August 19th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
10 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. tedious898

    How are republicans able to hold their breath and noses long enough to vote for 4 more years of Bush policies?

    And you people call yourselves americans (?) I don't can you let the country go completely down the tubes? Are you happy that the rest of the world thinks we're idiots and basically laughs at our foolish folly?

    August 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Sam

    Russ is mad because McCain may choose a Pro-life runningmate. He would be just fine if McCain was thinking about choosing a Pro-drugs candidate.

    August 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Phyllis/ PA

    Rush, do you really want Obama to win. If not then get off McCains back and start supporting him.

    August 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Morgan

    Since when does CNN let the media clowns from the radical fringe be the news stories? Come on- can just anybody who shoots his mouth off for a living be treated as having an opinion worthy of mainstream (aint that CNN?) attention?

    Why don't you quote something from a neo-nazi, or the skinheads? Who do they think should be the VP. Or, my South Carolina cousins for that matter. The circulate really funny right wing emails. Shall I have cousin Bubba give you his opinion?

    August 19, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. keith Franklin, Tn

    Rush Slimeball....the real voice of any true American....that is of course if you are in love with yourself and have an overbearing ego and just basically delusional.

    Rush Slimeball....mutated twin brother of Karl Rove.

    I am sure McCain is shaking in his boots to hear ol Oxycontin himself blow.

    The more Rush speaks the more people want Obama.

    A Dittihead...what is that good for?

    August 19, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Hey, Rush!! Take another OxyContin and shut yer piehole.

    August 19, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Jay in Dallas

    What happened to "crossing the aisle" or being "bipartisan?"

    When democrats do what democrats do, they get slammed by the right for not being "bipartisan."

    But when a Republican shows a little nod to the other side of the aisle, he gets bashed for it. Not that I'm a fan of Lieberman or Ridge. But I do appreciate the flexibility being showed by McCain.

    August 19, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Phil

    What a blowhard! When will he, and others like him, realize at LEAST 50%+ of the country does NOT agree with right-wing ideals! I wonder what that percentage would be if one added in those that are fiscal conservatives only . . . I dare say closer to 75%

    August 19, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. john

    Crazy like a fox!!!

    Rush needs John McCain to lose, so he can trash the Democrats. It has been tough enough having to live through 8 years of the Bush/Cheney debacle, much less have another four years of the same poor leadership.... I say McCain should pick Paris Hilton, I like her energy and her energy policy....

    August 19, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Puttman

    Hey Rush; according to Lieberman " this counrty was founded on Jewdo-Christian value" , I guess he was there when the constitution was written, so what is your problem? are you anti-semetic? or you just don't like party-swingers lik him.

    August 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Wayne

    MShame pick your buddy Limbaugh for VP, then the tickey is complete !!

    What a joke those 2 dudes!

    Obama 09

    August 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Bob

    Why are 99.9% of the comments here left-biased? C'mon CNN! Yet the polls show that the two candidates are pretty much even... Does that say that CNN is only viewed by the leftists, or that CNN is filtering out all of the other comments? Either way... BRAVO journalistic integrity...

    There is a reason why Rush won the largest radio contract in recent history.. it's because he's so popular, and yes his show is actually entertaining.. can you believe that? How many liberal shows make it? None! Cuz you're policies suck MTV suckers

    August 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Paul

    As far as Mc Cain ruining the repuklican party I don't think anything can hurt it anynore than it is already been. 8 years of greed have buried it anyway

    August 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. chris

    limbaugh is a typical neo-conservative: anti-American, anti-Christian, and a hypocrite

    August 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Bill, Covington

    To people like John Lubeck, Crush Rush and others I say: When you are as succesfull as Rush Limbaugh you might deserve an audience, until then just go lobby for Monica Lewinskeys position in an obama administration.

    August 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Mike

    I thought conservatives wanted the government out of their personal lives (including the doctor's office).

    Oh wait...there I go mixing up conservatives and Republicans again.

    Barr '08!

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Greg

    Rush you are a dope, in fact you are dumber than a dope. You are a boob.

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Let McCain pick Rush then. Since he knows that everyone loves him and believes everything he says McCain should roll to victory! Yep thats the ticket. McCain and Limbaugh 08.

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Dr. Deborah Harding

    Rush HAH! Yes...he cares deeply about poor children, their lot in life, poor women, the people in IRaq....what a joke! Does this man have no shame? Of, of course not...he's just another loud-mouthed, shameless, lying drug addict.

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Margaret

    If McCain thinks he can nominate a pro-abort for VP without losing his pro-life base (which, btw, is a larger and more loyal base than the pro-abort counterpoint) he is sorely mistaken. I'm already doubtful that he will be a true pro-life ally once he's in the White House. Naming a pro-abort will signal that's he pro-life in name only, a la GHWBush , and will do nothing substantial to change things in this country.

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Julie

    ......HA HA HA HA HA HA........does Limbaugh really think his opinion matters anymore.....? He's nothing more than a ranting and blubbering idiot!!!!

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. box of rocks

    I love Rush Limbaugh because I dont have a thought in my brain.

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Rob

    God Bless Rush Limbaugh. If Osama sorry I mean Obama wins I am running for the border. It will be sad day in america if he wins. Look how bad Chicago is highest murder rate in the country, one of the highest school drop out rates in the country. If he wins its just going to be more of that happening all over the country. And forget about being wealthy if you make any money Obama and the crazy democrats are going to take it all...Sad Sad Day if Osama is elected.

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. chris

    if obama picks anyone but Senator Clinton, it won't matter who mccain picks because it will be impossible for obama to win

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Mark - Obama/Biden 08

    Go Rush Go!!! I love that there are so many right-wing, talking-head nut-jobs which captivate Republicans and have them crawling all over one another to hear (and blindly believe) every ignorant word that drools out of their hypocritical mouths. What are you going to do McShame, appease the religious right or keep selling yourself as the "Maverick" and hope to keep you neo-con friends? Sorry to say that your Republican party is self-destructing . . . that is, unless you claim that Jesus has finally saved your soul.

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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