July 22nd, 2008
04:20 PM ET

How important is McCain's V.P. pick?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

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.

Sophie writes:
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."

Filed under: 2008 Election • John McCain
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Anthony Smith

    It's only important if McCain was to win which I don't think he will. He needs to pick someone who will be ready for presidency because I don't see chicken arms making a full term with his anger and health issues.

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    July 22, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  2. VA2CA, San Diego

    Doesn't make a bit of difference to me who John McCain's VP running mate will be, Jack. I'd rather eat dirt than to vote another Republican executive administration into office.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  3. Mike, ABQ, NM

    Since McCain doesn't have a chance of winning on his own, it is important that he choose a running mate that is capable of orchestrating a coup. Maybe somebody with connections to Diebolds electronic voting division, or Karl Rove.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  4. Pietro from NYC

    It's important because Cheney has rewritten the role of the VP. 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!

    July 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Stacy, Boston, MA

    It's important in order to make it appear as though McCain doesn't have dementia. 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.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  6. Jackie in Dallas, TX

    Considering his age and increasing symptoms of becoming incompetent, it could be crucial. Look at pictures of our current president before his election and now, and regardless of how you feel about him, you can tell holding office has been a terrible strain. How McCain, who has to take weekends off to recuperate during his campaigning is going to respond to 24-hour/7-day-a week responsibility is anyone's guess. His choice may well end up being acting President!

    July 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  7. Troy

    Oxford MS
    It is very important. I don't support Obama or McCain but a good VP pick could change my mind. Someone like Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich would get me to vote for them.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  8. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Very important Jack. The person must be young but not so young as to make McCain look as old as you. Smart but so smart it makes McCain look as ignorant as Bush.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  9. Mariel

    McCain's VP choice will not be seen as important as Obama's choice for his VP. McCain's pick will most likely be further to the right – nothing new or different from the current status quo. Since Obama represents a new course out of this rut our country has gotten into, you would think his choice would also be representative of new and fresh ideas.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  10. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Considering the numerous gaffes of McCain and his advanced age, his VP selection is critical. He needs to pick someone who is young and has a good vision of the country's future. This person should not be a warmonger!

    No matter who he picks though I'm for OBAMA!

    July 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  11. Jack Carlson

    McCAin needs to find a VP that has the respect of the American People who who he will listen to. I"d beg Colin Powell for one four year terms to assist.
    Jack Carlson
    Minneapolis, Mn

    July 22, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  12. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    Anybody accepting the VP slot from McCain better get used to the negativity that McCain is using. He's going on and on and on about Obama. His campaign is getting very negative. And I think that is just a major try to overcome his hopeless loss.

    Considering his age, and his lack of economic knowledge, and his need for someone to help him with his bloopers, he should pick someone young and moldable. Because nobody with any sense is going to want to follow McCain into World War III.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  13. Mark - Asheville, NC

    His age and health makes his VP pick very, very important. That person could quite possibly become President. So far as November goes, it doesn't matter much who he picks; Obama will defeat himself, with the dubious help of the smear merchants, and his past associations and decisions.

    Personally, I do not want either of them. We had good candidates, but they were either ignored to death or demonized.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  14. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    Seriously, who really cares, this VP selection won't suddenly change my vote. I care about this country and I refuse to cede anymore power to the party that left it in ruins through 8 years of Bush and 12 years of a GOP congress

    July 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  15. Fred, Las Vegas, NV

    Since McCain wouldn't be much different from GW, he would be better of if he picks Dick Chenney.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  16. Andrew

    It is important. I don't recall a candidate who inspires his party to stay home on election day more than John Bush McCain.

    If he doe snot make a wise choice for his running mate, his low chances become even less.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    Frankly, Jack, I don't give a darn. It will be someone cut from the same cloth, and that won't do any of us any good, unless we're millionaires or more, of course.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  18. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Republicans are looking at the 2012 election and don't appear to be over concerned about a V.P choice for John McCain so they aren't going to sacrifice their "cream of the crop".

    July 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  19. David Arnold, Florida

    Jack, its as important as Hillary Clinton paying of her outstanding debt right now. We know it has to be done but if it gets done we do not really care that much.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    His pick will be a one day news story. There is nobody out there on the Republican side that can help him stand up to the wave of change that will sweep the country in November.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  21. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    McCain's pick for Vice President will be as important as his choosing Phil Gramm as his chief economic advisor. Unless McCain can convince Jesus or Oprah Winfrey to join his ticket, he's going down in a landslide.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  22. Casey | Tecumseh, Mo.

    He could pick Micky Mouse and it wouldn't matter to me. No, wait... I take that back.. with Micky, we might get free passes to Disneyland or something of value. With McCain, there's nothing for anyone who makes under $250,000.00 a year.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  23. Karen-Phoenix

    Nada, zipp, zero. McCain represents the OLD guard in Washington and as I am 64 and ready to retire, so should he!! Every time I see McCain I remember how many of my friends died in VIetnam, another wrong war we never could "win"! I see in McCain the friends my grandchildren have lost in Iraq, another wrong war we never can "win"!!
    Out with the old, in with the new!!! Peace is Patriotic!!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  24. Ryan - Tampa, Flordia


    It's not. The party of ideas, is now the party of ideology. There are simply too few good men with any big ideas and McCains pick will merely serve to steal media attention.

    Any new ideas his running mate may bring has already been struck dead by the hole McCain's advisors have dug him into.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  25. Jenny Rome Ga

    Given McCains age, very important. He needs some one new young and vibrant with fresh ideas who is willing to play second bananna. Not likely to find anyone that fits that discription.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  26. Greg in Cabot AR

    McCain has two directions to go with his choice for VP.

