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. The Truth Is!!!

    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**.DITTO!!!!
    You are telling the TRUTH !!! Thank YOU

    August 10, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Tabloid Politics

    Great pic for VP only if VP stands for VamPire

    The problem with both Presidential Canidates they have to pick someone that would be below them so they can't pick anybody too good. Bush had the same problem but Chaney outsmarted him.

    August 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Raymond Duke

    Tom Ridge would be a mistake. There are a lot of better canidates out there. I believe he will campagin for McCain but that is all.

    August 10, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. 1234

    As a life long resident of Pennsylvania and having lived in Erie for 27 years, someone needs to ask Tom, "what did you really ever do for the PA and Erie"? If Erie is an example of Tom's greatest work, then we should all being running for cover under "code orange"!!!!!

    I say McCain should pick him and then maybe his fellow republicans will stay home covering their windows with plastic sheeting and duct tape instead of voting!

    August 10, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Cyrus Shick, Nashville Tennessee

    Keep in mind that Bush and his cronies didn't win the popular vote in 2000, meaning the people didn't want him, and he also didn't win the electoral college fairly. His cronies cheated Florida away from Gore. In 2004 he did win the popular vote, but cheated to win the electoral college through electronic tampering in Ohio. Also, he started the Iraq war though Saddam was boxed in and could do nothing to anyone, even thouse of his own country!!! He wasn't behind 9/11!!!! I know that all of those things, including listening to Americans speak on the phone warrentlessly, torture in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and isolating ourselves from our allies, were ALL his fault, and he was behind ALL of them!!!!!!!! How about you wake up yourself!!!!

    Obama '08, the only hope for America not becoming a third-world country.

    August 10, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Nick Wolf from PA

    WOW Tom Ridge what a joke he's just like Bush as is McSame and Susie open your eyes bush ruined this country and McSame will do the same we need change and obama is the right person to do that job

    August 10, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Ryan - Tampa, Flordia

    I keep hearing about Bush and his "failed" this and that.

    – 2 recessions, 2 wars, record debts, record deficits, multiple disasters (Enron, Katrina, tourture, illegal wiretapping, false pretenses to war, a housing crisis, bank deregulation & subprime lending, record gas prices ...)

    Try to remember, he was handed many things that were totally out of his control.

    – Yes, but it was his job to lead up through them.

    Could someone do better? I'm sure someone can.

    – Yes, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Bush 41.

    However, it takes PEOPLE to make change; not just words.

    – Look at the Bush cabinet and advisors – Wolfowitz, Ashcroft, Rove, Libby, RUMSFELD, Cheney, Bolton...

    Obama may sound good, but does he have the experience needed to lead this great nation?

    – Thats what they said about JFK & Reagan. Obama has the vision, and judgement to transform America to a 21st Century America.

    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.

    – Try reading the book "Gook: John McCain's Racism and Why It Matters," by Irwin Tang, change your perspective.

    August 10, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Raymond Duke

    Maybe all you liberals will get Reverend Wright or one of Obama's surrgoates who like to call white people "WHITEY" or CRACKER". Since you people don't mind being called names and don't have the guts to serve your country that would be okay with you people. I don't know about liberals but regular americans don't appreciate being called names. But I guess if you don't mind that you probably don't mind wearing pink bloomers either. Arnold got the liberal democrats right when he called them SISSY men.

    August 10, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Independent

    First impression after seeing his picture.

    The man looks constipated.

    August 10, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Janet

    Do we really want Tom Ridge to succeed to the presidency if need be? NO!

    August 10, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. NEXT!!!

    To: Susie ..... McCain seems to be the only choice we have. Wake up America.........We don't want any part of your NIGHTMARE!!!!!
    To: Bob... ALL you liberals have nothing to do? Are you all unemployed
    Strange we could ask you the same Question ........We will be if McBush becomes Pres!!!

    August 10, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    I wonder how many of McCain's "potential VP" picks have quirtly turned him down?

    SuSie: All mcCain has to offer is many unfounded and at times inaccurate smears and criticisms of Obama; I guess on could xall his campaign "empty Republican attacks".

    August 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. me

    are you kidding me? OBAMA 08 OBAMA 08 OBAMA 08.
    McCain really is into old time politics.... he is no better than the current administration.

    August 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Unbelievable

    really Susie? That really sounds like a bunch of drivel to me. I'd say the war in Iraq pretty much wouldn't have been started by any other administration. Sure 9/11 crippled his presidency, but he could have come out a true iconic hero after it. He had the world at his fingertips and he squandered all the good will. So go back underneath that rock and vote red like you people always do no matter who is running.

