Washington - US Republican Senator John McCain had
some advice Sunday for his party's presumptive nominee to take on
President Barack Obama: choose someone you trust for vice president.
who lost the election four years ago to Obama, a Democrat, picked Sarah
Palin as his running mate. His choice of the little known Alaska
governor with limited experience on the national stage fired up the
Republican Party's conservative base, but failed to stem a Democratic
McCain was asked on ABC television's "This Week" how he
would advise former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney about picking a
"I think it's a person that he knows he could
trust, and the primary - the absolute, most important aspect is, if
something happened to him, would that person be well qualified to take
that place?" McCain said.
"I happen to believe that was the primary factor in my decision in 2008. And I know it will be Mitt's."
who was savaged by critics for being divisive and unprepared, resigned
as Alaska governor after losing the election and went on to become a
media personality and a fierce critic of the Obama administration.
of the names mentioned as a possible Romney running mate is
Cuban-American Marco Rubio, a 40 year-old senator from Florida who is a
favorite of "Tea Party" conservatives.
Rubio, speaking on "Fox
News Sunday", said the economy was worse off under Obama, and dismissed
the president as a divisive Washington politician.
"All of the
things that made him different and special four years ago are gone, and
now, all he does is run dividing Americans against each other,
obviously, because he can't run on his record," said Rubio.
But he dodged questions about a possible vice presidential run with Romney.
not going to talk about the vice presidential process," Rubio said.
"But I can tell you that there are multiple ways that someone can help
our nominee and I look forward to doing that."
Vice President Joe
Biden joked that he might be interested in running in 2016 paired on a
ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"I think we may run as a team," Biden told NBC's "Meet The Press" when asked to discuss his political future.
only joking obviously," Biden quickly added. "I don't know. I don't
know whether I'm going to run and Hillary doesn't know whether she's
going to run."
It was unclear from Biden's remarks which of the two political heavyweights would head the putative ticket.
who ran a tight campaign against Obama in 2008 in a failed bid to win
the Democratic nomination, has at least publicly ruled out any further
White House bids.
But Biden said he was certain that he will be
Obama's 2012 running mate, despite speculation the president would try
to strengthen the ticket's appeal by choosing Clinton instead.
is no question about it. There's no way out. They've already printed
Obama-Biden [campaign posters]" he said. "You are looking at the vice
presidential candidate of the United States of America."