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  • What Trump and Cruz’s Clueless Muslim Rhetoric Will Cost America

    04/04/2016 6:34:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 1, 2016 | Tom Ridge
    he face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.” I was proud to be an American the day our president spoke those words. No, not our current president. That quote came from President George W. Bush exactly six days after the 9/11 attacks. At a time when many Americans were understandably concerned about radical Muslims doing further harm—with the visions of the Twin Towers collapsing and the Pentagon smoldering still fresh in their minds—President Bush chose that moment...
  • Ridge, former homeland security chief, endorses Kasich

    02/22/2016 10:00:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2016 11:20 AM EST
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich has won the endorsement of Tom Ridge, a former director of homeland security and Pennsylvania governor. Ridge had been supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president since early 2015 and joined him on the campaign trail in South Carolina. ...
  • Tom Ridge: 'I Can't Vote for Donald Trump'

    12/12/2015 9:08:39 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 128 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 11,2015 | Todd Beamon
    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said Friday that he would not support Donald Trump as Republican presidential nominee — and that "a real possibility" existed that he might not vote at all in next year's election if that is the case. "I think he is an embarrassment to the party," Ridge, who became the nation's first secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush in 2003, told Neil Cavuto on Fox News. "If he is the man who has the votes, then that's the way it will be." But when asked whether he would support the billionaire developer, Ridge...
  • Tom Ridge: Trump is an "embarrassment" to GOP, the country

    12/10/2015 5:27:05 AM PST · by Night Hides Not · 102 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/9/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday that Donald Trump is an "embarrassment" to the Republican Party and the country. At a Manchester, New Hampshire campaign event for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ridge dismissed Trump as a serious presidential contender. "I think Donald Trump is about celebrities, he's about publicity, he's not about bringing a serious mindset toward trying to address the wide range of security challenges in this country," he said. Ridge, who supports Bush for president, said he would never vote for Trump.
  • CNN’s Borger Squares Off Against Issa Over Giuliani ‘Hateful’ Remarks

    02/22/2015 10:41:38 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies ^ | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Gloria Borger was rebuked by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for the media’s obsession with Rudy Giuliani comments last week accusing President Obama of not loving America. Borger twice called the comments “hateful,” as the panel continued to refuse her prodding to attack America’s mayor. “I don’t think Rudy’s ever going to get the dust from Ground Zero out of his lungs,” Issa said. “He was there during the fall of those towers so for him to take personally a president...
  • Was Tom Ridge on the Missing Flight?

    03/19/2014 4:59:23 PM PDT · by woofer2425 · 32 replies
    I believe I heard on Fox News, soon after the FLT 370 was missing, that Tom Ridge the first Homeland Security Chairman was on the flight. I have heard nothing else about that. Either he really wasn't on the flight and the first report was a mistake, I just imagined I heard the report in the first place or he is/was on the flight and no one is saying anything. Did anyone else hear this bit of news?
  • Tom Ridge Pushes Back On Gay Issues In GOP With Plea For “Practical” Tolerance

    10/24/2013 12:53:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies ^ | October 23, 2013 | Chris Geidner
    WASHINGTON — As the federal government continues to face fallout from the shutdown that came to an end last week, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, the first Homeland Security secretary, is pointing the Republican Party in a different direction on Wednesday night. Speaking to the LGBT group, Log Cabin Republicans, at the group’s Spirit of Lincoln Dinner, Ridge told BuzzFeed he is bringing a message not just of inclusion on the group’s issues but that he plans to give a more broad address, urging the party to take a path that could be fairly characterized as the anti-Tea Party approach....
  • Gov. Tom Ridge: Pat Toomey had 'a lot of courage' on gun bill

    04/19/2013 12:40:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | April 18, 2013 | John L. Micek
    Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge believes the Obama White House can draw some useful lessons from Wednesday's defeat of a bill extending background checks on most firearms purchases. Ridge took a few minutes to chat Thursday about the lessons of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's rising national profile and where gun-control advocates go next after Wednesday's vote. Here's the transcript of the interview: Q: In the hours after the Boston Marathon attacks, there was a rush to judgment, both in the press and in social media, about the identity of the alleged...
  • Ridge Predicts Romney Win Pennsylvania (Obvious Ping Alert)

    11/01/2012 4:03:29 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 11/01/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Tom Ridge was on America's Newsroom today with Bill Hemmer. Hemmer said, “Is this a head fake, Romney spending all this money in Pennsylvania? You think they have a legitimate shot winning at Pennsylvania?” RIDGE: They've had a quiet ground game going on in Pennsylvania that nobody's noticed. We've had more contacts in 2012 than we did in 2004 and 2008 together. The base is really excited, and at the end of the day, Pennsylvanians are suffering from the past four years with a lack of leadership in the White House. HEMMER: You're saying now that you think Romney...
  • Tom Ridge to endorse Huntsman at St. Anselm [Hunstman surge begins, soon to hit 2% LOL]

