McCain Eyes Virginia Rep. Cantor for Veep

Fiscal conservative could spice up GOP campaign
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 3, 2008 5:32 AM CDT
President Bush walks with members of Congress in Washington. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., is at left.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – John McCain is considering Virginia congressman Eric Cantor for the vice-presidential slot on his ticket, according to a campaign insider. As Barack Obama vets Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as a possible No. 2, the state could turn into a vice-presidential battleground, Politico reports. Cantor, who has been a champion McCain fundraiser, is a leading Jewish Republican and fiscal conservative who could add some spice to the campaign.

“McCain needs to do something different,” and Cantor “fits all the bills,” said a GOP strategist. Furthermore, the choice could help keep hotly contested Virginia in Republican hands, say observers. A prominent evangelical lauded Cantor’s stances on social issues, which would be a boon to McCain in his efforts to secure the Christian right. Cantor joins Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and ex-Ohio congressman Rob Portman as contenders for the McCain ticket.