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.

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  1. Lacy Lady

    What a disgrace to all of us women!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Bob, NY

    NoWay, NoHow, NoBama!!

    September 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Breck

    I'll say it bluntly: Joe BIden will eat her alive, and after he spits her back out, she'll be wondering where the train that hit her went.

    September 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. republican forever

    The Gop have outdone themselves with great policy and platforms for the future. Americans can be proud of what we've accomplished the past 8 years of our rule and look forward to more for the next 4.

    Remember the song faster horses, younger women and more money as that's our motto. Go John/Sara Go

    September 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Carmon Minneapolis MN

    BY THE WAY WHERE THE H**L IS HILLARY. SHE SEE THIS WACK JOB GOING AFTER THE SUPPORTERS THAT SHE EARNED THROUGH CAMPAIGNING FOR OVER A YEAR. THAT SHE WENT INTO DEBT FOR WITH HER OWN MONEY. NOW SHE IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. WHATS THE MATTER, DONT TELL ME THE CAT HAS GOT HER TOUNGE ALL OF A SUDDEN. IF SHE IS WILLING TO LET THIS SMALL TIME PHONEY COME IN AND JUST STEAL HER SUPPORTERS THEM IM GLAD SHE WASNT THE NOMINEE. SHE DID A WHOLE LOT OF TALKING BUT NOW SHE HAS NOTHING TO SAY. I REALLY THOUGHT THAT AFTER THE CONVENTION THEY WOULD COME OUT FULL FORCE FOR OUR NOMINEE BARRAK BUT THEY TURNED OUT TO BE A BUNCH OF LIARS. THEY SHOULD BE BOOTED OUT OF THE PARTY. AND TO ANY HILLARY SUPPORTER WHO IS WILLING TO VOTE FOR THIS BEAUTY QUEEN WHEN SHE HASNT CAMPAIGNED ON SINGLE DAY TO EARN YOUR VOTE US DEMS WILL SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER WITH YOUR TAILS TUCKED BETWEEN YOUR LEGS.

    September 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. TAYO, NY

    ALL OF THEM WILL SAY MORE OF THESAME WE HAVE BEEN HEARING & COPING WITH FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT GO THROUGH THIS ANYMORE...!!

    NOT EVEN FOR ONE YEAR!.....NOT FOR ONE MONTH!!... NOT FOR ONE DAY!!!...AFTER BUSH LEAVES IN JANUARY.. WE WILL RECLAIM AMERICA AND MOVE FORWARD......AND NOT BACKWARD.

    September 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. obamaton

    Hillary Clinton vs Sarah Palin in 2012!

    September 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Edward

    People people people, who really was enthused by that speech, honestly? What happened to being "presidential" and our elected officials caring a sign of eloquence and sophistication, we've gotten to used to lil George and his antics so much I think they've lowered our expectations. I don't want someone I can relate to, I want someone who can relate to me! Palin is for change, well what kind? Creationism in our schools? Scary!!! Can we get real for a second who wants a president who's one foot in the grave and a VP who's one foot in the Mini-van?

    September 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Sam

    I refuse to watch any of it tonight. I was truly disgusted by Guiliani and not impressed by Palin's speech.

    September 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Ian

    I wonder if Cindy is getting nervous about all the attention John is giving to Palin. John is obviously a cheater, we don't need another Clinton scandal in the Whitehouse.

    September 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Republicans run an exclusive club

    Sarah Palin ran the town of Wasilla into debt so she is an excellent match for the Republican Party who are responsbile for the biggest defecit in this world's history.

    It's no longer just the Twin Cities – It's the Tri – Cities

    OF BUSH – MCCAIN – PALIN THAT PROMISE TO RUN THIS COUNTRY INTO BANKRUPTCY AND INTO MORE WARS AND AN THE RETURN OF THE HATED DRAFT.

    September 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    OH BOY! Just can't wait for another night of the GOP's '08 campaign of "fear, smear, mock and lies". Just make a good christian like me get all wet.
    Ready for another 4 years of Bush/Chaney America? I know I am!
    $4.00 gallon gas, two wars, 4,100+ dead Americans, lower take home pay, union busting, public service mocking, Social Security going bust, no god but my god – Gotta love it!

