Two South Carolinians should be on John McCain's short list for running mates, according to an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal.
S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford or U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint would both be good choices for McCain, writes Pat Toomey, a former GOP congressman and president of the conservative Club for Growth, an anti-tax group which has been critical of the Arizona senator.
Sanford, Toomey says, "has demonstrated a commitment to economic conservatism. And DeMint, who led Mitt Romney's campaign in the state, would bring his own strong conservative credentials.
"When it comes to fighting government spending in Washington," Toomey says, "Mr. DeMint can be found on the frontlines."
The Club for Growth has said McCain's overall record "is tainted by a marked antipathy towards free markets and individual freedom." It ran TV commercials against McCain's rival, Mike Huckabee, criticizing him for raising taxes as governor of Arkansas.