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Charlie Crist was one of 6 finalists for John McCain’s VP

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The book The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election reports that Gov. Charlie Crist was among six finalists to become John McCain’s running mate, according to an excerpt today in the Washington Post.

Today’s story, adapted from the book by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson, says:

Eventually, McCain narrowed his choices to six finalists. In addition to Sarah Palin, they were independent-Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman; McCain’s former rival, Mitt Romney; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have been a finalist had he not taken himself out of contention.

From that list of six, McCain and his team seemed to winnow the list to three: Lieberman, McCain’s favorite; Pawlenty, the safety choice; and Palin, a “high-risk, high-reward” option. The rest is history.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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