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. fred

    Ridge would be an excellent pick who acts like an adult.

    August 10, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Hanky

    Ridge may not help him win Pennsylvania.

    August 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Goddy

    This guy will not do McB any good. In fact McBush is toast as it is!

    August 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Peter of Oregon

    This is just silly...

    Is this a new CNN article line? "Anytime McCain appears with someone that might be on his vice presidential shortlist, it stirs up a whole new round of speculation." Reading about VP buzz in article after article really drains my energy. Come up with some new material please.

    August 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. maurice

    If you have a brain vote McCain if you want to risk
    an attack vote Barack.

    August 10, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. grammar police

    "grew up in Erie and begin his political career"

    August 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Susie Tx

    Tom Ridge will be hitting the campaign trail with John McCain this week. Who Cares About McAttack.......all the Negative ads turn me off!


    August 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Tom Ridge?

    Whenever Bush had a crisis, he'd send Tom of DHS to the microphone to scare the daylights out of us.

    Has Cindy released her tax statements, yet?!

    August 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. JIM...TX

    Mr. Ridge is every bit as exciting as McCain....YAWN 🙂 They'd make a heck of a pair........

    August 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. VA teen who supports McCain!

    Tom Ridge is one of the experienced and smartest people McCain can choose for VP, and I hope he does, even if it doesn't help him out much in the polls.

    August 10, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Jason

    Just what the country needs, another grumpy OLD white guy as VP..McCain is looking to the past not the future.. If this country wants to elect McCain go ahead, America will be further divided and will become isolated and we should brace for a civil war if McCain is elected and also WW3.. McCain is Lame!!!

    And Obama would be wise to scrap the Homeland Security Department, as we already had a Homeland Security Department, they are called the National Guard, they should NEVER fight on foreign soil. Instead they should be protecting OUR borders.

    Common Sense in 2008!!

    And ANTI-PUMA!! Stop the PUMAS now before the ruin America!!

    August 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. McCain is the only choice for America

    Look for Ridge to join a McCain cabinet, but the inside buzz still points to Mitt Romney

    August 10, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Travis

    Hang on to your political career Tom Boy....unless you want to go

    down with McWar

    August 10, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |

    Do we have a Vice President now? Who is it?

    August 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Don't forget Enron

    Tom Ridge will not be McCain's VP choice.

    First, he's pro-choice.

    Second, he was too involved in issues surrounded lobbying without registering officially... and

    Third: the Enron Scandal:

    In 1997, Enron 'd Kenneth Lay called Bush to help Enron break into lucrative Pennsylvania energy markets... Bush duly called the then state governor, Tom Ridge, to pitch for Enron, whose bid duly succeeded.

    Ridge was made Secretary of Homeland Security – Bush's new White House office – after 9/11. Bush pursued aggressive deregulation policies preferred by Enron, including legislation to exempts key elements of Enron's energy business from oversight by the federal government – pushed by none other than Senator Phil "Nation of Whiners" Gramm.

    Don't forget that the 1992 trading commission was chaired by Wendy Gramm, Gramm's wife, close friend of the Bush family and recipient of $97,350 in political donations from Enron at the time. Once the exemption was accomplished, Mrs Gramm resigned to join the Enron board.

    So no, Tom Ridge won't be VP. Too many easily dredged up ethics issues – which would call into daylight McCain's apparent dichotomy between what he SAYS about lobbyists versus the numerous lobbyists involved in his bid for President.

    August 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Veteran for Obama

    McCain = Bush with white hair

    McCain may be a military veteran but he greatly exaggerates his accomplishments. He is no better than the 4200 plus soldiers who have been killed in Iraq and sacrificed their life at the expense of McCain and Bush and their manipulation of facts in order to go to war. At least McCain survived and is able to walk around and tell lies and dirty jokes like he has been doing. He is sick.

    August 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Steven Pentecost

    The perfect choice! Hopefully Ridge will bring the same gravitas to the VP as he did as Homeland Unsecurity. Can any of us ever forget or appreciate the grand idea of the "color code of security"? I know it made me feel a whole lot safer. He was so dedicated to his position he left after less than 2yrs. Mission Accomplished!! Onward to more nation building, nothing to it. 5yrs, 10yrs, 50yrs, 100yrs, who's counting as long as we are so unconnected it's literally uncomprehensible. Forget protecting our southern flank or any flank for that matter; all that's important is our ipods, malls, 401Ks, and did I mention DENIAL? Rock on "bomb, bomb,bomb–bomb,bomb Iran" man, you are the Man.The only Sen. in memory to vow to not vote for his own bill (remember the buck -the -administration immigration reform bill, kinda doubt it, that was before he began to seriously pander to the right). Straight shooter indeed.

    August 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Timothy from SC

    If McCain picks Ridge, another pro-choice candidate or someone who recently changed his or her stance on this issue (Romney), he will be making a monumental error in judgment. Evangelicals and social conservatives simply will not accept a pro-choice VP or anyone who has not been consistently pro-life especially considering their current lack of enthusiasm for McCain.

    McCain / Huckabee '08

    August 10, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Earl

    Ridge has as many wrinkles as McWar.....what a choice....DUH

    August 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Kyle; Muncie, IN

    Why would anyone in their RIGHT MIND vote for McCain and the politics of yester-year??

    August 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Michael Ogu,Dortmund ,Germany.

    No matter who McCain would pick as VP does not make any difference,Obama is going to win McCain in November.That's the truth!
    Obama '08.

    August 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. VOTE Democrat

    ***************VOTE Democrat******************

    August 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Bill, Albuquerque, NM

    Obama loses Pennsylvania he loses election. It amazes me however how close McCain is in the polls, I guess americans are just that dumb or racist.

    August 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Sue in MI

    And this is news, how? The news would be Suskind's proven book and allegations, Bugliosi's proven allegations, and the reasons the House will not move faster to get the criminals behind bars. THAT would be news, and would require some real reporting,CNN. Not more speculation on VP choices.

    August 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Obama supporter

    Oh my...neither Obama or McCain had better be caught visiting Disney World or a whole cast of prominent characters will be parading front and center as VP candidates. Let's face it, both parties have a seemingly endless supply of VP possibilities. Wait for the announcements from both camps and don't be surprised if a pair of seldom discussed individuals end up as being the picks. One thing seems to be shaping up as certain...someone could make a big mistake in all of this.

    August 10, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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