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Monday, August 18, 2008

John McCain Set To Announce VP On August 29

The Politico has an exclusive saying that preliminary plans are set for John Mccain to announce his VP on the 29th, a day after Obama gives his acceptance speech which will limit the weekend news coverage and perhaps the bounce that Obama's campaign is expecting after he is crowned the official Democratic nominee. (although if the bounce is anything like when Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign or after his Berlin speech, then it won't be much to worry about anyway)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to celebrate his 72nd birthday on Aug. 29 by naming his running mate at a huge rally in the battleground state of Ohio, Republican sources said.

That’s a week from Friday, and the day after his rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, accepts the Democratic nomination at a 70,000-person spectacular in a Denver stadium.

The campaign has begun building a crowd of 10,000 for Dayton, Ohio, according to an organizer. McCain is scheduled to appear with his running mate at a large-scale event in Pennsylvania shortly thereafter.

No one is ruling out the fact that McCain can change his mind about the date of the announcement because as they put it, "McCain views this as the one decision that he has total, utter, nonnegotiable control over."

This would be a very smart move on McCain's part, he would control the news coverage for the weekend before the Republican National Convention and then have the following week of the convention as well.

With all the chaos expected for the Democratic National Convention, with anti-war protesters, pro-troop supporters planning an event, Hillary Clinton supporters with their parade and rally, recreate 68 with their nonsense and even more, the coverage will not be pure Obama anyway for the Democratic convention.

John McCain can nab the weekend and Obama's whole celebration will be short and bittersweet since much attention will be focused on Clinton, the protests, security, those razor wire fences to house the Code Pink, recreate 68 protesters, I mean.

Brilliant strategy!