August 10th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
6 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. Sue in MI

    You might want to wake up, Susie. Bush was "handed" information about Bin Laden, a HUGE budget surplus, and peace. What did he do? Spent the money plus billions more, let the Taliban attack, failed to find Bin laden, and dismantled the Constitution and the Justice Dept. in the process. He also sent our servicepeople on a fool's errand, killing over 4000 of them, and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis. Oh, and the torture thing. ANYONE could have done better, and Al Gore would have. You might want to try reading Vincent Bugliosi's book on Bush, or Ron Susskind, and you might change your mind about Bush. Then again, most of you Repubs are blind, and would rather believe that everything he did was to protect you. Tell that to the innocent people in Gitmo. We cannot afford another Republican and his wars.

    August 10, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Elly

    @ susie Dont believe everything you read !!!
    some people have a bias when they start a book ..period !!!
    I would rather take a leap of faith for Obama then vote the same old washington rulers in
    Think of your country ...more war... more misery and an old man who borders on dementia from one day to the next !!!

    August 10, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Larry

    Then Romney can have each of his 10 WIVES campaigning in different parts of the country at the same time.??????????????? YOU SURE???????

    August 10, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Bravo

    McCain is ok, but the continuation of George W. that is all the problem – Our Economy is a mess and so are every thing, Obama with experience or not, I will vote for him, he's ready to lead on day one – who told you some one needs experience to be commander in chief ? Wake up before it too late!

    August 10, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Sue in MI

    Susie,

    So you want us to read a book by the guy who swift-boated John Kerry. THAT sounds like a balanced, fair book to me. No thanks!

    August 10, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Ted van Tol

    If you ask me, Barack Obama will be a good diplomat advising
    the Rusian and the Georgien leader. And I am realy sure they will listen to him. Barack is a man who can bring peace in this world.
    I realy do not understan why there is so many doubt on his experience. With all the issues of the last year it is clear the
    Barack has the right judgement.
    McCain comes always later with more or less the seem ideas.
    Stil Barack has just 5 points lead on McCain.
    Barack can do everyting but I think the only chance to become the next President is to turn white!

    Europe for Obama
    With love from the Netherlands

    August 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Michael

    Surely John McCain isn't that stupid?

    August 10, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Bravo

    McCain is ok, but the continuation of George W. that is all the problem – Our Economy is a mess and so are every thing, I am Unemploy with 4 childrens, our Cie had been shut down, why would I vote for McCain? Obama with experience or not, I will vote for him, he's ready to lead on day one – who told you some one needs experience to be commander in chief ? Wake up before it too late!

    August 10, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Peter

    McCain/Ridge 08= more failure than i expected

    August 10, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Bob

    Funny how the left liberal socialists run against Bush. McCain is such a positive force they attack Bush who everyone in the world knows may go down as the worst US president ever. Obama the socialist empty shirt is nothing but a great orator. He has never run a business. Never been any thing but a shyster with a terrorist friends, preachers and family.

    August 10, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. maryann

    Romney will cinch it for me, I will vote for Mccain, anyone else but mitt, i will go Nader, I was a diehard Clinton voter.

    August 10, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Susie Q

    just because you're a daughter of a veteran doesn't really give you any more experience than the next average joe

    August 10, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Will-South Dakota

    McSame and the same old men running things........the Bush 3rd term in waiting.

    August 10, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. WAW

    Susie, as soon as you said "this great nation", you told anyone who follows politics that you have "R" after your name. As to the books (and there are more than one) about Obama, they are just high priced bumper stickers written for a niche audience. btw: Wasn't "Wake up America" a Berry Goldwater slogan? "Bomb their butts off" has been around a long time and hasn't changed except for the names, so that you can feel innocent.

    August 10, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Chris

    Susie,

    You will believe whatever fits your worldview. You lack the ability for critical thinking and the ability to change your opinion.

    August 10, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. John in Daytona

    I'm kind of hoping secretly for an Obama win to hear Democrats Whine and start every sentance with "If I had only known things would be this bad..."

    August 10, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. ES NYC

    Hey Susie, that book you are talking about is a piece of propagandist garbage.

    I make it very simple for you

    Mc Cain + Neo Cons = US Imperialistic Hegemony = 20th century
    Obama = Globalization Intelligence = 21st century

    Morality, you are a century late with Mc Cain or a century ahead with Obama

    August 10, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Wrinkled Old White Man

    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- a budget surplus, intelligence about Bin Laden that he ignored. Try reading the book "The Real McCain that is on sale in bookstores and you will have a different outlook on this man. Obama seems to be the only choice we have. Wake up America

    August 10, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Dave

    Susie –

    I have read that book and how does that say Obama is not the better choice? That book continues the misconception the GOP is spreading even now. Look at the stances McCain takes on all the issues facing him now and telling me they don't sound different from his stances 8 years ago.. or 4.. He is following the same direction Bush took just so he can win and this notion that McCain has "experience" is crazy. Maybe you should "Wake up." If anything he should be noted for 26 years of no change. He had his chance and fell on his face. Take a second and look at where these two stand on issues as they are. Obama stands to take the same approach that Bill Clinton did during his term. This country needs to focus internally more so then externally. Health care is down the drains. Schooling is unfair for middle income and below and regardless if you believe it or not.. we need to start separating our self from oil and begin a new phase in energy policies.. and no nuclear is not the answer. So susie you wake up.. because I can only hope that most americans are awake and see McCain for the disaster he is...

    August 10, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. That's Reality

    This is for George, Only truly dumb people think other people are dumb if those other people don't agree with them.

    August 10, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Ryan - Tampa, Flordia

    These VP appearances are all bluffs, used to stir media attention.

    Even if McCain shoots from the hip, Ridge is pro-choice, and was part of the Bush Administration.

    He doesn't have many good choices. It will be Romney, look at the job he's doing as a surrogate, an attack dog, always on mark, looks presidential, great speaker. The only con is he's smimey, and untrusting, but that's ok because thats the road McCains already going down.

    August 10, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. That's Reality

    Susie id correct, An Obama Nation would be an abomination. Save the children-keep obama at bay.

    August 10, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Erik from ERIE

    Tom Ridge used to be big and influential around these parts, until he teamed up with Bush. Everyone in Erie realizes Ridge is part of the problem.

    OBAMA!

    August 10, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Timothy from SC

    McCain will be making a monumental error in judgment if he picks a pro-choice VP or someone who has recently flip-flopped on the abortion issue (Romney). Evangelicals simply will not support such a ticket.

    McCain / Huckabee '08

    We like Mike!
    We like Mike!

    (There are two types of change: good change and bad change)

    August 10, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. That's Reality

    Susie is correct, An Obama Nation would be an abomination. Save the children-keep obama at bay.

    August 10, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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