Update 3/21 – Michael Steele’s name was floated by reader biyts1. After looking over his credentials, I certainly think he’s qualified, but I wouldn’t even begin to predict how that would affect the conversation about race in the upcoming months. Certainly an intriguing choice.
See our full list after the cut.
Update 3/3 – Tom Ridge’s name has been floated a few times now. He would seem to fit in with Senator McCain but doesn’t exactly bring much else to the table.
Update 2/19 – Charlie Crist is becoming the early consensus. So to be perfectly honest, you can bet good money it won’t be him.
Reader Ehunt offers the unique idea of Colin Powell as a possible running mate for John McCain. It would be intriguing to say the least, but some might find the two individuals to be highly overlapping. While Powell is strong, principled, and talented, he doesn’t exactly appeal to what conservatives feel are McCain’s weakest categories. However, his name recognition, level of respect, and public popularity might significantly help the McCani campaign.
More updates, from Mark Ambinder:
1. Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)
2. Gov. John Huntsman (R-UT)
3. Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
4. Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson
5. Ex-Sen. George Allen
6. Gov. Bobby Jindall (R-LA)
7. Mike Huckabee
8. Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL)
9. Mitt Romney
also in the mix…
Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK)
Ex-Rep. Rob Portman
Ex-Rep. John Kasich
Sen. KBH (R-TX)
Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Ex-Gov. John Engler (R-MI)
Fred Smith (Fedex CEO, war hero)
Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS)
Some updates: Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman.
This is a question I find very difficult to answer. I guess the candidates for this position will come from two main pools: governors or former GOP contenders:
Of these contenders, I don’t think he’d stoop so low to let Huckabee onto his ticket, but if he did he’d ensure that he could pull the Christian south. His history with Romney precludes him, Giuliani would be a negative to the campaign, and Ron Paul will probably run as a third party candidate. That leaves Fred Thompson, who could be one of those Dick Cheney type vice presidents.
To me, none of those options are particularly good.
Of Republican governors, Charlie Crist from Florida and Rick Perry from Texas are possible candidates, but no other governor seems to stand out much.
This entry will of course be updated as things progress and more information is known. And we’ll also be doing a democratic version sometime down the line.