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Pawlenty falls on VEEP list

Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza (his blog is “The Fix”) this morning updates his list of the likeliest running mates for both tickets. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was Cillizza’s top pick in the GOP veepstakes last time Cillizza ranked them, has slipped to No. 2. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney moved from No. 2 to No. 1.
Saith Cillizza: “The buzz factor around Pawlenty has quieted quite a bit over the last month as the chattering class moves on to a new flavor of the month. Although Pawlenty isn’t ranked number one today, it’s hard to imagine that he is not one of the final three (or four) people that McCain considers. Pawlenty’s compelling personal story (the son of a truck driver), appeal in a potential swing state and close relationship with McCain are all powerful factors in his favor.”

The GOP top five, according to Cillizza: 1. Romney. 2. Pawlenty. 3. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, 4. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. 5. S.D. Sen. John Thune.
On the Dem side, Cillizza has it: 1. Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. 2. Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. 3. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. 4. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden. 5. New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Margot M on 07/11/2008 - 01:01 pm.

    Tim Kaine won’t be the former governor of Virginia until after the 2009 election, I think…

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 07/12/2008 - 04:15 pm.

    Congressional Insiders Poll,

    Republicans (36 votes)
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 25 percent
    Rep. Eric Cantor 14 percent
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal 11 percent
    An outsider 8 percent
    Former OMB Director Rob Portman 6 percent
    Former Homeland Security Secretary
    Tom Ridge 6 percent

    Pawlenty does not even make the top six.

  3. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 07/16/2008 - 09:46 am.

    VP Hot Sheet: Republicans

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