Minnesota’s Pawlenty Gets Call: He’s Not McCain’s VP Pick

By Ed O'Keefe

Aug 29, 2008 9:19am

ABC News’ Jan Crawford Greenburg reports: Scratch another one from the McCain veepstakes list.  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has received a call from Sen. John McCain and has been told he’s not going to join the Republican contender on the GOP ticket.

McCain, R-Ariz., is in Dayton, Ohio, awaiting a high noon event at which the campaign has said the Republican contender will announce his running mate.

With Gov. Sarah Palin in Alaska, speculation is narrowing to an even smaller list:  former Govs. Mitt Romney and Tom Ridge, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn, the only  presumed contender who is actually in the Buckeye State at this hour.

But could the wily McCain be planning a surprise for his 72nd birthday?  It’s anyone’s guess (and, despite Barack Obama’s historic nomination acceptance speech last night, EVERYONE is guessing).

Stay tuned…

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