Grassroots Effort Underway to Draft Rep. Cantor for VP

A grassroots effort to draft Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor (R) as John McCain's vice-presidential nominee was launched Wednesday.

Brian A. Wittman, the movement's chairman, urged supporters in an e-mail to visit its new website and contact the Republican Party and McCain's campaign to tell them to select Cantor as veep.

Wittman writes: "For years, Congressman Eric Cantor has been a rising star in the Republican Party. Congressman Cantor has been a leader while protecting America through strong national security, keeping taxes low, and preparing America for its next biggest challenges. Senator John McCain has recognized Congressman Eric Cantor's leadership and is currently vetting Cantor as one of a short number of candidates to be considered for the Vice-Presidential Candidate. America needs Senator John McCain as President, and America needs Eric Cantor as its Vice-President."

The website encourages visitors to contact Wittman--his email address is listed on the home page--to help spread the movement's word.

-Katie Stapleton-Paff