    09/16/2011 7:45:31 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 153 replies
    NH Union Leader ^ | 16 Sep 2011
    Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman will announce the endorsement of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Gov. Tom Ridge Friday in an event at St. Anselm College in Goffstown. Ridge, a former governor of Pennsylvania, plans to attend a press conference with Huntsman at the college’s New Hampshire Institute for Politics. In a statement by the Huntsman campaign, Ridge said Thursday that Huntsman is “a serious, insightful leader.” Huntsman, 51, a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, said he’ll be counting on Ridge for help and counsel.
  • Switch to Pro-Abortion Governor Allowed Abortionist Horror

    01/21/2011 8:20:57 AM PST · by julieee · 25 replies ^ | January 21, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Switch to Pro-Abortion Governor Allowed Abortionist Horror The grand jury calls him a butcher of women. If the charges are proven correct, he is a butcher of baby girls and boys too, a poster boy for what Roe v Wade has wrought.
  • Ridge asks for leniency for man who assaulted toddler

    10/21/2009 9:05:46 PM PDT · by jaxon72 · 28 replies · 1,085+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette ^ | Wednesday, October 21, 2009
    ERIE, Pa. -- An Erie-area man will spend four to eight years in state prison for severely assaulting his ex-girlfriend's toddler despite a letter requesting leniency from ex-Gov. Tom Ridge. Mr. Ridge says in the letter that he is a neighbor of 21-year-old Matthew Lazenby, who lives with his parents in Millcreek Township. Mr. Ridge says in the letter that Mr. Lazenby is a "loving and nurturing father" despite his crime.
  • Stop hyperventilating: Terror alerts hurt Bush's approval ratings

    09/01/2009 8:09:39 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 9 replies · 826+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 2, 2009 | Editorial
    When looking at the poll data, it turns out that raising the alert levels never benefited Mr. Bush but may actually have hurt him. So we suggest a new conspiracy theory -- that Mr. Ridge stopped the country from going to orange alert to secure the re-election of Mr. Bush. As the current hyperventilating shows, some people will believe anything.
  • Tom Ridge flip-flops about raising terror alerts to help Bush win re-election in 2004

    09/01/2009 3:55:05 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 38 replies · 2,122+ views
    Gather ^ | 8/31/09 | Savo Heleta
    Tom Ridge, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, has written in his new book that he was pressured by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft to "raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004." He explains that "Bush's approval ratings typically went up when the threat level was raised, adding that Ashcroft and Rumsfeld pushed to elevate it during a vigorous discussion." After a number of former Bush administration officials called these claims "nonsense," Tom Ridge has decided to flip-flop on the issue, writes the USA Today. He now says that this...
  • AUDIO: Ridge On Pre-Election Terror Alert: "We Made The Right Decision"

    08/31/2009 6:48:50 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 6 replies · 362+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 31, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on raising the terror alert level before the 2004 election: "We made the right decision, we did not go up."
  • The Tom Ridge Non-Story

    08/22/2009 4:18:28 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 27 replies · 1,434+ views
    NRO ^ | August 21, 2009 | Reihan Salam
    I used to admire Tom Ridge. After reading Peter Baker in The New York Times, I have to say, I've lost a lot of respect for the man. By now you've probably heard about Ridge's allegation that he faced political pressure to change the Homeland Security Department's threat level in 2004. The most sensational assertion was the pre-election debate in 2004 about the threat level, first reported by U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Ridge writes that the bin Laden tape alone did not justify a change in the nation’s security posture but describes “a vigorous, some might say dramatic,...
  • Ridge Changes His Tune On Terror Alert Levels (Liar Alert)

    08/22/2009 9:33:07 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 77 replies · 6,400+ views
    Ridge Changes Tune On Terror Alert LevelsPITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1 Tom Ridge (File) Alex Wong/Getty Images Close numSlides of totalImages Former Pennsylvania Governor and Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge is calling out former colleagues in the Bush Administration, suggesting they tried to play politics with the terror alert level. The charge comes in a book due out next month. Ridge claims other members of the Cabinet pressured him to raise the terror alert level shortly before the 2004 Presidential election. He says Attorney General John Ashcroft and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pressed him to support increasing...
  • George W. Bush vets dismiss Tom Ridge claims

