- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 28, 2008

In Monday’s edition (“The female vote,” Nation, Inside Politics), I read more on the buzz about Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican. In the news brief, the writer claimed that Mrs. Hutchison would be a good pick for Sen. John McCain’s vice president. I have to disagree strongly. I think she’s a great woman and would make a great vice president, but that’s not the point. She’s too old.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit I’m a supporter of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. However, I would be happy with any conservative vice president in a McCain presidency, as long as the person has a good shot at running for president again - eight years from now. Mrs. Hutchison, with all due respect, is going to put the Republicans in a tough position if she’s running as a 73-year-old woman in 2016.

The Republicans need a vice president who can heartily take on a presidential run after serving eight years as vice president. Republicans don’t want another situation like this year, where we’re defending an empty or, at best, an indefensible incumbency.

ROB KIRCHHOEFER

McLean



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