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VP Crist or Nelson?



Veepometer_2  Nothing like evidence that Florida could be a challenge for John McCain to boost Charlie Crist's vice presidential prospects. The Veep-O-Meter this week takes a big swing in the direction Crist flying on Air Force Two on the heels of a Quinnipiac poll showing Mcain vulnerable in the the must-win Sunshine state.

The Fix,'s political blog, again last week pegged Crist among the five most likely vice presidential picks for McCain. Perhaps more noteworthy, though, was The Fix putting Bill Nelson among the five likeliest choices for Hillary Clinton, along with Barack Obama,Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, former presidential candidate John Edwards of North Carolina, and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Wrote Chris Cillizza: "Every four years, the senator from Florida seems to be among those mentioned -- but not picked -- for the national ticket. He is a more serious choice in this election, having been an ardent advocate not only for Clinton but also her interests in the SunshineState. It was Nelson who, unsuccessfully, pushed hardes for the idea of a Floridare-vote. He's also from a state that is almost certainly going to be a batteground in the fall and remains quite popular among Florida's voters."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:49am]


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