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McCain camp eyes Virginia congressman

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Last week, I posted about an apparent front-runner as U.S. Sen. Barack Obama looks for a vice president nominee to run with: Virginia's governor, Timothy M. Kaine. (Note that until the decision is announced, the Obama folks will be looking at other candidates, including women.)

Over the weekend, news emerged that McCain is considering a congressman from Virginia: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor. According to an article posted on Politico, the political news Web site, Cantor is well-liked by social conservatives and could keep Virginia in the GOP column. Other McCain contenders, according to Politico: "former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former congressman, White House budget director and U.S. trade ambassador Rob Portman of Ohio."

The New York Times has a column by William Kristol claiming that McCain likely will wait to announce his veep choice until Obama announces his. If Obama picks a man, McCain should pick a woman, Kristol suggests.

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