2008 GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stood behind his pick for vice-president of then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin Wednesday.
CNN's John King asked him why he vetted Romney but picked Palin. "Well, I thought at the time that we needed a catalyst. We needed an energizer, which we got. As soon as she spoke at our Republican Convention we were up by three points. She energized our base. Thatís what I thought we needed at the time. She had experience as a governor and she obviously had an enormous amount of charisma," he said. "And I thought it was really -- and I still do think it was the right choice at that time, and Iím still very proud to have had her as my running mate."
The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman reported that Romney was knocked off the veep shortlist after McCain speechwriter Mark Salter pointed out the two owned 14 houses between them.
yep, PR stunt that wasn't quite thought out, but 'I was really drunk' would have also been an acceptable answer.