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McCain Campaigns with Ridge as VP Speculation Intensifies

Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, right, introduces Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a town hall meeting at the GE Transportation Erie Plant in Erie, Pa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

By Robert Barnes
ERIE, Pa. -- Sen. John McCain began a two-day trip through Pennsylvania today, accompanied by hometown hero and former Gov. Tom Ridge, but there were conflicting signs in the tea leaves about how serious a vice-presidential candidate the former homeland security secretary might be.

Some reporters today received a copy of the day's schedule that contained a cryptic notation about Ridge and the vice presidency. The schedules were quickly retrieved, with the explanation that the note was simply a reminder to staff and candidate that McCain would likely be asked about the subject during a round of interviews with local reporters.

Later in the morning, the candidate himself talked about Ridge -- but not exactly in terms that sounded like he'd be right down the hall in a McCain administration.

Asked by a questioner at an event at GE Transportation's Erie plant what McCain would focus on during his first 90 days as president, McCain said he'd "call Tom Ridge to Washington from wherever he's vacationing'' and put him to work.

McCain's tour of the plant allowed him to hit on twin themes of energy and globalization. GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, who introduced McCain, said about half of the more energy-efficient locomotives built at the plant would be exported.

Ridge trailed behind McCain during the tour, and seemed to greet some workers by name. And there was another sign of Ridge's popularity as the McCain campaign headed to Harrisburg -- the plane departed from Tom Ridge Field.

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If foreign policy experience is a key presidential qualification wouldn't Al Gore have been a slam-dunk choice over George W. (Governor with no FP cred) back in '00??

Posted by: Jack | August 12, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Look people you can fight all you want about who is who. The real matter is someone who will solve our energy problem. This person would be one who can go to congress and insist they stop the party conflicts and get to the issue most important to the USA.

All other thing would right themselves when this problem is solved. We would not care if Iran, Iraq, saudia Arabia blew themselves to where they need to be. It would end. We don't need your oil. Eat dirt and die.

Our energy dependency is the problem. I do not advocate the use of water or crops to do this. After all we need our water and we need to eat.

We should not care what happens to those who are in a certain industry. It should be for the good of all. When an industry falls another steps up to take its place if the stupid government will allow it. We have to be flexible enough to flow with it. If you type for a living you might have to learn to check out groceries. The idea that we can't make a change is our misery. Its work and that is the American problem we won't go the extra mile. And folks that is what it will take.

If we do not change our attitudes this is what we face. I do not think I will live to see it but its on the way. We are becoming a socialist country to our shame. We will stand in lines for a loaf of bread to feed our family if we can. The farmers will have no oil and food will become our central focus. The present do gooders will have a society that is with hand out all the time. Those still willing to work will have to protect themselves with violence or the hand outers will kill you for what you have worked for. You will be over run by those without a thought for others and it will be survival of the meanest.

I am sure a lot of you think this is gibberish and will say this will never happen. I say write it down because its coming and you will remember these words.

Posted by: BJ Brown | August 12, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

John Mccain is divorced and cheated on his first wife. What a wonderful guy full of family values and great judgement that the religious right supports. I guess as long as you call yourself a Republican, the media and the religious right will always support you...

Posted by: john k | August 12, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

So...some think that people in this country should pay $0 taxes while the "rich" pay more? Funny...I drive on the same crap road that those that pay less drive on. I think a flat tax would be best...or...if the tax system is supposed to incent people to obtain more - how about higher taxes on lower wages and lower taxes on higher wages....just a little kick in the butt to do something with your life rather than being a drag on those that are willing to make it happen.

And...Ridge was not the best governor...but a good one. I disagree with him on abortion rights. My gosh...they are babies that are being killed. If we think it's such a good idea...put some pictures of it on the news every night and see how many people agree with it. What good comes of abortion? The choice was made when the act of procreation took place. Abortion isn't a's murder.

This election shouldn't be about race...but if Obama loses...the media will claim racism played a part. Not ideas. Obama can't unite us because conservatives aren't socialists...and he's a socialist. He believes in redistribution (as far too many Americans do)...but does he (or Kennedy, Clinton, Edwards or Kerry) believe it? No. Check their tax returns....if they truly felt the rich should pay more they wouldn't seek out ways to shelter income.

If we want to really say the rich should pay...then every American should be taxed at 50% to give to the REAL POOR that exist around the world.