    Someone much younger that might have to take over should he win because it is obvious to me that he probably won't be able to govern the full 4 year term.

    His second option...and my reccomendation...would be to have someone run simply to get the campaign expierence for the 2012 election, since I don't think he has a snow ball's chance this year.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  27. Terri, Dallas TX

    I couldn't care less who he chooses. He could choose Barney for all I care. Obama is the one I'm voting for.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  28. Anna, SW Missouri

    It is very important due to his age. The one person we will not see get the nod is Gov. Piyush Jindal, (Bobby is just a nickname). Two years as a US Representative in the House and less than 2 years as a govenor, 37 years old, and no foreign policy experience will blow all of McCain's claims against Obama of inexperience out the window. Then when they have to tell the American people that his parents came here from India in the late 60's or early 70's should finish off the McCain run for Presidency. You think people are racist in this country, try to tell them that their next VP has strong ties to India, one of the Countries that is getting a lot of American jobs.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  29. J, Maryland

    It's not important at all because he's not going to win.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  30. byron in vernonia, oregon

    Very important. Obviously, his age makes it more likely his VP will eventually become president. Also, he needs to energize the traditional Republican base and at the same time appeal to moderates and independents–which seems to me next to impossible. Too bad Jesus Christ isn't available.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  31. sarah, indiana

    i will vote for mccain,regardless of his v.p. choice. however i must admit i would really prefer he pick colin powell. this man has so much to offer. his integrity, intelligence, service, and dedication to our country are on par with sen. mccain, and his political ideology is moderate like mccain. this would be the perfect ticket in my book.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  32. Terry from North Carolina

    Considering this guy is older than you and I, and not the healthiest person I have seen, picking a strong VP becomes very important as who ever the canidate is could be the president real quick.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  33. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Jack, he needs to counter the age issue, so he needs a younger VP. Given his age, that's probably pretty easy to find.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  34. Richard Sternagel

    With all his health problems,McCain should pick some one who could be President. It doesn't matter to me as I still won't vote him!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  35. Gene E

    Very important. He needs Justin Timberlake.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  36. Chryssa

    It's very important. Considering McCain's age, it's very likely his VP would serve as president before it's all said and done.

    Boise, ID

    July 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  37. mitchell ,arkansaw

    it is insignificant.this is the year,the people of the united states,will take their country back,from those who are trying to wreck it.namely,republicans like mccain,bush,cheney,and rove.they have ruined the gop for years to come ,if not forever.their presidential pick is just as insignificant.it won't matter.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  38. Martha Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada

    Of course it's important.

    McCain needs to find someone, who has top notch skills in the tapping of shoulders, and whispering into ears.

    If Leiberman were the best he would have picked him already. Must be a tall order to fill.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  39. gary lee, san luis obispo, ca.

    if he had a feminist running mate that might help alot. but i dont think there are any feminists in the GOP. most of them are leftists. the exact oposite of the GOP ideology

    July 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  40. Bruce from Sugar Loaf, NY

    Makes no difference, Jack. McSame can pick Hallie Berry and it wouldn't make a darn bit of difference. Americans want change this election cycle; he ain't it.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  41. PT from Voorhees NJ

    About as important as my selection of green olives in lieu of black olives with my martini last night as I looked at my paycheck. What recession?

    July 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  42. BOB in Michigan

    Who McCain picks Jack is very important, at least to McCain. So much so that he is timing it right in the middle of Obama's world tour.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  43. douglas gengler

    very important............. he needs romney for his money. doug in arkansas

    July 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  44. leevaughn brown

    Hey Jack
    McCain can pick who he wants to pick, he is still the Capt. of the Titanic and who cares who his Ex. O. was
    Cinti, Ohio

    July 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  45. J.D.

    If McCain is elected it won't matter if a trained chimp is his Vice President. His policies will keep us at war, keep us from economic viability and keep us hated around the world. The United States won't recover from the Bush years and will move further and further from what the founders of our country had in mind. It's frightening to think about.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  46. Gigi in Alabama

    Who cares? He comes off as a tired old man and picking a smart young one will only emphasize how much he is over the hill. The guy is only a couple of years older that I am, so I know old!!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  47. Senior, CA

    It will make no difference. There are too many anti-war voters who do not want to see McCain elected. Also, McCain is showing more and more of his memory decline as time goes by.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  48. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Right now it is like asking someone to be First Mate on the Titanic, all the while knowing it will sink. Republicans missed their chance to have a shot at this election when they snubbed Ron Paul.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  49. Rod from Allentown PA

    It is extremely important. McCain can boast experience on just about everything over Obama, but he is weak on the economy. His pick, if strong on internal economic affairs could be the decisive move in a close chess match.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  50. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    As the Wolfman says from time to time on major breaking news it's HUGE, HUGE Jack.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  51. David, Orlando, FL

    Not important. Given McSame’s bush-like inability to see reality, he will probably pick someone like Phil Gramm. If the voters are dumb enough to vote for a 3rd Bush term, they are terminally stupid and will vote for McSame no matter who he picks.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  52. Rosalynd Florida

    None of McCain's other jokes have been funny, maybe his VP pick will cause uncontrollable laughter.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  53. John

    Jack: McCain's V.P. choice is very important due to his health issues and age. The V.P. is one heart beat away from the Oval Office. It is an important choice for any presidential candidate. But for McCain it is 10 times more important to chose the right person.


