Skip to comments.RNC: McCain Won’t Choose Abortion-Supporting Running Mate
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 McCains 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 its a hard sell and I dont see much upside to Tom Ridge except for John McCain likes him a lot, National Review Editor Rich Lowry told Fox News Tuesday.
I dont think hes 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 theyre beginning to work up being excited about John McCain.
Conservative commentator David Limbaugh went even further Tuesday, labeling a McCain-Ridge ticket political suicide.
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Ah, my Sarah just moved up a notch or two.
If only he'd "get the message" about the problem we have in this country with crimmigrants.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gets the nationwide soccer mom vote, strong on drilling (the wedge issue), and heads Clinton off at the pass in 2012.
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?
Is that what you call it?
That’s what I’ve been waiting to hear. The presumed “leaks” from “those close to the source” are denied.
I think you may be on to something here. A complete lack of government experience may just be the ticket.
“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.
She likes me way better. So there.
She likes me way better. So there.”
If McCain is smart, we can ALL have Sarah...figuratively speaking of course. ;)
How about Lieberman? Where does he sit? How about Condi Rice?
Ah, a question in the midst of the daily McCain love fest. :D
thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife
or his ass
If McCain chose Walter Williams, I would risk serious injury running to vote for them. Alas, it ain’t going to happen...
According to Hannity, the domain name “McCain - Palin 08” has been purchased.
This is (possibly) very good news.
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.
so...McStupid can take a hint...
I find that remark sophomoric and offensive.
I’ve already decided not to send McCain money.
If he picks a pro-choice VP, he will lose my vote also.
No thanks. It sounds like some Cajun dish with beans and crawdad tails.
Easy. Ridge will announce that he is now pro-life.
“thou shall not covet thy neighbors wife”
Heh...then I’m in trouble. ;)
Hallelujah - Hallelujah!
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?
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.
It sure is looking that way.
“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.
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.
Are you kidding?We have enough liberals in the party without putting them on the ticket as well.
I believe Condi is Pro-Choice....
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.
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. Thats my commitment, thats 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!
That looks like a typical “homeschool” family...
and that’s a “hugh” compliment.
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?
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?
Sorry about my duplicate post. I ran a search and didn’t catch yours.
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. ;)
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.
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 !!
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.
“So theres no way hell pick her. ;)”
I believe that Juan is strongly hetero. So he just might. :0)