August 10th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain VP buzz starts at the airport

Tom Ridge will be hitting the campaign trail with John McCain this week.

Tom Ridge will be hitting the campaign trail with John McCain this week.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain spends the next two days campaigning through Pennsylvania with the state’s former Gov. Tom Ridge at his side.

Anytime McCain appears with someone that might be on his vice presidential shortlist, it stirs up a whole new round of speculation. And as Pennsylvania is a key battleground state, Ridge is getting plenty of attention.

Ridge, a former Homeland Security Secretary, grew up in Erie and begin his political career in the northwest Pennsylvania city where the McCain tour begins.

And if the presumptive Republican nominee needed any reminder of Ridge’s prominence, he’ll get it the moment his plane sets down. The Erie International Airport where McCain lands late Sunday afternoon is also named “Tom Ridge Field” in the hometown politico’s honor.

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  1. lovable liberal

    Bob asks, "All you liberals have nothing to do? Are you all unemployed?"

    Some of us liberals still have Sunday off. Hard to believe, I know...

    August 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. cph9680

    Unless something truly drastic happens, McCain is going to lose.

    Only truly dumb people think Bush was a good President, and only truly uninformed people fail to see that Bush and McCain agree on virtually everything, and that McCain would continue the overwhelming majority of Bush's policies.

    ...Dunno George, there's a lot of stupid people in this country. The unimaginable very well could happen!

    August 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. George


    August 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. George


    August 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Old Artillery Man


    It is not a question of could anyone do better. It is a question of could anyone do worse?

    August 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Chris, San Diego

    I noticed about a year ago when all the republicans around so cal started removing their "W" stickers. It made me a bit sad since they provided a great way for intelligent folk to determine who the pea brianed hate mongers were amongst us. When I read comments from people like Susie above it reminds me that I still live in a nation of primarily narrow minded, biggoted, fast food eating gun lovers who really believe God likes them better than everyone else.

    What "W" inherited was a strong economy and a detailed dossier on Bin Laden so DO NOT suggest "W" was handed something so challenging that no one could have done any better – that's A BIG LIE!

    Those of you who voted for "W" will likely vote for McSame because you can't help it. You've been falling for bad ideas your entire lives because it's what you've been fed from your narrow minded parents.

    Oh yeah – FYI – Even if Obama was a Muslim, which he's clearly not, he'd have my vote. So go read your "Obama Nation" lies from the hate mongering GOP machine and fill your brain full of more non-sense but don't think we're all as foolish as you.

    August 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Joe

    Susie, I suggest you read Vincent Bugliosi's book "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" and then consider what Bush was handed and what he manufactured. Bush actually did not fail; he succeeded in doing exactly what he set out to do – drag us into a totally unnecessary and unjust war that has cost trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. I fear for my young son and daughter what another Republican presidency will do for their future.

    August 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Carolyn

    No one cares OBAMA 08

    August 10, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. rayster

    And who is the authority on Obama that wrote the book. or just more from McCain camp.
    Not everyone served in uniform and did more for thier country than some of these McJerk troops.
    Susie I don't want to sound disrespectful but get more reliable sources and not cuz your dad was a ww11 vet and someone wrote a book.
    I had a relitive who was executed cuz he headed up resistance in Poland and also a cousin who died in Siapan. This does not make me qualified to determine Obama is fit or not fit to lead.

    August 10, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Sweeties Against Obama

    Oseki Otens Evans-Apparently you only watch MSNBC because the other networks are reporting this is a pretty tight race. Maybe you should expand your horizon, but be careful, you might learn something.

    August 10, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. Alice Gentry

    Tom Ridge is a good man. If he is chosen as VP, he will do an super job. So many of the ideas installed by Pres Bush need to be continued regardless of what the un-thinking idiots of the democrat party try to pawn off on the US.

    August 10, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Dina Levine

    All I have to say is – Romney please

    August 10, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Nina

    So Bush doesn't just go to the Olympics, but he looks as if it's one big party. The symbolism of a US president frolicking and enjoying the hospitality of a dictatorship is sickening.

    He also mentioned that Laura was shopping. What happened to "I'm just going to the opening ceromonies"?

    He's a disgrace to America.

    August 10, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Christopher in Silicon Valley

    I am not so sure I agree that McCain = Bush.

    Just one example, McCain vehemently opposed the Bush administration on the torture issue.

    August 10, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. APRIGHT are kidding, right? (get the joke, or do you need me to explain it in more detail). Continue reading the books pushed on you by your friends. McCain is more corrupt than a New York crane inspector. This man has done nothing to show that he knows what to do. Can you give me one solid platform that he is running on? What, adding more oil drills now counts as a platform to run on? You do understand that even if we drill for this oil, our wondrous oil companies have shut down most of the refineries in this country. What good will it do us to drill if we can't refine the stuff? How is that going to help us?