    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  54. Peg

    Sorry Jack, he could pick Jesus for VP and still lose in November.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  55. Nomi, Decatur, IA

    I couldn't care less who John McCain's second in command would be, because if he wins my life will be ruined. I'm a mother of three, working two jobs, and I can't find my louse of a husband to send me a dime now and then. That old geezer's got nothing for me, no matter who sits next to him on the "Stray Walk Express".

    July 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  56. vern - anaheim ca

    jack,not important at all,i'm not voting for mccain anyway

    July 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  57. James Marshall, Cullowhee

    I have been sitting here making a list of possibilities that would help him but I can't fill in the first one so that I can do the second one. He just comes across as so pitifully inept that I feel sorry for him. Consider that I, who can get on line and use the internet, at the age of 78 plus am pitifully inept myself. I would suggest that he randomly choose ten social security numbers and randomly choose one of those ten.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  58. Jenny Rome Ga


    Given the mans age it is very important. MCCain needs to select a young person with vision, enthusium and new ideas. Chances of finding that in the Republican party are remote at best.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  59. Myrock, Atlanta, GA

    Well Jack, It doesn't really matter... McCain has no chance at winning this election... {I hope}

    Maybe McCain can ask "Lil Bush" from Comedy Central to be his running mate?

    Then i'll maybe vote for him.. Lil Bush is a very wise young man... That's what makes his character even more hilarious.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  60. Judie

    About as important as last years news is today.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    July 22, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  61. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    It won't matter the majority of voters will elect McCain out of fear regardless of who is his VP.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  62. Carol, Calif. Central Coast

    He needs to pick someone who can discreetly whisper in his ear and correct all the errors of fact he keeps making.

    Carol from California

    July 22, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  63. JT in NYC

    Ultimately it is the single most important decision will make this election. Because if he doesn't find a running mate who can walk on water, he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell to get elected.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  64. Jefferson Dallas, Texas

    Few presidents have ever died in office. Of those that did their replacements were of no consequence or importance. A vice president in America is just as important as the last guy to come across the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Yep.... Irrelevant.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  65. joan ont.ca

    A tall handsome dude will make McCain shorter and less attractive. A really short dude with a winning streak might help.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  66. A Kraft Naples, FL

    would not even help if it was GOD

    July 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  67. kenneth sibbett

    Politicans are always talking bi-partisianship and crossing the aisle.Maybe he could make a phone call to the former first lady.
    That's the only way in hell McCain could be our next President.

    kenny Chadbourn N.C.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  68. Jasmine in Germany

    The V. P. pick for both candidates are extremely important this election. McCain needs to choose a younger, energetic, strong person whom the voters could envision as President. McCain does give the impression that he's too old for the job (sadly, his boat left eight years ago).

    July 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  69. Michael, Cleveland

    Jack, I don't think McSame's VP pick is important at all. I do not believe that there is ANYTHING that McSame can do to win this election! There are, however, any number of things that Sen Obama can do to lose it. We Democrats do enjoy shooting ourselves in the foot!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  70. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    The only thing of importance is someone younger, healther, still has his mind intact, and knows something about the economy.. None of these apply to McCain. But few believe it will be important, since he probably will not win.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  71. George

    None whatever unless he can walk on water, and I don't think that is going to happen. I have always admred John McCain, but this is one time that he hasn't a chance in Hades of winning the Presidency. He is going from a hero, to a defeated presidental candidate. At least he will be going down without a shot being fired, and as a free man.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  72. Michael, Orlando, Florida.

    Pictures of Obama journey to Europe and Middle East is too powerful for anyone to doubt the president and commander-in-chief status. He has taken away the only strength of McCain. Obama will return to U.S.A and should say:.."I came, I saw, I conquered".. God bless U.S.A.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  73. mitchell ,arkansaw

    he needs someone who can find china on a map.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  74. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Jack, it absolutely makes no difference who McCain picks because there's not a snowballs chance in hell that he will become president .

    July 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  75. johnosahon

    NOT IMPORTANT to me, i do not care if he puts Jesus as his V.P. i will NEVER vote for him.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  76. Wendy

    Not important as long as he refuses to refute Gramm's economic policies. He got rid of the man but has not distanced himself from Gramm's economic policies. Until that time, he is a certain loser, no matter who he picks.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  77. susanm


    i can care less, neither party listen to 'WE THE PEOPLE"
    they forget us, and do as they darn please.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  78. DEBBY, NJ

    Whomever he picks they are NOT going to help.
    The GOP is in the toilet.
    McShame is TOAST.
    BARACK THE VOTE '08 !!!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  79. Julia Mullin

    It really doesn't matter unless he picks Hillary – which would be a "first". Fayetteville, NC

    July 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  80. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Relavtively important. You know that the Dems will be hammering McCain on his age, so youth is important. However, a lot of GOP people are nervous at how liberal McCain is, so he also needs to quell those fears too. I feel that Huckabee would be a good choice, but that Colin Powell would be the best, as he also takes that whole "race" issue out of the equation.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  81. Terry in Hanover County

    I won't be surprised if the GOP replaces McCain at the convention with someone else, particularly if he keeps having memory lapses and continues using questionable judgment in personnel matters (e.g., Gramm). If he remains the standard bearer for the Party, then his VP will either be Lieberman, his friend, or Romney, a Party favorite. Either way, it no longer matters to me because I can't vote for him based on his record and his change from the 2000 Straight Talk Express.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  82. Dick B

    I think the choice is very important for McCain. The election will be close and a running mate that can change the color of a state from 2004 (Like Romney and Michigan) could very well swing the results in McCain's favor.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  83. Mike aka Jack's fan from L.A.

    John who?

