FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Talk is suddenly heating up that John McCain might name his vice presidential partner in the next few days. Sources tell CNN there have been recent discussions high in the campaign of doing so. But there are also a bunch of other ideas on the table: hold off until after Barack Obama has named his V.P. pick, or have McCain name his running mate after the Democratic convention. Campaign sources say all these options have been discussed, but no decisions have been made.
Meanwhile, McCain is scheduled to meet with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal tomorrow, which could spark more speculation that he's on the short list for vice president. If an announcement comes this week it could grab some of the media attention away from Obama's overseas travels.
Usually little importance is given to vice presidential picks. But some believe that it could be more significant to McCain's campaign because of his age – he'll turn 72 next month. The Politico reports McCain's string of verbal slips have some people wondering if these mistakes are due to his age.
Just yesterday McCain talked about the "Iraq-Pakistan" border... Afghanistan shares a border with Pakistan, not Iraq. He recently referred to "Somalia" instead of "Sudan" as well as twice mentioning "Czechoslovakia", a country that hasn't existed for 15 years. Last year McCain referred to "President Putin of Germany”, instead of "Russia”. And of course this spring he confused Sunnis and Shiites while on a trip to the Middle East.
The McCain campaign says Obama has made plenty of his own flubs, and they point out that McCain spends more time than Obama talking off the cuff – taking questions from voters and reporters.
Here’s my question to you: How important is John McCain's V.P. pick?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Pietro from New York writes:
It's important because Cheney has rewritten the role of the V.P. The days of having a Spiro Agnew are over. McCain might want to pick Mitt Romney because of his economic strengths (McCain's biggest weakness). But McCain looks so small, old, and inconsequential standing next to the tall, handsome, presidential-looking Romney that it will backfire. If McCain wants to win, he should pick Hillary Clinton!
Terry from Chandler, Arizona writes:
Very important, Jack. The person must be young but not so young as to make McCain look as old as you. Smart but not so smart as to make McCain look as ignorant as Bush.
Why would McCain’s V.P. pick be important when he's so irrelevant to the conversation about improving the country? Two screw-ups following two more screw-ups? No, it's not important who his V.P. pick is....maybe if his geography and social studies skills were better it would be important.
Scott from California writes:
Important news for Jack: Bob Novak himself said today that he suspects "he was used" by the McCain campaign and that yesterday's so-called leak was, as everyone except apparently professional journalists could tell, a head-fake to try to steal at least a few moments of media coverage. Congrats, you were all played.
Stacy from Boston writes:
It's important… You can bet his pick will be much younger, more energetic and from a red state that is now in 'play' for the Democrats. Thus, my suggestion for McCain is to pick Elvis.
Mike from Pueblo, Colorado writes:
Jack, McCain should pick a very young running mate, perhaps Miley Cyrus or Dakota Fanning. Then he could advertise that the average age of the ticket is "forty-something."