McCain Talks Veepstakes

By Nitya

Apr 2, 2008 2:28pm

ABC News’s Bret Hovell reports: Aboard the "Straight Talk Express", between Annapolis and Baltimore, the Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain talked about the early stages of his process for picking a vice president.

He said that his campaign has started to compile a list.

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"It’s every name imaginable, as you might know," McCain said. When asked about his list said, "No I can’t tell you who’s on the list."

He characterized the list as having about twenty names on it, and said in an ideal world he’d be able to announce his pick early – before the Republican national convention.

"But it depends on the process," McCain said. "We just really haven’t gotten far enough along in the whole thing to really yield, even predict what we’re doing."

McCain said he is trying to avoid mistakes that have been made in past selections, which he chalked up to the selection process being rushed.

"Like when President [George H.W.] Bush chose Dan Quayle, Dan Quayle had not been briefed and prepared for some of the questions," McCain said, noting that he is a friend of Quayle and thought he was a good Senator.

After a somewhat secretive selection process, during the 1988 presidential election Bush chose then-Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., as his vice president. In choosing Quayle, Bush had hoped to woo younger voters with the telegenic 41-year-old senator though GOP strategists were skeptical of the choice.

McCain said that he has not chosen someone to head up the search just yet, and stressed that he could not talk too much about it, because the process was in such an early stage.

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