McCain's VP picks

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    According to the NYT, McCain is meeting with Crist, Jindal and Romney today...supposedly about the VP slot. What is it? A "despite speculation, I will not be picking you as VP, but please support my campaign and speak at the RNC" speech? Or is it a "you are the three top choices for my VP slot, please tell me why you want the job speech?"In any case - who do you think McCain will pick? My choices are as follows:1. Lieberman (considering Lieberman has been 50% of McCain's entire campaign...I think he is both an essential and independent choice for the VP slot. He would also have a vast appeal to the swing voters who will ultimately decide the election).
    2. Giuliani (my personal hopes as a Rudy fan...but it would be a very dynamic team, and would also earn the support of very high-profile Republicans who are close with both Giuliani and McCain. It would also ensure Bloomberg support for Republicans as opposed to Democrats).
    3. Bloomberg (Bloomberg currently runs the 3rd largest government in the U.S., is one of the most influential men on the planet, has done more for the environment, health care and financial security than most politicians to date, and would ensure McCain's support among independents).
    4. Schwarzenegger (probably won't happen because of the Constitution - but for many of the reasons I listed for Bloomberg, Arnold has done so much for his (2nd largest government) state, and he also appeals to both parties. Wouldn't it be nice if we had a Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger ticket someday?)
    5. Jindal (young, diverse, great appeal, excellent speaker).
    6. Powell (I think he speaks for himself).
    7. Crist (if Obama is the nominee...Crist will almost certainly ensure a victory in FL which will ultimately decide the election - but that's a big IF Obama is the nominee. If it is Clinton...then it might not be enough).
    8. Huckabee (currently placing fourth among voters for the most influential person in TIME's top 100 list, Huckabee has a vast appeal among the voters that Obama won't be able to reach. He has a talent for simplifying issues, and is someone fighting hard for the low income and underserved).
    9. Pawlenty (young, successful, excellent speaker, no baggage).
    10. Romney (although polarizing, Romney has a vast appeal among die-hard conservatives. He is engaging, attractive (as a woman, I cannot dispute the fact that Romney is very appealing in appearance). He also possesses some of the ideologies that McCain has lacked throughout his campaign. I will be disappointed if McCain chooses Romney...but I would still vote for McCain...and some of the right-wingers would then determine that McCain is good enough).

     
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    Here's my fav 3#1: Jindal - Some are calling him the next Reagan. He's a young, enthusiastic conservative that offers diversity to the ticket. He also is a contrast to McCain's age.#2: Romney - He has an appeal to the conservative base which has not been thrilled with McCain - a candidate HAS to appeal to their base voters. You can't neglect them.#3: Crist - More moderate than Romney but he's one of the more popular FL governor's in recent memory, which would all but secure FL for McCain against Obama. Living in FL, I can attest to Crist's popularity.�Thats just my opinion, not predicting anything here.

     
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    You surprise me this morning with your list.� Bloomberg and Arnold and Lieberman in the top 5 for you???�Why??� I like Liberman a lot�but McCain is already too far to the middle for me to go with him.� Arnold is a fake Republican and ineligible because of his birth place,�and Bloomberg is horrendous.� Bloomberg is the guy who sat with Menino and called all the mayors of NH to get them to press the legislature to make new gun laws to make it more difficult for law abiding NH residents to posess guns.� Bloomberg has NO business in NH law.I'd figure you for a more conservative VP pick�for McCain, someone a little more right of him.For the record I'm okay with Rudy but would put Mitt much, much higher on the list, personally.�

     
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    macnh1 - I think we disagree because I'm not a conservative. I voted whole-heartedly for McCain because he isn't one either. Romney is at the bottom of my list because it will look like McCain is pandering to the conservative base. In a general election, I don't believe he needs to do that. Conservatives were drawn to Mitt in the same way liberals are drawn to Obama...and I don't find either of them to be at all genuine. That's just my opinion. I also think McCain absolutely needs to secure the independent base, because this year, it is my opinion that they will ultimately decide the election. Their numbers are far greater than right-wing conservative base. You also don't want to choose a VP that highlights your flaws...Mitt Romney further accentuates some of McCain's weaknesses with the right wing. That's why I think Lieberman would be a good pick - because he has made it very clear that McCain has reached across the aisle on legislation with people all over the political spectrum. Also - if McCain picks Romney,� he is in danger of losing some of the centrist support from people like Bloomberg, Crist and Shwarzenegger who have made it pretty clear that they dislike the guy. If Bloomberg ends up having to support Obama - it will, for me and other McCain supporters that I know, be a difficult barrier to overcome. States can do whatever they want with their gun laws. It isn't really a concern for me. I know it would probably grate under your skin to see McCain pick an independent, because of the kind of message it sends, but he would still have the support of Republicans. I think it would be the best thing for him...especially in this anti-Republican movement that draws people to Obama.Politics are changing...the parties are changing...and the Republicans need to send a strong message this year that we are the party who is in the best interest of the people...not the party.

