The Strategic Timing of McCain’s VP Announcement

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in McCain, Veep

The Vice Presidential gamesmanship is fully underway. Reports out of the John McCain campaign indicate that the Arizona senator will hold off announcing his running mate until after the Democratic convention. By waiting until that moment, McCain should be able to seize headlines immediately following Barack Obama’s nomination.

A secondary scenario has McCain waiting until the convention actually begins and then announcing his running mate following President Bush’s speech on the opening night. That would help deflect coverage away from the president and onto the McCain campaign.

Both scenarios show what kind of bind McCain is in. He’s not only competing for attention against the crowd-pleasing Obama but must also try to deflect the negative attention generated by an unpopular sitting president. Whether McCain will pick a vice president that can make any difference remains to be seen. But at least he should be able to schedule that announcement in a way that benefits his campaign.


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3 Responses to “The Strategic Timing of McCain’s VP Announcement”

  1. Mary Says:

    McCain would do well to stop dragging this out and let us conservatives know if he really intends to govern in at least a largely conservative fashion….or if he intends to continue thumbing his nose at us so we can decide if we’re going to hold ours for him, or not! I’d like to know if I can vote FOR him and not AGAINST Obama. I still can’t honestly say that in my heart. If he makes a poor choice and alienates the people he really needs to win, and leave our nation in a world of hurt. Romney, Thompson, even Cantor, great! Another RINO and he’s in trouble…we all are, as we’ll be living in the Ununited States of Obama.

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  3. Booker Rising Says:

    The Strategic Timing Of McCain’s VP Announcement…

    Alan Stewart Carl, a moderate blogger, writes: “Reports out of the John McCain campaign indicate that the Arizona senator will hold off announcing his running mate until after the Democratic convention. By waiting until that moment, McCain should be ….

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