on the list, with the possible exception of Palin. Regional advantage: Louisiana (purple leaning red). Demographic advantage: Indian-American. Bloc: Center-right, which may help McCain.

Brownback: Potential 2016 candidate. Regional advantage: Kansas (purple leaning red). No demographic advantages. Bloc: Religious Right, which would help McCain.

Hutchison: Would be 72 in 2016. No regional advantages. Demographic advantage: Female. Bloc: Religious Right/traditionalist, which would help McCain.

Graham: Possible 2016 presidential candidate. No regional advantages. No demographic advantages. Bloc: Neo-traditionalist/Religious Right, which would help McCain.

Questions re the “McCain ’08″ sentiment:

- How many of these folks are Reagan Democrats who already vote Republican in national elections, and just showed up to vote against Obama?

- How many of these folks will come around and vote for Obama by November, especially if Clinton follows through on her promise to get her supporters behind him?

June 2, 2008 at 8:25 pm
(7) Robert says:

Huckabee for Veep, Guitar Player, great communicator, and 18,000 strong HucksArmy.com, grassroot Support, What’s Not to like?

June 2, 2008 at 11:24 pm
(8) T. Shank says:

I’m not even Alaskan, and I have a crush on Palin. She is especially strong on what I consider the most important issues: gun rights, states’ rights, and economy vs environment issues. I do not like Huckabee. In fact, short of McCain/Leiberman, I can’t imagine a pairing worse for the GOP than McCain/Huckabee. Huckabee lacks intellect. I hate to sound like some elitist liberal, but I fail to see any expert solution provided by him. He seems like the kind of guy people can relate to, but shouldn’t we expect some exceptional ability on the part of our leaders? Palin is intelligent, and strong. The things that would do the most to improve the county are states’ rights, and more economic freedom with less environmentalrgulations. Palin in the strongest advocate of these. (The ONLY advocate of states’ rights.)

June 2, 2008 at 11:40 pm
(9) Ted says:

Huckabee, are you kidding???!!! He’s the most likely of the bunch to REPEL the very same disenfranchised female Hillary voters ATTRACTED by Palin.

Looks like you Huck group has organized and flooded/hijacked another poll, after Palin was leading — like you’ve specifically done before.

Huck only detracts from McCain (conservative base does not like him and moderates/swing voters don’t either, whereas Palin is loved by both groups)

June 3, 2008 at 1:37 am
(10) Linda Rayborn says:

Sarah who? Sorry, less than one term as governor of Alaska does not make you ready to take over as commander in chief of the country. Jindal is great further along the line. He also is inexperienced with less than a yr. of service as governor. Good to get their names out there for down the road. Only one choice and that is Huckabee! National name recognition, huge appeal with blue collar/middle class, conservatives, evangelicals and black republicans. Huck can take the south and the heartland states. Works well with and actually likes and respects McCain. Huckabee proved in Arkansas that he can drive folks to the polls in record numbers. Huck’s supporters would walk over fire to vote for him, even as vp!!! Duncan Hunter said that he had watched Huck the year they had campaigned together and had tremendous respect for him. McCain himself, said Huckabee was a role model for him. Guilinai said he loved Governor Huckabee. The man is just plain likeable. That goes a long way……

June 3, 2008 at 3:57 am
(11) DFCS Tech says:

Why Gov. Mike Huckabee should be chosen as Vice-Presidential running mate
by Senator John McCain.

1) Very good RESULTS from over a decade of Executorial Experience as Gov,
Lt. Gov, Chair of the National Governor’s Association, and even as a
pastor.

2) Gets it right on the issues and communicates why in a manner that is
clear and easy to understand.

3) Demeanor is very Presidential and he shows that he would be a terrific
confidant as a teammate for a President. Also, gutsy enough to be willing
and able to deliver the more hard-edged messages that, historically, are
sometimes better delivered by a Vice-President (aka – the hatchet-man).
(Work ethic is amazing and obviously driven by an inner-desire to do what
is best for the nation.)

