Since John McCain all but officially has the Republican nomination, the â€œVeepstakesâ€ to see who gets chosen as his Vice Presidential running mate has begun. The McCain campaign claims they havenâ€™t even though aboot it, but that hasnâ€™t stopped the rest of us from having our own shortlist. Everyoneâ€™s shortlist mostly has a different combination of the same names, but after an article on The Politico, Tim Pawlenty would appear to be top of the list. Pawenty is a â€œtwo-term governor of Minnesota, conservative but with a pragmatic/populist streak, megachurch member, early and loyal McCain backer, and a hockey fanatic.â€
Everything I know about Governor Pawenty I know from reading his Wikipedia entry. Iâ€™m not sure how he scores with the â€œrealâ€ conservatives, but he appears to cover a lot of what you would assume McCain would be looking for. Heâ€™s young (forty-nine), is from a swing state like Minnesota that could also help carry Wisconsin and Iowa, and could appeal to economic conservatives (record of passing tax cuts and balancing the budget).
But thereâ€™s also another area he could help McCainâ€¦education. There was something on his Wikipedia page that caught my attention:
â€œIn June of 2006, Governor Pawlenty proposed a program that would send the top 25% of high school graduates to college. The program would pay for tuition for the first 2 years (4 years for selected fields such as science, technology, engineering and math) and would cost the state and estimated $112 million per 2-year cycle.â€
Newt Gingrich and others have…
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