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. Dan, TX

    Susie, you seem sadly mis-informed. What was so awful that Bush inheritied? You mean the buget surplus that we were using to pay off the national debt? The best thing we could do for national security would be to be debt free. It's not going to happen unless balance our budget first. John McCain proposes a spending bonanza so great that it would have a deficit THREE TIMES LARGER than Obama.

    Vote for responsible and sane government. You just want to repeat McCain's lies, Susie. You should inform yourself from unbiased sources. I pray for you, you are betraying your father by backing John McCain – he is a liar.

    August 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Debby, NJ

    Another loser joining up with McShame.
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    August 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Susie August 10th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

    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!

    Could someone do better? How about could anyone do worse! As for the experience to lead Obama has more experience than Lincoln, Wilson, Arthur, Franklin Roosevelt, etc. It's judgement not experience that counts. As for that book–filled with falsehoods and innuendo–save your money and just search for Obama's "real" birth certificate!!!
    McCain will extend the war in Iraq, most probably start one in Iran and intensify bad relations with the Russians. I'll take someone who is willing to talk to other countries before we start shooting at them!

    August 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Sue, Louisville, CO

    Real nice Peachy and George, don't liberals ever have logical arguments? And, Allan! What are you thinking? You all want $10 a gal. gas and more debt piled on our already staggering national deficit? It's going to take 10 years to get alternative fuels to the point of actually supporting our economic and personal energy needs. Drill off our coasts before the Chinese do!! The Dems want to give everything to everyone, no worry where the money will come from. It's Coming From YOU! Let's face reality, our country is in a heap of trouble. Let's work together for our own good and the good of the good ol' USA

    August 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. William, from Cali!

    I voted for G.W. Bush, and not like some: I think he has done good by this Nation. But, the Republicans will lose this time, not because Obama's a better candidate to lead; but it's time for "Change", and that's something you just can't stop, when the "writings are on the wall"! Maybe next time!

    August 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Kim, Dallas, TX

    It's the weekend Bob, most liberals have professional jobs. Personally, I think Tom Ridge would be disastrous, but I really don't care of McCain picks someone disastrous as long as people are thinking clearly. We cannot handle not even one more year of Bush's failed policies!

    Susie, Bush failed at the biggest foreign policy blunder of all time..an invasion in Iraq under false pretences. That was his and his croanies disaster which they appear to have intentionally mislead the public to believe it's necessity. I don't think we need any more of that kind of politics leading our country. Sure there are things that were handed to him, just as he is handing quite a few to the next president. Our national debt is a partially a result of that unnecessary war in Iraq. We have never supported a war before by lowering taxes. I don't agree with high taxes, but I really hate handing such a deficit to future generations. Padding the pockets of the wealthiest causes an economy to faulter as there is less money moving through. Padding the pockets of Haliburton should be considered criminal in my opinion.

    Try to keep in mind that Obama Nation was written by a very right wing conservative, it's often slanted to their ideology. Which if you already believe that way it's easy to buy into it.

    McCain seems to be the last choice we need for our country if we wish to regain any amount of pride nationally and internationally.

    August 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. JABBER

    NO NO MCCAIN, DON'T VP RIDGE, GIVE HIM A CABINET SPOT BUT PUT ROMNEY IN, YOU HAVE A BETTER CHANCE WITH ROMNEY!!!!

    August 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. PAUL

    Wake up americans .McCain is not the only choice we have.And i also don t think that the huge experience he is claiming to have will help our country.Obama will be a fresh start for this nation .He is much more someone we can trust to rebuilt our economy and give us a new direction after 8 years of of lies in the white house .

    August 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Mr Republican

    John Kerry

    August 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. zzzzzzzzz

    This news seems to be a real eye-closer...

    August 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Susan

    Now that is a ggod idea as is Lieberman! Yeah, have someone who served under Bush! This is too funny!

    August 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    What color is the threat level in Pennsylvania when McCain't and Ridge join forces? Does anyone even remember this stupid ploy?

    August 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. What if?

    This is not news CNN, Isn"t Pennsylvania one of the States that McCain is losing ground in votes, that explain this same old kind of news from him and his camp. I guess we are suppose to take this as serious as Rudy Giuliani, stating that McCain might even pick a Democrat as his VP.

    More TRICKS about who McCain may pick as his VIP, will the GOP please stop thinking we are FOOLS, to many of us are struggling from check to check, made by the courtesy to the present administration.

    August 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. Goodson

    The conflict between Russia and Georgia is pointing a finger straight at our face, we are no more the trusted world police that can mediate between feuding nations, Yes, we ignored all wise counsels and unilaterally invaded Iraq, we know that any critique on Goergia will now be met with a corresponding picture from Iraq.
    What a way to squander our goodwil, We need to earn it back.
    Preach Peace, make peace, spread peace. let's open our minds, violence begets violence, OF ALL THE COMMANDMENTS, THE GREATEST IS LOVE, LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

    August 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. aware

    Tom Ridge has a face that would turn anyone off! :(

    McCain 08 but not with TR as VP!

    August 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Right Wing Kooks for McCain

    Tom Ridge isn't right wing kook enough to deliver victory.

    McCain should choose someone more to the right and less evolved, like Newt or Pat Robertson.

    August 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. What if?

    Thank you............kay August 10th, 2008 3:53 pm ET
    -------------------------------
    McCain = Bush is another 3rd term in the White House. How many times have Bush did something for nothing?, I'm sure he wouldn't have campaigned for McCain, especially after McCain announced nationwide that he was distancing himself from Bush because of his low rating to make us believe Bush and him are not a 3rd McBush.

    August 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. gl

    Old leading the Old. Time for something new!

    August 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Liberal4Obama

    McCain just sucks and we need someone who doesnt suck in the WH, after Bush this country so needs Barack Obama. Going from Bush to McCain would be like going from Dummy to Mummy.

    August 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. Are you for real?

    Susie,
    If you can, cast your vote for McCain and I'm sure within 4 years you may find yourself one of the 800k homes in America being foreclosed on-just may be yours and who you will have to blame? Your vote!

    August 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain is a warmonger and will take us into Iran.

    No to McCain.

    Yes to Obama '08 – the Constitutional Scholar (you all remember – for the people of this country?)

    August 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Republican for Obama

    Another Republican voting for Barack Obama. McCain can pick who ever he wants. The Republican's need to pick someone else to run for President.

    Barack Obama will make the changes America needs in order to grown jobs, address the housing crisis, build the economy and bring our wonderful military back home.

    Vote Barack Obama.

    August 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. AMERICA FOR THE TRUTH

    THIS ANOTHER WHITE ELITE REPUBLICAN MALE THAT TOOK OUR FREEDOM'S AWAY WITH THE PATRIOT ACT AND SHREDDED OUR CONSTIUTION.

    GET REAL

    August 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Michael Ray Thompson

    Tom Ridge? Wow, another potential VP for the Republicans. Another excellent possibility! The Democrats have nothing. They just nominated a one=term Senator for President. John McCain on the other hand is an American hero. America, you decide!

    August 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. mel

    Glenn Beck,Amy Holmes ,Anderson Cooper, Hannity, Ruben,
    are campaign for McCain because all I have heard since Obama
    come back from his trip is negative talk about him on a everyday
    and all day basics. Why can't yyou all let these two candidates
    have their say with the media concerning themselves with rating,
    when you only hurting both McCain and Obama. But more so
    Obama been getting all the negative press. Bush did not have
    experience and was elected two terms and this country is in bad
    shape than ever. He have cost this country with this war and
    McCain will do the same.All the other times ran for office he wasn't
    fix but not he is because there is no one else out their to run.

    August 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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