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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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. ex-Republican for Obama

    That old lying guy isn't going to win so who cares who he picks?

    August 10, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. jay in CA

    Just what this country needs...more failed policies and inept people in a sector they know nothing about

    at least he didnt judge horses

    August 10, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Republicans Hate America

    it does not matter who McPhony chooses I will be voting for Obama

    August 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. zago

    who cares. They are too old

    August 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Rickymo

    More older white men...that is what we need to be a fair representation of this country...may King George will start WW3 and try for a third term?

    August 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. aherbert

    What ever McSame which is the same as Bush why wouldn't he be with the same policy maker as Bush.... do what ever but just remember America is waiting for change and McSame do not represent change at all....

    August 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. B. Jerome

    The M. Saakashvili would not of brutally attacked the citizens of South Ossetia without the approval and direction from D. Cheney and G. Bush.
    Because of the U. S. pushing the arms race it is only a matter of time till Russia sets up a military base in South America and as usual we will hear the U. S. say they can't,it is a provocative move ,Russia will not be allowed to put a millitary base in the America's etc..

    August 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. jaison Biagini

    i live in PA and adding ridge to the ticket would not sway my vote.
    the dude manipulated the terror alerts, gave us the duct-tape and plastic defense, and was a total bush yes-man.
    he wasn't much of a governor either.

    August 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Mike Boston, MA

    He couldnt make VP. One, even though he was DHS Secy under Bush in his first term, he's pro-choice and not well known as say Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani.

    Obama 08

    August 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. New Direction

    Oh yes, the wonderful analysts at CNN again show why they get paid the big bucks! McCain will not pick a pro-life, former Bush Administration official. Why wouldn't he just hand Obama the 'Same as Bush' card?

    August 10, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Sylvia Johnsen

    Typical, a war breaks out in Georgia the only one in town to answer the phone is McCain (since Hillary Clinton is not allowed to pick up). Obama is on holiday and Bush is at the Olympics.

    August 10, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Abdi, Minnesota

    Tom Ridge or any other VP can't rescue the McCain's falling campaign. Does Republican have a chance to change John? NO. It is too late. Nothing can be done.

    August 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Charles

    Is there a reason stories about McCain are printed in such larger, more readable fonts?

    August 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |


    August 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Matt

    What a boring choice if he picks him. Hopefully he will cuase he'll lose.

    August 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. tom, boston



    August 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Jason Walden

    This "VP buzz" is just getting ridiculously out of hand. It's to the point where if I spent more than five minutes talking to either candidate, the media will pick up "VP buzz" on me! Seriously, every day there is a *NEW* candidate on the "short list," or in final rounds such that McCain or Obama are certain to tell us that this person is their next candidate. Is the media just trying to be "right" and so just declaring that every possible candidate is potentially the next VP? What I would really appreciate as a consumer of news is some accurate, quality reporting in which every possible connection to McCain and Obama affiliated with politics in any way is NOT a possible contender for the VP spot. A little due diligence would be excellent here so that every time I check the ticker I'm not reading about the "for sure VP candidate," which changes every single time. This is one reason people start getting turned off to the political news, folks.

    August 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Elly

    well at least Tom ridge or Tom Pawlenty would be a better choice than the arrogant Romney

    August 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. High School Students for Obama

    He will pick Romney – I don't understand why people keep talking about this – Tom Ridge is a good choice but I do not want to see McCain to win. It will be Romney though.
    OBAMA '08 !!!

    August 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Elly

    well at least Tom ridge or Tim Pawlenty would be a better choice than the arrogant Romney

    August 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. aaaaa

    well mccains VP is just going to be a picture behind him because Mccain wont listen to any of his surrounding poeple he will bully them away.

    August 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. SOLD-OUT ...!

    OBAMAS' larger convention Temple is all about money, money !

    Charging an entrance fee is to milk more campaign money and

    not as said to allow more people to attend...Typical, typical political

    rhetoric without thought to the little people. Greed and money is

    what the Obama campaign is all about.

    Vote for the man who puts people and COUNTRY first...Mccain/08


    August 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    John McCain is a hot head and many of his senate colleagues are well aware of it – and have publicly said so – Do we really want this man to have his finger on the trigger of the weapons of this country? He has a flawed past in his involement with the "keating 5" that was part of the biggest savings and loan losses in the US History. He has todate run the most negative campaign since Richard Nixon of 1972. Mr McCain is 95% in lock step with the Bush/Cheney and that whole corrupt bunch and now would like to convince us the VOTERS that he should be our next President – sorry folks that "Dog won't Hurt"

    August 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Observer

    Hmmmm....I would think McCain would shy away from anyone who served in GW Bush's cabinet. Doesn't send out a message of change.....

    August 10, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Tom Ridge???? The former Head Paranoiac in Chief of the Department of Homeland Insecurity? The man who lives by the philosophy that there's no such thing as too much snooping on the private lives of American citizens? Who's fairly sure that we're all guilty of something until proven innocent? That Tom Ridge?

    If McCain has any chance at all in this election, he's going to blow it entirely if he picks as his VP this thorough authoritarian who seems to believe that the U.S. Bill of Rights is no more than am impediment to be circumvented when it's convenient to do so.

    August 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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