August 11th, 2008
11:03 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain lavishes praise on prospective VP Tom Ridge

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain and Gov. Ridge took part in a National Security roundtable in January."]
ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Tom Ridge might be a long-shot in the vice presidential sweepstakes, but John McCain certainly holds him in high esteem.

The presumptive GOP nominee, who refuses to discuss the vetting process for potential running mates, heaped praise on his friend and adviser on Monday in Ridge’s hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania.

At one point, a GE employee at a brief town hall meeting here asked McCain what his plans would be for his first 90 days in office.

“Call Tom Ridge to Washington from whatever vacation he is taking and get him to work,” McCain answered, to much applause.

Selecting Ridge, a Catholic and former two-term governor of Pennsylvania, could boost McCain’s chances in this swing state. But Ridge also supports abortion rights, a factor that would likely turn off segments of the Republican base.

McCain said he was “honored” to know Ridge, “who had every opportunity after he graduated from Harvard not to go to Vietnam. He could have found a doctor that would have a given a cert that he bad a bad knee. But instead he went and decided to serve his country during the Vietnam War.

“He came back here to Erie and he decided to be a prosecutor, and then he decided to seek a role, a seat in congress and then of course as governor,” McCain continued. That’s the kind of people this part of America produces. I’m proud to be in his company.”

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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    McCain-Clinton '08

    August 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Griff

    You would have know Idea, what this would mean to me...
    A triple!!! But this is your Future (John), USA... Just be choosy... There is no second prize...

    August 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    "Responding to news that Obama's VP choice would be announced by email and text message the same time that it is released to the media, McCain announced that his VP choice will be announced by carrier pigeon, cave paintings, telegraph, tin can phone, and life-alert monitors."

    Sir, that may just be the BEST post I have ever read on these threads!

    August 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Lori, Minneapolis

    Tom Ridge has zero credibility. He's become such a joke that I cringe every time he's about t open his mouth (and I'm a die-hard Republican). He can't help John McCain but most definitely can hurt the ticket. Please don't do it, John... my vote for you is hanging by a thread as it is.

    August 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I think John needs to cut his ties with the Bush Adminstration.......anyone, anytime,anywhere, anything. Bad choice.... better choice ??? Romney !! Romney should be the pick.

    August 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. The Other Campaign Strategist at 115th St & Amsterdam Ave

    By planning to send supporters ... and all media people that have signed up ... an EMAIL outlining his VP selection, Obama can wait until after the start of the convention to make the announcement and still make it before the VP is scheduled to speak at the convention.

    Imagine a world where a political/governmental "secret" is kept until the last possible moment. Hallelujah!!

    John McCain may have to committ to his VP before Obama because this shrinks the amount of time McCain will have to prepare around this point for the Republican convention.

    Great strategic move by Team Obama ....

    August 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Tennessee Mike

    Richard J: Since when did the populus depend so much on government to solve their problems?

    Since FDR, LBJ, and the rest of the Welfare State.

    All who vote for BHO are in this group, those who feel the government should control everything, i.e. COMMUNIST

    August 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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