August 19th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain planning VP surprise?

Ridge and Lieberman campaigned for McCain in Pennsylvania last week.

Ridge and Lieberman campaigned for McCain in Pennsylvania last week.

(CNN) - Republican sources tell CNN that John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis and senior advisor Charlie Black have been calling activists to sound out the pros and cons of several possible running mates – including former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, a choice that could spark major discontent from the conservative base.

Several campaign officials say they do not believe a final decision has been made – though two sources say McCain may have already decided, and told only Davis. One party insider tells CNN that Davis has called several state party chairs indicating Ridge will be the Republican vice presidential pick this cycle – although it is possible that Christian conservatives may be playing up the former governor’s chances in an effort to raise alarm and prematurely kill off his candidacy.

Several conservative activists say they know McCain’s campaign manager has been warned of possible dire consequences for the Arizona senator’s presidential bid at the convention and beyond if he picks a candidate who supports abortion rights.

"If he picks Ridge, the convention blows up, you will have a base completely demoralized,” said one activist. “And it will be viewed that he is ceding the future of the GOP to a liberal Republican. It would be a disaster."

But the same activist also says McCain is unlikely to make that move, pointing to comments by the presumptive Republican nominee that he would most likely have an anti-abortion running mate, and remarks this weekend that he would have a "pro-life" presidency.

Filed under: Joe Lieberman • John McCain • Tom Ridge
soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Einstein

    OK...So much for shallow thinking minds (all of the above).
    Is there anyone of intelligence out there who thinks things through before pushing the Submit Comment button?

    August 19, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Paris

    John McCain’s pick will be wise and focused on what is best for America.

    Unlike Obama which as always will be base on the polls.

    August 19, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Matt CO

    Oh dear God Let him choose Tom Ridge x head of homeland security or Even Liberman. LMAO talk about out of touch

    August 19, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Fun times!

    Please pick Ridge or Romney as your VP! We need someone who is strong on national security or the economy!!




    August 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Greg in Annapolis

    McCain is still running for President? Silly man. Yeah, pick Lieberman...he is so well liked by, um, ...nobody! Go Obama! You've got my vote!

    August 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Jim in Atlanta

    1. Helene, how is McCain a "crook"?
    2. Ken in Dallas, How does "the man make a fool of himself"? By giving direct answers to questions (unlike your man Obama who is excellent when it comes to delivering a prepared speech but absolutely "lousy" when having to give a spontaneous answer to a question.
    Children, go up and make your decision on fact, not your liberal, crying views.

    August 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Frank, Atlanta, GA

    John McWar is a proven "Pro-Death" candidate. He has the blood of thousands of un-born innocent victims in the Middle East, with his support of Bush/Cheney War policies.

    John Mcwar wants to continue killing un-born innocent lives and that is why he must be stopped. So, It really does not matter who he picks for VP.

    Stop the Killing !! Stop John McWar !!!

    Vote for Peace and Prosperity and Life....Vote for Barcak Obama !!

    August 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Bill - Ann Arbor, MI

    Hopefully it's someone who's younger than him in case old fart McCain kicks the bucket during the swearing in ceremony. lol Heck split the ticket & put a Democrat in there as VP & it's a win win. 😀

    No worries, Obama all the way baby!

    Btw, "Irony Defined" has it right: What a hypocrite McCain is claiming to be so called "Pro-life" yet be such a war monger. Geesh Every bit of respect I once had for McCain was lost during this election with his dirty ads & such.

    August 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Randy Wittman

    I think the conservatives are just posturing. After all, do they really want to see Obama in the oval office.

    August 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. jo

    Awesome ! That wld shut up all the republicans and PUMA'S. Who will be your man then ? GOBAMA !!!!!

    August 19, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. GW

    How come when it comes to any thing about Obama the blogs dern near burst with commentary. Mostly negatively . Anytime there is the slightist subject about John McCain you can read it on a pin head. Almost nothing is on the blogs by way of commentary. When is the written and electronic media going to stop protecting this man.
    Treat both candidates fairly.

    August 19, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. raymond frisbee

    No one cares who either candidate picks we are looking for a third party
    Hillary and Sam Nunn or Joe Lieberman. The average American is sick of both parties!

    August 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Michael, Farmington, NH

    McCain doesn't need Ridge to lose the election. He can do that himself.

    August 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |

    After the Saddleback forum... you can hear the democrats saying... where in the Heck is Hillary. We traded her for this ? NoBama can't even speak . The defeat of the Democratic Party is Well Deserved this cycle. They chose not to offend the Black Guy over Millions of American Voters black, white, brown, yellow. Don't matter the color. Democrats threw the white house away for the next 4 years until Hillary is then the President. DEMONCRATS DESERVE What they get for the next 4 more years.............. A Republican President of the United States. PUMA, not quite.

    August 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Johnny Reason

    Thank goodness – finally an intelligent forum!! Woot! McSame has been getting alot of press lately because he's so "presidential", speaking aggressively towards Russia. The little old man nearly squirts fire from his ears whenever he gets "angry". God lord save us if this man is anywhere near "the button"...Bomb bomb bomb Iran, kick Russia out of the G8, oh yeah, and btw, screw the pledge to not go negative in the campaign...Negative is the republican mantra – just listen to Rush, O'reilly, Rove and nearly every tv evangelist... This little old dude is SCARY!

    August 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Leah in Vancouver

    McWrinky Dude is a shallow man, he picks someone simillar to him.
    and then they can all talk about War War and more War ..

    August 19, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Foreign Observer

    It's funny that the only good thing you can say about Ridge - that he's pro-choice - is the only thing the Republicans appear to worry about... Remember those orange alerts? Too funny...

    August 19, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Veteran's for truth

    John McCain, only look out for himself he lies about helping the Vets..

    He is a bold face liar.

    August 19, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Tim

    Hillary and Bill (as usual) are going to steal the convention from Osama Obama. Obambam can't speak unless he has a teleprompter. I thought O. and all you liberals were going to pull the troops out right away. Now it's 16 months - what happened? O. is just another pol. trying to get ahead just like Bush, Kerry and all the others. Every 4 years you fall for this. When O. loses you will all jump back on the Clinton bandwagon.

    August 19, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Ross in MD

    Lieberman for McCain's VP candidate. Pleeeaaaase.

    You could possibly create a charisma-black hole. Wouldn't that be cool?

    August 19, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Kim

    I just amazes me that this man sat at the forum on Saturday and stated he would follow Osama Bin Laden all the way to the "gates of hell".

    So sad...................

    August 19, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Jack Phoenix, AZ

    Joe Lieberman may be a possibility.

    August 19, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    Does it matter who he picks. At the faith forum he validated himself as a liar when he said "I was trying to listen through the wall" and then we learn he wasn't even near a wall of any kind. When he was suppose to be in the cone of silence. So his trustworthiness is shot. I would guess whomever he picks will share his sense of integrity.

    August 19, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Nicolette

    Please pick Joe Lieberman for the win! LMAO!

    August 19, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Houston, TX

    Oh and who cares who McCains picks he is just Unbelievable I will never trust him ever!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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