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. Tanya

    Tom Ridge?! Orange alert, orange alert!

    August 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Miguel

    Ridge is perfect, a younger, nastier more evil bastard than Dick Cheney. And he looks like an evil cartoon character to top it all off.

    August 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. ProudToBeDemocrat


    August 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Bet half the population of PA is throwing up at this one !!!!!

    When are you all going to show the clip about McCain saying at a townhall meeting earlier this year "……. and we will never have to go to war for oil again……."

    Please show that cliip over and over. We got all of Obama's stuff over and over for months. Georgia has pipelines going thru it – that's why the repukes are so interested. Oil Oil Oil Oil Oil Oil

    Fair and balanced should mean fair in ALL ways.

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Dave, Illinois

    Funny, "Mike Dallas", hateful smart-as! Obamites like you will be part of the reason for Obama's defeat come November. I can't wait to hear your type whine and cry then!

    August 11, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. ProudToBeDemocrat

    I think Wolf Plizer is obssesed with the V.P pick crap or he is trying to create a news where there is no news.

    August 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. MikeH

    Tom Ridge seems like a reasonably good person, too bad he affiliated himself with the most corrupt political party in recent American history.

    I suppose he could work out a color-code system to indicate how lost, dazed, and confused McCain is for that day.

    August 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Peter

    Im sick of saying this! McCain/Ridge 08=

    Obama: 528
    McCain: 10 (Arizona)

    August 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Ridge has universal appeal.

    August 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. McCaiNOTzis

    The same feeling that Hilary had when she realized she had lost, will be the feeling McCain and Cindy will have on November 5th. It's the feeling that Dems had when Bush stole the first election.

    It's also the same feeling we had when Bush bullied his way into the White House in 2004, with the help of Karl Rove, who needed to keep his job. When the house started falling, all the rats, like Rove began to run. And they're still running. McCain and Bush will NEVER run away from the fact that Americans made a huge mistake. Well– never again, not this time, not ever.

    So that's why Bush is in China, he's got nothing else to do. His legacy will be one of sorrow and pain. And now McCain is tying himself to this loser. November will be sweet.

    August 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. My Friends, let me tell you

    Im going to Bugtussle, Georgia now to speak with Zell Miller and end this war.

    August 11, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. proud army and navy mom


    August 11, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. No Hillary, Yes Obama

    Clinton will not be the VP, and Obama will win. Why? Because the people have spoken, and we don't want dishonest people in the White House. We've had enough with Bush, why would we put Clinton in there–they're the same.

    August 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. jackjack

    ha...I would LOVE this.....Pick Ridge Grandpa!

    Obama 08

    August 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Carmen Colorado

    McCain and this administration are a bunch of Morons.

    August 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Chips

    Another Bushed clone.

    August 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. pat C.

    they match. both of them are old cronies that know nothing except war. what you bet they are sitting there at lunch talking about "the serge". old days of vietnam. this just adds another layer to old folks home should be's! McCain has such bad choice in people, just like his bad choices in what he will do for us in america.

    August 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Eyes Wide Open

    Once again Hillary has proven that she can't be trusted. No sooner had Barack turned his back, then she started campaigning for herself. Oh, what a surprise–NOT. She is the most selfish, self-centered person on the planet, and she will sell her own mother if it would get her back in the White House.

    I have an idea, why doesn't she jump ship, again, and run for Queen of the Dishonest, Lying, Cheating People. She would win hands down. And she can take her disloyal (there's another surprise) husband with her.

    August 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Mikey

    Does this mean McCain is going to delegate the Office of President to someone else? Perhaps he can offshore it to, say, India. I'll bet we can find someone who can do a very competent job at a fraction of the salary.

    All of you white collar types out there who have little sympathy for all the manufacturing jobs that have been lost to China, Mexico, and other parts of the world, you may have another thing comming when suddenly a large portion of engineering, accounting, IT, and finance, and similar jobs disappear becasue anyone with a computer in China or India can do your job, and probably for 1/2 the salary or less.

    I guess then all of these trade issues will hit home for you. Wonder who you are going to go crying to.

    ..... and if it doesn't happen to you, perhaps it will to your kids or grandkids.

    August 11, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Celebrity for Peace

    More proof that McCain is Bush and the same old crew will remain in Washington if he is elected ........ time for change people and McWar isn't change he is simply more of the same.

    August 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Oliver

    As an Obama supporter, I am increasingly worried about his chances of actually beating McCain. As my case of Obama-fatigue sets in, I am realizing that McCain is more deserving and more experienced than Obama to be president. And I am not very clear on where Obama stands on certain issues, and I fear that neither does he.

    August 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Caroline

    JB--oh yes indeedy........I'm with you.

    Obama/Feingold '08

    August 11, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. w.l. jones

    I here so much about empty-suit in this election that it make me sick. Who you want to represent you? A stock boy are a Lawyer :quite sure a person who read the fine print when it come to our security. When come time for VP you want that person you can commucate on your level.

    August 11, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Michele, Oregon

    On another ticker it says that Republicans prefer Romney. That should bring all the Latinos into Obama's court as Romney wants to ship every illegal immigrant back to where they came from. Said it very cavalierly in the debates...........Does he have any Native American blood in him; just wondering.....

    Or...Let McCain pick Ridge who has sided with the same Republican ilk in power........More of the same......... But it is all media right now until announcements are made.

    August 11, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Peter

    Is this the McCain strategy to win Pennsylvania?

    How about helping the economy, bringing the soldiers from Pennsylvania home, paying attention to the environment, etc insteading of this pandering?

    August 11, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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