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The Politico newspaper reported that top Republican strategist Karl Rove had asked Mr. Lieberman to withdraw his name from consideration — something Mr. Lieberman refused to do.
Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was in Denver as part of the Republican response operation, said he wouldn’t comment on the nomination search, and said his plans right now do not include traveling with Mr. McCain Friday.
“I am scheduled to be in Minnesota tomorrow,” Mr. Pawlenty said, though his performance at the press conference made it clear he is in the running.
He fielded nearly all of the questions asked, despite the presence of Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona and other senior Republicans, and with repeated barbs aimed at Mr. Obama he showed he is ready to fill the traditional attack-dog duties of a running mate.
He also did not shy away from listing the credentials that could make him an acceptable vice president: six years as governor, and before that state Senate majority leader. He noted being governor means being commander-in-chief of Minnesota’s National Guard.
Mr. Plouffe said regardless of the selection’s identity, there will be some crossover campaigning in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where both the McCain and Obama tickets are planning to stump.
“It’s going to be an interesting weekend cause you’re going to have both of the new teams out in some of these Midwestern battleground states,” he said.
— Ralph Z. Hallow reported from Minneapolis. Stephen Dinan, reporting in Denver, contributed to this article.
About the Author
Christina Bellantoni is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., a post she took after covering the 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns. She has been with The Times since 2003, covering state and Congressional politics before moving to national political beat for the 2008 campaign. Bellantoni, a San Jose native, graduated from UC Berkeley with ...
Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.
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