Pawlenty More of the Same? Minnesota Governor Not McCain's VP

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Aug/28/2008
Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has abruptly cancelled all upcoming press appearances, a strong indication at first that he may be named Republican US Presidential candidate John McCain's running mate. Tim Pawlenty's Vice Presidential odds had been set at +300 heading into this weekend, though it was looking more and more like either Mitt Romney or quite possibly Colin Powell could be named. Odds were courtesy of Bookmaker.com.

But by Friday morning it was revealed that Pawlenty would not be McCain's choice for VP.

Pawlenty long has been reported to be on McCain's short list of veep possibilities. The reports have been that McCain and his pick, whoever it turns out to be, will attend a rally today in Dayton, Ohio.

McCain would be making his announcement at noon Friday in what has turned out to be a more tightly sealed secret than the Obama campaign held on its selection.   

Minnesota was considered a swing state but one strongly favoring Obama.

Obama overwhelmingly won the state's Feb. 5 Democratic caucuses over Hillary Rodham Clinton . And Minnesota has "all the characteristics of a classic Obama state," said Steven Schier, a political scientist from Carleton College, including a small working-class population and a higher-than-average percentage of college graduates. Minnesota's minority population, while relatively small, tends to be politically active.

With Tim Pawlenty running along side McCain, the Republicans could very well have had the edge this coming Election Day, though Minnesota may be seen as too strongly Democratic facing.

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Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

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