At Saturday’s televised one on one session between Rick Warren and John McCain, Warren asked the Republican presidential candidate who were the three individuals he “would rely on most” if elected.
McCain named Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq; John Lewis, the Democratic congressman and civil rights leader; and his economic advisor, Meg Whitman, the ex-CEO of eBay. That allowed him to remind the audience of three campaign themes: his foreign policy credentials, serving a cause greater than one’s self-interest and his pledge to use the advice of people like Whitman to turn the economy around. [LA Times]
Sounds like a great opportunity to float out some names and try them on for size… possibly for people McCain would consider adding to his cabinet, or a running mate. However, each have obvious drawbacks: Petraeus as a military man brings nothing fresh to the table, Lewis has the Democrat thing going for him, and Whitman has never been elected to a political post (although it’s believed she’ll run for California governor in 2010).
Obama answered the same question with his mother and grandmother, proving the definition of reliance is up for interpretation.