August 19th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Limbaugh warns McCain over VP

Limbaugh says McCain should not pick Ridge or Lieberman for VP.
Limbaugh says McCain should not pick Ridge or Lieberman for VP.

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh, the popular conservative talk-show host who's long been lukewarm to John McCain's candidacy, warned the Arizona senator Tuesday picking a pro-choice running mate could devastate the Republican Party.

Referencing reports McCain advisors are seriously considering both former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman - both of whom favor abortion rights - Limbaugh said picking either of those men would ensure a GOP defeat, and damage the party’s brand for years to come.

"How about some discussion from the McCain campaign about a conservative who can be counted on across the board, who can help lead the country in the right direction?" said Limbaugh. "Who can help rebuild the Republican Party? Lieberman can’t do that - and rebuild the conservative movement? McCain nor Lieberman nor Ridge can do that.”

The comments come amid reports senior advisors to McCain are floating both Lieberman and Ridge's names among key social conservatives in an effort to measure the blowback the Arizona senator will face if he names either man to the ticket. One party insider tells CNN that McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has called several state party chairs and indicated Ridge will be the Republican vice presidential pick this cycle.

Limbaugh said Tuesday that the drawbacks of choosing either man far out-weighed any potential benefits.

"McCain has already seen to it that he can walk across the aisle that he’s the top of the ticket," Limbaugh said. "If anybody is going to attract moderates, it’s going to be the top of the ticket guy. He’s not going to help himself any additional way, he’s going to hurt himself by putting a liberal or a liberal Republican on this ticket, particularly pro-choice.”


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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Glen in Los Angeles

    Limbaugh's the funniest comedian on radio. I love his show.
    Go Obama 08!

    August 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. bob in L.A.

    I think its the ultra conservitives that have devistateds the Republican party.
    Moderation is where most of the country falls- as aagreed by everyone except the extremes.
    McCain pick who you want. If its the wrong person, you'll know soon enough.

    August 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Ovitshio Branco

    Two Evil Peoples in America Story

    Blood sucker

    August 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Ticket Killer

    Love that! The drug addict dictation what the adulterous liar can do. Gotta love the GOP!

    August 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Calvin in NY

    'Rebuild the conservative movement..." Rush, I know a great young candidate you'd love to meet. Goes by the name Nicolae Carpathia.

    August 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Amy, Kazoo

    take a calmative, Rush.

    August 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Linda of Atlanta

    CNN, can't you find a more respectable person to quote? Rush Limbaugh is a rabid druggie! Why do you even print anything the man has to say? He hates illegal immigrants, but he didn't mind having one buy his drugs. I don't care who McCain picks as his VP. He is going down in defeat. The man creates his history as he goes along and no media will call him out. Go figure?

    August 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Bill Williams

    Remind me why we care Rush Limbaugh says?

    August 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Foreign Observer

    Great news - he picks a moderate, he's toast with the Fundies, he picks a rightwing nut job, he's toast with the moderates and independents.

    August 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. RJ El Paso TX

    And that's the word according to Rush 3:16.

    Old Limp-baugh must be needing his pills.

    August 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. feeble minded people for McCain.

    one air head to another

    August 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Further damage the brand......is that possible?

    The Cheney/Bush/McSame failed policies are what has damaged the brand you blowhard!

    It's time for a change.

    August 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Celeste

    It is truly sad how people who stake a claim to morality and Christian values can actually listen to someone as hate-filled as Rush Limbaugh. I am a Christian and I am certainly not influenced by Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or any of the other haters – so-called religious right. It is truly sad/tragic when people who claim to be Christians act in the most unChristian-like manner. And the ones who do are really a bunch of Pharisees – the same type that were responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus.

    August 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Disgusted in Nevada

    Hey,

    She'll be close to Las Vegas. Why can't she go gamble and try to win some of her debt back? It would be the same as voting for her to be president–one big GAMBLE.

    I'm so glad my husband and I made the right choice.

    Obama 08

    August 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    What kind of democracy does America have when reporters can "warn" candidates", create controversy, print attack and smear ads as truth and heavily scrutinize ine candidate while they overlook all criticism of the other because he continually pulls the I was a "prisoner of war" card.

    Sadly, it may just be the media who will decide this election.

    August 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. EDW

    McCain voted against an amendment providing $20 billion for VA medical facilities [5/4/06]
    McCain voted against providing $430 million to the VA for outpatient care and treatment for veterans [4/26/06]
    McCain voted against increasing VA funding by $1.5 billion by closing corporate loopholes [3/14/06]
    McCain voted against increasing VA funding by $1.8 billion by ending abusive tax loopholes [3/10/04].

    August 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. anonmouys

    ridge will help mccain win peensylvina mccain said he wanted to winn pa

    August 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Ted

    I think McCain should pay strict attention to Limbaugh's words. After all, RL is the real power behind the GOP. Just ask ham......er..him.

    August 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. NotFallingInLine.org

    Vote for McTraitor where you get the best President money can buy.

    August 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Ian

    The Republican voters picked John McCain in the primaries for a reason, and I'm sure they'll trust his pick for a running mate. If you didn't want him to pick a liberal V.P. then you should have asked him about it a long time ago.

    August 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Ben in Atlanta, GA

    I really do not like McCain. But I completely despise Limbaugh. I hope McCain tells all of the right wing Fascists like Limbaugh to go straight to hell!

    August 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. That Fat...

    So who is Rush, the Don?

    That fat doughboy can't tell anyone what to do. Tell him we'll call him when we need a model for Bob's Big Boy. LOL, or we'll call him if we need a new area for a zipcode, he's big enough.

    Obama 08

    August 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Matthew

    McCain needs a pro-choice running mate to win! A far right wacko will alienate the moderates and independents McCain needs.

    August 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. PG

    Limbaugh too many pain pills damage your memory. The GOP is already destroyed and is worth nothing. The only thing the GOP is good for is well....let me think... I will get back to you.

    August 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. anonmouys

    ridge will win over those consertitive

    August 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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