    08/20/2009 4:23:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies · 2,812+ views
    Bush vets dismiss Ridge claims By: Andy Barr August 20, 2009 06:53 PM EST Top officials from the George W. Bush White House are disputing claims in former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s coming book that they pressured him to adjust the terror threat level for political gain. “We went over backwards repeatedly and with great discipline to make sure politics did not influence any national security and homeland security decisions,” former White House chief of staff Andy Card told POLITICO. “The clear instructions were to make sure politics never influenced anything.” “I’m a little mystified,” former homeland security adviser...
  • Politicizing The Terror Alerts

    08/20/2009 12:08:14 PM PDT · by steve-b · 12 replies · 865+ views
    Politico ^ | 8/20/09 | Ben Smith
    Tom Ridge confirms a long-held suspicion among Bush critics, writing in his new autobiography that he "was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over."...
  • Ridge: I was urged to raise terror level for re-election

    08/20/2009 8:56:17 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 83 replies · 5,596+ views
    Ridge: I was urged to raise terror level for re-election @ 11:32 am by Eric Zimmermann Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was pressured to raise the terror threat level in the run-up to President Bush's re-election, the former cabinet secretary will claim in a new tell-all book. Titled "The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege…and How We Can Be Safe Again," the memoir is intended to rouse Americans from their complacency about security issues, Ridge says. To accomplish that goal, Ridge has included some stunning allegations about his time in the Bush administration. He almost considered resigning after being...
  • Tom Ridge Throws Down Gauntlet On Rush Limbaugh

    06/26/2009 1:43:15 PM PDT · by writer33 · 100 replies · 4,764+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 06/26/09 | Chris Davis
    Washington—Having had enough of Limbaugh’s criticism of Colin Powell, Tom Ridge laid down the gauntlet on Rush Limbaugh, and evicting him from the Republican Party. The event took place after the interview on CSPAN’s Washington Journal where Ridge took a strong stance, supporting Colin Powell and blaming Limbaugh and Dick Cheney for having “a mindset,” that doesn’t foster unity.
  • El Rushbo: Where Do General Powell and Governor Ridge Stand on Issues?

    05/26/2009 4:05:36 PM PDT · by pissant · 23 replies · 1,142+ views
    Golden EIB ^ | 5/26/09 | El Rushbo
    RUSH: Now, I've checked my e-mail at home since the Sunday shows. They had General Powell on Face the Nation Sunday. Tom Ridge was on CNN on Sunday morning. Tom Ridge, just for your information, Tom Ridge called this program in 2003 to detail for... I mean, he wanted to be on this program in 2003, Tom Ridge out there saying I'm too shrill and I need to dial it back and all these other things. But I need to ask the question: Who's really changed? I've been who I am for 20 years. When it comes to the core...
  • Ridge Noncommittal On White House Run In '12

    05/25/2009 4:01:36 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 57 replies · 1,256+ views
    WASHINGTON It was already known that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge has ruled out running against former Republican-turned Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter next year. But would Ridge consider making a White House bid in 2012? Ridge, a moderate Republican who was the nation's first homeland security chief, says he plans to work within the party so the GOP wins the presidency in 2012. "And we'll just leave it at that," he says. Ridge believes Republicans need to make some changes in their approach to be more successful. Asked in a broadcast interview whether he might want to accomplish those changes...
  • Tom Ridge On CNN, Rush Limbaugh "Shrill, Offends Very Many" (Video)

    05/24/2009 7:06:22 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 31 replies · 1,259+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 5/24/09 | talkradio03
    I didn't realize how much I don't like Tom Ridge until the last few interviews, he goes after Rush Limbaugh, then he's telling us what the Republican Party needs, but when asked if he'll support the GOP candidate, he can't commit to that yet...Invasion of the RINOs..
  • Powell, Ridge Hit Back at Conservatives (barf alert!)

    05/24/2009 5:10:27 PM PDT · by Baladas · 38 replies · 1,053+ views
    AP ^ | May 24, 2009 | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL,
    WASHINGTON (May 24) -- The conservative vs. moderate split threatening to rupture the Republican Party played out across the airwaves Sunday, with Colin Powell and Tom Ridge denouncing shrill and judgmental voices they say are steering the GOP too far right. Karl Rove challenged Powell to lay out his vision and "back it up" by helping elect Republicans. At stake is the GOP's status as a major party, Powell and Ridge suggested "I believe we should build on the base because the nation needs two parties, two parties debating each other. But what we have to do is debate and...
  • Republicans turn on Dick Cheney over Barack Obama attack

    05/23/2009 11:27:00 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 352 replies · 5,187+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 5/23/09 | Leonard Doyle
    n his audacious attack on a sitting president last week, Mr Cheney declared that America was less safe from terrorism after Mr Obama's decision to abandon violent interrogation methods and close Guantanamo. But once the cheering had died down on talk radio and cable television, discordant voices emerged from the Right to challenge Mr Cheney's defence of the Bush-era legacy. "Yeah, I disagree with Dick Cheney," said Tom Ridge, who was appointed by the Bush-Cheney administration to set up and run the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Mr Ridge spoke out...
  • Two Bush-era officials reject Cheney's security stance

