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Crist moves the Veep-O-Meter in Sedona

Veep25 With Charlie Crist out in Arizona this weekend socializing with John McCain and fellow vice presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, how could the Veep-O-Meter not look strong for our Governor? Crist stikes us as a lot more fun to kick back with than the tea-totaling Romney.
Of course, the trip could be as much about McCain publicly flattering the governor of a critical state as anything else.
For all the national publicity Crist is courting and receiving and the 27 electoral votes he could help deliver there is strikingly little Buzz about him being a likely contender for the final cut.
National Journal conducted an unscientific study of 81 GOP and 78 Demoratic political pros, and only 4 percent said Crist would make a good pick for McCain. Topping the list was former Massachussetts Gov. Romney at 32 percent, former U.S. Trade Representative and Ohio Rep. Rob Portman at 14 percent and and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 9 percent.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:19am]

    

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