Who Will Be McCain's No. 2? John McCain's running-mate choice is important for two reasons. The presumptive Republican nominee needs to send a signal to doubting conservatives that he is really one of them. And McCain, 71, may well be a one-term president, so the person he picks for VP will be eagerly watched.
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Who Will Be McCain's No. 2?

Minnesota's governor, Tim Pawlenty, is a leading contender for McCain's VP. But here's a dark horse to consider: Ohio's Rob Portman. hide caption

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In 1996, Jack Kemp became the first Republican running mate named before the convention began. hide caption

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Henry Wallace was the last sitting Cabinet member named to a presidential ticket. hide caption

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Forty years ago today, Eugene McCarthy defeats President Johnson in the Wisconsin primary, two days after LBJ announced he would not run again. hide caption

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