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VEEPSTAKES

Under Pressure

Columnist Robert Novak writes, "political donors report John McCain complains he is under pressure from" Pres. Bush and Karl Rove to select Mitt Romney as his VP running mate (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/1).

McCain said 5/30 that he "would not necessarily rule out" a running mate "who supports abortion rights, or who disagrees with him on any other issue." McCain: "There are people who have certain agendas who want me to assure them. And all I can do is make blanket assurance that the person I choose will share my values and my principles and my goals and my ideals. For me to say I am not selecting this kind of person, not selecting this kind of person, I don't think is appropriate for the process" (Meckler, Wall Street Journal, 5/30).

 

A Jin-Darling Of The Christian Right

Meanwhile, New York Times' Nossiter profiles LA Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a possible VP short-lister for John McCain. "Religion and fiscal stringency have a friendly home at the state Capitol" with Jindal in the gov's office, "a host of straight-arrow novice legislators eager to please him and an honored spot for the Louisiana Family Forum in the old marble halls."

"The newly conservative tone" of state gov't "is seeping through a host of successful bills -- on school vouchers, creationism, stem-cell restrictions and tax and spending cuts -- and it is adding to the speculative frenzy here surrounding" Jindal as a potential VP choice for McCain (6/2).

When In Rome

Orlando Sentinel's Collie asks, could Crist girlfriend Carole Rome "be adding Florida first lady to her resume?"

 

"Stay tuned," says Gov. Charlie Crist (R). More: "I love Carole. That should speak for itself."

"The scion of the family that owns the world's oldest Halloween costume company," Rome "seems too accomplished to be mere arm candy" (6/1).

Let's Just Get Through Tuesday First, Huh?

Obama supporter/ex-Senate Maj. Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) was on "Meet the Press" 6/1, and he was asked about the Dem VP spot.

Daschle: "I have no interest in being vice president. ... None."

 

NBC's Russert: "You wouldn't accept it?"

Daschle: "Well, that's a different question. ... I haven't been asked and don't expect to be asked."

Russert: "But would you like to serve in government again?"

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Daschle: "That's a possibility" (NBC, 6/1).

Just Mark-ing Time

SC Gov. Mark Sanford (R) was on "Late Edition" 6/1, and he was asked if he wants to be McCain's running mate.

Sanford: "No, I'm just trying to survive the week. I made it to Sunday. I got another week ahead of me. ... There's nothing wrong with being vice president. But it's not on my radar screen. I'll worry about that lightning strike if it comes my way" (CNN, 6/1).

Veep Pourri

Highlights of other recent veepstakes coverage:

VA Sen. James Webb (D) talked with the New York Times Magazine's Howell. Asked about his veep prospects, he said, "I've never had a conversation with Barack about any of this, so it's really out of line to speculate" (6/1).

Asked whether he would accept an offer to run for VP, AR Gov. Mike Beebe (D) gave a firm "no" on 5/31. "That's not surprising, said Ouachita Baptist Univ. prof. Hal Bass. Bass: "There's no question Beebe's been a successful governor, and he's a very capable person. But he's shown, from my perspective, no real inclination to dip his foot into the national waters" (Lyon, Arkansas News Bureau, 6/1).

AP's Hanna writes, KS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) "undercut her efforst to build her credentials as a moderate problem solver with a reception last year at her official residence with abortion provider George Tiller (6/1).

Orlando Sentinel's Kennedy writes, "when the McCain campaign really homes in on a running mate, there's a real case for Crist. But there's also one against him" (6/2).

Connecticut Post's Urban writes, while the lists of possible VP candidates "are long," it seems that CT "has a stable of potential horses in the veepstakes - Sen. Chris Dodd (D) Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) and Gov. Jodi Rell (R) (5/31).

This article appears in the June 2, 2008 edition of Latest Edition.

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