    Please, understand what is going on. We owe ourselves an educated electorate. We have had a disastrous 8 years, and for anyone with a mind of their own to think that the only choice we have is to continue this garbage is preposterous. In any other time, your comments may have had some weight to them, but it is 2008. The majority of Americans have seen enough of this garbage, and the intelligent ones are making themselves aware of the issues that are affecting this country.

    It would be great if McCain had the same curiosity of an average American. Actually, doesn't sound much different than G.W., does it?

    August 10, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Christopher in Silicon Valley

    McCain should pick a fresh new face. Sarah Palin.

    August 10, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Chris

    McCain does not equal Bush. They disagree on a number of key issues. McCain will make a way better President than Bush was. He has better principles than Bush does, but he also understands more of what the people are feeling and waynt. To believe that McCain = Bush is to believe Obama's propoganda. I don't think even Obama believes this; he's just doing it because it's good campaigning. In retrospect, I wish McCain had won the 2000 GOP nomination; I know the country would have been in a much stronger situation if McCain had been president these last 8 years.

    August 10, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Hawaiian Dude

    It is good if Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama pick very different VP and present voters with a real alternative. The selection of Mr. Ridge for the Republican ticket would clarify the position of Sen. McCain concerning the Bush administration. And it is clear that not everybody in America cares about issues such as diplomacy and the environment.

    One recurrent criticism of Sen. Obama is his alleged lack of experience. Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte and many others great statesmen were much younger, and certainly less educated and experienced than Sen. Obama. The voters will respect the academic, social, and political achievements of the candidate as well as his personal profile, as much as they value the military and personal experience of Sen. McCain as a POW.

    I am sure I won't be the only one to vote for an educated gentleman, considerate of others and focused on important issues.

    Obama/whoever 08-12

    August 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Tennisguypitt

    Oh great, just more proof McCain can be called McBush or McSame, or any combination of the two.

    Wake up, America!

    Obama '08

    August 10, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Willow, from Iowa

    Yes, Bush was handed many things that were out of his control. However, he lied and deceived to get what HE wanted. He made things up, he had false letters made out, he knew WMD were not in Iraq, he did everything in his power for the oil industry, and he is well known as an Oilman. You read the book "The Obama Nation?" How about googling "The Bush Family".

    McCain wouldn't be my choice is he was the only one running.

    August 10, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. L.K

    I think Obama is evil and he acts like he wants to rule the world. Not America. I am a democrat and would never vote for him because he has zero experience in politics and you are a refection of the friends you keep. I will go McCain this time and maybe Clinton will run again in 2012 and I will support her again........

    August 10, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Obama - MY next president

    Susie, you live in a world of LIES. You believe LIES when you read them. When video surface that the Pledge was NOT being said at the state fair, that it was, in fact our national anthem, the REPUBLICAN LIE shifted from pledge to...."Well, you know you're supposed to cover your heart when the national anthem is played." LIE, LIE, REPUBLICAN LIES. Go to youtube and plan ANY anthem video. Almost NOBODY covers their heart during the playing of our national anthem.

    Susie, read lies, believe lies....BE A LIE !

    August 10, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Randy

    Former Democrat turned unaffiliated.

    A few things. Ridge is very popular in PA and could very well make the difference in that state.

    As far as trying to distance himself from Bush... it doesn't matter what McCain does. Connecting McCain and Bush is the bases for all Obama's adds right now and I'm willing to be they won't change that much in the next 80 days

    Lastly, I would have never guess that Bush would have won in '04. If there ever was a party that can screw up an almost sure thing, its the Democrats.

    It should come down to this. McCain is Moderate, Obama is liberal. Eventhough.....Obama is trying to make people think he's not a liberal and McCain seems to be trying to make people think he is conservative.

    Vote accordingly.

    August 10, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. Sam Willer

    People keep bringing up experience. Susie, take a look at Bush's 'experience' before he took office. The man was a total failure at whatever he touched. Check it out, I think Obama in just the short time he has been working, already has more successes than Bush ever had.

    August 10, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Wide awake already

    Well, Bob, I have a job, but today is Sunday, after all...what about you? You've taken just as much time as every other poster here.

    And, Susie, I don't need a different outlook. I've taken the last many months and paid attention to Obama and what he has to say. I think Obama and McCain are equals in terms of "presidential experience": neither are 100% ready for such a job, who is? This is where judgement, intelligence, patience and thoughtfulness come into play and Obama has McCain beat in every department!!

    You go ahead and keep fighting for HRC, I'm sorry, McCain!

    As the son of Vietnam vet (who didn't get captured), the grandson of a WWII vet and the great-grandson of a WWI vet, I think Obama has all he needs going into such a monumental position. Obama is a true American, just like you, Susie, and is more than ready to lead this great nation.

    August 10, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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