Unsubstantiated Veep Rumor Mongering Republican Edition

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First there’s this from Townhall.com:

Overheard: Pawlenty, Romney or Lieberman. Noon on Friday.

Then, there’s this from Stephen Bainbridge:

There’s a rumor floating around my little corner of the vast right-wing conspiracy that John McCain has cut his VP candidates down to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and FedEx CEO Fred Smith. Boy would the latter be an out of the box choice.

There’s also a rumor about Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who will probably turn out to be the Chet Edwards of this version of Veepstakes.

And Jonathan Martin reports that Joe Lieberman’s supporters are strongly denying a report by Bob Novak that Lieberman warned McCain against picking him:

A report out today that Joe Lieberman warned John McCain against selecting him to be on the GOP ticket is “totally and absolutely false,” according to a Lieberman source who contacted Politico.

Columnist Robert Novak wrote that the prospect of Lieberman on the ticket is real, but that McCain and some his top backers know it would be politically unrealistic.

“And this has been made clear to McCain by none other than Joe Lieberman himself,” writes Novak.

Not so, says a Lieberman source, stating categorically that the Connecticut senator has not contacted his Arizona colleague to say any such thing.

As I’ve reported, Lieberman is very much being considered by McCain. And it’s an indication of how much backers of the independent-turned-Democrat want the No. 2 slot that they would push back so hard against Novak’s report.

Maybe this Lieberman thing isn’t the pundit’s fantasy that I thought it was.

  • Clark

    Romney would be the best addition to the Republican ticket. He is ready to lead the country if it became necessary. His background in the economy is a huge asset – both practically, and psychologically. Romney is energetic, and comes across as intelligent and capable. I think if he is selected, he should immediately state that he has been very blessed financially, as has John Kerry, John Edwards, the Kennedys, and John McCain among others, and like those leaders, he has great concern for the economic hardship many Americans are facing right now. He should pledge to voters that he will use his knowledge of the economy to do all he can to help lessen their burdens. In my opinion, addressing the “wealthy” issue up front and head on would be a wise move. Additionally, Romney can swing Nevada, Colorado, and maybe even Michigan.

  • kranky kritter

    Does anyone really believe that Michigan is going to go red? I know I don’t. Is there any reason to think that Romney’s MI connections will make a difference? Obama has had a lead there of around 4 or 5 points for about 2 months now.

    My model assumes that Obama carries MI. Big union state, high black population, usually blue even in good times. If tMI stays blue, then McCain will need NH or Nevada plus Colorado, Ohio, AND Virginia.

    Obama only needs one from among CO, OH, and VA if he holds all the states where he’s ahead by around 4+ points.