Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select The Most & Least Desired Vice-President For John McCain

Right Wing News emailed more than 230 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to send us a ranked list of 1-5 people they’d most like to see as John McCain’s Vice-President and the 1-5 people they’d least like to see as John McCain’s Vice-President. Representatives from the following 45 blogs responded…

The Anchoress, Argghhhh!, AtlanticBlog, The Baseball Crank, Blonde Sagacity, Bluey Blog, Boi From Troy, Bookworm Room, Classical Values, Dr. Melissa Clouthier, The Club For Growth Blog, Conservative Grapevine, Damian Penny, Drumwaster’s Rants, Elocutio, Eternity Road, Musings, Fetching Jen, Cassy Fiano, Fraters Libertas, GraniteGrok, GayPatriot, IMAO, Jeff Gannon – A Voice of the New Media, JackLewis, Liberty Pundit (Brian), GOPUSA Northeast (Hank), Rachel Lucas, Mainstream Libertarian, Midnight Blue, mountaineer musings, Moxie, Newmark’s Door, Noisy Room, No Oil For Pacifists, The Nose On Your Face, Pal2pal, The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill, Pirate’s Cove, Don Singleton, Sister Toldjah, Solomonia, The Sundries Shack, Don Surber, WILLisms,

All participating bloggers were provided with the following list of potential candidates although they were also allowed to select nominees who were not listed:

Haley Barbour: Governor, Mississippi
Marsha Blackburn: Congressman, Tennessee
Richard Burr: Senator, North Carolina
Jeb Bush: Former Governor, Florida
Tom Coburn: Senator, Oklahoma
Charlie Crist: Governor, Florida
Jim DeMint: Senator, South Carolina
Elizabeth Dole: Senator, North Carolina
Tommy Franks: Former General
Newt Gingrich: Former Congressman, Georgia
Rudy Giuliani: Former Mayor, New York
Lindsey Graham: Senator, South Carolina
Phil Gramm: Former Senator, Texas
Mike Huckabee: Former Governor, Arkansas
Duncan Hunter: Congressman, California
Kay Bailey Hutchison: Senator, Texas
Bobby Jindal: Governor, Louisiana
John Kasich: Congressman, Ohio
Joe Lieberman: Senator, Connecticut
Mel Martinez: Senator, Florida
Sarah Palin: Governor, Alaska
Tim Pawlenty: Governor, Minnesota
Mike Pence: Congressman, Indiana
Rick Perry: Governor, Texas
David Petraeus: General
Rob Portman: Congressman, Ohio
Colin Powell: Former Secretary of State
Condi Rice: Secretary of State
Tom Ridge: Former Governor, Pennsylvania
Mitt Romney: Former Governor, Massachusetts
Mark Sanford: Governor, South Carolina
Michael Steele: Former Lieutenant Governor, Maryland
Fred Thompson: Former Senator, Tennessee
John Thune: Senator, South Dakota
JC Watts: Former Congressman, Oklahoma
Christie Todd Whitman: Former Governor, New Jersey

As I mentioned earlier, the bloggers were allowed to make 1-5 ranked selections. Those selections were weighted as follows…

1) Worth 2 points
2 or 3) Worth 1.5 points
4 or 5) Worth 1 point

So, for example, a candidate who received two first place votes (4 points), a third place vote (1.5 points), & and three fifth place votes (3 points), would receive a grand total of 8.5 points.

Also, keep in mind that the scoring cut-off to be included in the lists below was 5 points. If a candidate received less than that, his/her score was not listed. Also keep in mind that not everyone put in 5 selections for each area.

Here are the selections that were made with the total number of points each candidate tallied following his/her name in parentheses…

The Most Desired Vice-President For John McCain

18) Rudy Giuliani: Former Mayor, New York (5.0)
17) Tim Pawlenty: Governor, Minnesota (5.5)
16) Jim DeMint: Senator, South Carolina (6.0)
15) Mike Pence: Congressman, Indiana (7.0)
14) Phil Gramm: Former Senator, Texas (7.0)
13) Elizabeth Dole: Senator, North Carolina (7.0)
12) Sarah Palin: Governor, Alaska (9.0)
11) David Petraeus: General (10.5)
10) Newt Gingrich: Former Congressman, Georgia (11.0)
9) JC Watts: Former Congressman, Oklahoma (12.0)
8) Haley Barbour: Governor, Mississippi (13.5)
7) Mark Sanford: Governor, South Carolina (16.5)
6) Duncan Hunter: Congressman, California (17.0)
5) Bobby Jindal: Governor, Louisiana (20.0)
4) Condi Rice: Secretary of State (22.0)
3) Fred Thompson: Former Senator, Tennessee (26.5)
2) Michael Steele: Former Lieutenant Governor, Maryland (28.5)
1) Mitt Romney: Former Governor, Massachusetts (29.5)

The Least Desired Vice-President For John McCain

15) Tom Ridge: Former Governor, Pennsylvania (5.0)
14) Tommy Franks: Former General (5.0)
13) Tim Pawlenty: Governor, Minnesota (5.5)
12) Rudy Giuliani: Former Mayor, New York (7.0)
11) Newt Gingrich: Former Congressman, Georgia (7.5)
10) Elizabeth Dole: Senator, North Carolina (7.5)
9) Mel Martinez: Senator, Florida (10.0)
8) Condi Rice: Secretary of State (16.5)
7) Christie Todd Whitman: Former Governor, New Jersey (19.5)
6) Joe Lieberman: Senator, Connecticut (19.5)
5) Charlie Crist: Governor, Florida (20.0)
4) Colin Powell: Former Secretary of State (23.0)
3) Jeb Bush: Former Governor, Florida (23.5)
2) Lindsey Graham: Senator, South Carolina (26.5)
1) Mike Huckabee: Former Governor, Arkansas (42.5)

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