Marc Ambinder noticed that an Ohio Republican official wrote on his blog yesterday that Sen. John McCain would be in Dayton, Ohio the day after the Democratic convention -- and was looking for a "big" venue.
Wrote Alex Triantafilou: "Sen. McCain is expected to host a rally on August 29 in Dayton and is looking for a BIG venue and for a BIG crowd. He'll get it. This is not yet public. I guess I just made it so."
According to Taegan Goddard's political wire: Today, that sentence has disappeared from the site.
Our earlier speculation on an errant blog posting appears to be on the right track.According to Politico, Sen. John McCain "plans to celebrate his 72nd birthday on Aug. 29 by naming his running mate at a huge rally in the battleground state of Ohio."The campaign "has begun building a crowd of 10,000 for Dayton, Ohio, according to an organizer. McCain is scheduled to appear with his running mate at a large-scale event in Pennsylvania shortly thereafter."
This regarding Obama's pick:
Matt Drudge says the New York Times has learned that Sen. Barack Obama has now finalized his choice for a running-mate and "set an elaborate roll-out to announce his decision that will begin with an early morning e-mail to supporters, perhaps as early as Tuesday." Update: The New York Times says Sen. Evan Bayh, Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Tim Kaine have been Obama's main focus. "By all indications, Mr. Obama remains likely to chose someone relatively safe and avoid taking a chance with a game-changing selection." Update II: NBC News reports Biden is the leading contender "partly due to his working-class roots and foreign policy expertise."