Pawlenty and Sebelius?

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza lists a pair of governors as the most likely running mates for John McCain and Barack Obama. For McCain it's ...
by | May 9, 2008
 

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza lists a pair of governors as the most likely running mates for John McCain and Barack Obama.

For McCain it's Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty:

So Tpaw and McCain had something of a disagreement over the cause of last year's bridge collapse in Minnesota. The Minnesota governor remains the candidate in the Republican vice presidential field who fits best with what McCain wants and needs in a VP. Pawlenty has been elected twice in a Democratic-leaning state that is almost certain to be a battleground in the fall. He is liked and respected by both conservatives and moderates and gets rave reviews for his political instincts. He has also known McCain for nearly three decades and has been a supporter since the early days of the contest.

For Obama it's Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius:

The second-term Kansas governor earns the top spot on the Line because of her ability to further bolster Obama's strengths while not exacerbating his weaknesses. Picking Sebelius would affirm Obama's core message of change and would give Obama's run even more historic weight. Sebelius' electoral success in ruby red Kansas would also echo Obama's pledge to broaden the playing field in the fall and ensure that the party is competitive in every state. The one knock on Sebelius is the dearth of foreign policy credentials on her resume. But she has six years of strong executive experience and could be the kind of political partner Obama needs in the fall.

Other governors, including Charlie Crist, Tim Kaine and Ted Strickland, also earned a spot on Cillizza's list.

Josh Goodman
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