    July 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  84. Paul, Columbia, SC

    Superman couldn't save McCain's sinking ship torpedoed by the media and the dark shadow of George W. Bush. It's over. Cue the fat lady.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  85. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    McCain needs help. He is not exciting the republican base. Just an indicator of republican excitement: I have not seen one John McCain bumper sticker yet, nor a yard sign. I live near heavily republican Orange County, California, and I see Obama stuff everywhere. In fact I still see Bush/Cheney bumper stickers (first and second term), but nothing with McCain. Think about it: Have you seen one?

    July 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  86. Jason from Canada

    I believe it's critical that McCain pick a younger VP so someone will be awake at 3 o'clock, am or pm, to answer that red phone when something is happening in the world.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  87. Squier

    Since McCain (I know, I’m beating a moribund horse) isn’t getting any younger, he will need to select a more youthful person to be his VP, and since McCain has poor grades in Economics (and Georgraphy!), the choice of Mitt Romney might help.
    But in the chain of being the next president, McCain is the weakest link.
    His VP selection might not help that much.

    El Paso, Texas

    July 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  88. Johnnie (Starkville, MS)

    Mccain's Vice presidential choice does not matter at all. No matter who he chooses he is still not going to be elected in November because Mccain equals a third term of George Bush and no matter who he chooses for vice president he will have the same views and we as Americans are just tired of the old politics. Obama 08.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  89. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    The Vice Presidential pick is always important, Jack. Who he chooses and why says a great deal about the head of the ticket. The Commentariat will endlessly parse and analyze the meaning and impact of the Chosen. At the moment it appears that the most important quality of whoever gets the offer is to be willing to sign on to a rapidly sinking and directionless ship taking a short trip to Nowhere.

    Pablo in Arlington Texas

    July 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  90. Mary - California

    If McCain progresses far enough to have a chance to appoint a VP,
    it better be some one very strong, very smart and who can represent the Republican party well and who can relate to the American people.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  91. Bill,Quarryville. PA

    Unless Jesus Christ returns to earth and becomes his vice president it will not matter to me who he picks I will not be voting for him.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  92. Joe St Louis, MO

    It is very important. He is already showing signs of senility.

    Joe St Louis,MO

    July 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  93. Ruthie, GA

    He needs to select a running mate that knows more than a noun a verb and the surge is working.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  94. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    I don't know. Look who Bush chose and it didn't work out.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  95. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Since he would be the oldest person ever elected to the office the VP choice is very important since he could be taking office, keeping McCain's health in mind. Perhaps he'll pick his good buddy, Joe Leibermann, he's 5 years younger. If I were McCain I'd chose someone not eligible for Social Security.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  96. David

    Personally I think it has to be Romney with just two topics energy and the economy(with what I'm hearing about Texes thinking of moving) maybe the dear old rev if the dems bring it up LOL.

    He brings to much to the table you know private weath maker and all, Michigan, the North east, Utah?

    Jindal is to young you know the experience card and all, one for the future. Anyhow I beleive he will force the issue of off shore drilling. Just like old Charlie over their in FL popular governers can help in the old college thing we got going here.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  97. Bruce St Paul MN

    After seeing the sad, sorry parade of GOP presidential hopefuls last year, its hard to see where a good VP choice might come from. If Condi Rice was not fatally tied to Bush and Chevron, she might have some potential. Mitt Romney has a nice tan, but unfortunately, he would also be required to speak without inserting his size 10 into his mouth. McCain might as well just choose someone he likes so they can enjoy the slow ride into obscurity together and maybe have a laugh along the way.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  98. Virginia from Maine

    It will only be important if he picks someone with a major in economics and a minor in geography!!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  99. Ray from West Chester, PA

    He should pick Hillary for VP and see if she's willing to leave the Democratic party for the chance to be president. Afterall, the Dems don't seem to be giving her and Bill much love lately. And let's face it, it would certainly demonstrate new ideas, bi-partisanship and McCain's mavick reputation (not to mention hardly being Bush's 3rd term).

    July 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  100. F. Taylor Ontario

    Well first consideration should be someone who knows the difference between Iraq, Iran and Pakistan as well as their geographic locations. The other consideration should be someone who was born in the 1900's.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  101. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Very important!! You have to remember how easy it was to fix the election in Florida and in the end get Bush elected. What if they do it again? The only thing protecting Americans from a president who knows nothing about running anything would be a VP that could at least offer suggestions.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  102. Len in Clarkston, WA

    Jack I'm not sure it will make any difference. One thing for sure though...they need to find someone with a name McCain can remember. How about "Chuck O'Slavakia?" There's a name that keeps coming up in most of McCains recent speeches. He must be a front runner!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  103. Amanda

    It's only really important to the person he picks. Whoever it is will likely damage their own political future as they will be forever associated with McCain's self destructive campaign.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  104. Austin, Ohio

    The only way McCain's pick will be significantly effective is if he picks somebody with really southern religious credibility. Everyone knows the bible belt doesn't vote on issues Jack. If McCain wants to win, he needs somebody who can use the pulpit a little better than he can.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  105. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    Cannot see how it will make much of a Diff. The question is whether or not the US is ready for a Black President. Nothing else matters.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  106. Ryan, Champaign IL

    It's very important. This lucky soul will be able to tell his grand-kids that he once ran for Vice President, and lost.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  107. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va


    It is a crucial choice. I hope it's not Bloomberg or Huckabee because I like them.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  108. Tina

    Don't matter cause he/she will be just as a big of a crook as the man running for president. We are screwed.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  109. Karl in CA

