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. Anonymous

    Is this idot (rush limbugh) now a KING MAKER? McCain at your age, you can't even make an interligent decision. What a shame. If you listen to him he will expect you to listen to him again.

    August 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Susan, PA

    How do school drop-outs like Rush and Hannity become conservative talk show successes?!

    August 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Ralph V.

    You can't listen to that junkey!

    He's probably dumber that McCain.

    August 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Chris

    Who really cares what that dope head Limbaugh thinks?

    August 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. willcnnapprovethis?

    Man McCain better listen! Rush is never wrong

    Remember Operation Chaos?

    August 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Very funny how Rush is dictating the GOP what to do.

    Oh well........THEY LOVE HIM so McCain better listen to him!

    Rush and McCain are both clowns.

    August 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. jimmy

    WHY WOULD SENATOR MCCAIN EVEN LISTEN TO LIMBURGHARAT ABOUT HIS CHOICE FOR VP.
    SENATOR MCCAIN HAS THE OBAMA CAMP AND NANCY PELOSI TOGETHER AND HER PAL OBAMA REELING FROM THE OIL DRILLING AND EXPLORATION PLATFORM THEY OPPOSED AND FIRST AND REPEATEDLY ESPOUSED BY MCCAIN...OBAMA AND PELOSI ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED NOT ONLY TOGETHER BUT ALSO TO A DO NOTHING CONGRESS UNDER PELOSI. THEY ALSO HAVE MOVE-ON.ORG AS THEIR ATTACK DOG .

    August 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Chris in Va.

    That's it Rush, tell the brain-washed neo-con lemmings how to think, without you they are lost!

    August 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Will

    He should be worried about who can help AMERICA not the conservative movement.

    August 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Megan

    Glad Rush is back paying attention to his own party vs. trying to take down Obama. I'd love for McCain to pick another old white guy (and a jewish guy-that would be even more interesting!) then the Dems may actually be able to win this election they are trying to give away!!

    August 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. MikeH

    That's it John, you should CAVE IN TO RUSH "THE HOLE" LIMBAUGH AND THE FACIST SCUM HE REPRESENTS, if you want to be elected president.

    Just hand over what soul you have left and sign, in your own blood, on the dotted line...

    August 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I do not trust Rush Limbaugh. He talks a good conservative game, but look at his lifestyle. He purports to have good Christian values but it is my belief that he just wants listeners. W eneed true conservatives who have lived their whole lives TRUE.

    August 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. bubba

    Rush – you have no place in this debate. You're a drug-crazed hate monger.

    Go back to your Rush crazed ditto- heads that have been lobotomized by you.

    August 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Cameron

    haha – all the hate for Rush...i love how worked up people get over some guy with an opinion – oh yeah, it's because he has a larger audience than all the Mainstream Media combined...ha ha I love captialism...

    August 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Jan

    red rotor–If you think Rush is over, he just signed a $400,000,000 contract. Someone has to keep this country honest–it sure isn't the left-wing nuts that care about people.

    August 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. cdw

    Obama's used drugs also.. Is he a druggie...also...

    McCain's decision on VP will give strongest indication as to his abilty to lead...Tough choices..

    Romney or Rice...its the future stupid..

    August 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. gp

    He and his opinion can only mess up with poor democrats.He influenced coars of their primaries and still menages to push Clintons forward as only hope to tear down Obama. What a caracter !!!!!!!!!!! Even more disapointing that he can have so much influence???? But republicans are smarter than listening him. It would be wise to get some independants and women on their side .

    August 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. EJ

    Good strategy - exclude any candidate that feels similar to the majority of Americans who believe in abortion rights. Typical close-mindedness of the Republican party and the conservative movement in particular, and exactly what Americans are sick of.

    August 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. AgentOfFortune

    A 300 pound, thrice divorced, doctor shopping, drug addicted entertainer is giving "warnings"?

    Rush, take your meds!

    August 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Mark

    Rush lost me when he attacked Michael J. Fox for faking his illness. If you want to listen to a 100 million dollar blow-hard go ahead. Tom Ridge came from humble roots, went to Harvard on a scholarship, is a decorated Vietnam Vet, a Congressman and a Governor. Most Americans remember him from the color codes, but they forget he was the one that got us started down the road with security for the homeland. I consider myself to be conservative but a solution to the abortion issue is not going to come with the election of one candidate or the nomination of one judge.

    August 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Nancy, CA

    Let's see now, Rush, just how many times have you been married and divorced? Nothing like a good social conservative giving out advice on how to pick a running mate.

    August 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. GE - MD

    Rush Limbaugh, like his brother (who also made the same racket), is wrong. McCain can win handily without caving in to the theocrat wing of the Republican party. In fact, leaving the theocrats out in the rain may even save the congressional side of the party, too.

    August 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. john williams san diego, ca.

    MEMO to Rush...you are right as usual...Republicans are not happy with someone who has slept with Feingold and Kennedy and his chances are slim right now.

    August 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Jim

    Gee,

    99.9% of the posts on the CNN political blog are from Rush and McCain-hating lefties.....

    Yeah CNN, keep telling America that you are an unbiased news organization whose viewership is NOT comprised of far-left moonbats...uh-huh, right, suuuuure.....

    August 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Louis

    WHY WOULD ANYONE LISTEN TO A DRUG ADDICT WHALE IN A SPORTCOAT?

    August 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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