Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah, tells ABC's Tahman Bradley that he hasn't had any contact with the McCain campaign about turning over documents or other vetting activities. "None whatsoever. I've not had a single conversation. There are many who probably are in this particular category and will enter that particular phase of vetting and review, I don't necessarily think that I would be one of them," Huntsman told Bradley at the National Governors Association meeting in Philadelphia.
"Anyone today with a pulse is in the running," Huntsman continued. "But you know when it gets down to serious consideration, there are going to be some important states that are going to be considered as part regional strategies. . . . You know, the background against which all of this is working is a Republican Party that is in flux. A Republican Party that is kind of being prepared for the next generation. . . . Whoever is chosen as a running mate will likely be representative of where those new ideas will likely come from."
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, D-Kan., gets profiled by The Boston Globe's Lisa Wangsness -- starting with her less-than-stellar debut, responding to the State of the Union address. "Sebelius has never been good at giving The Big Speech," Wangsness writes. "But lately, as a top-tier potential running mate for the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, she has been getting a lot of practice in stumping for the senator, making appearances that may help his campaign decide whether she is prepared for the national stage. . . . Sebelius is among the vice presidential prospects mentioned most often by Obama's key supporters, including many who say that if Obama bypasses Hillary Clinton then he would do well to choose another woman."
The New York Times' Mark Leibovich spends some time with Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. (who does seem to be enjoying the attention). "Clearly, Mr. Lieberman's already precarious marriage with the Democrats has reached a new level of discord and could be approaching divorce, if not necessarily a remarriage into the Republican Party," Leibovich writes. "He has not ruled out switching parties but has stopped short of saying he has moved so far from the Democratic Party -- or, in his view, the other way around -- that he is at a point of no return. 'I don't have any line that I have in my mind,' Mr. Lieberman said in an interview. 'If it happened, I'd know it when I saw it.' "
More fun than a barbecue in Arizona? Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., are joining Obama on his trip to Iraq. "They're both experts on foreign policy, they reflect I think a traditional bipartisan wisdom when it comes to foreign policy, neither of them are ideologues but they try to get the facts right and make a determination about what's best for U.S. interests and they're good guys," Obama said.
The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein: "Senator Obama is billing the lawmakers who will join him on an upcoming, high-profile trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, senators Hagel of Nebraska and Reed of Rhode Island, as purveyors of bipartisan agreement on foreign policy, even though Mr. Hagel has often been a rare voice bucking broad congressional consensus on the Middle East."
Newly engaged Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., is in London Monday to start a nine-day European trip, meeting with world leaders and promoting Florida abroad.
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