From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Speaking via webcast to donors gathered at a fundraiser on his behalf in Bermuda, McCain got a bit more specific about his vice presidential selection process than he has in recent weeks when speaking to reporters. But he stopped short of naming any names.
"I just want to assure you that we're going through the process," McCain said. "There are so many highly qualified people in our party ranging -- and I won't mention names -- but ranging from people who have been stalwarts in our party for a long time, and great governors and senators and business people. It's a very tough decision."
He then educated the listeners as to some of the criteria he is considering in selecting his running mate.
"You want to make sure you have a candidate that's not going to hurt the ticket," McCain said. "The second thing is, and I think it's the key criteria, is it someone who shares your principles, your values, your philosophy and your priorities. The hardest thing for the president is to establish priorities and I'm -- I think we're blessed with having a wealth of candidates. But I haven't -- we really aren't mentioning names."