Danforth May Be on 'Short List' for Bush VP

By Bruce Sullivan | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Presumed GOP presidential candidate George W Bush is said to be seriously considering former Republican Senator John Danforth of Missouri as his vice presidential running mate.

According to the latest edition of Time magazine, Dick Cheney, who is heading Bush's vice presidential search team, got positive feedback from Danforth last week when the team queried him on the idea.

The 63-year-old Danforth, a pro-life Episcopal minister, is ten years older than Bush. He reportedly made President George Bush's list of possible vice presidential candidates in 1988, before President Bush chose Sen. Dan Quayle as his running mate. Bush and Quayle went on to soundly defeat the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and his running mate, former Texas Senator Lloyd Benson.

George W Bush has sent letters to 450 prominent Republicans, soliciting their advice on a running mate. He said that he has narrowed the field to about a dozen or two.

"I'm making an exhaustive search," Bush told reporters last week.

Among other names still being considered are Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Gov. Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin and Rep. John Kasich of Ohio.

Bush said he is not considering either retired General Colin Powell or Arizona Sen. John McCain, both of whom told him they are not interested in the job.