See...didn't think you liked that idea either.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | August 12, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Tracy says
"Let's face it, Bush was not a bad president."
Bush, oh yes, he read a story to children while the 9-11 attacks raged on. He didnt even get up from reading to the kids after the first tower was struck. Quite possibly the single worst moment in leadership by a commander in chief, in all of world history.
Bush, not bad? Compared to Herbert Hoover?
During the Bush era, the failure to regulate big businesses led to the melt-down of our entire economy and the value of the dollar is now 1/2 what it was when Bush took over!
The apparent value of the 11,000 stock market is 6,500 in 2001 dollars. Bush is a fraud and a total failure.

Bush failed to address the energy crisis.
Bush undermined our environmental standards by non-enforcement.
Bush still puts our army at risk, by allowing torture.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 12, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Amazing balls on that McCain campaign. I saw the ad on tv about Obama, about taxes. Says Obama will raise taxes. Actually, Obama is going to ELIMINATE ALL TAXES on 10 million people making under the federal poverty line and ELIMINATE ALL TAXES on people retired on social security making under $50K, but yes, he will revoke the BUSH tax CUTS on those making $2.9 million or more. Think they can afford it?

This gets weirder by the minute. I am still waiting for a reputable media outlet to ask McCain for his SOURCE whom he quoted on Letterman before we went to war with the IRAQI's. McCain quoted the source on TV and said the IRAQI's were responsible for the ANTHRAX attacks on NBC and Congress.
NOT!!!! Americans, from a US bio terrorism fort in Maryland, after all. Therefore McCain is guilty of false propaganda to lead USA into a war, which is a crime.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 12, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: danny | August 12, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Evidently Tom Ridge is becoming the focus of some who have suffered from buyers' remorse in the wake of McCain's presumed nomination.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | August 12, 2008 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh for once let us stop talking about who is popular here. We are talking about running a nation. We aren't talking about who is taking who to the freaking senior prom. Who better than someone with experience, but still different ideas. Someone who has served with Bush, but has the ability to think for themselves. Let's face it, Bush was not a bad president, look at the era he had to lead. I say Condaleeza Rice for VP. Think about it.

Posted by: Tracey Stewart | August 12, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

We should go to war with Russia. Putin has been egging us on for some time. If there is still any honor or courage in America, then we need to face the enemy and not run like scared rabbits. I wish we could be friends with Russia, but Putin doesn't want to be friends. He wants a showdown once and for all. I say give him more than he can handle. But of course, Europe wants Russian oil and gas. Russias economy would collapse if Europe quit buying Russian oil.

Posted by: Bob | August 12, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Ben questioned some past presidents' experience prior to becoming president. In response: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter were all state governors, which gave them plenty of executive branch experience. John F. Kennedy was a senator for 8 years and congressman for 6 years -- significantly more legislative experience than Obama has.

Posted by: ADB | August 12, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Ben questioned some past presidents' experience prior to becoming president. In response: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter were all state governors, which gave them plenty of executive branch experience. John F. Kennedy was a senator for 8 years and congressman for 6 years -- significantly more legislative experience than Obama has.

Posted by: ADB | August 12, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Because the Republican party has narrow-mindedly built a base of narrow-minded KKK-meets-Bob Jones supporters in the South, Sen. McCain is doomed if he picks Romney the Mormon, Jindal the exorcist, or Ridge the pro-Choice guy. Which leads us to the big question: Does Pawlenty want to ruin his political career and go down with McCain in the fall?

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 12, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

McCain is an American hero! That is a factual part of his personal history and the history of our nation as noted and accepted by any and all legitimate historians everywhere. Anybody who doubts such a fact probably believes that Jane Fonda was being a good American when she gave a note slipped to her by an American prisoner of war in Hanoi to his captors ensuring more beatings and progressively worse torture for the soldier in question.

It is beyond my ability to understand Americans that want to blame our country (and our soldiers) for all that is wrong in the world and Obama is certainly among this variety of American as is proven by his desire to talk with Iran and its government when they are actively involved in killing our soldiers. The Democratic Party promotes and openly endorses this idea that all things wrong with the world are somehow, in some way America’s fault. This insane belief spills over onto our soldiers as the democrats cannot understand or appreciate anybody that would give their lives fighting for or defending this nation that they believe is inherently evil.

It is precisely Obama’s position that he would engage the Iranian nation in dialogue as it finds new and more sinister ways to kill our soldiers and provide material support and training to terrorist that will eventually use such support to attack us once more on our own soil, it is precisely this willingness to lend our enemies his ear that convinces me that Obama will do nothing to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. Furthermore there is every reason to believe that Iran, once it has acquired such a capability will immediately attack Israel and kill anywhere from between 5 and 10 million Israelis. Depending on Israel’s ability to counter attack, anywhere between 50 and 80 million Iranians will die in the initial nuclear assault.

