Who Should Be John McCain's Vice Presidential Choice?

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Who should be John McCain's vice presidential choice? That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."

Three names come to mind. The first, Mitt Romney. Good business guy who can raise money and has name recognition. The governor ran a good campaign. He's smart, honest. Also, his conservative views may help McCain with the right-wing that distrusts him. The downside is the Mormon deal, which some voters did consider even though they should not have.

The second name is Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. At age 47 he would bring youth to the ticket. He's been a good governor. Tough on illegal immigration and spending.

And the third name is Texas Governor Rick Perry, a conservative with an edge who would pull few punches in going after big government Democrats. The downside for Perry is that Texas is a Republican state, and John McCain needs Minnesota and the upper Midwest. So Pawlenty has an advantage there.

Now there's no rush for McCain to name a running mate. Drama creates interest, of course. And interviewing a bunch of people will create goodwill for the senator. So we're not expecting an announcement any time soon.

But Romney, Pawlenty and Perry would all be good choices. And we will continue to scan the landscape for more.

By the way, we will do the same thing for the Democrats once a candidate is chosen. And I'm sure they'll be very appreciative.

And that's "The Memo."

Pinheads & Patriots

Last Friday I appeared with Jay Leno for the eighth time on "The Tonight Show."


JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW": Who do you like in this race?

O'REILLY: I have no dog in the hunt.

LENO: Really?

O'REILLY: No. My job is to watch everybody and make sure they behave, Jay. Make sure they behave.

LENO: All right. So you're keeping an eye on me, too?

O'REILLY: Always. Almost got out of control but not quite.


Every time I'm on Leno, he and his staff, including the best booker in the business, Dave Berg, treat us very well, unlike some others in the media. So Jay Leno is a patriot.

On the pinhead front, you make the call on entertainment provided by Ted Kennedy and President Bush.


PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: (Dancing in Liberia.)

SEN. TED KENNEDY: (Singing in Spanish at Obama rally in Texas.)


I love the dance. Electrifying, both performances, ladies and gentlemen.

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