     
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    I think that makes sense.� My argument would be that McCain alone can attract the independent and that it would make sense to draw in a more conservative VP, particularly one who is very strong on the economy and with business.� You never know with this stuff what will work until all the votes are counted.� I like the idea of Lieberman simply to aggravate the Muslim world.McCain, if he can get spending under control and influence the criminals in congress and do something about building refineries, drilling for oil here and nuclear power, to get the energy issues under control, could possibly be the greatest president of the modern era.And most importantly...he will keep us safe.� People won't mess with us.

     
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    Just because it is becoming popular to "change" the party and become more "moderate" - in my humble opinion is pretty much just giving in to the left wing - doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. I for one will not compromise my core beliefs and values�just because it's popular to do so. Us conservatives believe that our ideas are whats best for this country (and liberals believe that their ideas are best for this country too). I wouldn't expect anyone from either side to change beliefs just because of trends and popularity.�I'm going to fight for conservative causes because I believe thats what our country was founded on - and if we lose the battle to socialism, then so be it - but I for one won't go down without a fight.If someone has some self reflection and insight that changes their beliefs, than so be it, but don't jump off a bridge because everyone else is doing it.�

     
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    How is Jindal a wanna be Obama?

    You are the master of drive by name calling.

     
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    Taking a rational approach to irrational people is a recipe for disaster.� An approach of appeasement and rational negotiation with muslim extremists makes us appear weak and will result in more 9/11's.�

     
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    Young, trim,� good speaker,� minority status.Haha! How dare Jindal become born only a few decades ago, as a MINORITY! *Gasp* The horror! He should have known that another young minority would run for President! Shame on him!

     
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    I'm going to fight for conservative causes because I believe thats what our country was founded on - and if we lose the battle to socialism, then so be it - but I for one won't go down without a fight.Good for you, sandshark...but I don't want to "give in" to either wing. I have my� own principles that are independent of myself and they don't involve a party agenda. That's just me. I admire and appreciate people with their own principles. I believe Republican values are what founded this country, that is why I'm a Republican. I believe in a federalist form of government (state power), a free market economy, and limited federal power. I'm not, however, pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-gun...because despite whether you're conservative or liberal, these kind of social issues belong to the states, and should not be under the authority of the federal government. The Republican party was formed around state and voter rights...and I intend to hold the tradition that the people are the ones who hold the power. And that laws can differ based on geographic location and economic situations.Continue to fight for your core beliefs and values - it is what makes this country strong. But I fail to concede that a Republican must be conservative or a Democrat must be progressively liberal. Or that for some reason a politician who is strong enough to break from party lines is weak and giving in to both sides.�

     
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    Hmm.. seems the democrats think that they're the only ones allowed to have a young, enthusiastic minority run for office. What a double standard. Not only that, Jindal is being called a wanna be because of his minority status.

    Amazing how the one's crying racism all of the time are the ones pulling the race card! Liberals showing their true colors once again!

     
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    Bobby Jindal is an excellent advocate for health care (something very important to me). He was secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals in Louisiana, the Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commisson on the future of Medicare, President of the Univ. of Louisiana, and was appointed as the Secretary of Planning and Evaluation for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

    What has Obama done besides teach a couple of classes and spend time running for different offices?

     
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    Latest news from the McCain camp:Speculation about a McCain/Bloomberg ticket. Apparently, Bloomberg was mentioned as one of McCain's top picks.�Also, he has more than 10 couples coming to his house...but the media only chose to mention Romney, Jindal and Crist.
    Lieberman, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Graham, as well as�several others are also invited.
    I would assume that it has nothing to do with being a VP.�

     
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    Bloomberg is too far left on the environmental issues- a lot of this green laws, ethanol for example, are contributing to our high gas prices and economy - we need someone conservative on this issue. It really effects the economy.

     
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    Socialism is the socio-economic system where property and distribution of wealth are controlled by the government. In other words,�more power to the government, less power to the people. We were founded as a nation with a small government controlled by the people. Explain to me how mr big taxes Obama (wants to raise capital gains by 10%).Explain to me how this guy is NOT a socialist.

     
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    Raising taxes, and increasing welfare hand outs etc - that is called redistributing wealth.

    You say what I say is wrong, but argue nothing to the counter effect. Liberal democrats are socialists, they just don't admit it.

     
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