The New York Times is reporting that John McCain will interview three hopefuls for the number 2 position on the Republican ticket at his ranch in Arizona this weekend: Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Mitt Romney.
Although McCain is likely to interview other candidates as well, this gives us some indication of who the frontrunners for the VP slot are.
I have been convinced for quite a while that Romney is going to be the choice, as he is very friendly with McCain and he is very well connected to the establishment. Romney would also give McCain some additional appeal in regions and demographic groups where he does not poll well currently.
And the stakes are higher than usual for the Republicans, as McCain's age and failing health could thrust a potential VP choice into the limelight a lot earlier than planned.
Here is part of the New York Times article:
Senator John McCain of Arizona is set to meet with at least three potential running mates at a gathering at his ranch this weekend in Arizona, suggesting that he is stepping up his search for a vice-presidential candidate as the Democratic contest heads toward a conclusion, according to Republicans familiar with Mr. McCain’s plans.