McCain On 2008: I Picked Palin Because She Was Better Than Romney
John McCain got rather pissy yesterday when reporters asked if he'd passed over Mitt Romney as a 2008 running mate due to his still unreleased tax returns.
"Oh come on, because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. ... Come on, why? That’s a stupid question." Steve Schmidt, McCain's top campaign adviser in 2008, told the Huffington Post that the contents of the tax returns were not viewed as a problem for their campaign. But Romney's vast wealth was seen as a political liability that McCain could ill afford, he said.