|08-03-2008, 10:09 AM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Vice President Picks Coming From Virginia?
What say ye all?
McCain is vetting Cantor
Jonathan Martin, Mike Allen Sat Aug 2, 9:34 PM ET
The McCain campaign is vetting Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) as a potential vice-presidential candidate, a campaign adviser told Politico on Saturday.
This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 file photo shows Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, flanked by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, left, and Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., during a news conference at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington. U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia has been asked for 'personal documents' by John McCain's campaign, a Republican knowledgeable with the discussions said Saturday. Cantor, 45, the chief deputy minority whip in the House, has been mentioned among several Republicans as a possible running mate for McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is a top running-mate prospect for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), opening up the possibility of an all-Old Dominion, Kaine vs. Cantor vice-presidential debate.
Cantor, 45, has provided records to the running-mate search team of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the adviser said.
With a Southern lilt and that belies his talent for raw politics, Cantor is one of the nation’s most prominent Jewish Republicans, and has impressed the McCain team by becoming a prolific fund-raiser for the campaign.
A young fiscal conservative who could help keep Virginia from tipping blue, Cantor could also be an asset in such battlegrounds as Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has shown appeal to the party's base as well as to independents, and would be an unconventional choice at a time when McCain is looking to add excitement to his campaign.
"McCain needs to do something different," said Chris LaCivita, a top Virginia Republican strategist. Citing his youth, ties to the business community, strong relationship with conservative activists and proven ability to raise money, LaCivita said Cantor "fits all the bills."
The commonwealth, which has been reliably Republican in presidential races, has become more Democratic, making it a top target for Obama and a huge concern for McCain.
Cantor, who lives in suburban Richmond, would bring to the ticket a photogenic family and a track record of raising prodigious amounts of money from his own national network. On weekends, he travels constantly on behalf of Republican House candidates and the national party
Known on Capitol Hill as squeaky clean, Cantor has successfully campaigned and raised money in key states like Missouri, New Jersey and New York.
Mark Warner, the former Virginia governor and now Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia, has said that Cantor was his toughest potential opponent. Cantor decided to stay in the House to continue rising the leadership ladder.
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and one of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders, recently praised Cantor as a potential McCain running mate, calling him rock-solid on social issues—a huge concern for Christian conservatives with the maverick McCain at the top of the ticket.
|08-03-2008, 03:33 PM||#2|
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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Well, it shows McCain hasn't gone completely loopy. I'd laugh my ass off if he was vetting George Allen...™
|08-03-2008, 05:46 PM||#3|
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: In the Tetons!
Romney would be a safer bet for McCain. I have never heard of Cantor...
|08-04-2008, 05:14 PM||#4|
Hokie since 1993
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Denver, CO
I know Eric Cantor personally and voted for him when I lived in his congressional district. He's a nice person and his politics are very good. He's good for business and understands economic concerns. I also think he'd be a good person to oversee the Senate. I think both would be great choices.
Kaine would be a good choice as well. Even though I think he's a jerk.
|08-04-2008, 07:47 PM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Topeka, KS
Cantor would certainly satisfy the need for him to pick a VP from a different generation. I've never heard of the guy, but his profile is interesting. Running with a fiscal conservative can only help McCain's chances...