Regarding his results as Governor…

1) $200 Million deficit was turned into $850 Million surplus.

2) Public schools went from #49 to #8 in the nation.

3) Infrastructure (roads and bridges) went from worst to first.

4) Welfare roles decreased by 50%.

5) Wages increased by 50%.

6) Unwed teenage pregnancy was significantly reduced.

7) Is considered a friend by the African-American community, including
Tavis Smiley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIsHapfIspg&NR=1

8) Appointed 1st Homeschooling Mom to State Board of Education, making him
a tremendous friend to the Homeschooling community which is VERY
POLITICALLY ACTIVE (Think Iowa, here! Think about how much money Mitt
Romney spent there and about how Huckabee trounced him!)

There are many of us who are willing to pour our hearts and souls into a
McCain/Huckabee campaign who find McCain/Romney to be a complete
deal-breaker ($50 Tax-payer funded abortions after his so-called pro-life conversion in Massachusettes + many more reasons without mentioning that he is a former Mormon Missionary and Mormon Bishop).

Pallin is good, but doesn’t have as much experience and does have a lot on her plate right now, with the 5 children – absolutely nothing wrong with that; just pragmatically is a bit much to ask someone to not only be the mother of 5 young children, but also the Vice-President of the United States of America, which is much different than being a Governor of Alaska.

June 3, 2008 at 10:50 am
(12) james says:

I can understand why one might want to forget who was elected Governor of Texas in 1994, but it wasn’t Kay Bailey Hutchison (and even if it had been she wouldn’t have been the first woman).

June 3, 2008 at 10:59 am
(13) usconservatives says:

James,
Thanks for pointing out my mistake.
Just to clarify for everyone who didn’t catch my error, Kay Bailey Hutchison was the first woman to represent Texas in the US Senate. I regrettably misidentified her in a previous version of my blog post.

June 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm
(14) Richard St.Hilaire says:

Who cares who he picks since as one Republican I’m voting for Obama not some old man that needs a younger wife to tell him what’s going on like Nancy has to do.

June 3, 2008 at 2:43 pm
(15) Bob H. says:

You left out an important name on your list of possibilities. I know Sec Rice has said she doesn’t want it, but true patriots will answer their country’s call — and she certainly is one.

The Democrats are embroiled in race and gender issues — and frankly I would like to see this not be an issue in any future election. We need to move on and we can only do that by electing someone who is not a member of the good-old-boys club. The Democrats are doing it by putting up unqualified candidates for president. In a rare moment in US history the Republicans have a very well qualified person for VP who could get us past the race and gender issues that are plaguing this campaign.

The fact that Sec Rice is not overcome with ambition is a major plus as far as I’m concerned. The issue is NOT the pretty face of a former beauty queen or someone from a state that will bring more votes to Sen McCain. Republicans have an opportunity to emphasize the proven qualifications of someone without even mentioning the side issues. I cannot believe she would not run if Sen McCain and the Republican Party took the time to convince her that she is needed now more than ever by her country.

June 3, 2008 at 5:49 pm
(16) David Anderson says:

It is so tiresome to see how many different ways the enemies of progress try to change the subject from Mike Huckabee. Huckabee is the only VP candidate with whom McCain can win the election and will win the election. Period.

June 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm
(17) Woman O'Color says:

I’m a woman of color and former Democrat who, for the past two presidential elections, has been disgusted with that party’s consistently repulsive candidates.

Call me an ignoramus. I don’t comb the Congressional Record, and am not up-to-date on political candidates’ voting histories on important issues. I vote “by my gut” and, as scary as this sounds, I don’t think I’m alone in this.

I am deeply offended by the double-standard surrounding Obama’s candidacy. He can categorically disparage folks in Pennsylvania as “clinging to their guns and their religion”, and shrug a statement like that off by saying, “Everyone knows it’s true.” Yet, it’s almost criminal to say that Obama is where he is, despite his lack of experience, because he is black.

