ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Tom Ridge might be a long-shot in the vice presidential sweepstakes, but John McCain certainly holds him in high esteem.
The presumptive GOP nominee, who refuses to discuss the vetting process for potential running mates, heaped praise on his friend and adviser on Monday in Ridge’s hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania.
At one point, a GE employee at a brief town hall meeting here asked McCain what his plans would be for his first 90 days in office.
“Call Tom Ridge to Washington from whatever vacation he is taking and get him to work,” McCain answered, to much applause.
Selecting Ridge, a Catholic and former two-term governor of Pennsylvania, could boost McCain’s chances in this swing state. But Ridge also supports abortion rights, a factor that would likely turn off segments of the Republican base.
McCain said he was “honored” to know Ridge, “who had every opportunity after he graduated from Harvard not to go to Vietnam. He could have found a doctor that would have a given a cert that he bad a bad knee. But instead he went and decided to serve his country during the Vietnam War.
“He came back here to Erie and he decided to be a prosecutor, and then he decided to seek a role, a seat in congress and then of course as governor,” McCain continued. That’s the kind of people this part of America produces. I’m proud to be in his company.”
McCain was born in Panama, Central America. He is Central American – NOT born in United States.
He has been on Government Health Program since the day he was born to wealthy Navy people. Do YOU Have Health Insurance?
Ridge is a crook – Romney – well, sleeze says it all.
We have at least one libtard declaring they will denounce their citizenship if McCain wins.
Another couple million to go!!
WE CAN DO THIS AMERICA!!!
RID THE COUNTRY OF LIBERALS!!!
A TRUE VICTORY FOR THE U.S.A.
Ridge sucked as governor. Also do I have to remind people he left his job at homeland security because he was not getting paid enough. When he was making close to $200,000.
Ridge wasn't any good as a governor, wasn't any good in homeland security and I don't see how McShame thinks he can help him win PA - I can't stand either one of them and I'm 64, white, blue collar worker in PA.
Two old white men sitting around taking viagra..... wonder why they need it when women's birth control is not covered by insurance? Ridge is going to have fun on the "Straight talk express" tonight!
I hope we outsource our Presidential Election every 4 years. Let some smart people in China and India figure out who our President should be for us. We sure seem to be doing a terrible job of it, and I am sick of being led by these Idiots that the majority of us have found for us.
Look at this Election so far – There is no business McCain should even be this close.
Perfect, just like McCain can't remeber from day to day, Ridge couldn't remember how to protect us as homeland security, he just recieved a check for doing nothing.
Ridge is a good person, politically and morally. But Mitt Romney is more appropriate at this time and place. His above average ability to "tell it like it is" and his experience as an executive in state government, plus achievements in economic matters are exactly what McCain needs in a Vice President. McCain's no-nonsense double capabilities in handling domestic and foreign problems vs. the pop-star qualities of his opponent are remarkable. Together, McCain and Romney make the strongest ticket to guide this country through these perilous times.
Just what this country needs...another no-neck, overweight, giblet-necked, neocon, barbeque media lovin' piglican
McCain describing his propensity for violence, even as a youngster, saying, "At the smallest provocation I would go off into a mad frenzy, and then suddenly crash to the floor unconscious."
Oh yeah...America needs this pig in the white house...NOT!!
Hey REALIST NJ,
I just moved to TEXAS and have seen ZERO McCain bumper stickers and many many many Obama ones. Using your logic, I suppose Texas will go blue by a landslide this November! And no, I don't live in liberal-Austin.
To: TX for Obama:
Keep in mind, my friend, McCain-2008 = Dole-1996; they're letting him run against the Bush Disaster.
Remember the movie "Back To School"?
"Hey,......Mellon,.......we need ya!"
"After more than 22 consecutive years of public service, it is time to give personal and family matters a higher priority."
But only for a bit
I cant wait for our next president to get back from vacation!
Fight the smears!
Isn't this the same Tom ridge who lost an election for the US Senate in 2000? TO A DEAD MAN!!!!!
Color code my world, McBush –
Picking Ridge raises your threat level to a very pale milky white...
Im an old man from town and I will never take it off.
I don't care who he names as Veep, this exDemocrat will vote for McCain. He loves America and will protect her. After this year, and the obvious nomination "fix", I no longer trust democrats. Hillary was cheated, plain and simple.
It might be a good idea to select Ridge, but he won't do it. He's not smart enough. He's afraid of his base. I still have questions of whether Ridge has been vetted. Despite Edwards' issues, Repubs have had a long series of scandals they should seek to avoid repeating.
Only the republicans are so arrogant as to demonize HOPE.
(how do you demonize the spirit of 'yes we can')
ease.. become a republican.
“Call Tom Ridge to Washington from whatever vacation he is taking and get him to work,”
Sounds like a real down to earth hardworking man.
Pawlenty is a better choice for McCain, but it won't matter. Obama takes Virginia and Indiana then it's OVA!
Yo McFly in NJ, your a retard, NJ is going Dem, so whatever your rants are they are meaningless, just crawl in your hole in the arm pit of America and watch your worst nightmare become reality, a Dem in the WH! Annoy a conservative repug, vote DEMOCRATIC!
He'd be a great choice.
Responding to news that Obama's VP choice would be announced by email and text message the same time that it is released to the media, McCain announced that his VP choice will be announced by carrier pigeon, cave paintings, telegraph, tin can phone, and life-alert monitors.
Hey, GOP, get off that pro-life bit. This election is too important to get bogged down in the abortion debate. We need to win in November. The abotion issue is too divisive. There are too many pro-choice voters who would not support a pro-life plank.