"Scoop" Nagourney: McCain Veep Interviews Begin

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From Adam Nagourney at the Times:

Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Friday is scheduled to meet with two Republican governors who have been prominently mentioned as potential running mates, according to Republicans familiar with Mr. McCain’s plan.

Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida, and Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, have both accepted invitations to meet with Mr. McCain at his home in Arizona, according to Republican familiars with the decision. One Republican said that Mitt Romney, a former rival of Mr. McCain for the presidential nomination — is also expected to visit him this weekend. Mr. Romney’s advisers declined to comment.

My favorite detail: Crist tells Nagourney that the McCain campaign has so far not asked Crist to fill out vetting forms.

Conspiracy theorists will say that the story was fed to Nagourney in order to deflect attention from questions about McCain's lobbying. I don't think that's true. The McCain campaign seems to be legitimately not happy that the story got out.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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