Who's in the Republican Veepstakes?

18. Former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida
  PROS: Well-known nationally and popular in his native state. Would give McCain easier access to Bush family fundraisers and political connections.

CONS: Agreement with McCain on immigration reform could further enrage conservatives. Last name is almost certainly a liability in a general election.

19. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
  PROS: Remains one of most respected Republicans in the country. Brings diversity to the ticket. Has McCain's deep respect. Maintains credentials as strong military voice despite missteps in Iraq war.

CONS: Has passed up previous chances to seek elected office. Could create uncomfortable relationship with other former Bush administration officials. Has provided foreign-policy advice to Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama.

20. Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York
  PROS: Business background would bring immediate credibility on economic issues. Immense wealth would take off fundraising pressure. Strong centrist credentials would attract independents.

CONS: Abandoned Republican Party in 2007. Also likely to be considered for a spot on a potential ticket with Obama. Supports gay marriage and abortion rights, and stricter gun laws. May disagree with McCain on more big issues than he agrees with him on.

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