The only way that this might be different, assuming that Obama is our next President, is if Israel attacks Iran first with a preemptive nuclear strike, as they do not have the conventional capability to do much more that rattle the windows on Iran’s bunkered nuclear infrastructure. I doubt that such a preemptive strike would happen in time though as Obama would threaten Israel with the loss of American protection and support if it did in fact move to protect itself from such an existential threat.

If Obama becomes our next president, his idealistic naivety and lack of experience will ensure a nuclear exchange in the Middle East causing the deaths of tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of people.

Posted by: Martin Sims | August 11, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I wish everyone would give John Edwards and his family alone. He is not the first person to have an affair. You can go all the way back to when Harry Truman was in office. He had a mistress. And on up through the ages. And even all the people hounding them probably have had affairs also. All these people talking about this all the time, are trying to be miss goody two shoes. He made a mistake. Live with it and go on with your lives. There are more important things going on in this world than John Edwards affairs.

Posted by: Connie, in N.D. | August 11, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Once a cheater, always a Cheater

Adultery cast a shadow on a person's ethics. However, it does not necessarily mean that the offending person would be a bad president unless; the said affair affects tax payers, credibility of the person, the office he/she occupies or the one being aspired for.

John McCain had a well-documented affair on his first wife, with his current wife. He has admitted this in books he has written about his life that he ran around with several different women while still married to his first wife. And don't forget that he left her for a younger, richer woman who is now Cindy McCain. He then later went on to cheat on Cindy with lobbyist Vicki Iseman.

Vicki Iseman represented telecommunication companies on the Senate Commerce Committee that John chaired. They contributed tens of thousands of dollars to McCain's campaigns. In return, McCain championed de-regulation for them. He pressured the FCC to uphold marketing agreements allowing a television company to control two stations in the same city. He introduced a bill to create tax incentives program for them. Two times, he tried to advance legislation that would permit a company to control television stations in overlapping markets (an important issue for Vicki's largest client). If John Edwards' political career is over, why isn't John McCain's? Is John credible enough to be trusted to serve as our next President?

Posted by: jesse | August 11, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow. I thought the only thing that would get me to vote Republican for president would have been Hillary on the Dem ticket. McCain and Ridge ... that would make the choice really tough. Let's see, no constitution or the US of entitlement. Not much of a choice, is it?

Posted by: Thinker1 | August 11, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Ridge was a TERRIBLE Governor and even worse in Homeland security. PA lost population, jobs, and the economy was terrible when he was Gov. He gave TIF's to big business and none of them worked. he would be easily shown as a big fraud.

Posted by: StevenAK | August 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain will probably pick the wrong running mate and lose. His only hope of winning lies in getting the Independent vote. He won't get this vote if he picks Romney or Ridge. What I don't get is people thinking Romney is a conservative. He has been more of a flip-flopper than Obama and Kerry combined. He was liberal enough to get elected as Governor of one of the most liberal states. Plus, he is Mormon which would really hurt the ticket.

Rice would be a horrible idea as she is too close to Bush and his failed policies. That would be suicide. He popularity is also at an all-time low.

Picking Lieberman would piss off a lot of conservatives, but most of them would vote for McCain anyways...they will just whine a lot as they did when McCain became the nominee. Lieberman would give McCain a good chance and help get the Jewish vote. Plus it would be historic having both parties (in name at least) on the same ticket. They would get A LOT of the independent vote.

His best option however, is to pick Sarah Palin - the Governor of Alaska. She is young, extremely bright and very popular in her state. She is also more conservative than McCain and could energize the Republican base. Additionally, she would get a lot of the Hillary supporters and Independent voters because of her gender. Her record is impeccable and she was against Senator Ted Stevens (R), who was recently indicted, long before his legal troubles.

All that said, McCain will probably pick Romney and lose the election. Our guns will be taken away, taxes raised, more affirmative action in place, reparations for slavery and more terrorist attacks on the US would occur.

Posted by: Ben | August 11, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I rarely comment on issues here because some of them are baseless and thoughtless. However, I feel compelled to ask the question of many of the writers here that seems to think that Obama is the only candidate for president needs "experience" to be elected. Pray tell me, what experience did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, John Kennedy, have that qualified them to be president.

Posted by: unitannews | August 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I think that the only choice for Mccain's VP that makes since is to do whatever it takes to get Condi Rice on the ticket. I hope that she eventually runs for president. Good government takes a balancing act, and who better could represent our nation than Condaleeza Rice. Go Condi, and not back to Stanford. America needs you!!!!

