September 4th, 2008
09:59 PM ET
6 years ago

Crowley: The Clinton campaign plan reappears

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - John McCain and former Pennsylvania Governor and Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge, who just spoke, share the Vietnam experience. It is an article of faith that if McCain could have picked a vice presidential candidate inside his comfort zone, Ridge would have been on the list (along with Lieberman and Lindsey Graham). We heard a good line from Ridge: the election is not about who will answer the 3 a.m. call, but who has answered the call all his life...

A cautionary note for McCain: Hillary Clinton played the experience card too.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Tom Ridge
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. DanFango

    If you're circling your wagons, you aren't going anywhere.
    Republicans are a choir that demands to be preached to, but that doesn't make converts.
    They want to win this on "personalities" ( aka, the People Magazine, (FoxTV) approach.,very simply, because they know they have no issues. The economy is in quicksand, many people are drowning financially, and their idea of charity is to help hedge fund managers but another yacht...with no life preservers to throw out

    September 4, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Sherry, Atlanta

    EXPERIENCE, IS WHAT GOT AMERICA IN THIS CONDITION!

    September 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. LETS BE HONEST

    AH COME ON CANDY I EXPECTED MORE FROM YOU

    THAN YOUR CNN PEERS WHO ARE SOOO IN THE

    OBAMA TANK...LIKE CAFFERTY AND ANDERSON

    September 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Eleanor

    No fear Candy ....McCain wouldnt even *hear* the call;-)

    September 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. James

    The RNC was so negative I can't vote for McCain. I am the independent voter the analysts are always talking about and I thought the display the Republicans put on was disgraceful. I hate politics and this is why! It is nothing more than who hates who the most and people wonder why this country is going down the tubes.

    September 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Exactly! And it failed!

    September 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Nevada dude

    figures they are borrowing everything from the democrats–they have no ideas of their own!!!

    September 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Maureen Chester, SC

    Why is John McCain quoting Barack Obama,"much more unites us than divides us." Does he not have an original thought of his own!!

    September 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Angela

    I just gave money to the Obama campaign for the first time. These people scare me!

    September 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. Go Obama!!!

    excellent point Sherry from Atlanta!

    September 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. arkansas girl

    i am an independent, and after watching last night, i dont think i can vote for mccain anymore. there was alota negativity going towards obama. i think sara palin and her attack when she has just started campaigning, is not right. i think i would have liked her better if she were just delivering a speech on gettig to know her without all the attacks.

    September 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Jerry in Nashville

    It didn't work for the Clintons either. And she was a much better candidate than Gramps and Gidget.

    September 4, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. victorialee

    40 years ago, when McCain became a war hero, the world was different. America hadn't learned to honor its soldiers; there was no internet. McCain is living in the past, fighting an old war, and doesn't even know how to use "the Google."

    He aspires to good character but failed to show it in years of adultery. He aspires to good judgement, but failed to show it by not properly vetting someone who might well become president; a four time survivor of melanoma has a higher that usual chance of not being able to serve out his term.

    Barack Obama is already leading and has been leading for two years. He's managed a brilliant, integrity filled, unmatched campaign for President of the United States against some of the most "experienced" politicians ever. He will bring the best minds of the world to the table to solve our huge problems.

    John McCain represents the past, Barack Obama will lead us to a future where all of us will do our part to restore our country's promise.

    September 4, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. SHN

    I gave money too. These people are Really scary. Can you imagine McCain kicking the bucket and Palin in charge. I read she went to 5 colleges in 6 years. My God!

    September 4, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. Peggy L Russ

    Yes, I would have loved for Hillary Clinton to be Obama VP and I was very disappointed that he did not pick her. But before Hillary I've always been a Democrat and I will always stick by my Democratic Party. Watching the Republican Convention is boiling me over because of how hateful and negative they are especially that Rudy Giuliani. Palin, McCain and Giuliani they all have HORNS !

    September 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  16. ken kansas

    I know this is heresy but what McCain did, once he got captured, is what he is supposed to do according to military convention. Sure it was hard but a lot of GI’s did it.

    Every day, people do what they’re supposed to do. That does not qualify them to be president.

    September 5, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. Desmond Sequeira

    Summing up the GOP convention: FULL OF CLICHE AND NASTINESS COMBINED WITH STEALING OBAMA'S VISION WITHOUT INTENDING TO IMPLEMENT IT.

    September 5, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  18. rgn,texas

    our next polibics ads should show the chip of the republicans at the national convention mocking and knee slaping laughing out loud at obama and others, who work at giving a helping hand to persons that lost jobs due to plants closing,they are abnormal bizarre,don't live in real world

    September 5, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  19. jon

    McCain is a fornicator and an adulterer dissed his wife for a girlfriend

    and he is a evangelical please give me a break.

    September 5, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  20. jimmy

    WE DONT KNOW WHY HILLARY HAS TO BOOST OBAMA ANY MORE THAN WHAT SHE HAS DONE FOR HIM AT THE DEMS CONVENTION.
    DOES SHE NOT REALIZE THAT OBAMA IGNORED HER AND PUT HER BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACE IF SHE EVER WANTED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN.
    IF OBAMA WINS WITH BIDEN , BIDEN WILL STILL BE IN A POSITION TO RUN FOR PREZ IN 2016 WHEN HE WILL BE 74 (TOO OLD , I GUESS.) , BUT HE WILL RUN. IF MCCAIN WINS , HE MAY NOT RUN FOR A SECOND TERM OR WILL BE UNABLE TO. IN WHICH CASE SARAH PALIN WILL STILL BE YOUNG ENOUGH EVEN IN 2016.. BUT MAY NOT BE AS STRONG A CANDIDATE AS HILLARY IN 2012
    IF MCCAIN FAILS TO RUN AGAIN.. EITHER WAY OBAMA DID HILLARY NO FAVORS...EXCEPT MAYBE A CABINET POSITION OR THE SUPREME COURT IF HILLARY IS QUALIFIED.. WHY TRUST OBAMA THOUGH?

    September 5, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  21. Larry Buchas

    Why hasn't Sarah Palin persuaded McBu$h to sell their campaign plane on e-Bay?

    Sarah Palin should pack her guns and lead the way in Iraq. She's the one calling Iraq "the will of God." A modern day Joan of Arc she's not!

    September 5, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |