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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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To: elizabetty

Ah, a question in the midst of the daily McCain love fest. :D


21 posted on 08/19/2008 12:40:43 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Slapshot68

thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife
(for heteros)
or his ass
(for homos)


22 posted on 08/19/2008 12:41:18 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: j_k_l

If McCain chose Walter Williams, I would risk serious injury running to vote for them. Alas, it ain’t going to happen...


23 posted on 08/19/2008 12:41:45 PM PDT by alarm rider (Peace! through superior fire power....)
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To: Slapshot68

According to Hannity, the domain name “McCain - Palin 08” has been purchased.

This is (possibly) very good news.


24 posted on 08/19/2008 12:41:56 PM PDT by Grunthor (When your only principle is winning, you value nothing.)
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To: Owl_Eagle
If only he'd "get the message" about the problem we have in this country with crimmigrants.

The truly sad thing about this issue is that it can be handled in a compassionate way without giving away the farm. And if President Bush had focused on border and immigration security while 9-11 was still in the rear view mirror, he could have achieved miracles.

Just as was the case in Iraq, nothing can be accomplished until security is established. While security is being established, a sensible system to handle immigrants can be created. Once we have control of our borders, then we can reform our immigration laws.

But security comes first.

25 posted on 08/19/2008 12:42:06 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A community in Chicago is missing an organizer.)
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To: Mr. K

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

I find that remark sophomoric and offensive.


26 posted on 08/19/2008 12:42:19 PM PDT by tbpiper (McCain is whitebread. Obama is toast.)
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To: LdSentinal

I’ve already decided not to send McCain money.

If he picks a pro-choice VP, he will lose my vote also.


27 posted on 08/19/2008 12:42:28 PM PDT by airborne (If ignorance is bliss, why are liberals such miserable jerks?)
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To: nikos1121
“How about Condi Rice?”

No thanks. It sounds like some Cajun dish with beans and crawdad tails.

28 posted on 08/19/2008 12:42:36 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: LdSentinal

Easy. Ridge will announce that he is now pro-life.


29 posted on 08/19/2008 12:43:05 PM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: MrB

“thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife”

Heh...then I’m in trouble. ;)


30 posted on 08/19/2008 12:43:24 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Norman Bates

HALLELUJAH!
HALLELUJAH!

Hallelujah - Hallelujah!
Ha-lle-e-lu-jah!!!!


31 posted on 08/19/2008 12:43:47 PM PDT by TitansAFC (In 2008, please vote GOP and show us that you love your country more than you hate John McCain)
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To: Slapshot68

I heard she’s in a bit of a scandal...something about using her powers to fire a state tropper who was her ex-brother in law. Anyone know what’s up?


32 posted on 08/19/2008 12:43:50 PM PDT by Santa Fe_Conservative (The RINOs think that they have won but we shall see who has the last laugh in '08...)
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To: LdSentinal

Is it just me, or does this make McCain a venal hypocrite?

There he was at Saddleback saying that life begins at conception while he was considering a pro-abort VP?

What am I missing?

Does he think that by alienating his base, he will mobilize the perfidious “middle” to his side?

I’ll vote for him, but I DON’T TRUST HIM.

Yes he was a hero, but that was a LONG TIME AGO.

I don’t think he’s the same man today.

As a man of convictions who really believed that life begins at conception, I could not choose a pro-abort VP for ANY reason.


33 posted on 08/19/2008 12:43:51 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Slapshot68
"Ah, my Sarah just moved up a notch or two."

It sure is looking that way.


34 posted on 08/19/2008 12:44:09 PM PDT by avacado
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To: elizabetty

“Why is John McCain even in the Republican Party?”

Because, despite his flawed positions, McCain is at the core a patriot. There is no room for patriots in the other party.


35 posted on 08/19/2008 12:44:54 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

My first reaction was that this was a bit of crap the left dug up because they fear her.

More information revealed that this guy was a piece of work - wife abuse, abuse of authority as a LEO, etc.


