McCain to Mitt: Pick a VP You Trust

Gingrich says it's 'inconceivable' that he'll be the pick
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2012 1:16 PM CDT
Mitt Romney chats with John McCain at the RNC State Chairman's National Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, April 20, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – And on the seventh day, inquiring Republicans again debated who Mitt Romney will pick to run for vice president: John McCain, a person who knows a little something about picking a veep, said qualifications reign supreme—and that Sarah Palin's won her the No. 2 spot on his ticket—and that having a "person (Romney) knows he could trust" is also paramount. He added that the GOP at least has a "very deep bench" in this election. Asked if he could be the guy, Newt Gingrich responded, "Inconceivable. Would you pick me as a vice presidential nominee?" Elsewhere on the Sunday talk show dial, as per Politico:

  • Gingrich on endorsing Romney: “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve endorsed him. I’m going to campaign for him, I favor him over Obama.” But no formal announcement is apparently forthcoming.
  • Marco Rubio on his chances: “I’m not going to discuss the vice presidency." When pressed by Chris Wallace, he said only, "I knew you were going to try that one more time."
  • Joe Biden on who's president: "They say they want the Ryan budget. They've all voted for it. And president—and Romney says he's for it, which emasculates the very things that are gonna allow us to grow this economy."
  • One more time? "The thing that annoys me about it is the implication of that somehow President Clinton is weak and he needs some kind of help. I mean..." "President Obama," supplied David Gregory. "Pre—President Obama is weak," finished Biden.

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