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RNC: McCain Won’t Choose Abortion-Supporting Running Mate
FOXNEWS.com ^ | 8/19/08

Posted on 08/19/2008 12:31:41 PM PDT by LdSentinal

As speculation grows around who John McCain will select as his vice presidential running mate next week, Republican National Committee officials said Tuesday that McCain is no longer considering former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

Several sources at the RNC told FOX News that in the last 36 hours, senior McCain advisers and aides have told RNC officials that McCain “got the message” last week that choosing a running mate who supports abortion rights would not be helpful.

GOP pundits had been vocal in urging the presumptive presidential nominee not to pick a running mate who supports abortion rights. Ridge, the first homeland security secretary, was said to be on McCain’s short list, and the only candidate who explicitly supports abortion rights.

The National Review reported Monday that the McCain campaign has been calling key state Republican officials around the country in recent days to weigh the consequences of picking a candidate who backs abortion rights. The conservative magazine interpreted that as a sign that the McCain campaign is seriously considering Ridge or another abortion rights defender.

“I think it’s a hard sell and I don’t see much upside to Tom Ridge except for John McCain likes him a lot,” National Review Editor Rich Lowry told Fox News Tuesday.

“I don’t think he’s going to be a big benefit in Pennsylvania and even if he is, I think the downside is the rest of the country among conservatives are going to be upset about this, just at the moment they’re beginning to work up being excited about John McCain. ”

Conservative commentator David Limbaugh went even further Tuesday, labeling a McCain-Ridge ticket “political suicide.”

(Excerpt) Read more at elections.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; mccain; prolifevote; rnc
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1 posted on 08/19/2008 12:31:42 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

Ah, my Sarah just moved up a notch or two.


2 posted on 08/19/2008 12:32:41 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: LdSentinal
senior McCain advisers and aides have told RNC officials that McCain “got the message” last week that choosing a running mate who supports abortion rights would not be helpful.

If only he'd "get the message" about the problem we have in this country with crimmigrants.

3 posted on 08/19/2008 12:33:30 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: LdSentinal; LadyNavyVet; GOPGuide; Norman Bates; MeanWestTexan; tobyhill; SoConPubbie; fantom
MEGA BUMP!!!!!!!
4 posted on 08/19/2008 12:34:18 PM PDT by SolidWood (God Bless Georgia and grant them victory over Russia!)
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To: Norman Bates

Ping!


5 posted on 08/19/2008 12:34:30 PM PDT by PJBankard (Americans love a winner, and will not tolerate a loser. -Gen. George Patton)
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To: LdSentinal

so...McStupid can take a hint...

How about we hint WALTER WILLIAMS for VP

I know - no Gov. experience... but IMAGINE IT!!!!

OMG THE BRILLIANCE OF THE DEBATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


6 posted on 08/19/2008 12:34:48 PM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: LdSentinal
Conservative commentator David Limbaugh went even further Tuesday, labeling a McCain-Ridge ticket “political suicide.”

Indeed.

7 posted on 08/19/2008 12:35:47 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A community in Chicago is missing an organizer.)
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To: Slapshot68
Agreed-Palin| Palin| Palin|

Gets the nationwide soccer mom vote, strong on drilling (the wedge issue), and heads Clinton off at the pass in 2012.

8 posted on 08/19/2008 12:36:17 PM PDT by MattinNJ (I would really, really love to depose Obama.)
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To: LdSentinal
Thank goodness.
9 posted on 08/19/2008 12:36:27 PM PDT by Glenmerle
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To: Slapshot68

It would be good to have a VP who it didn’t hurt to look at.

Obama shows up at Saddleback and the VFW, McCain “considers” a pro-choice running mate. Are we all being played?


10 posted on 08/19/2008 12:36:28 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: Slapshot68
my Sarah just moved up a notch or two

Is that what you call it?

11 posted on 08/19/2008 12:37:43 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: LdSentinal

That’s what I’ve been waiting to hear. The presumed “leaks” from “those close to the source” are denied.


12 posted on 08/19/2008 12:37:52 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: Mr. K

I think you may be on to something here. A complete lack of government experience may just be the ticket.


13 posted on 08/19/2008 12:37:53 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: LdSentinal

“As speculation grows around who John McCain will select as his vice presidential running mate next week, Republican National Committee officials said Tuesday that McCain is no longer considering former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.”

That doesn’t mean that he won’t pick a different pro-abort. Doesn’t mean that he will either. All we can do is wait.


14 posted on 08/19/2008 12:38:02 PM PDT by Grunthor (When your only principle is winning, you value nothing.)
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To: Slapshot68
Ah, my Sarah just moved up a notch or two.

Your Sarah?

She likes me way better. So there.

15 posted on 08/19/2008 12:38:02 PM PDT by TonyInOhio ("I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions." BHO)
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To: Mr. K
How about we hint WALTER WILLIAMS for VP

Gurantee that Walter does the State of the Unions and I will tattoo McCain/Williams on my forehead.
16 posted on 08/19/2008 12:38:27 PM PDT by j_k_l
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To: LdSentinal
This means the MSM is trying to ruffle Conservative feathers by floating the idea. Once again they're trying to pick our candidates.
17 posted on 08/19/2008 12:38:27 PM PDT by tobyhill (fraud -noun;(1)deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, (2) Obama)
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To: LdSentinal
Why is John McCain even in the Republican Party?


18 posted on 08/19/2008 12:38:42 PM PDT by elizabetty (Voting for McCain is like deciding to cut off your leg because it is stuck in a bear trap.)
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To: TonyInOhio

“Your Sarah?

She likes me way better. So there.”

If McCain is smart, we can ALL have Sarah...figuratively speaking of course. ;)


19 posted on 08/19/2008 12:39:39 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: TonyInOhio

How about Lieberman? Where does he sit? How about Condi Rice?


20 posted on 08/19/2008 12:39:42 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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