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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Strange Bedfellows

McCain and Romney out campaigning together. The threat of the McMo ticket is still out there (McCain-Mormon=McMo)(in case you were wondering)(for those of you very clever people who figured it out, good job). However, the Mormon VP he picks may not be Romney.

Romney was lending his support to McCain at a Republican fundraiser in Utah today. From MSNBC:

"They were joined by Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., an early McCain supporter whose name has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick."

The Huntsman family is a very prominent and wealthy Mormon family from Utah. His family owns a chemical company, Huntsman, worth billions of dollars. According to McCain's website, Huntsman served as national co-chairman for Senator McCain's exploratory committee. He endorsed McCain instead of Romney, which earned him some pretty big backlash in the Mormon community. Of course, now that McCain is the nominee the state of Utah and the LDS faithful are likely to get behind him, especially given today's blessing from Romney.

His father, Jon Huntsman, Sr., was a staff secretary in the Nixon White House working for H.R. Haldeman. In an interview with Forbes magazine in 2006, Huntsman, Sr. said Haldeman was his "worst boss." He said of Haldeman:

"I don't say this to be mean-spirited, but he had a habit of never speaking to people unless it was to be critical. Never a hello, a good morning or a compliment. Once when I talked to him about it, he said, 'You had better never run a business the way I run my White House office.' And I said, 'Bob, you don't have to worry about that, because I never will." So I've never run my business that way.'"

McCain, however, isn't saying which, if any, Mormon he could choose. From the AP:
"Both men have been mentioned as potential vice presidential choices, and while Mr McCain praised each, he did not give away whether either was under consideration."

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