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ap.google.com — Sen. John McCain disclosed Wednesday he is in the "embryonic stages" of selecting a vice presidential running mate and hopes to unveil his choice before the Republican National Convention to avoid the type of problems that plagued Dan Quayle's debut two decades ago.

"It's every name imaginable" he said of his list-in-the-making, about 20 in all.

He disclosed none of them and declined even to identify the individuals he has approached to supervise the vetting that will inevitably winnow the field.

In expressing his hope to announce his choice before the convention opens in September, McCain added, "I'm aware of enhanced importance of this issue because of my age." He is 71, and if he wins, would be the oldest president elected.

McCain's comments seemed to startle his top aides, who have scripted an elaborate weeklong series of events designed to introduce the Republican to a wider audience of voters and emphasize his military service.

The day's itinerary included stops at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where McCain graduated in 1958, and Pensacola, Fla., where he took his flight training.

There, he drew a loud ovation when he said, "We could and should call on universities to allow ROTC a presence on their campuses. That they are frequently denied that privilege is disgraceful."

The Arizona senator's remarks on a vice presidential search made clear his campaign has entered a new phase after a month spent asserting control over the party apparatus, emphasizing fundraising and trying to

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Whom Will McCain Pick as His No. 2?
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
6.9%
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
28%
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
5.2%
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
3.4%
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-D) of Connecticut
8.6%
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
33%
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
0%
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
1.7%
Condoleeza Rice
10%
Rudy Guiliani
3.4%
This is not a scientific survey, click here to learn more. Results may not total 100% due to rounding and voting descrepencies.
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Posted 2392 days ago
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Needs to make sure Democrats fail in Florida.
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For economic reasons - Former Gov. Romney. For political reasons -Gov. Christ - Remember Gov. Christ was the first politician to throw his support for McCain. The real question here is (1) Do you want to begin to fix the economy or (2) Carry the state of FL?????
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or to broaden his appeal with the Christian Conservatives, which he has yet to do.
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I think he'll pick the backward redneck from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham. He needs someone: 1. younger (for when he chokes); 2. social conservative (i.e. backward); and 3. has a southern accent (i.e. speaks like a redneck).
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