Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting John McCain praised New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a visit to the Big Apple and hinted that Bloomberg could be considered as a possible running mate.
Bloomberg is leaving office next year due to term limits and has been rumored to be mulling a run for governor in New York. Asked about that speculation, McCain told the New York Post:
“Do I think he could serve the state of New York and the country well? Of course.”
When asked about the possibility of Bloomberg, an Independent, running as the GOP’s vice presidential candidate, McCain refused to rule it out, saying: “We don’t talk about our vice-presidential possibilities. But he added: “I appreciate Mayor Bloomberg enormously and the great job he’s done as mayor.”
As Newsmax’s Insider Report disclosed last week, a source close to the mayor told an interviewer that after a recent breakfast meeting between McCain and Bloomberg, the mayor was on McCain’s “short list” for the vice presidential slot.
McCain also had praise for former GOP rival Rudy Giuliani, who endorsed McCain after dropping out as a presidential candidate, and told the Post he would have a role in a McCain administration.
McCain even had nice words to say about Hillary Clinton, noting that she has “reached across the aisle” and worked with McCain on several issues.
But he said Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is promoting a “radical” and “partisan” agenda.
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