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.
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.
Don't forget the food taster...
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!!!!!!!!!!
No Hillary on Ticket = No vote for Obama
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.
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.
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 !!!!!!!
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?
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!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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
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.