    September 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Lady

    ---Cindy McCain's ----RNC ---Outfit-–Cost--$300,000.

    go to huffingtonpost.com

    September 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Bryan

    I would rather hear McCain's POW story a hundred time then hear Obama say the word change even once without any substance as usual. Way to go, Sarah, and good luck McCain on your speech tonight. I am sure you will hit a home run as well!

    September 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Dennis W - Decatur, GA

    Luis – good to see your ignorant self jumping from story to story demonstrating how stupid you really are.

    September 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Scared

    What happens if she becomes President and has to decide whether we should go to war or not...is she going to be as irrational as she sounded last night. I am really really scared..I can't imagine how irresponsible the Republicans are. They only answer to CEO's of Corporation..did you see all the speakers last night...

    September 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Geeque in Chicago.

    It has also been reported that Republicans requested the venue of their convention to have less number of seats, u know why, majority of their delegates will sit on their own Wheel Chairs with their oxygen tanks. hahahahah another Joke of The Day.

    September 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. SPQR753

    FLASH NEWS for Sarah Palin:

    Politics run by (fake) COWBOYS, CHICKEN HAWKS or PITTBULLS (with or without lipstick) have proven to be unmitigated disasters.

    mS. palin 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 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Nico Sciscente

    The Republicans have gotten me sick to my stomach.....McCain's answer to all issues is......P.O.W.......P.O.W........and Sarah McPalin is more of the same.....all she threw out was insults and ridicule of Obama......she'll take women issues back 50 years......she's in no place to make comments on Obama......she's the Governor of bloody Alaska....population......677,000......hope she gets whats coming to her and really if I hear one word of sexism that will only show how the whole campaign is hypercritical......McCain...you made it back from Vietnam....and you've been living the high life ever since.........the people who made the ultimate sacrifice are those who never made it back...to their families and loved ones.....and those who came back handicapped we're treated terribly......some of whom committed suicide because they got no support.......all this from your Republican party.......shame on you McCain......my 15 year-old son is more qualified than you are for President........"ENOUGH McSHAME"......you and that excuse the expression 'TRAMP" are clearly the past.....I'm for the future and I'll be proudly voting for the future.....NO WAY....NO HOW....NO MORE FAILED POLICIES....AND NO MORE ROVE CRAP.......my vote is for real change....real equality......real vision....real honesty...real women's rights......and for real economic, educational, healthcare and foreign policies.......MY VOTE IS FOR OBAMA......WHAT WILL I BE DOING TONIGHT?...WATCHING THE FOOTBALL GAME!!

    September 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    DNC does not need Hillary. One man, one woman, can touch us, but We, the People of the United States, need to save ourselves, by voting for Obama.

    We, the People of the United States, need to figure out what is really important for us.

    Do we want to CLING to a typewriter from McCain and Palin? Or do we want to join force with Obama and use iPod, laptop and the Internet. Obama is backed by the Clintons who gave us the Internet Age.

    It is not Hillary. It is not Obama. It is US. A leader is needed to unite us, but it is US, that will need to vote.

    We empowered Bush for eight years. We, the People of the Unted STates, need to empower the next leader to move America forward?

    We have two choices: The typewriter generation or the iPod generation.

    It's not that hard.

    September 4, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. pat C.

    i can't watch another minute of this nashing of teeth and back-stabbing obama for all the wrong reasons. i will never submit myself again to such nastyness from this superior thinking party of old white fools that think they are the only ones intitled to our country.
    tonight will be a re-run of POW..POW..POW.. how much can anyone stand to have to hear this broken record??
    i will watch bill oriley tonight interview our next president of the united states of america.

    September 4, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. watching

    Mrs. Palin needs to be reminded that Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor."

    September 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. RC

    Don't forget your goat leggings.

    September 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Michelle, PA

    Let's see, Palin and McCain whine about the "sexist" media, but distribute buttons to their male delegates calling Palin the "Hot Chick". And did anybody else see the clip of McCain staring at Palin's chest while she was speaking last Thursday in Ohio? I think Leno even ran it. Sexism, indeed!

    Now this lineup of has-beens (duct tape and plastic wrap, anyone?) will be on to sling more mud, repeat more lies and spin, spin, spin.

    Anything to distract attention from the fact the Republicans have NO PLAN, NO IDEAS and NO CLUE.

    September 4, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Stella

    Is this the last day of the Republican Ku Klux Klan rally (oops I mean Republican National Convention)? Gee I hope so. This divisiveness is not good for America.

    September 4, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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