Skip to comments.John McCain may turn to Virginia for a VP candidate
Posted on 08/04/2008 7:36:30 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
First came speculation that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine was on Barack Obama's short list for the Democrats' vice presidential nod.
Today, the Associated Press is reporting that John McCain's campaign has asked another son of the Old Dominion, Rep. Eric Cantor, for personal documents -- a pretty good indication that he is under scrutiny as a running mate for the presumptive Republican nominee.
Cantor, 45, has racked up overwhelming victory margins from his Richmond district since he first ran for Congress in 2000. He serves on the powerful Ways & Means Committee and, as chief deputy minority whip, is a member of the House GOP leadership. As the only Jewish Republican in the House, according to the Almanac of American Politics, he has been in a position to reach out both to Jewish voters and, through his strong support of Israel, to his party's Christian conservative base.
Why else might McCain like him? Well, ...
Cantor is a prodigious fundraiser and serves as finance chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. His voting record in the House is solidly conservative -- more so than McCain's, according to several national ratings. And given that the veep nominee is often called on to take more pointed positions than the person at the top of the ticket, it probably doesn't hurt one bit that Cantor was labeled a "Bush attack dog" by the chairman of Virginia's Democratic Party during the 2004 presidential campaign.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...
Check out www.ericcantor.com and www.ericcantorforvp.com
He needs to put a true battleground state into play: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado or Wisconsin.
Not even Florida should be a battleground state with the known antisemitic positions of the Obamessiah. Yeah, I know, he'll get more than half of the Jewish vote anyway, but these voters are Jewish in name only and the natural descendants of those who worshiped Baal and populated Sodom.
cantor seems to be a solid choice and i wont be unhappy if mccain selects him, but for strategic purposes, i hope mccain selects a qualified woman as his running mate.
These media “leaks” are so humorous. They are just doing this to gauge party and media reaction, and to loose any skeletons which may be lurking about for the “strongly considered” candidate.
That’s exactly what I was thinking.
Yes, Cantor would be good. But he has to think strategic purposes.
I hate it has come to that, but it has.
Obama is already throwing race in, and white males aren’t a majority in this country. Everyone here may flame me and tell why I am wrong that this election is about race and gender. Two white males would almost make it too easy for the Democrats to point their finger. And sadly, alot would listen.
I have accepted McCain. I will vote for McCain. But I think he needs to looks at a female or minority as VP. Sad state of affairs though.
Cantor is a religious Jew. That's two minorities.
Michael Steele as the minority pick...as far as the female,i’m not sure.Any good staunch conservative women out there? (Phylis Schafly comes to mind but I don’t think she’d take it!LOL)
Eric Cantor is okay by me. Here’s hoping.
Alaska’s female governor- Sarah Palin.
She is pushing for drilling in ANWR and has like a 80% approval rating there. Of course if she leaves, there needs to be a good governor so it doesn’t change that.
What is his stand on illegal aliens?
I totally agree with you. I think McCain wins Va even if Obama wins 35 states. There is too many military, military retirees, and defense dept employees for Obama to win. This state is not really in play, but Obama will score a point if he has McCain spending time defending it.
People don’t really understand Va has not trended Democratic at the national level. Who was the last Democrat to win Va anyways? LBJ, right? If it’s real competitive there it’s already over.
I guess that leaves out a sex change?
First google hit:
“Cantor lauds plan to deport incarcerated illegal immigrants”
(Eric also serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare -— related, IMHO.)
Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Celebrity means nothing. Everyone who know who Cantor is in one week.
McCain needs to shore up conservative base; Cantor would do it.
He also would be a good choice after one term of McCain.
Me too! I’m still hoping for Sarah Palin.
i agree 100% with everything you said.
sarah palin looks attractive as a pick and as a woman, but i really dont think even if she’s offered it she will accept. she just had another kid and picking up and moving her family to washington doesn’t seem like something she would do at this point.
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