August 10th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain VP buzz starts at the airport

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Tom Ridge will be hitting the campaign trail with John McCain this week."]

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain spends the next two days campaigning through Pennsylvania with the state’s former Gov. Tom Ridge at his side.

Anytime McCain appears with someone that might be on his vice presidential shortlist, it stirs up a whole new round of speculation. And as Pennsylvania is a key battleground state, Ridge is getting plenty of attention.

Ridge, a former Homeland Security Secretary, grew up in Erie and begin his political career in the northwest Pennsylvania city where the McCain tour begins.

And if the presumptive Republican nominee needed any reminder of Ridge’s prominence, he’ll get it the moment his plane sets down. The Erie International Airport where McCain lands late Sunday afternoon is also named “Tom Ridge Field” in the hometown politico’s honor.

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  1. Stephen in Red Bluff

    Isn't there a huge gap between McCain and Ridge's stand on Roe v. Wade and abortion rights?

    August 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. mike in caroline va

    susie. oh my god girl have you been living under a rock!!!! bush had a SURPLUS of cash when he took office. america is broke and in the RED by TRILLIONS!!!!! wake up your own self. its uninformed people such as yourself that go out and vote blindly that get us in these positions to begin with. there isn't ONE redumblican elected official in office that gives a crap about ordinary average american citizens. there is only a hand full of democrats that do care about the ordinary average person. im gonna take my chances with them. DONT be fooled by trickery or gimicks people. make our government work for us!

    August 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. the voice of reason

    Most of the people that post are complete idiots. You have no clue about economics, world affairs or anything else. If we end up with Barack Hussein Obama I hope he takes you to hell with him.

    August 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Trasa, Texas

    He looks like an idiot, so with that being said, " Welcome President Obama".

    August 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Steve

    I'm a Republican from Pennsylvania. People here know Tom Ridge for his years as Governor of this great state. I don't see what the big deal is that he wants to come home and help support a fellow Republican running for president. Sure you can make a fuss about the whole Homeland Security color codes and so forth. But since 9/11, we have yet to have another attack thanks to them in part so it’s working in some degree. Also having a brother in the Military that served in Iraq, he tells us things he’s heard about and experienced first hand.

    You may also hate Bush, fine, that’s your right. But don’t go bashing someone for something you know nothing about. Yes, we have lost over 4000 soldiers, but look at how many people we have saved from Saddam’s regime. He killed hundreds of thousands of his own people for no reason at all. Let alone his kids doing the same just because it was a fun thing for them to do. Stepping in to stop this genocide was the right thing to do, even if it was under different pretenses. We even found Weapons, dirty bombs and the like that could be used as WMD’s. Just because it’s not Nuclear, doesn’t mean it couldn’t have killed a lot of people.

    You also can not blame Bush for all the failed policies either, because he’s fighting a Democrat Congress and House at every turn and you wonder why nothing has gotten done in the last 8 years.

    Democrats, Go ahead and bash McCain all you want, it’s your own elected nomine that everyone will hate if he’s elected President.

    Susie is right, go read “The Obama Nation” For a man who wants unity between black and white people; his wife admits that she hates white people. Wow, how am I to trust him when the woman he’s married to doesn’t even support him on one of the important issues? Did I forget to mention his dad is from Afghanistan, where we have been fighting since Clinton has been in office? You really don’t think he’d give that country concessions if he became President do you? Na, he’d never do that.

    August 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. judy, Wisconsin

    Tom Ridge? Ok, I'll get out my duct tape, plastic and review my colors.

    To Susie–"Bush was handed many things that were totally out of his control"- You mean the neocons attacking a sovereign Iraq for $12 Billion/month and killing and ruining thousands of lives, outing a CIA agent, incompetent crony appointments, defying the constitution and refusing to testify to Congress, etc. etc. Maybe you haven't noticed that McCain sounds like he has dementia–yikes!

    August 10, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. arthur, columbus ohio

    come on america,lets not make the same mistake again. mccain is the same as bush and we just cant afford another mess in this country.

    August 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. ben..west memphis ar.

    i don;t think we will know who the v p will be befort the conv.

    August 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. ben..west memphis ar.

    peachy does you mommy know that you sre on her computer? thgis is for grown-ups

    August 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. Guy Patterson

    Hey, we had a gig out by that Villapiano's. (folks from Erie may get that...)

    Seriously, Ridge has more substance than folks who only respond to duct tape and color-coding give him credit for...he knew when to get away from that administration. He certainly did better than the current head of Homeland Security, who wouldn't even acknowledge on an NPR interview that there were refugees in the Superdome when the news hit.

    Susie, all due respect, I'm not sure why being the daughter of a WWII vet makes your opinion about Obama's experience more valid than others. Our family has four generations of vets, and I believe that Obama has the leadership, instincts, character, and intelligence needed to be an outstanding American president, starting January of 2009.

    August 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. mike

    And if he picks Ridge there will be a floor fight at the Republican convention for the VP slot!!! Pleeeease do it McSame...

    August 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. gwb


    August 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. Allan

    "Ridge, a former Homeland Security Secretary, grew up in Erie and begin" Please rectify the mistake its supposed to be begun

    August 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. LJW

    Does it really matter who McCain picks? I mean , seriously, he has absolutely NO APPEAL. He is running for Bush's third term-and I don't want any part of that! Change all the way for me...OBAMA, baby!

    August 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Augustine

    Do you really see Mc Cain hitching his wagon to a former cabinet member of the Bush White House? Reluctantly, he has granted approval to have Dick speak at the Republican convention. Look at what Florida's governor is doing. Prearing to get married so that America is not represented by bachelor.

    August 10, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Adrienne

    I am happy you are a daughter of a WWII veteran, but that does not qualify your vote anymore special than anybody elses. I am a current member of the armed forces (7 years now). My opinion is no better than anybody elses, but it seems to me that Obama is the only choice we have. Wake up America!

    August 10, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Rauji kibet

    gas nearly 4 dollars,health care,unless you are employed,not for free,just die will we donate billions of dollars to poor countries as if we have already taken care of our own citizens,then you want to vote for mcain go ahead but think of your childrens future

    August 11, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
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