According to a Republican strategist, Palin is the nominee, though McCain’s campaign has not comfirmed this.
With an announcement scheduled in Dayton, Ohio, an associate of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the governor had been informed he is not McCain’s pick.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Pawlenty, who had all but ruled himself out.
“I’m not going to be there. I plan to be at the state fair. You can draw your conclusion from that,” Pawlenty said on his weekly call-in radio show on WCCO-AM in Minneapolis.
He also called it “a fair assumption” that he will not be McCain’s running mate.
Associates close to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were saying the same thing, telling The Associated Press that the former presidential candidate had not been offered the job by McCain.
Apparently he’s going for the fleece vote. I will not be so easily swayed, Senator McCain!