August 11th, 2008
11:03 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain lavishes praise on prospective VP Tom Ridge

McCain and Gov. Ridge took part in a National Security roundtable in January.
McCain and Gov. Ridge took part in a National Security roundtable in January.

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.”


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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. James , Houston, TX.

    McCain and Ridge make a good pair; The Odd Couple ! Wheeeee

    August 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Jos/TN

    Is Tom the guy that suggested using duct tape, and plastic incase of terrorist attack.

    August 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Andrew Hussein Johnson

    YAWN!!! any speculation about Mc(insert pun here)'s VP pick is just not interesting. id rather watch the olympics, GO TEAM USA!

    August 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Mike

    Nobody really cares who Mccain chooses as his VP. They both are going to lose HARD come November so this means absolutely nothing.

    August 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Democrat for John McCain

    It is nice to see Obama out of the picture. I wish he goes permanently. He is destroying our nation. Vote John McCain.

    August 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Unpartisan Citizen

    IMHO McCain Liberman would beat any democrat ticket.

    August 11, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Liberal4Obama

    McCain has to wait for Obama, the next commander in chief, to make his decision, in other words McCain will react to whomever Obama picks, it just goes to show that McCain is not a leader, he is weak and undecisive. If he cant trust himself to make his own decision as to whom he should pick how can we had him the country to make decisions about War and Peace?.

    August 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Go ahead McCain and pick Ridge but keep in mind he was a disaster at the Department of Homeland Security. McCain doesn't have much to choose from.

    August 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. donovansbrain

    Our threat level is now mauve.

    August 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. MD

    Even picking Jesus Himself will not help McCane.

    As the media are discussing John Edrwards' infidelity, questions about McCane's cheating behind his invalid wife with Cindy should and must come out.

    When he met her, he lied to her about his age, and by his own words, "zeroed in on her." You owe it to the integrity of your profession to inform the American people.

    It is rediculus that the media discusses the infidelity of a man who is not in in office, nor is he running for president for days now, and ignores John McCane's brutal and inhumane treatment of his invalid ex-wife.

    Shame on you CNN. Even if the other news organizations don't tell the American people the truth about John McCane, you should. After all, you are the only one claiming to be the Best Political Team on Television.

    p.s. I know you will not print this, but at least discuss the possiblity of shining light on the "character" of John McCain in your staff meetings. Hopefully there will be enough decent journalists left at CNN to see the need for covering the REAL news: John McCane and his abusive behavior towards his ex-wife.

    August 11, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Ben in Atlanta, GA

    Who cares? He's boring and out of touch!

    August 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. John

    "You know what, I hope McCain wins – and I'm a life long Democrat."

    I hear a lot of people saying that.

    Emphasis on the "saying" part. Real easy to say "I'm voting for the Republican, and that should carry some kind of extra weight because I claim to be a life-long Democrat".

    Zell Miller was a life long "Democrat" also. Hate to break it to you, but the era of the Dixiecrats has ended.

    August 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. McCain is senile

    Whomever McSame selects has a great chance of becoming President if the American's are as stupid as they've been in voting for Bush. I wonder how many are doing better then they were nine years ago. How many lives would have been saved in Iraq and Louisania (Katrina)? How much would our deficit be, compared to what it is today. Anyway, those of you that are still stuck in the 50's – you'll get what you deserve.

    Obama 08 & 12

    August 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Bob From Pittsburgh

    I am confussed..

    How did Obama Cheated Hillary out of the nomination?

    The one that has more delegates wins? Right?

    August 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Kurt C.

    Tom Ridge is a good man. If he is the VP candidate for McCain, then yyou'd have two people n the Republican ticket more qualified than The Zero.

    Lose the Zero
    Vote for the Hero.

    August 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Latinos for Obama

    Regarding presidential ambition, here's what McCain said in his book Worth The Fighting For, p. 373, published September 2002:

    I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president.

    After the Keating 5 he thought all was lost but he used the press to rehabilitate his image and they created the myth of the straight talking maverick (Huffington Post).

    August 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. John

    Do the Hillary supporters who keep repeating "18 million people support Hillary!" realize that 18 million other people support Obama? If Clinton somehow steals the nomination at the convention, don't expect the 18 million Obama supporters to give her the time of day. If Hillary loses the election for Obama in November, don't expect the 18 million Obama supporters to give her the time of day in 2012. We still can't figure out why we're supposed to support somebody who, with all that vaunted experience, couldn't manage to run a campaign and win.

    August 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    Well, McCain can choose whomever he likes. The FACTS ARE THAT THE GOP HAS CONTROLLED THE CONGRESS & SENATE FROM 1994-2006...... AND WHAT DID THEY DO?

    THEY STARTED A WAR BASED ON LIES.

    THEY DOUBLED THE NATIONAL DEBT FROM $5.7 TRILLION TO......ALMOST $10 TRILLION.

    THEY GAVE THE WEALTHIEST 1% OF OUR NATION (THANK YOU,BUSH WE LIKED IT) A TAX BREAK.......... WHILE THEY COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR THE WAR WITH IRAQ AND ASKED CHINA.........SAUDIS........AND DUBAI FOR MONEY!

    THE WAR WITH IRAQ IS STILL COSTING HARD-WORKING-AMERCIANS........ $1.38 TRILLION A DAY!

    BUT THE FAR RIGHT NEVER ADDRESSES THEIR FAILURES NOR HOW THEY WILL SOLVE THE HUGE MESS BUSH/CHENEY/MCCAIN HAVE LEFT OUR NATION IN!

    FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE GOP??? NO THANKS!

    August 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Sherry, Atlanta

    GOOD CHOICE FOR YOU MCCAIN. YOU BOTH CAN HOLD HANDS, AS YOU FALL!!!

    August 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. lovable liberal

    Please, please, please pick Ridge, Gov. Elevated-threat-level. We all want four more years of that!

    August 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. No Hillary = Nobama!

    Nobama has already brought about change. He has divided the Democratic party like nobody else ever has.

    If Nobama can't unite the party then he can never unite the US.

    Reject the empty suit who can not function without a teleprompter telling him what to do!

    August 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Not this Time!!!

    Brian Trinidad McCain can't make it or compete with the pop-culture image of Obama,who seems to be suffering from the short attention span of the pop-culture crowd.
    IT doesn't matter what crowd he make it with come November He will be at home Listening to down home BLUES

    .

    August 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. INDEPENDENT NYC

    McSame there is something on your nose in this pic. yeah, its brown and wet looking.

    OH, WORKING ON GETTING SWING VOTES YOU SAY!!!

    August 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I hope and pray that McCstank picks Ridge for VP!! That will complete the utter destruction of this idiots presidential campaign bid! lol Whoever is running McCstanks campaign is an IDIOT and if they let McCstank pick him, then he deserves the beating he's in for!!!!! Ridge comes with more baggage than a strung out hooker with 12 kids! The repukelican party's last hoorah! BE DONE WITH YOU TARDS! OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA 08!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Andrew

    Hillary or McCain '08.

    The question everyone should be asking is if the Obama camp knew about the Edwards affair or not?

    August 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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