So, tit for tat, the Republican Party needs to best Obama at his own game of charismatic protected-class novelty, and nominate a young, good-looking, *photogenic* *woman* with more political experience than Obama.

McCain’s VP can’t be another white man, especially one as palpably phony as Mitt Romney. Nor can McCain’s VP be old and controlling like Elizabeth Dole. Speaking from my gut, Sarah Palin is the only choice. She is charismatic enough to give the Republican Ticket the sparkle that it needs. I hope that the new star of Palin will, by contrast, reveal the growing staleness of Obama’s smug grin.

June 4, 2008 at 11:39 am
(18) David says:

Sarah Palin is a great and smart woman. But with a new baby that unfortunately has developmental problems [see wikipedia] wouldn’t she be expected to spend more time with her baby now rather then start a run for a federal office? Her personal tragedy may also undermine the arguments of the pro life camp… Beside, how can you claim that Obama cannot serve as commander in chief when she may be one heartbeat away from the same position?

June 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm
(19) Zach says:

I think Hillary should be McCain’s VP. Together they can beat Obama.

June 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm
(20) Ted says:

Granted, Sarah Palin has recently given birth to a 5th child. However, I’m aware that she has a very supportive family-friendly husband, relatives and personal support system. I believe that if the nation needs her, she will serve.

Again, after watching both McCain’s and Obama’s speeches on TV Tuesday night, McCain no less than NEEDS to run Alaska Gov Sarah Palin as his VP mate (if he and the GOP want to win in November, that is).

June 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm
(21) coolrepublica says:

I’m not a conservative. I’m just someone who likes McCain a lot. I’ve been reading on all the potential VP candidates and the one that seems to me to be the best fit is Palin. It’s not about her being a woman, but her record. She talks the talk and walks the walk. She is a maverick in her own right. Anyone who can tell ExxonMobil to “not let the door hit them on their way out” has got my attention.

Bottom line for me is I like her. Call it a gut feeling, intuition, but I think she will be a greater asset to the McCain ticket than all the other people mentioned in this poll. I really, really want McCain to pick her.

June 8, 2008 at 2:11 am
(22) Debra says:

A McCain/Huckabee 08 Ticket would be a huge win in November!
REAL CHANGE REPUBLICANS with REAL ANSWERS in solving the Problems we face in this country!
➢ Proven, tested, unchanged stands/records on Tax Reform, Fiscal Responsibility, Social/Traditional Family Issues, National Security/Immigration (secure the Border first), and both have conservative Democrat and limited Government allies to reach across the aisle outside the GOP.

➢ Vetted, trusted, proven integrity and character, and would appoint conservative JUDGES who would not legislate from the bench, and undermine the people and the traditional values this country was founded upon. “I will never sacrifice principles for anybody’s politics.”—Gov. Huckabee No surprises or “skeletons” in these closets to bring the country and the office of the President of the United States disrespect.

➢ Respect/Like each other!
McCain: “Governor Huckabee got millions of votes from people across this country when he ran for President. He reached out to people. I am very grateful to have him with me as a role model.” (Little Rock, AR, 4-25-08)
Huckabee: “One of the reasons I am supporting McCain is I admire him for understanding how government works and not giving more power to the government, but to the people.”
McCain: “We will be careful stewards of your tax money, as Gov. Huckabee was when he was Governor of Arkansas.” (Little Rock, AR, 4-25-08)
Huckabee: “We ran the most civil campaigns in the entire Republican primary.”(Little Rock, AR, 4-25-08)

Why Gov. Mike Huckabee for VP?