    Will anybody the actually wants to be John McCain's VP please raise your hand? Hmm, maybe they didn't hear what I said or they are saving themselves for 2012.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  110. wally Ruehmann las Vegas nv

    doesnt matter at all, McCain's like a twice baked potato.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  111. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    I have the most uncomfortable feeling that in November McCain will win. 4 or 8 more years of Bush III. If you thought the Patriot Act restricted your freedoms wait to see Act II of National Security, the NeoCon Way.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  112. JW Georgia

    McCain's veep choice is exactly as important as Dewey's choice was against Truman in 48. People don't remember the loser veeps for very long.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  113. RR in Princeton NJ

    McCain's choice of VP is extremely important. Given his McCain's age (72) & economic weakness, I hope that his choice will be Mitt Romney. I believe Romney will put him over the top in November. He's much younger, has great moral values, & economics is his strong point. Given the current state of our economy, this seems like a no-brainer to me.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  114. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Extraordinarily important in the hopefully unlikely, yet horribly chilling, scenario where he is elected in November. I have no doubt, after watching my father suffer for years with Alzheimers, that we are starting to see McCain's loss of faculty, and it's very possible that his VP will have to step in sooner rather than later.

    That having been said, there is not one person that he could choose that would make me come over to the dark side of the Republican party, at least not as far as this Presidential election goes.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  115. Ray, Florida

    I don't think it will matter all that much Jack!
    McCain is just not cut out to be a president. Let's face it some people are ment to be leaders, and some people are angry they're not.
    I wish John McCain well in his retirement.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  116. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Monumental considering he'll be choosing someone who's everything he's not!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  117. Les From Lakeland, FL

    Any candidates VP pick is important, but it will do little to change voter's opinions. People always vote for the top of the ticket. For those who think picking Mitch Romney will sway Michigan voters need to rethink. Most Michiganders have little idea who George Romney was...that was about 40 years ago. Michigan will vote its pocketbook and that is not good news for McCain.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  118. Rosalynd Florida

    None of McCain’s other jokes have been funny, maybe his VP pick will cause uncontrollable laughter.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  119. Brandon(Chicago)

    The only way McCain's choice for VP becomes important is if he chooses Hillary Clinton.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  120. Odessa, Ohio

    jack, it doesn't matter what mccain picks his vp.. i watched the california debate when all the GOPS jumped on mccain.. now all of the sudden, they want to be picked, go figure.. if he picks romney, he will lose the south like huckbee says..so his best bet is to get a fresh person who doesn't have any problems in their closet. but as a voter, i frankly my dear, i give a damn!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  121. Tom from Virginia

    Jack –

    As long as he picks somebody who is not as senile as he appears, it can only help.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  122. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Not too important Jack as it will take a huge error for Obama to lose!!
    The Republican candidate isn't the issue but the Republican message sure as hell is!!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  123. David Bakody

    Sorry Jack, but not to unkind, but simply, Very Little!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  124. Dave from Mission Viejo,California

    McCain's VP pick is crucial to his sucess. McCain's age and medical history of cancer create a real possibility that his VP will become President, so it's important that his pick be well-qualified. Also, there are some potential Republican VPs who were real duds as primary candidates and who would probably be duds as VP. McCain has to add some excitement to his campaign with his selection and create a sense that he is a winner.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  125. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It is about as important as picking your nose.......

    July 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  126. Jay-Mississippi

    It is important, in a long term since, his pick may give some insight to who Barack may be facing in four years.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  127. Patricia

    It maybe important for Sen. McCain. But, I really don't care who Sen. McCain taps as his V.P. choice. Sen. McCain could ask God to be his V.P. & I still won't vote for him.
    Palmdale, Ca.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  128. Mary Jo

    It's about as important as the side dish of a meal I'm not going to order.

    Mary Jo

    July 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  129. Mal

    It doesn't matter one whit to me, I wouldn't vote for him if he was the last man standing. I'm voting for Obama.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  130. Greg form Mechanicsburg PA

    People don't vote for the Vice President. If they did, Michael Ducacus would have won over Bush no. 1. Lloyd Benson had it all over Dan "Bozo" Quayle and mopped the floor with him during the debates. McCain needs Lieberman as his running mate so Joe can stand over his shoulder and protect him from his "senior moments."

    July 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  131. esta

    jack, he should pick Wolf. so both of you can campaingn for him at the situation room.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  132. Kerry

    Jack, I'ts important that he picks someone with overseas knowledge and experience..I'm sick of hearing he's the expert of the economy and knows how to win a war..Which war is he talking about? And his lack of geography knowledge is nothing but comic relief...kind of like Bush when he talks...

    July 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  133. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Who ever he picks, I hope their memory is better than his and his campaign staff. Romney is trying to buy the position and Lieberman, is trying to talk his way into a position. Who ever runs with him, is at risk of loosing their seat in the senate or what ever position. And right now it is too big of a risk for them.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  134. Connie

    Jack, i don't think anything is going to help him not even a vp pick ,but I think he should wait to announce until the dems. convention ,maybe Barack will give a few minutes in front of the 75,000. I am still voting for Romney he looks like a use car salesman to me. Connie from Indiana

    July 22, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  135. Scott


    I don't think it means much to most people, McCain's VP pick certainly means very little to me, I am already sure it's Mitt "The Patriotic Quote Book" Romney. Most people are well aware that a VP pick is purely political to bolster your campaign in areas where it is hurting. What I would rather see from the senator is a definition of victory, and defeat in Iraq, since he seems to think his opponent is so misguided. Wait didn't the Bush administration just lift a page out of Obama's Iraq policy book... Can former presidents be VP's? This failed campaign is in for a long ride.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  136. Harry

    McCain's V.P. pick will be very important, as it sets that individual up as a contender for the 2012 GOP presidential primary.


