McCain Vice Presidential Speculation

It’s the inevitable discussion which has been happening somewhat. Should McCain become the Republican nominee, who would make the best Vice Presidential candidate?

Here’s a bit of discussion with author Nicholas Wapshott and Julie Banderas, followed by some folks on the street who give obvious answers like “Huckabee” or “Romney”:

Condoleeza Rice is an interesting pick. However, I think she may have too much Bush administration baggage which comes along for the ride so I’d say she’s out. Huckabee or Romney may seem like the next obvious but I don’t think either of them are good choices if McCain is truly looking to placate conservatives. True, Huckabee could carry the south and Romney would bring economic credentials but their negatives may detract too much.

Fred Thompson seems like a good choice to satisfy conservatives but would that make the whole Republican ticket look “too old” versus the Democratic nominee? Perhaps.

If anyone, I think it will probably be someone with southern appeal since the GOP will need to hold the south, especially if competing against Obama. Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida perhaps?

Thoughts from everyone?

  • Jeff

    I just read on a website that insiders in the McCain camp say there is “no way” Huckabee will be the V.P. because he doesn’t satisy conservatives regarding the economy.

    I think Condi Rice would be the best pick as she has a similar position to Iraq that McCain has, satisfies other conservative criteria such as social and economic conservatism as well as being a black woman which could nertralise some of the “emotionally based vote” that a Clinton/Obama ticket would have from African Americans and women.

  • Jeff

    The excerpt I was talking about (regarding Huckabee not being the V.P.) is froM THE article “Hillary’s McGovern Problem” on the RealClearPolitics.com website:

    “McCain and Huckabee
    Insiders close to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign have put out the word that there is absolutely no chance that his last remaining major opponent for the Republican presidential nomination, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, will become McCain’s vice presidential running mate. McCain personally likes Huckabee, and McCain’s campaign has not wanted to antagonize Huckabee’s evangelical supporters, whose backing will be needed in the general election. But McCain’s close advisers reject a place on the ticket for Huckabee, who is unacceptable to economic conservatives.”

  • Josh

    I think he should take Bobby Jindal, Charlie Crist or Condoleeza Rice as all 3 are up and comings. Of the 3 Jindal is the youngest and most conservative. So thats who I think he should pick if he wants to win.

  • Michael

    Rice would allow the Democratics to construct a “New Bush” to run against. It would be disastrous. I don’t see that as anything but negative for McCain’s position.

    And points about Obama’s “liberalism” really are not going to hold water either. McCain attracts moderates, but the key differences dividing those two are abortion, health care and the war. The last of these being the hottest thing helping both candidates– but also what gave Democrats the edge in congressional elections.

    I don’t foresee any good for McCain if he faces Obama, unless he takes social conservative with a strong financial background. If he can argue fiscal and social policies, he may win points, but its going to be tough for him.

  • ML

    I believe if McCain chose Fred Thompson, Democrats and Independents who support him would think twice about voting for a man his age when his immediate heir was, to them, a Bush clone. Too risky, and I agree it would make the GOP ticket look like a relic of a bygone era the coutry really seems to want to put behind it.

  • Homer

    McCain/Colin Powell would be a powerhouse ticket which would crush the Democratic rebellion, whichever liberal puppet comes out with their nomination.

  • SDB

    I think Hillary should dump the democrats and go republican and become McCain’s VP