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. Mike Dallas

    Memo to McCrypt and Crew – Quick, set up a 24/7 watch on the corrals at your local pony express offices, in case they wish to announce the Republican's VP choice!

    August 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Pro-choice, pro-dem

    Tom Ridge campaigned hard for George Bush Senior, Bob Dole, and George W Bush. Neither of these candidates won Pennsylvania.

    People in Erie are struggling from a poor economy and watching the Iraq war claim more and more lives.

    They are going to vote for change, not more of the GOP same.

    August 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. RSR

    McCain needs to pick anyone that will help him beat the 'empty-suit' Obama...even Hillary, if necessary!!!

    August 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. DR. YES

    yes,you support all bush cronies.tom ridge.creator of the katrina disaster.what a joke.keep it up mccain.i like watching your 'numbers' drop.

    August 11, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    And the search continues.......ummmmmm....a Vietnam Veteran......we are getting closer.

    August 11, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. JB

    Isn't this the genius behind the color coded threat levels??

    PLEASE make him the VP running mate!!!!!!!!

    Go Obama!

    August 11, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. DR. YES

    by the way GOP? why cant you afford your own convention?wasting too much money on attack ads?lol!

    August 11, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. bob in L.A.

    Yuo just can't figure out who you think McCains running mate will be, can you? Every story has it as someone else. If he says good morning to someone- THAT'S THE GUY! Nice tie- THAT'sT THE GUY!
    why don't you wait until he announces his selection to reorpt

    August 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. chris

    obama won't win if Clinton is not his VP.....

    August 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Michael

    Don't do it, John.

    August 11, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Richard J

    wow, shallow vindictive obama supporters are rampant today. . .

    Ridge would be a good choice. He didn't create katrina disaster, the local and state government did. Since when did the populus depend so much on government to solve their problems?

    August 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. MainStream

    Ok, McCain, he is your ticket maker open minded pro-choice that would be one small step for the Republican Redemtion and one Giant leap to the CENTER. As and Independent I would select a Mainstream Administration and a Bi-Partiasan Cabinet that would be a mainstream ideal ticket.

    McCain/Ridge 08


    August 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Ed Ward

    The same Tom Ridge that quit Homeland security because he needed to make more money and spend more time with his family?

    This is very Erie, alright..............................

    August 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Veteran for Obama

    McCain may be a military veteran but he greatly exaggerates his accomplishments. He is no better than the 4200 plus soldiers who have been killed in Iraq and sacrificed their life at the expense of McCain and Bush and their manipulation of facts in order to go to war. At least McCain survived and is able to walk around and tell lies and dirty jokes like he has been doing. He is sick.

    August 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Republicans Hate America

    sorry McLoser you still dont get my vote

    August 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. yankeegirl15

    Yuck, I know Tom Ridge, what a jerk. Should go with Jindahl. Then we can make Cowboy and Indian jokes.

    August 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Ed Ward

    The same Tom Ridge that quit Homeland Security to spend more time with this family? Is Gramps just pandering to the voters of PA?

    This is very Erie....................

    August 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Kathy

    And this is the guy who manipulated our terror warning system to help out Bush in 2004. He even questioned the raise in terror warnings but did it anyway like a good little Bushie! WE DON'T NEED ANY MORE BUSHIES IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. NoMcSame

    Better than the ANTICHRIST MORMON Mitt Romney. That is what our Bible calls him and them don't blame me. The only way to the Father is through the son. Not through Joseph Smith. What a Joke he is. They are even changing his words. Joseph Smith was a RACIST and Mitt is a follower of his and lives and believes in his word.
    McSame can pick whoever he want but it will not make a difference.

    August 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. David

    McCain was a traitor in Vietnam! A bad pilot who squeeled to the enemy!

    He is yet another mouthpiece for the failed policies of the current moron in office!

    He does not stand for any true conservative values!

    Bob Barr '08

    August 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Tom

    I won't vote for McSame but I will give Tom Ridge credit for 'wising up' and getting away from the Bush/Cheney cabinet in 2004.

    August 11, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Carl, Atlanta

    That McSame would respect this imbicile is just one more piece of evidence that he is not qualified to be President of the U.S. We don't need anymore of the criminal hold-overs from the Reagan and Bush years.

    August 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Dem

    Bush has destoyed our economy so thoroughly, I actually hope that McCain wins. The next President is going to inherit such a mess that their party will be linked with the disaster for decades. Elect McCain and it will be the last "Republican" elected for years!!

    – Democrat for Bush's third term

    August 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. The Bush Twins : George and John

    Tom Ridge is a joke. I did not have any confidence in him when he was the head of homeland security. He was a "player" then and still is.
    But of course that's all the repubs are for each other, (and their master

    August 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Michael, Torrance, CA

    I think Tom Ridge would be a good choice fpr McCain as VP. I like the fact that he is conservitive and also pro choice.

    August 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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