    July 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  137. John in California

    The VP choice is only important if the Republicans are planning to jettison McCain at the last minute and get someone who can do better against Obama.

    Otherwise, its not important at all since with McCain at the top, the ticket is going to lose.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  138. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    It means absolutely nothing. Unless, he can come up with an exact (and I hate this stuff) ‘clone’ of Barack Obama.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  139. JM for SC

    McCain's VP choice is very important at his age.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  140. Peter

    It doesnt matter Jack, McCain will lose...though someone young might help him get support

    July 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  141. Daniel Meade


    It's not important to me. I'm not voting for him.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  142. Kelly, Philadelphia

    Sen. McCain needs to add some vigor to his humdrum campaign especially in the context of Sen. Obama's current momentum. The only VP candidate for McCain that could cause the media to shift 180 degrees in his direction is Hillary Clinton. They both have mastered playing the victim to build momentum and sympathy.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  143. Doris, Memphis, TN

    Jack, he should pick Hannah Montana, then he will get some
    of the younger voters!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  144. Brian from NY

    It doesn't matter at all because McCain is wrong on every issue that most of Americans care about. He could put a resurrected Ghandi on the ticket and I still wouldn't vote for him.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  145. Dianne

    Makes no difference, Jack. John McCain won't be President.

    When is John McCain going to understand the WAR is over! al Malaki is not going to sign on to U.S. troops staying as an 'Occuping Force' in IRAQ, a Soverign Nation with a duly elected Government.

    There won't be a UN Resolution for troops to stay beyond 2010 period. al Malaki knows it & so does Bush and Obama has known it all along.

    John McCain is out of touch.

    That's why we're been fed this 'aspirational time horizon' rhetoric. Just another euphenism.

    Signed: a 'Typical' white woman from the Bahamas

    July 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  146. Nomi, Decatur, IA

    This idea of McCain picking his candidate this week was probably leaked by his campaign, and the media just is eating it up. The only people stupider than the American electorate are the knee jerk fools running the major broadcast and cable networks. McCain just doesn't want Obama to look presidential, and you all are just playing that violin for him.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  147. David from Newport OR

    It is very important. It will be selected w/ the sole purpose of winning a couple of states that McCain couldn't win otherwise. Qualifications be damned...nothing else matters but winning.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  148. Ron Mechanicsville, VA

    Doesn't matter, He can't win! There is no way a Republican can win after what they have done to this country!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  149. don in Naples, Florida

    Mccain should select Romney. He needs the 2nd strongest person from his party to solidify him as a real candidate. Again, Mccain has so many things going against him– his age, his war stance, his position on Iraq, his flip flops on taxes, he needs someone with strong integrity. After seeing Mccain's campaign against Obama, I truly feel sorry for him. He is terrible speaking off the cuff, or without a script. I am a conservative Democrat who doesn't really want to jump on the Obama bandwagon... but if Mccain does not have someone presidential to cover his gaffes then Mccain's presidential term will look even more silly than G.W. Bush's.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  150. William Tell

    McCain will mostly pick the money exec for VP, this will help him re-define McCain's Budget balance and over abuse of the congress (both houses) addition of spending the people's money.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  151. Concerned in Iowa

    I think it is important and he needs a businessman in there with him – Mitt Romney is his best choice, with Mike Huckabee a close second. With either of these 2 as his VP, I would consider voting for McCain instead of Obama. I am concerned about McCain's age and think he needs to look at his VP pick like FDR did in 1944.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  152. Rose

    I would love to see McCain pick Hillary Clinton for his VP, wouldn't that place a big thorn in Obama's side. Obama is so arrogant he will not pick Hillary because Michelle says NO Hillary!!! Lately Obama is nothing but a big media circus.


    July 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  153. Michelle- Washington, DC

    I don't think anyone really cares, so why doesn't he just pick you?

    July 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  154. jim kanous ny

    wow... that is actually a scary question... he needs to make a good choice just to be average... he should at least ask Al Gore, perhaps the inventor of the internet can encourage him to learn how to use it.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  155. Marilyn from Ohio

    I wonder if the Pope could help get him elected? I am waiting for him to become a Catholic.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  156. Jim in Conn.

    Who Cares!!!



    July 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  157. Erik

    Not very important unless something happens to McCain in office, because the RNC will be running the nation anyway in a McCain presidency.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  158. Jed in Texas

    Jack,his pick has the importance of "warm spit on a dogs back".He doesnt have a clue or chance of getting elected.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  159. AJ in Illinois


    McCain's VP pick is not important by itself. It is only important when Obama makes his VP pick.

    All this talk of Piyush (yes I used his legal name PIYUSH) Jindal being the potential McCain VP pick is a bunch B.S.! It is a shame that the GOP Party leaders are using Jindal in this way.

    Personally, I hoping McCain picks Jindal. With Jindal on the McCain ticket, all the talk of Obama being too young and inexperienced is thrown out the window. There is no way a McCain/Jindal ticket will appeal to the Republican base. I can easily see Bob Barr garnering 35% of the Republican support if a McCain/Jindal ticket is put forth.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  160. Jack

    Throw Hillary under the bus and pick Condi.......

    July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  161. Clincher Beautiful Ocean Drive USA

    He or she better be in top physical shape !! Just in case.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  162. CJ in Roanoke, VA

    VP's don't have much to do in gov't, except assume the role of Pres if something happens. In McCains case, because of his advanced age, I believe his VP choice will be very important. Whoever he picks, and I hope it's Romney, is better than McCain himself. McCain has no charisma, is terrible at articulating his point, and is too old to really care about how his policies will affect everyone. The VP just could be the bounce that McCains boring campaign needs. I won't vote for him though, no matter what.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  163. Nelson, Knoxville Tenn

    As important as Wolf including you in his daily schedule so that I can watch Situation Room.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  164. Jan/AR

    Americans vote for the person who is running for President. In all my years of voting, never have I hear someone say they are voting for the Vice President.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  165. Steve from Boise, Idaho

    Who cares...as long as he has a heartbeat.