• Strong, unwaivering record on social issues, fiscal responsibility, tax reform as Governor, huge evangelical, southern states support
• Still has 65% approval rating in AK, and got millions of votes from supporters during presidential primaries, including 65% African-American vote
• Since 1976, there have been five states who have voted for the General Election winner every time in all of the eight elections since then. The states are: Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, and Ohio. This year, in all of these states, Gov. Huckabee either won them or came in second to McCain.
• Reaches across party lines with his likeability and character
• Likability, personable, and earned the title, “The Great Communicator” says Ed Rollins, Campaign Mgr.

June 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm
(23) Tom says:

Huckabee brings nothing to the ticket that McCain doesn’t already have. He could bring negatives due to his religious bigotry against Mormons and Catholics.

It would be a disastrous pick.

Go ahead and pick Huckabee and watch as you catapult the Trotskyite Obama and his bigot wife into the White House.

Sarah Palin is the obvious no-brainer pick for McCain.

Imagine her going on Oprah’s show with her new baby boy Trig? Magic to all woman of American. Dynamite!

Also, imagine if Oprah refused to let her on her show because she is backing Obama? White woman would rip her apart for that.

I ask all here to seriously spend some time over the next week studying everything on this woman Sarah Palin.

She is ordinary like most Americans and extraordinary.

This is your David who will slay Goliath, and put a stake in the heart forever to the old-white-guy Republican Party and truly set it free to all.

Pick Palin and you pick:

VICTORY!!!!! Pure and simple

I like Huckabee’s articulateness, but he is a white guy. We got plenty of them and they won’t deliver like that strong little hockey mom will. She’ll check Obama and slapshot McCain right through the net in November.

June 9, 2008 at 10:55 pm
(24) Tom says:

2008 – McCain/Palin
2012 – Palin/Jindal
2016 – Palin/Jindal
2020 – Jindal/? – Roe vs. Wade? NOT!
2024 – Jindal/?

That’s how you fight socialism in America and free us.

Get a hold of yourself America. Obama with a Democratic Congress could cause suffering of unprecedented levels.

June 10, 2008 at 1:49 am
(25) mike s says:

charlie delivers fla and also has crossover appeal. but this might just be the year of the woman as far as the vp choice goes.

July 6, 2008 at 1:53 am
(26) Lynn says:

Why I like Gov. Mike Huckabee for Vice President:
proven fiscal conservative
– great record of accomplishment from 10.5 yrs as governor
– young and healthy; runs marathons
– able to connect authentically with working class voters,
which will be essential in swing states like OH, MI, and PA
– can help pick up the states in the South, where McCain is weaker
– great campaigner and speaker
– consistently wins almost EVERY on-line VP poll
– great debate ability
– connects well with voters and the media
– great sense of humor
– connects well with “MTV” generation
– totally trusted by the social conservatives and pro-life voters
– no awkward anti-McCain remarks to explain
– telegenic
– humble and honest when he makes a mistake (which is not often)
– fanatically loyal and hard-working volunteer / grassroots base
– compelling personal story; grew up poor
– highly intelligent– grad. from 4-yr college with honors in just 2.5 years
– already vetted; no skeletons in his closet
– married to his high school sweetheart, Janet, for 34 yrs

Huckabee makes sense!

July 13, 2008 at 5:34 pm
(27) Daniel says:

McCain would be wise to choose Mike Huckabee. But, unfortunately, McCain will not be wise; he will pander to his acolytes in the MSM.

Huckabee, for his part, would be wise NOT to accept the VP slot if offered. Hold out for 4 years and run for president, Gov. Huckabee!

July 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm
(28) seeker says:

Whatever you all say, ROFLMAO!

I like Sarah, she’s kind of a Hottie to me!

Don’t care about policies ar any political incorrectness you’re all saying.

I’m in love with her! Can’t we just put JSM under the bus and have my beauty queen Sarah as my Queen Esther, oh sorry, President?

She’s like a fairy tale to me. And I am a prince.

July 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm
(29) Richard A. Mastaw says:

Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air and outside the Washington politcal establishment.
She’s down to earth and connects with people for that reason. She does not come accross as a Head of State that talks down to her subjects, but Straightforward, sincere, and folksy. A direct opposite of Obama, the pretender.

