Republican Party vice presidential candidate selection, 2008

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Then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was formally nominated for vice president at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

This article lists those who were potential candidates for the Republican nomination for Vice President of the United States in the 2008 election. On March 4, 2008, Senator John McCain of Arizona won a majority of pledged delegates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, and became the presumptive nominee.

McCain held an event with Alaska governor Sarah Palin, revealing her as his vice-presidential running mate on August 29, 2008 (the date coinciding both with McCain's 72nd birthday and the Palins' 20th wedding anniversary[citation needed]), at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, the day after Barack Obama's acceptance speech.[1]

Selection process[edit]

Sarah Palin was the GOP choice for Vice President. At a speech in Norfolk, Virginia, McCain told supporters that regional considerations would have less bearing on his decision than the candidate's perceived ability to take over the office of the presidency–and the candidate's "values, principles, philosophy, and priorities."[2] One factor that McCain had to consider, more so than does his opponent, is age. Had McCain won in 2008, he would have (on January 20, 2009) been the oldest person to assume the Presidency in U.S. history at initial ascension to office, being 72 years old. His running-mate was scrutinized more heavily in general, and was considerably younger.[3] Other factors that contributed to the decision were shoring up the conservative base, choosing someone with executive experience, expertise in domestic policy (to complement McCain's foreign policy focus), and electoral college calculations.[3] Any closely contested general election will inevitably draw attention, as it does in most general election years, to the swing states, with high-value prizes in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.[4]

McCain had been rumored to be down to the names of Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Charlie Crist of Florida, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Sarah Palin of Alaska, and Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania. McCain initially wished to choose Lieberman, his close friend and the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, as his running mate; however, Lieberman's liberal record (voting with Democrats 86.9% of the time in the 110th Congress)[5] and pro-choice stance led McCain's aides to veto the choice.[6] McCain, rejecting 'safer' choices such as Pawlenty or Romney, instead chose Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Media speculation on John McCain's possible running-mates[edit]

After his selection by Republican primary voters as presumptive presidential nominee, news sources and political pundits began to speculate on whom McCain would or should choose, based on the candidates' ability to enhance the Republican ticket, personality (ability to work well with McCain), and preparedness for assuming the office of the presidency. The Associated Press reported that McCain had composed a list of 20 or so potential running mates.[7] Over two dozen names had been offered as viable potential running mates by the Kansas City Star,[8] the Salt Lake Tribune,[9] the New York Sun,[10] the Indianapolis Star,[11] the Saint Louis Post Dispatch,[12] the Times of India,[13] and the Globe and Mail.[14] This list includes both names that had been mentioned in several sources and some much less likely candidates:

U.S. Senators[edit]

U.S. Representatives[edit]

Governors[edit]

Former governors[edit]

Others[edit]

Denied interest[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mooney, Alexander; Bash, Dana; King, John (2008-08-28). "McCain settled on VP pick, sources say". CNN. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  2. ^ Bosman, Juilie; Jeff Zeleny (2008-02-09). "Dems stump hard, McCain talks running mate". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ a b c Hillyer, Quin (2008-02-14). "Who Wants to Be a Vice President?". The American Spectator. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  4. ^ Cuniff, Meghann (2004-10-04). "Portrait of a swing state". Oregon Daily Emerald. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  5. ^ "The U.S. Congress Votes Database". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  6. ^ by Evan ThomasNovember 06, 2008 (2008-11-06). "Campaign 2008 Secrets: McCain Gambles on Palin". Newsweek. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  7. ^ McCain Easing Into Role of GOP Leader[dead link]
  8. ^ "Who should be McCain's running mate?". Kansas City Star. 2008-02-13. Archived from the original on February 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  9. ^ Burr, Thomas; Matt Canham (2008-03-02). "Could dogged devotion earn guv a VP spot?". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  10. ^ Geraghty, Jim (2006-12-06). "McCain Hints Minn. Governor May Be His Running Mate". The New York Sun. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  11. ^ "Pence suggested as McCain running mate". Indianapolis Star. Associated Press. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-15. [dead link]
  12. ^ Mannies, Jo (2008-02-12). "Blunt in running as McCain's running mate?". STLtoday. Saint Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved 2008-02-15. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Jindal can be McCain's running mate?". The Times of India. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  14. ^ Agrell, Siri (2008-02-14). "Age and identity politics likely to influence choice of running mate". Toronto: CTVGlobeMedia. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  15. ^ "Sam Brownback For VP?". RedState. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i Horsley, Scott (2008-04-02). "McCain Starts His Search for a Vice President". NPR. Retrieved 2008-07-18. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Senators say whether they’d agree to be vice president". The Hill. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  18. ^ Smith, Prentiss (2008-08-04). "Prentiss Smith: Consider a woman running mate". Shreveport Times. Retrieved 2008-08-30. [dead link]
  19. ^ Negrin, Matt (2008-05-04). "Vice President Sununu?". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
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  21. ^ a b c d "The Vice President List". US News. 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  22. ^ Glass, Evan; Alexander Mooney, Dana Bash and John King (2008-08-29). "Minnesota governor told he isn't McCain's VP pick, sources say". CNN. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  23. ^ McCain Vets Cantor as Running Mate Wall Street Journal, by Susan Davis August 5, 2008, p. A6.
  24. ^ a b c d e Cooper, Michael (2008-04-02). "McCain Considering Vice President Picks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  25. ^ Kelly, Jack (2008-06-04). "McCain Should Pick Sarah Palin for VP". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
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  27. ^ Pugmire, Tim (2008-01-09). "Presidential campaigns raise volume in Minnesota". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  28. ^ Sanford, McCain appearance fuel VP question The State (SC) August 18, 2008.
  29. ^ Reston, Maeve (2008-03-22). "McCain's No. 2: Who?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  30. ^ Larimore, Rachel; Yoffe, Emily; Hulbert, Ann (2008-09-04). "Slate: The Sarah Palin Story". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  31. ^ Ali Frick (2008-08-22). "McCain Politicizes The Military By Floating Petraeus For Vice President". Think Progress. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  32. ^ Kamen, Al (2008-02-27). "Vice Presidential Contest Heats Up -- at Least Here". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  33. ^ "Potential V.P. picks stay mum". CNN. 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  34. ^ "Jindal Closes the 'Window' on Possible VP Nomination". ABC News. August 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  35. ^ "Condoleezza Rice Running for Vice President? Former CPA Spokesman Dan Senor Weighs In". Fox News. 2008-04-08. 
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