Thursday, July 31

Vice President Announcements Soon?

It could only be a matter of days or weeks before we know the Vice President selection of each candidate. Both camps have kept their searches top secret and declined to give much insight into the process, but there is some recent speculation that leads pundits to believe a decision may be close at hand.

According to The Washington Post, the Obama camp is looking closely at Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.) and Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.), although Kaine appears to be the front runner.

"Although rumors have circulated about former military leaders and other nontraditional contenders, including Republicans, Obama's pool of prospects is heavy on longtime senators with foreign policy experience. Kaine and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius are the only state leaders believed to be under serious consideration, sources close to Obama said.

Democrats who have discussed possible choices with campaign officials and have knowledge of the vetting process said others being considered include Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and former senator Sam Nunn (Ga.)."

Reports also surfaced that McCain has met with former rival Rudy Giuliani and will meet later this week with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reported The Wall Street Journal.

Among the other rumored finalists: Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who could help him in the West and boost his fund raising, but who has been denounced by evangelicals; Charlie Crist, the current governor of Florida who endorsed McCain in his state’s primary; Tim Pawlenty, current governor of Minnesota, a likely battleground state and home to the Republican Party’s convention in September.



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