36 posted on 08/19/2008 12:45:36 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: nikos1121

Are you kidding?We have enough liberals in the party without putting them on the ticket as well.


37 posted on 08/19/2008 12:45:44 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
But security comes first.

Well thank God our borders aren't a security issue. [/sarc]
38 posted on 08/19/2008 12:45:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: nikos1121

I believe Condi is Pro-Choice....


39 posted on 08/19/2008 12:45:49 PM PDT by goodnesswins (IN GOD WE TRUST)
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To: LdSentinal

McCain got a message from me last week. He also got a message yesterday with a donation after his performance this past Saturday.

If McCain chooses a pro-choice VP after what he said so STRONGLY on Saturday night at the Saddleback Forum he just might lose in November.
McCain said:
“I have a 25-year pro life record in the Congress, in the Senate, and as president of the United States, I will be a pro life President and this presidency will have pro life policies. That’s my commitment, that’s my commitment to you.”

After that statement, a pro-life VP will most certainly flush down the drain any gains he made with very many conservatives. Why? Lack of trust....yet again!


40 posted on 08/19/2008 12:46:02 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: avacado

That looks like a typical “homeschool” family...

and that’s a “hugh” compliment.


41 posted on 08/19/2008 12:46:23 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: avacado

what’s the deal w/ Palin taxing the crap out of the oil co’s to drill in Alaska? Anyone have the skinny on that?


42 posted on 08/19/2008 12:46:26 PM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: Mr. K
so...McStupid can take a hint...

McCain has done incredibly well in what amounts to the first debate of the general election, his campaign commercials are among the wittiest and hardest-hitting in years, and he has obviously been making a sincere effort to appeal to the base.

When does he stop being "McStupid" to you people?

43 posted on 08/19/2008 12:46:27 PM PDT by JennysCool (A man who served his country well vs. a walking Che poster. Is it really that tough a choice?)
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To: LdSentinal

Sorry about my duplicate post. I ran a search and didn’t catch yours.


44 posted on 08/19/2008 12:46:29 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Grunthor

She’s a social and fiscal conservative, is for drilling, obviously female so she’d hopefully register with some former Hillary supporters.

She’s young, good looking for the camera and quite bright.

So there’s no way he’ll pick her. ;)


45 posted on 08/19/2008 12:46:38 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: MattinNJ
I don't know. Some of us “soccer moms” want somebody who can step into the presidency in the event something happens. Palin has only been governor for two years. What if something happens to McCain in the first month of his administration? Is Palin ready to take on the job, especially with the Russians’ saber ratting?
46 posted on 08/19/2008 12:47:21 PM PDT by keepitreal ("I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message. . . until I don't.")
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To: ex-snook

Ridge would be a really BIG SNOOZE.....can’t stand listening to him OR looking at him, either....glad he’s not on the short list for MANY reasons.


47 posted on 08/19/2008 12:47:32 PM PDT by goodnesswins (IN GOD WE TRUST)
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To: LdSentinal
The US-Mexico border before Duncan Hunter...

The US-Mexico border after Duncan Hunter...

If Hunter can get this done in California, imagine what he could do for the entire country!

Duncan Hunter would be an excellent choice for VP!!

And an excellent President in 2012!!!

!! McCAIN/HUNTER 2008 !!

48 posted on 08/19/2008 12:48:29 PM PDT by airborne (If ignorance is bliss, why are liberals such miserable jerks?)
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To: spacejunkie01
"what’s the deal w/ Palin taxing the crap out of the oil co’s to drill in Alaska? Anyone have the skinny on that?"

Yeah that is a bit troubling. It's not so much a tax as it is a "cut" in the deal. I think the rumor is that Alaksa takes 75% of the value of a barrel of oil. Don't take my word on it. I am not sure.

49 posted on 08/19/2008 12:49:46 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Slapshot68

“So there’s no way he’ll pick her. ;)”

I believe that Juan is strongly hetero. So he just might. :0)


50 posted on 08/19/2008 12:50:00 PM PDT by Grunthor (When your only principle is winning, you value nothing.)
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