Mitt Romney, at least according to the conventional wisdom, is near the top of John McCain's short list for a running mate.
But an article in the Washington Times today reminds of one possible huge hurdle: skepticism, if not outright suspicion, among some evangelical Christians.
The Times reports that prominent evangelicals don't trust Romney on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage, given the former Massachusetts governor's track record. "McCain and Romney would be like oil and water," novelist Tim LaHaye, who supported Mike Huckabee during the GOP primaries, told the newspaper. "We aren't against Mormonism, but Romney is not a thoroughgoing evangelical and his flip-flopping on issues is understandable in a liberal state like Massachusetts, but our people won't understand that
McCain, meanwhile, offered few hints on his vice presidential pick during an interview Monday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."
Asked how close he was to a decision, McCain replied, "Weíre in the process. As you know, if I comment on it in any more detail then it causes a flurry of speculation. We are blessed with a large number of people who I think would serve not only as vice president but as president and so I really canít comment much more.
Asked whether he would make an announcement before the Olympics, which begin Aug. 8, McCain answered, "I can tell you that I will announce it just as soon as the process is completed but it wonít be driven by any other factors, the Olympics, or any other. It will be strictly on when we can arrive at a conclusion and obviously itís tough because we have so many highly qualified individuals.
"Men and women?" King asked
"Yes sir. Men and women," McCain said. "And if I start running down the list Iíll get in real serious trouble."
About Political Intelligence
Glen Johnson is Politics Editor at boston.com and lead blogger for "Political Intelligence." He moved to Massachusetts in the fourth grade, and has covered local, state, and national politics for over 25 years. E-mail him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.