Filed under: Election 2008
Virginia continues to receive a great deal of attention in the search for a vice-president on both sides of the aisle.
On the Democratic side, Senator Webb has decided to take his name out of consideration for the Vice-Presidential spot. Although it might have been nice to have a shot at retaking that Senate seat before 2012, at least that nation will not have to suffer Webb’s brusque and hypocritical style (well, at least until he forces his way on the national stage again).
Don’t sleep soundly yet, though. Although Webb and Mark Warner have both taken their names off the table, Governor Kaine continues to dance with the prospect.
On the Republican side, Congressman Eric Cantor of the neighboring Seventh District continues to get attention and hints that he may take the jump if asked. Expect Cantor to be a lead surrogate here in Virginia and a key ally (and possible candidate for whip) if McCain does not select him.
UPDATE: Marc Ambrinder reports that there may have been more to Senator Webb’s statement than meets the eye. Though crouched in the language of “service,” it appears that Mr. Webb balked when approached by the Obama team with a request for materials to begin a background search. Webb claimed that he was not prepared to undergo the rigors of such a search again. Perhaps, or perhaps he knows that there’s something out there that the citizens may not approve of.
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