UPDATE (8:10 pm ET): Holy crap! The predictions market intrade.com is now predicting that Pawlenty will be McCain’s pick. Pawlenty now gets 80% while Romney, who has led nearly all day at the site, is getting 12%. I know that this market has been extremely volatile all day but this definitely qualifies as a massive swing.
UPDATE (8:00 pm ET): Alright, we should have heard by now according to earlier reports. Now it’s looking all like a tease. And now there’s news out that Romney’s sister’s house may not have gotten the special treatment from the Secret Sevice.
If the Secret Service is vetting his family in advance of his brother’s selection as John McCain’s running mate, Scott Romney, the brother of Mitt Romney, said early this evening that it’s news to him.
Scott Romney said he doesn’t know anything about the Secret Service sweeping his sister’s house as reported earlier today by the Web site of The Hill newspaper in Washington.
UPDATE: According to a source from DRUDGE there will be an unofficial announcement at 6 pm ET and an official announcement at 8 pm ET. So stay tuned.
We basically found out Joe Biden was Barack Obama’s running mate when the Secret Service was sent to his home. Now we have a security sweep by the Secret Service at one of Romney’s family members.
If security sweeps are the giveaway, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may be on the brink of being selected as Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) vice presidential running mate.
According to sources with strong Michigan ties, the Secret Service has conducted a security sweep of the home of Romney’s sister. Romney was raised in Michigan, where his father served as governor.
However, one campaign operative familiar with the working of a presidential-level campaign cautioned that a sweep of such a location could have been conducted in advance of Romney appearing as a surrogate — not the vice presidential nominee — at an upcoming McCain campaign stop in Michigan.
Maybe it’s nothing but maybe not.
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