OUR OPINION: McCain now on VP hot seat

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

One down, one to go.

Last weekend, anointed Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama named fellow Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate on the road to the White House. The choice comes days before the Democratic National Convention in Denver was scheduled to begin.

The duo made their first appearance together as the perceived Democratic ticket at an event in Obama’s home state of Illinois, with Biden giving a passionate speech promoting Obama’s claim to the Oval Office. Biden himself unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1988 and this year.

Why Biden? This was the man who once made the controversial “clean”?comment about Obama.This choice must also infuriate Democrats who were backing U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, as many wanted Obama to select her as his veep.

With Obama’s side car now filled, it’s time for U.S. Sen. John McCain to pick his partner on the Republican side of the ticket. Many are pointing to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who was a candidate for president before dropping out earlier this year, as McCain’s best option. The main reason for the Romney push seems to be his expertise in financial matters, a field McCain is admittedly lacking. However, the decision is not set in stone. McCain has said he plans to unveil his running mate to the nation this weekend.

While we don’t know who McCain’s choice will be, we do know who it won’t be - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Our governor has repeatedly said he wants to stay here for a while and finish what he started. And for that, we are thankful.

Come Saturday, all should be revealed, for better or for worse.