Report: McCain to Announce Veep Pick Friday
Elisabeth Bumiller and Michael Cooper of the International Herald Tribune is reporting this morning that John McCain has made his vice presidential selection, and will announce who it is on Friday at a rally in Dayton, Ohio.
McCain’s decision is known only to his small inner circle of advisers, no more than three or four people, who have refused all public discussion on the matter. Republicans close to the campaign said that the top contenders remained the same three men who have been the source of speculation for weeks: former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and, possibly, Senator Joseph Lieberman, independent of Connecticut.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Republican of Texas, was also mentioned as a possibility on Wednesday, but veteran Republicans quickly discounted her because of what is described as her cool relationship with McCain.
“It’s meshugeneh,” said Kenneth Duberstein, who was President Ronald Reagan’s last chief of staff, using the Yiddish word for crazy.