McCain Has 20-Name Veep List

Candidate talks up undisciplined youth at Naval Academy
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 2:26 PM CDT
McCain Has 20-Name Veep List
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, is introduced by retired Rear Adm. Tom Lynch.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – John McCain revealed today that he has a list of 20 people he’s considering for runningmate, and that he’d like to settle on a ticket “as early as possible.” The future Republican nominee joked he was “aware of the enhanced importance of this issue given my age,” Reuters reports, but he wasn't naming any names.

Continuing his autobiographical tour, McCain told Naval Academy students that his own stint, in which he finished fifth from the bottom of his class, was notable only "for the impressive catalogue of demerits I managed to accumulate.” In a speech, the Republican urged Americans to reconnect with their country by serving it—"If you find faults with our country, make it a better one," he said. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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