McCain declines to rule out spot on Democratic ticket
Republican Sen. John McCain allowed a glimmer of hope Wednesday for Democrats fantasizing about a bipartisan dream team to defeat President Bush -- a far-flung notion the senator's staff quickly squashed.
McCain said in a television interview that he would consider the unorthodox step of running for vice president on the Democratic ticket -- in the unlikely event he received such an offer from the presidential candidate.
"John Kerry is a close friend of mine. We have been friends for years," McCain said Wednesday when pressed to squelch speculation about a Kerry-McCain ticket. "Obviously I would entertain it."
Within hours, the Arizona senator's chief of staff, Mark Salter, closed the door on that idea. "Senator McCain will not be a candidate for vice president in 2004," Salter told The Associated Press, saying he spoke for the senator.
Wednesday, March 10
We floated it here February 15th and dismissed it as impossible. Well, read it and weep:
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 2:02 PM