August 11th, 2008
06:20 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain, Ridge meet for dinner in Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – John McCain had dinner Sunday with former Gov. Tom Ridge, before they begin a two-day campaign swing through Pennsylvania.

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’s trip is getting plenty of attention.

Ridge greeted McCain on the tarmac at Erie International Airport when the candidate arrived. They hugged and chatted briefly before getting in the motorcade. A McCain aide handed Ridge a McCain hat, which he held as they talked.

If the presumptive Republican nominee needed any reminder of Ridge’s prominence, the airport is also named “Tom Ridge Field” in the hometown politico’s honor. The former Homeland Security Secretary grew up in Erie, and began his career there.

They then went to the Smuggler’s Wharf Restaurant on the waterfront in Erie. The two posed for pictures as they sat down with Ridge’s wife Michelle and daughter Leslie.

Filed under: John McCain • Pennsylvania • Tom Ridge
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. DJ in TX

    For some reason, I don't think this helps McCain. Ridge is pro-choice (as romney once was). While this might help a few independents, it could alienate some conservatives.

    And what's this rumor that he's only going to run for one term? Sounds like a ploy to get Hillary's supporters.

    August 11, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Herman in LA

    Don't forget the food taster...

    August 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Please pick Ridge

    McCain already has problems with his conservative base (probably because everyone knows he's an agnostic). Picking a pro-choice VP would be excellent! This would really help us in places like VA and NC. Obama all the way baby!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Watch and See

    No Hillary on Ticket = No vote for Obama

    Go McCain!!!

    August 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Just don't think Ridge will help him unless he feels that independents will suddenly flock his direction. OR that somehow Ridge can swing Pennsylvania.
    In fact, evangelicals are even more likely to not go to polls. And with Obama's ground game going full throttle, suppressed turnout by evangelicals clearly hurts McCain.

    August 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    When are you all going to show the clip about McCain saying at a townhall meeting earlier this year "……. and we will never have to go to war for oil again……."

    Please show that cliip over and over. We got all of Obama's stuff over and over for months.

    Fair and balanced should mean fair in ALL ways.

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Bet my bottom dollar that Rice being in Georgia a few days ago led to the war there – some republican propaganda thing to help McBush.

    Vote the warmongering Republicans out so we can have a prosperous country again !!!!!!!

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Rob S.C.

    Tom Ridge is teaching John McCain how to induce fear into the American people by manipulating the Terror Warning System, just like he did for Bush. Anyone surprised?

    August 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. ANGIE

    Ridge helped Bush with his fear mongering remember the color coded security alerts, Ridge lied to the american people right along with Bush, so much for mccain distance from bush WHEN WILL SOME OF YOU PEOPLE WAKE UP AND SEE MCCAIN= BUSH THIRD TERM!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. John, Air Force Vet

    How come the Republicans have idols like Ronald Reagon-MOVIE STAR, and Gov. Arnie Terminator-MOVIE STAR/MR-UNIVERSE, while trashing Obama for inspirering large crowds? How dare that Democrate grab some of their lime light! Ridge won't help you McBush. The current Gov. of PA backs Obama. Go watch an old black and white movie featuring Reagen and Gonzo.

    August 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Connie

    To Carolyn: comments closed before I could respond to your comment to a grandmother, as a 64 year old,lower income white women you said it right , John McCain is not fit to be president, people need to realize age does matter, I know from personal experience. Now should McSenile pick Ridge for VP, yes ,I am sure he is a real Rush Limbaugh conservative , like on abortion. OBAMA/BAYH 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Expose this old man. Obama compaign need to respond forcefuly to this right wing attacks, there is a lot of idiots out there who might beleive the right wing nonsense false attacks.

    August 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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