As John McCain campaigns around the country, there's a topic that the self-described straight talker tries to dodge: choosing a running mate. Yet the issue is coming up almost everywhere he goes.
On Wednesday, McCain headed a discussion on energy at Missouri State University in Springfield.
At his side sat tall, square-jawed Gen. James L. Jones. He was commandant of the Marines and supreme allied commander in Europe before he retired to serve as a Middle East envoy for President Bush, a corporate board member and president of the nonpartisan Institute for 21st Century Energy.
One woman in the audience couldn't resist asking The Question, saying she would "love to see someone like Gen. Jones" on McCain's ticket.
"Gen. Jones has served this country with honor and courage for many years, and I am confident he will continue to do so," McCain responded, without missing a beat. He added, "He certainly would if I were president of the United States."