    August 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Pat

    OH How Sad! Tom Ridge another one of Bush's Losers! McSame hasn't got a prayer! McSame is so much like Bush they should be buying matching outfits so all will know they are Bush Twins. Johnny and Georgie. Too bad Johnny can't git it! C H A N G E means NEW ADMINISTRATION for a New America not the coins jingling in the pockets of Americans who have only a few left due to the Bush Generous Aid For War Program in Iraq!

    August 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. dennis from chicago

    what is more important is that MC CAIN WIN pennsylvania being that THOSE PEOPLE ARE SO BITTER.....AND LOVE THOSE guns///

    August 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Joe M

    Oh boy! "Bombs Away" McCain and Ridge from the Department of Homeland "Stupidity". Maybe we'll all have to take our shoes off everywhere if Ridge gets the nod.

    I can just see the Republican Convention now. A bunch of old men, indicted Senators (Hey Ted, how's that Land Rover), Larry Craig in a tap dance et al. How the mighty have fallen.

    August 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Illinois Boy

    Susie, since experience is so important for you, why don't we let Bush and Cheney have a crack at another 4 years. You would have that a team that just spent 4 years in the White House would do better their 2nd term considering they just had 4 years of on the job performance. The truth is that experience HELPS in knowing procedural issues but when it comes to making tough decisions it's not the trump card. You should wake up. McCain can't give a speech without stumbling over his words. He makes Bush look like a well spoken individual!

    August 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Mike, Michigan

    What was Bush handed when he entered the White House? Lets see a surplus in the wars...strong dollar....even employment...the World looked to the US as a friend and true to our word. You have to look at what GW will leave the next President. A country that is in decline at most every level. I am the son of the WWII veteran, I do not know how that qualifies either of us to make a judgement as to leadership. Mr. McCain has been in the Senate for 26 years and has done basically nothing. Where was McCain 10 years ago on energy? Where was he 5 years ago on energy? Where was he 2 years ago on energy? The answer is nowhere. He did not give it a thought until it became political. The Obama Nation book was written by the same person who ran the "Swift Boat" crap about Kerry. I am glad this person is such an expert on Obama. I would like to know where his information comes from besides his conspiracy ideas and thoughts. Just another right wing BS book. McCain is only the choice for Cindy. Not for America.

    August 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Turn The Page

    Who cares? This still doesn't overshadow the fact that McCain will continue pushing Bush's failed policies.

    August 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. KO

    McCain/Ridge would a be a strong ticket, though I can see why people are concerned about the fact that he served with George W. Bush. Both candidates, as I see it are of great importance this time around, for different reasons. We'll see what happens in the coming weeks.

    August 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Susan

    Don't people get tired of bashing the candidates??!! Watch shows that discuss the issues from all angles and then think about what is important to you. Is it honor, integrity and committment or is it ego and someone on a misssion for themselves- like since the day he first entered the Senate and then said I am the little engine that could – Study the issues, the really important items on the agenda – both candidates are entitled to change their minds – I wouldn't want it any other way....I have been a registered Democrate since the 70's, but Obama just doesn't fit the bill for has nothing to do with defeating Hillary – (I still can't believe the Clintons didn't see that coming) ....It has to do with committment and doing what is the best for this time in our history – Obama simply does NOT have the background or experience right now – maybe in a few years. I hope that the majority of voters wait until another general election (2112 or 2116) to elect someone with such meager credentials. McCain has the background, expertice, and general "know-how" to surround himself with competent advisors. I have faith in McCain and in the electorate to begin the next presidentail term with leadership, integrity, knowledge and inner strength and make our citizens proud of our president again.

    August 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. prosanto

    Dear John, Did the Naval academy forget to train you that there is a time to retire and enjoy the Rocker along with John Kyle. It is never too late. See you soon in Sun city West.

    Retired & enjoying life in the slower lane.

    August 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Aaron

    The media would declare bozo the clown a short-list running mate if John McCain is scheduled to meet with them. I can't wait to find out who will be the VP either but chill out pundits!

    August 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Colleen

    I want everyone to know the comment made by Peachy is wrong!
    Mitt Romney only has one wife. No member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has more than one wife.

    I agree with Susie about Obamba, he does not have the experience needed to lead this country. Read the book and learn more about him. John McCain is ready and he has the experience to keep our country safe. My Father is a retired member of the Air Force and my son now serves in the Army. I have confidence in John McCain to be his next Commander in Chief. Not someone who is not in any way ready to serve.

    August 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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