McCain to Meet Possible VPs This Weekend

Crist, Jindal, Romney set to visit GOP candidate in Arizona
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2008 5:16 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gives a thumbs up as he drinks a coffee at Cafe Versailles on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Miami.    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – John McCain will meet with three men this weekend thought to be on his short list of vice-presidential candidates, the New York Times reports: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney. McCain's camp remains mum on possible VPs—though the candidate says he has a list of about 20 contenders—and won't characterize the meetings as part of the selection process.

Crist, 51, is a popular first-time governor who would bring the obvious benefit of Florida swing-state clout to the general election. Jindal, 36, of Indian descent, is the only nonwhite candidate thought to be in contention. Both would bring relative youth to the ticket, the Times notes. Romney's been in the mix since he dropped from the Republican race.