Posted by: Tracey Stewart | August 11, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama express to the white house any questions? I guess not unless you are over sixty five!. Power to the people by the people for the people! no more fascism!, political witch hunting etc. We need clean new America which can stand against Russia

Posted by: braggingrights | August 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Otto: "And what do we do when the wind fails to blow? Or when the sunlight diminishes?"

Are you serious?

Posted by: Kathryn W. | August 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and did I mention that Obama is in league with the environmentalist-wackos who don't want us to produce more oil? These geniuses want us to keep paying $4-$5-$6 and up for gas. They don't want America to progress and lead the world technologically as it always has year after year. Instead, they plan to ultimately have us put our cars back in the garage (permanently) and start using bicycles or buses. Face it, this bunch is out to put us back into the 19th century. But the real reason isn't that they're environmentalists at all. That's just a cover story. What the liberals (Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Kennedy etc.) really want is to destroy capitalism and replace it with socialism. And the best way to do that is to cut off America's oil- the life blood of the nation! Don't drill here. Don't drill there. Don't build refineries. No nuclear plants. Only sun or wind power is acceptable. Of course what these kooks don't tell you is that sun and wind power (both heavily subsidized by the government) can never produce more than about 5% of the power the country needs. And what do we do when the wind fails to blow? Or when the sunlight diminishes? Why, we'd have to have power plants, the old fashioned kind of course, to back up the so-called "new technology". But wait; we've just shut them all down for lack of "dirty" fuel. Well, I guess we'll just have to go back to wood-burning fireplaces, provided of course that the environmentalist-wacko tree-huggers allow us to cut down some trees for firewood. Remember, that's why we had to use plastic bags in supermarkets, because we were supposed to "save the forests"! What a dilemma! Oh, well, I guess if we want to save the planet (if not ourselves) it's worth it.

Posted by: Otto Herman | August 11, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Kathryn W:

It's not completely "baseless" once you listen to Rev. Wright.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"Otto" - I don't get why some people think that Obama is a racist when he is exactly half white, raised by white people to be a decent human being. At what point does that fact blur for you? If his father had been white and his mother black, and raised by black people to be a decent human being, what would the difference be? Nothing. The ridiculous statement that he "hates white people" is baseless. Do you truly believe he hated his mother and grandparents? This man can bring the country together if you would get over your prejudices about the color of his skin. Your ridiculous allegation about Obama being told what to do by "handlers" - I would rather have the country run by "the Kennedys" than the friends and industrial entrepreneurship of Dick Cheney and Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: Kathryn W | August 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

While I will support McCain, and I am a Pennsylvanian, I don't think Ridge is a great choice. He was a good governor, but I think there are better choices for VP.

As far as those that spew on about industrial-military complex - blah, blah, blah....I'd rather "choose" to spend money paying people to build something (like a tank, or otherwise that protects us) vs the liberal, entitlement programs (that aren't supported in the constitution). I know...I know...the bumper sticker that says "I'd like to see the military hold a bake sale for a B2 bomber" as read in a school employee parking lot. Thing is...I've got no problem paying someone big bucks to educate my child as long as they're willing to be accountable. Not this idea that they somehow deserve more money just because.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | August 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Geez, as a conservative I'm cringing lately when I hear that McCain considering Lieberman, Powell and other liberals/Clintonistas....I'd sure rather see Ridge than that, but come on! Rice? She's too sympathetic to Palestinians, and I still can't forgive her for pushing Israel to stop its battle against Hezbollah recently. They needed to win that, and she butted in and messed things up by rolling over that squish Ohlmert. I would rather see a totally pro-Israel, border control, economic conservative like Romney or Cantor. If McCain chooses Lieberman, all he's doing is proving that he's really a Democrat in Republican clothing. If we get stuck with Obama, it won't be conservative's fault, it'll be McCain's for valuing his stupid 'maverick' monicker more than the well being of this nation. What a mess.

Posted by: Mary | August 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Otto Herman:

Obama was elected in 2006 -- that's more than 150 days ago -- or, are you just counting the days he's actually shown up in Congress? If so, are you counting the days he showed up in the House chamber just for applause?

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Let these Obama-ites list the reasons for giving him their vote. Actually, there aren't any. Obama has no record of accomplishing anything, he's only been serving in Congress about 150 actual days, his associates back in Chicago were either sleazy criminals or America-hating clerics, his wife never previously felt "proud" of America, and he stutters and stammers whenever he's not reading from a previously prepared speech. This guy is what's referred to as an "empty suit". All platitudes and rhetoric, typical of the celebrity crowd, and without substance. If elected by his "fans", this guy would have to be TOLD what to do by his handlers, probably the Kennedy's. If you're looking for someone to lead the nation, yes, Obama can lead it right down the road to destruction!

