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. ChicagoJosh

    Hogwash, Put Lieberman on the ticket. Don't listen to anyone John, you and your buddies should be on top.

    August 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Since Rush Limbaugh has all the answer then maybe he's the right choice for McCain. But if McCain is the "maverick" he says he is, he won't listen to Rush and pick who he's choses to lose with. McCain was a bad choice for Republicans to begin with and they are running away from him.

    August 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Jason

    meh, I agree with some of Rush's talking points... but there's a grocery list of Republicans who have bent on issues like abortion:

    *Guiliani
    *Romney
    *Ridge
    *dare i say McCain as well

    August 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Republican for Barr

    The best 'conservative candidate' is Barr.

    Write his name in. We won't fix our two party system until enough of us opt out of the rubbish that is thrown at us from these corrupted parties.

    Do away with the electorate vote, it's a sham and disenfranchises the voter. Why show up if they can vote how they want any ways? It's a mockery of a democracy.

    August 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. 4Obama2

    One clown trying to tell another how to do his clown act. Good luck in November clowns!!!!

    August 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. fat john

    whatever

    August 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Carmen

    Id rather vote for an adulterous than a drug addict! Once a junkie always a junkie!!

    August 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. BJ, Texas

    Hey, are there any libs going to post anything today?

    August 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Fairness Doctrine

    Rush is afraid of the "Fairness Doctrines"reinstatement,which would cause him to tell the TRUTH and share his GOLDEN MICROPHONE with an opposing viewpoint.

    August 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Sherry, Atlanta

    VOTE FOR MCCAIN/LIMBAUGH '2050

    August 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Jeremiah Grant - Phoenix, AZ

    Most of you people are amazing. Rather than comment on the merits (or lack thereof, according to your point of view) of Rush's comments, you have elected instead to spew your hatred of the man.

    Whether I like Rush or not (I don't listen, BTW), I happen to firmly agree with him. The risks in picking a Ridge or Lieberman far outweigh any potential gain. McCain already has enough trouble with Conservatives. Why on earth would he want to poke his finger in our eyes yet again this close to the election? He may not win with us, but he certainly isn't going to win without us.

    My personal choice would be Romney. He's not as Conservative as some other choices, but certainly far more so than Ridge and Lieberman. More importantly, he brings some economic prowess to a campaign that desperately needs it.

    August 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. HK

    OK McBush!

    You have your orders...

    August 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. lolz

    He should pick Liberman ... for great justice.

    August 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Beverly, NYC

    John, Rush ( my brain on drugs) Limbaugh is not the boss of you pick the candidate you are comfortable with. If it ticks off the the other conservative fools so be it.

    August 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Ed Word

    As if anyone cares what that obese fool thinks.

    The more he talks, the more ground the GOP loses.

    He handed the senate to the Dems in '06 with his disgusting mockery of Michael J. Fox.

    Keep talking, you idiot. You're burying the right wing very nicely.

    August 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Cheryl

    Rush limbaugh, the biggest detriment to the repukes AND America since the plague? Who cares what you say.

    and who cares who mcbush picks for his vp – he does not have a snowball's chance in hell of coming close to winning the election. He isn't worth the dirt on Obama's shoes and America knows it.

    August 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Pam

    Why is that overpaid bag of hot air still on the radio?

    August 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. john

    Who cares what Limbaugh thinks!! pop another pill fatty and shut up!!

    OBAMA/ANYONE 08/12

    August 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Frank Lee

    Too bad his mother didn't make a different choice...................

    August 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Ryan, Denver

    Funny how the GOP is held hostage by a pill popping fat man.

    August 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Jessica

    Why do we keep letting Limbaugh speak? Someone should tie him up in a closet until this whole thing is over. I am sooooo sick of him speaking for all conservatives. He is a joke and a loser.

    August 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Catherine

    The sight of Rush Limbaugh just makes me sick. Rush is a known bill bopper and committed illegal acts to feed his habit and didn't spend one day in prision just like Cindy McCain because he is "so-called" famous.

    If you or I had done something like that we would be in prision for at least 5 years. I guess when you are famous and rich you don't have to serve your time.

    THIS IS JUST WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Carl

    "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
    –The Godfather

    August 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Chuck Rush under the bus

    This pig only cares about his own million dollar empire,and the payoff he gets from Big Oil for telling us global warming is fiction.

    August 19, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. T. Martin

    Ridge is the man. Forget the bible thumping freaks. We have bigger issues to tackle besides Abortion. Good grief.

    August 19, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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