August 19th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
14 years ago

Limbaugh warns McCain over VP

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Limbaugh says McCain should not pick Ridge or Lieberman for VP."](CNN) - Rush Limbaugh, the popular conservative talk-show host who's long been lukewarm to John McCain's candidacy, warned the Arizona senator Tuesday picking a pro-choice running mate could devastate the Republican Party.

Referencing reports McCain advisors are seriously considering both former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman - both of whom favor abortion rights - Limbaugh said picking either of those men would ensure a GOP defeat, and damage the party’s brand for years to come.

"How about some discussion from the McCain campaign about a conservative who can be counted on across the board, who can help lead the country in the right direction?" said Limbaugh. "Who can help rebuild the Republican Party? Lieberman can’t do that - and rebuild the conservative movement? McCain nor Lieberman nor Ridge can do that.”

The comments come amid reports senior advisors to McCain are floating both Lieberman and Ridge's names among key social conservatives in an effort to measure the blowback the Arizona senator will face if he names either man to the ticket. One party insider tells CNN that McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has called several state party chairs and indicated Ridge will be the Republican vice presidential pick this cycle.

Limbaugh said Tuesday that the drawbacks of choosing either man far out-weighed any potential benefits.

"McCain has already seen to it that he can walk across the aisle that he’s the top of the ticket," Limbaugh said. "If anybody is going to attract moderates, it’s going to be the top of the ticket guy. He’s not going to help himself any additional way, he’s going to hurt himself by putting a liberal or a liberal Republican on this ticket, particularly pro-choice.”

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Ken N. from Utah

    The other hate monger (Sean Hannity) is saying the same thing so its GOTTA be true.

    August 19, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. An Independent Hillary

    Oh shut up Rush! Let McCain pick who he wants. I may actually vote for McCain if he picks Ridge or Lieberman. Obama has done nothing to secure my vote, and I'm a lifelong Democrat.

    August 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Chuck

    The far right is so out of touch with reality. Just whom are they going to cast their votes in favor of if not McCain and his chosen VP.

    August 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Tubbs

    Oh, enough of so much talk, let's vote for Rush, but not for president. We'll vote for the loudest, dumbest mouth in America. He should win by a landslide.

    August 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Jeremy

    McCain should pick Sarah Palin for VP!!
    McCain/Palin '08

    August 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Honker Bob

    Limbaugh is irrelevant and has been so for some time. Not sure why CNN feels compelled to report this story, except that it makes the dittoheads feel empowered.

    The election will be close but Obama will win.

    August 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    McCain has one chance to get my vote... pick Romney as his running mate.

    August 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. bill

    Yeah Rush, we wouldn't McCain choosing a 'liberal', god forbid (sarcasm). It doesn't matter though. Senator Obama is going to the next President of the United States. The American people don't want to listen to a grandpa-like figure speak to them and put them to sleep. John McCain is a mirror image of Bush and the American people will realize this during the debates.

    August 19, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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