    Clearly, based on what we are hearing from McCain...he is as confused as the current president. The selection is not very important since McCain has no chance of beating Obama.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  166. Joe from Illinois

    I think the only thing McCain can do to swing the attention to himself would be to ask Hillary Clinton to be his VP. That would be a show-stopper! It would also showthat he wants to reach across the aisle to Democrats. It's unlikely, but i don't put anything past the Republicans!

    July 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  167. Saul from NY

    Will it McCain/Romney or Romney/McCain? It may of course be Romney/McCain for now since it will be Romney/somebody pretty soon.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  168. Jimmy in NJ

    It really doesn't matter who McCain picks for his VP. His is a sinking ship if he is the captain. I say he should pick Bob Dole. Then he could use this slogan: 'Over 140 years of experience! Vote McCain/Dole in 08'

    July 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  169. Jamie Kankakee, IIlinois

    How often have we heard that people vote for the person at the top of the ticket? If that's the case, then it doesn't matter. Maybe Mitt Romney would be willing to dump some more of his millions into another losing campaign, because he would again be on the losing end.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  170. Gretchen from Bucks County PA


    July 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  171. hugh ny

    after what i just read about his many geograpical gaffs, maybe he should canvas the university of arizona for a geography professor.then his choice will have the same importance as a seeing eye dog is to a sightless person.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  172. Zach from Ohio

    Looking at these national polling numbers should make John McCain feel good. Everyone keeps saying it's going to be Obama in a land slide, but almost every poll is within the margin of error. It wouldn't be surprising to see him try and stir up some excitement within the evangelical base by selecting Mike Huckabee. Most evangelicals will vote for McCain, but a greater evangelical turnout bodes well for McCain.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  173. Earl

    Jack that's ....anybody that even puts his name close to McWar's is an


    July 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  174. Will from San Jose, CA

    The only person McCain could choose that would effect the election is Hillary Clinton. Outside of that people just don't care about VPs.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  175. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Incredibly important. McCain needs to pick someone younger, more aware of the facts, good with the economy–maybe someone who knows that Iraq and Pakistan don't share a border.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  176. Carl Deshazer

    To me McCain's V.P. pick is not important to me at all, i don't like him or his policies. Anyone who teams up with McCain, will also be a loser.
    Carl in Illinois

    July 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  177. Sandra fromTexas

    Extremely important. Those people planning to vote for McCain better be looking at the V.P. as the potential President . The Presidency ages anyone, and McCain cannot afford anymore aging.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  178. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO


    McBush VP pick is a joke! He is only talking about it now, because Obama is getting so much media coverage and he's not even here in the U.S. Actually it sounds like jealously to me. The GOP days are numbered and they know it. There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Obama!

    July 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  179. DH

    Well, two old farts will just smell twice as bad.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  180. Marilyn from Louisiana

    I don't really care. McCain has become very underhanded. I do not trust him and NO MATTER who he selects, will not help him.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  181. Yolanda of NJ

    Very important. Lieberman would be the best pick. He already has experience keeping him straight with the Sunnis and Shiites. Perhaps he can give him a geography lesson and tell him the news about Czechoslovakia

    July 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  182. me46

    Razicudlo – Las Vegas

    A great team possesses a magical quality greater than the individual players.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  183. Joe in VA

    As an Independent leaning toward McCain, I think it is VERY important. I've signed up for e-mails from both campaigns and my perception is that Obama is out-campaigning McCain by a wide margin. He certainly knows how to capture the attention of the media. Frankly, Sen McCain needs some help right now and needs to jerk a know in his staff to get things rolling. A good VP choice will draw lots of press. He needs some youth but must have someone who is qualified to take over. But then, that probably does not matter since most will be as qualified as the current opposition.

    Chatham, VA

    July 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  184. Prince Kaywood/ New Orleans

    MCcain's pick is important because he has to pick someone who's a lot younger than he is. The republicans ought to be ashame of themselves for putting that old man up as their candidate.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:15 pm |

    He needs to do something instead of waiting for Obama to do something wrong. Jindall would be a great pick or Crist

    July 22, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  186. James, Michigan

    Very important because he needs to have someone tell him the difference between Shia and Sunni and that Pakistan does not border Iraq. Perhaps he should hire Lieberman so that he will have someone correct him with his aging mind.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  187. Rocky from Chicopee, Ma

    This year, more than others, its very important. Thers only one pick; Carly Fiorina; he'll get a lot of the displaced Hillary fans; and besides, she bright, obvioulsy knowledgeable about buisness, and does well in front of the camera.

    McCain-Fiorina wins the election.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  188. John

    well its important because if he goes then theres sombody to pick up the slack and try to bring in younger voters for the republican party

    July 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  189. Jesse (State College, PA)

    About as important as the Cafferty File is to the Situtation Room. The VP pick provides some collerfull commentary to a relatively boring Presidential candidate.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  190. Bruce NY

    His pick will be about as important as the music they played on the Titanic..............as it was going down

    July 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  191. Teresa, Tallahassee, FL

    I think the main issue here is age. If he picks someone too young, the differences between them will be too stark and will only serve to highlight his age.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  192. Art

    It's very important! And it needs to be someone who can stand up to McCain if he's elected. I know it's not nice to speculate, but how many 72-year old's take on one of the toughest jobs in the world? IF (God forbid) senility set in, who is the person in a potential McCain administration who could speak truth to power for the good of the nation? Only his wife, a strong VP or a very trusted advisor could take that on. The wife or advisor may be inhibited by personal feelings.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  193. Dan Fleury

    It would matter if he picked a woman.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  194. Karen - Missouri

    Right now McCain is about the most ridiculous illiterate candidate the U.S. has ever produced. Absolutely no one can help him now. Send him a geography book will ya?