August 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm
(30) Richard says:

I’m for Tom Ridge,Lindsey Graham,or Rudy Giuliani-any moderate(aka-liberal)that will make more conservatives angry,so we will stay home and help defeat Juan McAmnesty!

August 10, 2008 at 7:17 pm
(31) Thomas S. says:

What? No Lieberman? Though it would be a crazy move I think it will drive the left nuts and the right will probably be happy for that reason alone.

August 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm
(32) Huck4Life says:

McCain, Get your “revelation” and pick the man that all the surveys are saying HELPS your ticket most. Choose Huckabee and win. This man has earned the admiration and respect of all Americans and WE LIKE MAC AND MIKE…We will work to make this happen. 62.4% say they are not happy with pres. choices. Change this instantly by picking Huck and your scores will soar….The polls tell the story of the PEOPLE. We don’t like Washington and those guys who dislike Mike. We want you to “sock it to them” and choose independently of them.. The people say Mac and Mike….

August 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm
(33) save08 says:

Huckabee has topped every independent poll to help the McCain ticket most. Why McCain would not choose him in a very close election is beyond me. The media has certainly tried to dismiss Huckabee but the people prevail and we have decided that WE LIKE MIKE. Believe me, we have learned from this election and next time around we will pick our own candidate….Huckabee 2012

August 20, 2008 at 6:32 pm
(34) DFCSTech says:

There’s no way I would WANT to be VP if my baby had Down’s Syndrome.

August 21, 2008 at 7:09 pm
(35) Clark Robinson says:

Mitt Romney is the best selection for VP. His strength on economic issues would be a huge asset for the country, and would balance out McCain’s admitted weakness in that area. Romney’s economic prowess and McCain’s experience in foreign affairs will combine to make a well rounded, strong Republican ticket. Romney is well vetted and seems to have a strong marriage and family. Initially, I was a bit uncertain about Romney, but the more I learn about him, the more I am impressed. I am an evangelical voter, and frankly, I am tired of listening to Huckabee’s negativism toward Romney, it smacks of sour grapes. I get the impression he is a bit envious of his former competitor.

August 22, 2008 at 11:15 pm
(36) p sarver says:

Huckabee. The media has their pick.The powers that be have their pick.Bottom line;the ppl have their pick and we like Mike.

1. Conservative
2. Forward Looking
3. Experience
4. Enthusiasm
5. Support(you get Hucksarmy and his grassroots behind you and they will give,give,give till you win or die trying)
6.Connects with ppl.
7. Intelligent,fast on his feet, doesn’t take himself too seriously
8. Can out debate anyone!!
9. Not a quitter.
10. common sense,plain language, looks to the future of the Party.Not the old status quo.Will give party much needed face lift.
11. Appeals to some Democrats.Yep,Hard to believe.I was surprised myself.
12. Generates the kind of enthusias the Rep party needs or i’m afraid a lot of ppl are jus t going to stay home.

August 28, 2008 at 2:33 pm
(37) Fan of Rice says:

To me, Condoleeza Rice would have been the ultimate pick to be John McCain’s running mate. Apparently she’s planning on getting out of public service. Too bad – she has a lot to offer.

August 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm
(38) Rice Fan says:

To me, Condoleeza Rice would be the ultimate VP running mate. Not just because she’s black and/or a female but because she is totally qualified, experienced, influential and intelligent. I would vote for her for President in a heartbeat or Vice President.

September 13, 2008 at 11:29 am
(39) Rhonda Crisp says:

I highly respect that no matter what challanges face her she is a go out and do it. As a special needs mother my self I know some of the challanges she will face but I know by reading and listing that her character will take it as another day in life. Her strength is her self with God and her family. That shows from everything I have learned about her. The more challanges we face and have no fear about the more we are able to say to others have no fear. Good Luck I know you will soon be our next VP.

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