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. kelly WI

    The dems are so jealous they can't stand themselves.
    Sara... the total woman. And thank heavens NOT a lawyer.
    McCain/Palin 08

    September 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. jim

    Palin spoke about community organizers. There are people who are volunteers for your benefit and you go out and say that they are nothing. That is a right out insult. But you want their vote. Good grief woman where are your values. .

    September 4, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Geeque

    It has been reported sales of adults diapers in the Twin cities has jumped, u know why, Old grumpies Republicans are in town hahahah Joke of the Day.

    September 4, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Marvin

    McCain runs the risk of being over shadowed by Palin. She's bringing the excitement, not him. Tonight he will be over shadowed by the start of the NFL season (what time does the Skins-Giants game start?)

    September 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Carol

    WOW ! Lots of sour grapes out there. They didn't know that Sarah was this tenacious. Just wait until she gets going "on the JOB." No training needed here. She's the perfect help-mate for John. Don't sell her short on her knowledge either. I'll bet we are in for a great four years. This just goes to show you that we Americans have some pretty amazing WOMEN. The early settlers knew this. How do you think the West was won, the South able to withstand the War, the North& East were able to industrialize and prosper? THE WOMEN. We are the Backbone of this country. We are there WITH the Men not behind them BUT BESIDE and infront of them! Women can lead the way too. We have the intelligence, strength, and intestinal fortitude to do what ever is necessary to accomplish the tasks and not neglect our responsibilities while doing so. In other words, we can multi-task. It's time Americans got back to their ROOTS and had sincere honest representation in government. Not self-serving talking heads. GO JOHN/SARAH '08

    September 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Billy

    Since Palin didn't address any national or global issues in her speech, I look forward to her answering those questions shen she is interviewed by the press.

    No point in keeping her hidden, right? She's tough and ready to go, right?

    September 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Bridgette-PA

    Who cares.....this thing is over

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    September 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Breck

    Yay, more Republican stooges speaking tonight. Just about the entire party is making me feel sick to my stomach lately, they're all lying whining hypocrites it seems. You beg for media attention, get it, and whine about it. You attack Hillary and she doesn't call you sexist, yet whenever there is criticism of Palin's abuse of power, religious fanaticism, and inexperience the Repugs call sexist.

    Down with Republican lies and hypocrisy! Obama/Biden 08!

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

    It is true:
    The dame has no foreign policy experience. Alaska’s population is less than 500,000 people. This lady never see what life is like in the inner cities of America, she never even been to a Ghetto to see how some folks live. She does not understand what America is up against. God forbid the old man croak, then what?

    September 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Whatever they say tonight, it won't be issue oriented. The most telling line of the convention so far was from the other night; "This election is not about issues"......end quote. We heard nothing but sarcastic remarks and bad jokes from the VP nominee and I don't expect we will hear much more than that from McCain tonight. Sad......

    September 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Jon


    Why couldn't I have guessed that Reid wouldn't care for the speech???

    Ya'll really blew the top off that story.

    Talk about obvious...

    September 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Scott Tucson

    So can any Obamamites name one thing that Obama and little joe biden will be changing??? Didn't think so.

    September 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Jacqueline

    I just learned something about McCain.

    If you disagree with him do not try to communicate it to him. His website does not accept your email. You receive an "ERROR" message and a suggestion to "try again later" and to make certain to enter www. before the web address all with a picture of John McCain, Cindy McCain and Sarah Palin. Like you are on the wrong screen right!

    What can McCain say tonight to make me feel better about him. While, how about why he picked someone for VP who is well qualified to deal with a herd of moose ramaging down Pennsylvania Blvd at 3:00AM and little else?

    September 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Are you serious

    Let's let Palin and Michelle Debate. I will put my retirement on Michelle to win that one. Michelle has more executive experience than she does.

    September 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. R.I.F.

    So the theme of this whole convention is "Service" yet last night we see Rudy and Palin mock and laugh because Obama was a community organizer 20 years ago. I guess the only service in their eyes is fighing in a war. That is a very very bad thing to say and bad way to think. Community organizer may not have a flashy title but these are people who actually roll up their sleeves to help get things done for disadgvantaged people in struggling communites. Dr. King was a community organizer. While Rudy was holding press conferences and getting phot ops during 9/11 it was community organizers who were helping around the clock. I guess these people are funny too? That is a very eliest, out of touch way t think in that someone who graduated from Harvard Law spent his first few years serving the pulbic for little to no pay inseatd of taking a hotshot job on Wall Street.

    September 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Ian

    Isn't it weird that Ron Paul's convention is just as big as the entire GOP's?

    September 4, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Euphemia, Dublin, Ireland

    After last evening's atrocious spectacle – SPARE US!

    September 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. sarah baracuda said it best

    people who say Sarah is tough, she reformed bla blah blah.
    She put the country first when she was Alaska to be an independent nation.She absoutely looks childish. What are your plans.
    Her record is horrible. Empty suit in a dress.

    September 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    It looks like another evening of re-runs of "law and order"

    September 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. The McCain Palin more Wars Ticket

    Sarah Palin recited a good speach that was written for her and was coached by a professional on how to present the speach. It was rehearsed for almost a week. Now she will have to stand on her own two feet and answer questions she has never been confronted with.

    I look forward to comparing Cindy McCain to Michelle Obama. I look forward to Joe Biden's debate with Sarah Palin.

    September 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Republican making a run for it!!!

    All they are talking about now is her executive decisions, but they will not say what the executive decisions were and John McCain has only made one executive decision that we know of and that was cheating on his wife with Cindy and deciding to leave her when she was in a pickle after all she did for him. What a lame!!! The dems ticket looks way better in character compared to our ticket. I can not take it anymore I'm voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden and I know they will do what it takes to get America back to the place where she belongs.

    September 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. David

    Mrs McCain had a $300,000 outfit on tuesday night and I wonder how much she is going to add on it tonight. It is ironic that they accuse the Obama's as 'elitist'.
    What a shame!

    September 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. ObamaAllTheWay

    PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

    THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

    September 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Bridgette-PA

    "RAY MAYER" – I TOTALLY agree with you. Why is he doing this? Fox News HATES him. I think they are trying to catch OBAMA with his "Mic On". BE CAREFUL BARACK!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    September 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. the real Abby


    Laura Bush
    Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500
    Stuart Weitzman heels: $325
    Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500
    Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325

    Cindy McCain
    Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
    Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
    Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
    Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
    Shoes, designer unknown: $600
    Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100

    September 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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