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Monday, April 16, 2012

ROMNEY V.P. HUNT: Hmmm, John McCain First To Be Vetted!?!?

Likely Republican nominee for President Mitt Romney has begun the search for his running mate, and Arizona's Senior Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the first person to be vetted.*

Romney announced today in an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that he has chosen Beth Myers to head up his search committee for a vice presidential running mate.  Two hours after ABC posted that "exclusive", Talking Points Memo noted that Myers joined Twitter (of the Ann Romney vs. Hilary Rosen fame) and posted
her first tweet today.

Arizona's Politics is now the first to report that the first member of Congress that Myers "followed" on Twitter - which must be the first step in vetting a potential running mate these days - is McCain.  (We'll check Facebook next.)  McCain has had an active Twitter account for several years now, and it is highly likely that Myers knew that she needed to review the past tweets of the Senator and monitor his future tweets.

Following that, Myers followed Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and, in the time it took to write this post, has also followed several other Republican officeholders.  However, she has also added Rep. Bono Mack's campaign twitter account AND Cindy McCain.  (UPDATE: Those other GOP officeholders are SC Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.), NJ Gov. Chris Christie and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.)


* This tongue in cheek lede is based upon the insatiable desire of political junkies to read tea leaves on stories like this.

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