(LIMA, OHIO) – While high gas prices are probably on the minds of Ohio voters, at least one audience member here had another pressing issue he wanted to discuss with John McCain – pushing his idea for a running mate.
"I know energy and everything is important, but when are you going to announce who your running mate is going to be?" a man asked to laughter from the audience. "I lay awake at night worrying. You get these reports on television that it's a neck and neck race. I would like to see a landslide victory for you and I'd like to vote in November for a McCain/Rice ticket."
"Thank you very much," McCain said, in an effort to change the subject, as other members of the audience shouted out "Romney!" and "Lieberman!" to give voice to their choices. But the questioner would not be deterred.
"I think that it could be a wide margin victory," he continued. "I hope you will twist her arm."
"Thank you for that advice and counsel and I appreciate it," McCain said, but did not give any illumination into his decision. He instead gave his usual outline of the vice-presidential duties.
"One, in the case of a tie vote in the United States Senate, then the vice-president comes and casts the tie breaking vote," he said. "The other responsibility is to inquire daily as to the health of the president. And that will probably be a very important responsibility."
For the record, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said she has "no plans" to be anyone's running mate.