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    Last night and earlier today it looked like Sen. John McCain had settled on a running mate, with word leaking to Politico that the veep-to-be would get the call from McCain today.
    Then McCain decided to make things complicated.
    In a morning interview McCain told Pittsburgh radio station KDKA that he hasn’t made up his mind, though he will be bringing Mitt Romney and Tom Ridge to his rally in Pennsylvania this weekend.
    KDKA: “McCain said in an early morning radio interview that he was bringing along to that event both former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, two of the leading names on his short list. But he cautioned against assuming that meant either one would be the pick.”
    Mike Allen says McCain’s playing coy, even though his friends “say he has told his inner circle of his pick, but won’t call the decision official until he has discussed it with his wife, Cindy, who has been in the country of Georgia.”
    ENTICING: Roll Call reports that the Secret Service has been tooling around Romney’s sister’s home in Michigan.
    Caveat: “[O]ne campaign operative familiar with the working of a presidential-level campaign cautioned that a sweep of such a location could have been conducted in advance of Romney appearing as a surrogate — not the vice presidential nominee — at an upcoming McCain campaign stop in Michigan.”
    PLUS: Karl Rove refused to settle the question of whether he tried to muscle Lieberman out of the veepstakes, telling Fox News: “Look, I’m not going to get into who I call and don’t call.”
    This follows Jonathan Martin’s report that rumors of Joe Lieberman’s demise have been greatly exaggerated – and that the Connecticut senator’s presence on McCain’s short list prompted an intervention from the Republican operative Democrats love to hate.
    “Republican strategist Karl Rove called Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) late last week and urged him to contact Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to withdraw his name from vice presidential consideration, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.
    “Lieberman dismissed the request, these sources agreed.”
    If Lieberman’s still a contender, though, that certainly doesn’t mean it’s time to dismiss the other VP prospects.
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty continued his silence about the vice presidential process Wednesday, saying he “wouldn’t answer questions about whether he had been asked to provide financial and personal information from screening,” AP reports.
    Har-de-har-har: “Asked by KTIS host Dave Clutter whether he had any announcements, Pawlenty said he was going to be vice president of his fantasy football league.”
    And Thursday morning Pawlenty told MSNBC he’d be “surprised” by a pro-choice running mate, saying McCain would want “a senior team in his administration that reflects his values.”
    Elsewhere: It may be too late to affect McCain’s decision, but a new poll out of Florida helps make the case for a McCain-Romney ticket.

    The Miami Herald reports on a new Mason-Dixon poll of the Sunshine State showing Romney would draw Floridians toward McCain:
    “About 32 percent of respondents said they'd favor McCain if he picked Romney. That's double the number of those who said they'd be less inclined to back the ticket.”
    The poll also has good news for Karl Rove: “Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman looks toxic to the ticket. Nearly twice as many people said they'd be less likely to vote for McCain if the former Democrat were on the ticket. Many Democrats see the former vice presidential candidate of 2000 as a turncoat. Conservative Republicans can't stand his abortion-rights record.”
    On the other hand, Romney’s not choosing his words as carefully as he might, saying in Las Vegas that Democratic attacks on McCain’s wealth represented “the politics of envy.”
    AP: “He said he saw the criticism as ‘the politics of jealousy or envy or a sense that somehow we’re going to be less likely to vote for someone because they’ve achieved economic success.”
    It’s a pithy phrase, but doesn’t it also sound a little smug, given Romney’s personal affluence?
    Overall, though, Romney’s visit to Nevada was a success, according to local news reports, which described the Las Vegas area’s reaction as a “huge welcome.”
    And today he’s headed to La Jolla for fundraising purposes. News 8 :: KFMB Stations, San Diego, California
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal kept his eye on state government, taking steps to revitalize his state’s Ethics Board and preparing Louisiana for Tropical Storm/Hurricane Gustav.
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: “Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a pre-storm state of emergency this afternoon, announcing the mobilization of 3,000 National Guard with as many 5,000 call-ups possible depending on the course of Hurricane Gustav.
    “Jindal also has asked for a federal state of emergency, a request that has not yet been answered.”
    Even if Jindal’s not still in the VP chase, it’s crucial for him to respond well to this storm – both for his own future career and for sake of the Republican National Convention, during which Gustav will be an unwelcome distraction.
    Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, could see her state descend into Florida-in-2000-style controversy as Rep. Don Young and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, rivals in the Republican primary for Alaska’s contressional seat, remain separated by less than 200 votes.
    Palin endorsed Parnell in the primary and could be in an awkward position as the vote counting proceeds. If Parnell ultimately loses, it’ll take some of the shine off the political brand that vaulted Palin into the veepstakes.
    And finally: former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina tried out an “I feel your pain” sales pitch yesterday, reports the Philadelphia Bulletin.
    “Carly Fiorina, economic adviser to presidential candidate John McCain, yesterday told Pennsylvania reporters the senator can win the state despite its economically ‘hurting’ residents…
    “’I know, as John McCain knows, the people of Pennsylvania are hurting right now, Ms. Fiorina said. ‘They are concerned about their jobs; they are concerned about the ability to stay in their homes; they are concerned about the rising prices of food and fuel; and they are concerned about our continued ability to compete in this 21st-century economy. And that's why I think John McCain will do very well in Pennsylvania.’”
    Fiorina wouldn’t be the obvious choice to deliver this kind of message from the ticket, but it’s a message McCain wants delivered and Fiorina’s giving it her best shot. A sign she’s still in the mix? As they say in the New York Lotto: Hey, you never know.
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    He's traveling with Tom Ridge? Well, if you ever needed proof that McCain is just another money-sucking political scumbag, there ya go.
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    I hope he chooses Leiberman. That will piss off so many repugs they may vote for Obama out of spite. What a tool.
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    I heard on the news that Tim Pawlenty abruptly nixed all of this interviews and then the news came out that McCain had picked his VP. Don't know if that's a sign that he picked Pawlenty or not.

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    How boring. How about a woman, or Romney.
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