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. texasgreenacres

    WAKE UP ! DUMMIES if he was in office now we would be in another war with russia how stupid can you get we've had enough get on the change wagon.some change good or bad is better than we got or can expect from mccain. inother words GET REAL BEFORE IT GETS YOU!

    August 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Steve Green

    I lived in PA during Ridge's tenure as governor. I was less than impressed and cannot recall any of his accomplishments. Needless to say, he was not very effective at Homeland Security!

    August 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Monica, Texas

    It's ashame no one will notice....McCain who?

    August 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. jay in CA

    how about a story on obamas real tax plan

    not the blatant lies mccain is telling.

    its another swift boat attack.

    cnn, please report the facts. fair and balanced does not work when one side tilts the scale completely

    August 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. ej

    Ridge will never be put on the ticket because he's pro choice and a pro choice Catholic at that.

    August 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Hillary voter for McCain

    Go McCain/Romney!!!!!

    August 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. ben

    Why so much attention to the VP. Nobody but nobody votes for a VP

    August 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. James

    It seems likely someone else will make the decision for him since McCain is having difficulty remembering why he should do this or do that. What seems to stick with him is the last word of advice he received. That's a pretty common with advanced age. It should make Americans worry about having someone like that representing us in the world.

    August 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Rob indetroit

    tom ridge did a poor job running home land security, so please john MCbush pick ridge.

    August 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Jim in Raleigh

    More of the same from John McSame – or is that George McSame – or is that John Bush. Can't tell the difference. Can you?

    August 10, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. ANGIE

    I live in pa and when he was governor he did nothing, And anyway he did the stupid color security alerts and helped bush with his fear mongering!!!

    August 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. JD

    Bush and McCain do not agree on:
    1) Abortion
    2) Serving there country (McCain is a hero, Bush basically dodged service)
    3) Gay Marriage
    4) How to run a war
    5) Economic Stimulus
    6) Veteran's Care Packages

    I guess that would make... you... truly uninformed. Bush might have been a bad president, history will decide that, remember Harry Truman... however, who would have done better? Herman Munster and a guy who cheated on wife while she had cancer or Al "I invented the internet" Gore? If you want to be mad at anyone for Bush getting elected twice be mad at the Democrats, they should have ran a real candidate.

    August 10, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. informed florida voter

    I hope he choses wisely because us democrats need to have all the incentive possible to support him. I'd feel better knowing he has a capable VP. ANYTHING is better than Obama.

    August 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Independent from PA

    Tom Ridge is history. He may have been favored in PA; but he is not going to garnish my vote for McCain even with VP spot. SOrry!

    August 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. vdemocrat

    Mcain or Obamarama both of them I don't like the way the handle politics. Obama isn't a great debater if you write hillary in its a lost vote( some of my aunts friends are doing it) Mcain is really old he hasn't said anything really bad except that hundred year thing. Then he apoligized. Obama dissed our troops by not visiting them. Obama only consented to 3 debates instead of the usual four. I don't really beleive his camapaign name. " rommeny is the best bet." i agree

    August 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Jeff, North Dakota

    "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."

    True dat...

    August 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Sen. Obama

    The truth is that McCain and Bush are actually very different, but as a campaign strategy it works quite nicely.

    August 10, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Peachy Keen

    Frankly, I think McCain should pick Romney. Then Romney can have each of his 10 wives campaigning in different parts of the country at the same time.

    August 10, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. kay

    Mccain = Bush. That is indisputable. Mccain's campaign is run by Bush's cronies and lobbyists. Mccain's advisers are the same bunch who advised Bush. Mccain's campaign strategy is the same as Bush's -- spreading fear, lies and misinformation.

    August 10, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Bob

    All you liberals have nothing to do? Are you all unemployed?

    August 10, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. obama is the most dangerous man alive

    Cnn can't stand it when someone says something true about obama............such as, he's an idiot and only stupid people and blacks vote for him. Now, let's see if this gets printed.
    Seriously, I've just read about the first 8 comments left and I really have to say if this is the obama supporters then alot of society's armpit crap is voting for him. What a nasty bunch of maggots.

    August 10, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Allan American (Costa Rica Resident)

    I don't care who the "OleMaverick" picks he will lose big time. I am a registered GOP but will be changing my party to vote for Obama and whoever. The GOP has ruined the USA under Bush and it will take years to recover from his poor performance as a President. Go Dems!

    August 10, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Another loser joins the losing team. They have quite a sad comedy going on the right side of the aisle. Has someone picked out a headstone for this party of the past?

    August 10, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Raleigh

    McCain would be a boring president regardless to whom he chooses as his running mate. He is just plain boring! He brings no excitement or enegry with him. Listening to him, except for his gaffes is like watching white paint dry.

    August 10, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Susie

    I keep hearing about Bush and his "failed" this and that. Try to remember, he was handed many things that were totally out of his control. Could someone do better? I'm sure someone can. However, it takes PEOPLE to make change; not just words. Obama may sound good, but does he have the experience needed to lead this great nation? As a daughter of a WWII veteran, I do not believe Obama has the experience to lead. Try reading the book, "The Obama Nation" that on sale in bookstores, and you will have a different outlook on this man.
    McCain seems to be the only choice we have. Wake up America!

    August 10, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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