Florida Governor Gets Closer to Being John McCain's VP Pick
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The St. Petersburg Times' political writer, Adam Smith, launched the Charile Crist Veep-O-Meter and it's leaning toward the tanned one. Smith gives a bunch of reasons why John McCain might choose the Florida governor as his running mate, but the most compelling one is money.
McCain's Florida momentum in January paid off - literally. Not only did the Sunshine State and its governor help deliver him the nomination, but it pumped more than $1.28-million into his campaign, more than twice what McCain raised from Florida in the prior three months, and nearly a third of the $3.5-million he's raised from Florida to date. The Center of Responsive Politics reports that Rudy Giuliani all told raised $5.4-million from Florida, and Mitt Romney $4.4-million.
Another factor in Charlie's favor is that no one else seems to want the job. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Tex.) turned it down cold on ABC's This Week, while Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) is unpopular in his home state. Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) still looks like a possibility.
Charlie is said to be able to deliver the Sunshine State to McCain, based on the governor's own high approval ratings. Personally, I'm not feeling it. Crist is popular in Florida, yes, but in context. Democrats like me don't see him doing anything terribly wrong, in stark contrast to his predecessor Jeb Bush, and we do see him falling on the right side of some battles, like trying to get insurance companies to act fairly and turning around untenable environmental policies.