While celebrating his 72nd birthday on August 29, presumptive GOP nominee John McCain plans to announce who will join him on the Republican ticket for the presidency.

That’s one day after Sen. Barack Obama give his nomination acceptance speech in Denver, says Politico in an exclusive report. The plan, it seems, is simple:

“The announcement strategy — provided McCain doesn’t change it — calls for naming the pick early Friday morning [August 29] to try to suppress Obama’s bounce coming out of his convention.

“‘You’re going to own the weekend,’ a McCain official said.

“The Republican convention begins the following Monday in St. Paul, Minn.”

According to the report, among those in the running are Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former homeland security director Tom Ridge.

Excerpts from story:


McCain advisers say they don’t think it would make sense to name the vice presidential designee earlier because the impact would get diluted by Obama’s selection. And because the GOP convention is second, they have the advantage of knowing the opposition ticket before showing their own cards.

“You can fire the bullet once,” said one key Republican. “You want the most meaningful target.”