Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Thursday, August 21:
1. Continue to watch the Veepstakes mania craze, particularly on the Democratic side. Watch today as news organizations pull out all the stops looking for little signs of which direction Obama is headed. Check out Obama’s comments on the veepstakes from the new issue of TIME magazine, right here on The Page, where he tells TIME’s Karen Tumulty and David von Drehle he wants a veep who is “not about ego, self-aggrandizement, getting their name in the press.” Keep an eye on that story and the latest veep tea leaves throughout the day.
2. Keep an eye on Obama today. The Senator is in Virginia with one of the leading veep prospects—Governor Tim Kaine. The Land of Lincolner will hold a morning town hall meeting on the economy in Chester, later holding another town hall meeting in Chesapeake. Watch the body language between Obama and Kaine while they’re on the stump today as Obama wraps up his two-day tour of the Old Dominion.
3. Watch John McCain, settling down for some work privately over the next few days. The Arizona Senator will be relaxing at his home near Sedona for three days, getting ready for his upcoming acceptance speech at the convention and also meeting with staff. McCain did an interview on Wednesday with Politico with lots that interview that will be picked over today — including that he won’t pledge to a one-term presidency and a slip up on remembering how many houses he and Cindy McCain own. Watch to see the fall out there.