Posted by: Otto Herman | August 11, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

If McCain picks Hillary Clinton, I would not vote for them either.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I think the only true viable VP for McCain would be to beg and plead for Rice to come on board. She would add all that's needed.

Go to:

for more information about the Democratic agenda.

Posted by: Camille Rodgers | August 11, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The alternative is gasp..Obama?

Give me more of the same over total disdain for white people.

Posted by: Hear what you are saying | August 11, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

If McCain picks Tom Ridge, I will not vote for them.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Ridge would make two neocon dim-wits in the Whitehouse!

Too dumb to lead? See:

Posted by: dumberthanbush | August 11, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if duct tape and plastic are as effective against a failing economy and an endless war as they are against chemical attacks...

Posted by: Grumpy McSame | August 11, 2008 4:56 PM

Don't forget about the cans of tuna under the bed!

Posted by: Caitlin | August 11, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

if meclain picks rommey for vp.he will be elected president this november otherwise he will

Posted by: walter hull | August 11, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sure hope that Senator McCain picks a running mate that HAS NOT CHEATED on his wife. Since McCain cheated, he's got to balance out his immorality, right.

See the "McCain Naked" video at:

Posted by: Michael J | August 11, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Tom Ridge is almost as ODD as John McCain.

Posted by: majorteddy | August 11, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

cheney is also good

Posted by: paul | August 11, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

tom ridge knows many secrets of 9/11...i remember his duct tape

Posted by: paul | August 11, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

IF this happens, I'm glad McCain thinks Ridge will help him - as a Pennsylvanian, I can tell you that's not going to be the case. Tom Ridge is good ole boy politics to the core, and would screw up the Vice Presidency as badly as he did Homeland Security.

Thanks John! You just gave my candidate Pennsylvania by a landslide!

Posted by: KRW | August 11, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain trying to lose the Presidency? Obviously by choosing Ridge, it's fair to speculate that he's trying to pick a VP on the basis of someone he can blame for losing the GE. What demographic can Tom Ridge possibly bring to the campaign that will have any beneficial effect on the GE?

It appears that McCain is more concerned with finding a "yes man" to run as VP, rather than a viable, functional replacement should the worst happen while he's in office.

Plain and simple, John McCain should withdraw from the race now and save what's left of the Republican party if all he can bring to the table is Ridge for VP.

Seriously, what idiot is running the McCain Campaign?

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | August 11, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

just what we need! a third generation card carrying member of the military industrial complex as president and a state cop as vice president. the only thing left is to change the name to the united police states of america to make it honest. on the bright side, i'm sure these two bureau rats will do good enough for government work.

Posted by: saint peter II | August 11, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Bad choice. Big zero as in homeland security. Won't win him PA. Not qualified to be president in case. Yawn-inducing, a problem McCain already has.

Posted by: Chicago1 | August 11, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Tom "Duct Tape" Ridge as VP? Love it!

Posted by: Marcus | August 11, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine the "Red light! Yellow light! Orange light!" attacks that would follow a Ridge nomination. That man manipulated Americans' fears with his color-coded terror alerts--and in fact probably went a long way toward winning Bush his re-election in 2004 with well-timed fearmongering. That will never be forgotten, and no doubt would be exploited mercilessly during the campaign. He's just another Bushie screwup.

Posted by: jonfromcali | August 11, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if duct tape and plastic are as effective against a failing economy and an endless war as they are against chemical attacks...

Posted by: Grumpy McSame | August 11, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Perfect! Another Bushie. Just what the Country needs. The only concern that these guys have is if Darth Vadar, oops I mean Dick Chaney, decides to go to war with Russia. Bomb, bomb, bomb everbody!

Posted by: Ronaldo11 | August 11, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

if you had the chance to pick a running mate and choose your own political platform...what would you do?

Posted by: tabrahams | August 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain's true history of his heroism!

Posted by: Natasha | August 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Tom Ridge for John McCain would be a ho hum choice. Tim Kaine would also be a ho hum choice for Barack Obama. Kaine gives Obama a boost in Virginia. Ridge does not help McCain much in Pennsylvania but has much more national security credentials than Kaine. Neither changes the dynamics of the race. If the candidates choose these or similar candidates then it is an indication that they are ready to run the race on their own merits instead of gambling with an exotic VP choice.

Posted by: danielhancock | August 11, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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