    July 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  195. Darr/Cleveland/Ohio

    I believe that with McCain's certain doom in this presidential election a VP pick at this point is mute, unexciting and by far about as boring as listening to Jack.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  196. Kathleen E. Dallas, TX

    The selection of the VP for both Democrat and Republican is paramount. McCain needs a VP who is strong where he is lacking. That candidate definitely should be younger. If I were making the choice, I would choose Mitt Romney hands down. If the US ever needed a person in a leadership position who excels in economics and finance, it's now.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  197. Steve Baker, East Lyme,CT

    Bush 41 picked Dan Quayle, does the VP really matter?

    July 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  198. Matthew

    How important was the second mate on the Titanic?

    July 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  199. steve

    Sure, McCains pick is important, given his age (and his increasing confusion); but won't a young VP pick alongside him just make it obvious just how old and out of touch McCain really is?

    July 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  200. Cora, Portland, OR

    Jack, in all honesty, who really cares who he picks for his VP running mate? He's not going to win anyway.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  201. M. Fisher, Columbus, OH

    McCain's VP pick is not important at all. He is not going to be elected.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  202. EBC

    Jack it's only important to McCain, MOST Americans don't care who his VP is, he's NOT going to win. Every country clearly endorses Obama and I for one is sick of McCain's boring, lame and babbling speeches. He's constantly confused in his statements and comes off totally foolish.

    We CAN'T have a Commander-In-Chief who can't make any statements that are accurate or legit. McCain is desperate and fumbling all over the place. Even is staff states he needs a NEW staff! What?

    July 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  203. Josh Evans

    Why would it matter who he wants to place on a losing ticket.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  204. Thomas Richter

    His VP choice is key. Considering his age, he will need a VP that will be able to lead the country as well as to attract the younger voters.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  205. Amber

    McCain's VP doesn't matter at all, seeing as though that person is just another part of the losing team.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  206. Justin, Rhode Island

    About as important as George Bush's positive impact on U.S. history.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  207. ron


    If he picked Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, it would be very important because it would be a twofer. He would have the first Indian-American on a national ticket and the first VP candidate (to my knowledge) to participate in an exorcism. Talk about making your head spin!

    July 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  208. Joe DElia, Las Vegas

    None. It would only be important if he were to win.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  209. Kristifier

    Without a strong pick for the Vice President that shows knowledge in the economy, McCain will not be able to overcome the popularity of Obama. If he were smart, his choice would be Hillary Clinton...

    July 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  210. Karol

    All VP picks are important. The man or woman needs to be qualified should the unthinkable happen. My VP choice for McCain is Carly Fiorina.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    July 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  211. Larry in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    It's not important because Obama will be the next president. The news media will make sure of it.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  212. M D, Lewisville Texas

    Seriously, Jack, does it really matter??? Based on the way he is running this campaign, I don’t think he even wants to win. He looks like a deer in headlights when asked anything, and keeps messing up facts. If this isn’t Bush all over again, I don’t know what is!

    July 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  213. Julian from Pittsburgh

    All Republican VP Nominees are the same to me.just different faces and ages.God forbid if McCain wins in November and due to his feeble nature,memory lapse and health issues.His Vp will be have to be the President of the United States.Should I say President Romney?SORRY,Im sick already…

    July 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  214. seeker561

    A bad pick will hurt him far more than a good pick will help.

    Bill From Humble

    July 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  215. Bob in Boise


    Bless his heart, John needs to pick someone who is good company and won't bail on him until the last vote is counted in November.

    Everybody knows "misery loves company". His veep candidate might as well be someone he likes – plays cards or Twister or whatever – to pass the time with before The Phone Call.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  216. Fish, MN

    Only if he picks someone who knows the Iraqi-Pakistan border.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  217. Kalid, Clermont FL

    He will need to get someone to help spice up his insipid candidacy !
    Can you tell it is dinner time!
    Thanks Jack!

    July 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  218. Paul


    It is crucial. I have watched election coverage for some time now, and I don't think McCain thinks well on his feet. It seems like he has been fed many talking points and that is all he can spew out. Blah, blah, blah. He better get a dynamic V.P. with some charisma and insight into economic issues, or the Republicans will have to dig up the underhanded playbook to win this election.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  219. Paul Herman

    McCain’s VP announcement will be better timed the week following the Democratic convention. McCain and the American people deserve a “no ghost in the closet” running mate like Mitt Romney.. Romney is not beholden to any special interest groups and like he did with the 2002 Olympics provide leadership to advance our economy forward.

    Paul, Arizona

    July 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  220. vivian mickens

    if he pick the kid how can he say that barrack obama is not ready to be commander and chief.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  221. Keith

    McCain's VP pick isn't important - not now, anyway. He will hold that card for another month or two and try to steal Obama's VP announcement thunder with his own pick. The buzz over a VP announcement is only a feint to blunt Obama's momentum from his overseas trip. It seems like McCain's moves are reactions to Obama's campaign - he is playing defense.

    July 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  222. rodney mn.

    its' about as important as watching paint dry, jack

    July 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm |