September 4th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Ridge, Graham and Mrs. McCain to speak Thursday night

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Cindy McCain will all have significant roles in the lead up to Sen. John McCain’s speech Thursday evening when he will formally accept the Republican presidential nomination.

Graham is one of McCain’s closest friends in the Senate, while Ridge was said to be on the Arizona senator’s short list of vice presidential prospects.

soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. One nation, in-GOP-divisionable

    There is nothing that will unite the Democratic ticket faster than a GOP ticket full of anger, hate, and no substance while the country is in economic recession and at war. What a doofus strategy GOP!

    September 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. JA Cook

    Cindy McCain can tell us again about how close Alaska is to Russia to support Palin's international experience. And how the height of Mount McKinley gives her the most experience with space exploration.

    September 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Ray Mayer

    The Obama haters are communicating with Greta of Fox News via back channels and e-mails to silent positive comments about Senator Obama on Gretawire Blog.
    They flood Greta’s inbox with e-mails asking her to block IP addresses of all who post any favorable comments about Senator.

    Way to go Greta we are on to your scam. Do you consider your actions to silent Senator Obama’s supporters Fair & Balance?

    September 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. INDIRA MARTIN

    djeeees, cindy! could'nt you advise your 'more of the same husband, to ATLEAST LEAVE SARAH PITBULL FINISH BREASTFEEDING HER INFANT?! ofcourse when a mom is too busy making CAREER, she has noooo time for the kids! that's when they start doing the 'HANKY PANKY!' now there's a 'FORCED MARRIAGE' on the way, to what avail?

    he already said HE DOES NOT WANT CHILDREN!
    LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER PALIN'S. THE SAME WAY SHE COULD'NT CHOOSE TO GET PREGNANT OR STAY PREGNANT, THE SAME WAY SHE CAN'T CHOOSE TO STAY SINGLE.
    SWEEET!

    September 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Cindy McCain, the vacuous Stepford wife that couldn't be troubled to add any actual empathy or emotion to her telepromted plea to help the people being hit by Hurricane Gustav? hahahaha... good stuff

    September 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. JA Cook

    We know where the Republicans stand on the environment – they favor toxic spew.

    September 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Donna

    According to Vanity Fair, which provides a detailed breakdown, Cindy McCain's outfit Monday cost $300,000.

    September 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Old Fart

    Excellent. Three more white people. I hope they talk about how much they care about the American people. As long as you're white, straight, Christian, wealthy, etc.

    September 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. cecil

    This Felt Like A white American Convention.

    I Hate To Feel This Way, But Something Was Missing!

    Just A Bunch Of Mean White Folk To Me, Thinking There The True Americans.

    Sarah Palin's Speech, Nice Delivery But Had Many of False Obama
    Statements.

    Sarah Palin's neighbor Need To Fact Check Her Obama Red Meat

    Statements . If You Want To know The Truth It's Out There!

    Her Speech Was Not Refreshing At All. Empty

    Same Old GOP Type Attacks, That's What They Like. Nothing Different

    I Feel The Gop And The Media Are Caught Up In The Moment Right

    Now. The Family, The Mom, The Baby, The Attacks.

    She's No Super Women Yet, It's Only Day Three.

    Sen. Obama Been Taking The Kitchen Sink For 18 Long Months And Counting.

    When The Dust Settles After This Week Will See What Palin Is Really Made Of!

    Obama 08

    September 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Lance

    Who are the brave men and women of currently deployed US Armed Services supporting for President by a 6:1 margin in donations? BARACK OBAMA, not JM.

    Who are US Veterans of Foreign Wars supporting for Presdient by 5:1 margin in donations? Barack Obama, not John McCain

    September 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. INSANE IN THE MCCAIN

    Palin is an empty dress

    September 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Helen

    Why didn't we have enough with last nights THREE STOOGES: ROMNEY, HUCKABEE AND GUILIANI with the special guest appearance of DARLA from the Little Rascels.

    Helen/NC

    September 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Terry from GA

    The republicans are very excited to have a new younger face on the scene and let them enjoy this time. Unfortunately, Palin has not been fully "vetted". What until some more details come out about her current investigations and her "strong arm" policies. She also made a "huge" mistake last night by "disrespecting" community organizers !!

    September 4, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Brian

    Whipped cream on a B.S. sundae!

    Don't buy it, America! Ohio! Virginia! Michigan! North Carolina! Florida! Pennsylvania! Reject the fearful, divisive politics of the past 8 years that we saw on display last night! We just can't afford another 4 years of neglectful republican rule. And that's exactly what we'll get under McCain/Palin!

    Be courageous! Stand for change like millions of other hard working, blue collar Americans!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    September 4, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. owlvee

    Have you ever seen so many wrinkles or as much grey and silver hair in one place?
    The only things missing are a couple of coffins...

    September 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. a Maverick?! says whom?

    A high school friend of mine had an old Maverick. It had lots of miles and was pretty run down. It didn’t always start in the winter, and it overheated pretty easily if you drove it to far. On the highway it generally pulled to the right, but it could change direction in an instant – almost so fast you couldn’t remember the original direction.

    Of course it used a ton of gas, burnt oil and created clouds of smoke. But every time my buddy got pulled over, he’d tell the cops the car had been towed and spent a long time in the pound. For some reason, that excuse seemed to work all the time…

    September 4, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Ray Mayer

    John McCain campaign may have shot themselves in the foot by tapping Sarah Palin as VP.They should have look at the possibilities of Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Olympia Snow, both very intelligent and knowledge of how Washington DC works would have been less of head ach. It appears Sarah is loaded with excess baggage.

    September 4, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. hick

    lindsay will sound the shrillest tonite.

    September 4, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. L

    How can anyone that is voting Republican say that the Democrates are dictating what people can do or not do?? I wish people would use their grey matter! I mean come on! Haven't you had enough of being told what to do by Dictator Cheney and his Public Puppet BUSH!

    September 4, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Bruce

    All you who continue to attack obama and raising taxes look at the facts...I ahve and the middle calss will get about $1500 in income.
    jobs leaving the US, look at the unemployment numbers that came out today, and tell me how the policies of lower taxes have helped the economy and create jobs? maybe jobs in india and china but not here.
    So far McCain has not said what he will do, or what plans he has, and all he and inexperienced VP candidate have dome is be negative but not offer any concrete reasons to vote for them.
    As for her expereince...come on.....I know of a bunch of small towm mayors, who have more time being a mayor than her...so why not pick them...oh yea she was a gov for 2 years......come on.

    September 4, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. SPQR753

    FLASH NEWS for Sarah Palin:

    Politics run by (fake) cowboys, chicken hawks or pitbulls (with or without lipstick) have proven to be an unmitigated disaster.

    She maybe a fantastic Hockey mom (whatever that means), but as a politician, she is SLIGHTLY behind the times.

    BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, Sarah!!.

    September 4, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. golfer

    I understand that a speech writer wrote Palin's speech for her.. True ??

    September 4, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. David E. Cowen

    After hearing all the calls for "Change" last night, I realized that I misread all the history books. According to the speeches, it is the Democrats who have been in the White House since 2001 and who had control of Congress from 1994 until just 20 months ago. Sorry, I didn't realize that we needed to kick them out of office. Well, shame on them for doing such a lousy job running the country all of these years where we need "Change" from their policies.

    Also, I guess it goes with the comments that community service is wrong. I thought the "faith based" programs of the Bush administration were all about public service.

    I can hardly wait to hear one more time about McCain's tour as a POW and how it makes him more patriotic than all the Democrats who served in the military as well - Country First after all. And since the Dems have really been running things, the people who made this economy and political situation what it is today weren't putting "Country First." I just didn't realize it was the Democrats.

    Man, how did we get the current history of this country so wrong?

    September 4, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Ray Mayer

    I think Senator Obama is making a big mistake to appear on the O'reilly Factor or any Fox News shows.

    September 4, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. ts

    Lets see..................The NFL kicks off their season opener tonight. Giants vs Redskins I believe. Now which will be watched more, the football game or the gop convention? I bet football.

    September 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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