[Guest post by DRJ]
In an exclusive, the Politico reports the time and place for McCain’s VP announcement looks certain. The unknown is the name:
“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to celebrate his 72nd birthday on Aug. 29 by naming his running mate at a huge rally in the battleground state of Ohio, Republican sources said.
That’s a week from Friday, and the day after his rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, accepts the Democratic nomination at a 70,000-person spectacular in a Denver stadium.
The campaign has begun building a crowd of 10,000 for Dayton, Ohio, according to an organizer. McCain is scheduled to appear with his running mate at a large-scale event in Pennsylvania shortly thereafter.”
Pawlenty? Romney? No one knows but McCain, and he may not have decided yet:
“Friends say he has yet to make a final decision, and is not expected to do so until after Sen. Barack Obama announces his choice.
McCain friends emphasized that he talks about the decision with almost no one, and could even change the announcement plans and go sooner.
“McCain views this as the one decision that he has total, utter, nonnegotiable control over,” one campaign official said.”
The conventional wisdom is that VP picks don’t matter but they interest me. My impression is that both candidates would like to select someone different than their “safe” picks. (I think Obama wants Tim Kaine and McCain prefers Joe Lieberman or Lindsey Graham.)
Ace notes the New York Times and Bill Kristol say Obama has picked his VP, too, although their lists vary slightly:
“The final three, according to the NYT: Tim Kaine of Virginia, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Joe Biden of Delaware.
Bill Kristol hears a different three: Kaine, Biden, and Sebelius.”
It will be interesting to see who they each select.