    05/22/2009 8:57:01 PM PDT · by slag · 23 replies · 1,225+ views
    Yahoo (AFP) ^ | Fri May 22, 4:12 pm ET | by Dan De Luce Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two top Bush-era officials on Friday rejected ex-vice president Dick Cheney's scathing criticism of US President Barack Obama, saying the country's national security was not in jeopardy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served in the same post under former president George W. Bush, and Tom Ridge, the former head of homeland security, both voiced disagreement with Cheney a day after he attacked Obama's performance as the new commander-in-chief.
  • Keystone State (anti-Toomey pro-RINO column)

    05/08/2009 9:50:43 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 481+ views ^ | 5/8/09 | Rich Galen
    Let's review the bidding. Tom Ridge will not run for Senator from Pennsylvania. He has decided to pass up the chance to trample an ultra-conservative Republican in the primary and sneak past a former-moderate-Republican in the general election for Senate in 2010. Tom Ridge would have been the Senator from Pennsylvania, but he is smart to want to be the Senator from Pennsylvania. Arlen Specter has a pain-in-the, er, tush for nearly 30 years. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980 - the same year as Ronald Reagan was elected President and Dan Quayle was elected Senator...
  • GOP Suffers Blow as Ridge Passes on Race (ROFL)

    05/07/2009 2:56:45 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 26 replies · 996+ views
    The Republican Party suffered a major blow on Thursday when Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and Secretary of Homeland Security, announced that he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2010. “After careful consideration and many conversations with friends and family and the leadership of my party, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Senate," said Ridge in a written statement. Ridge's decision not to run is a boon to Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. The longtime moderate Republican senator switched parties on April 28 to avoid a tough GOP primary challenge from former Rep. Pat...
  • Ridge Refuses To Say He’d Vote For Toomey Over Dem Specter

    05/07/2009 2:48:33 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 778+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Tom Ridge: an Arlen Specter Republican? The former governor of Pennsylvania has refused to say that he’d vote for Republican Pat Toomey over Dem Arlen Specter should the two meet in the PA US Senate race. Ridge appeared on this afternoon’s Hardball. He began by announcing that he will not seek the GOP nomination for Senate. But at the end of the interview, when Chris Matthews asked about his preference between Toomey and Specter, Ridge played it coy. View video here.
  • Ridge says he won't run for U.S. Senate

    05/07/2009 9:58:51 AM PDT · by mak5 · 67 replies · 1,215+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 5/7/2009 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Tom Ridge announced today that he will not seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in next year's primary.
  • Choose Ridge

    05/06/2009 12:21:21 PM PDT · by yongin · 162 replies · 2,411+ views
    New Majority ^ | May 05, 2009 | John Avlon
    Tom Ridge running for the U.S. Senate is the best case scenario for Pennsylvania Republicans. Consider the facts: the man has never lost an election in the Keystone State. He developed a record as a proven fiscal conservative as Governor, holding government spending to at or below the rate of inflation and cutting taxes by over $2 billion, while squirreling away boom-time revenues for a $1 billion rainy-day fund. A much decorated Vietnam veteran and local prosecutor, he’s strong on national security and law and order - a profile he only added to as the first Director of Homeland Security...
  • Ridge Weighing Senate Bid (PA)

    05/04/2009 6:40:54 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 913+ views
    Roll Call ^ | May 2, 2009 | Shira Toeplitz
    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is considering running for the Republican Senate nomination in his home state, according to a senior Republican aide with knowledge of the situation. National and Keystone State Republicans have been publicly and privately urging Ridge to consider a Senate bid since Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) announced earlier this week that he was switching parties and would run for re-election as a Democrat in 2010. Specter said he switched parties because he could not win a primary against conservative former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who is popular with the party’s base but whom many national Republicans...
  • Ridge considering campaign against Specter

    05/03/2009 10:04:00 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 40 replies · 1,091+ views
    Politico ^ | Josh Kraushaar
    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is seriously considering a run for the Senate for the GOP nomination against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), according to Roll Call: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is considering running for the Republican Senate nomination in his home state, according to a senior Republican aide with knowledge of the situation. National and Keystone State Republicans have been publicly and privately urging Ridge to consider a Senate bid since Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) announced earlier this week that he was switching parties and would run for re-election as a Democrat in 2010. Specter said he switched parties...
  • Tom Ridge, no thanks

    04/29/2009 9:40:41 AM PDT · by bmweezer · 30 replies · 1,450+ views
    The ^ | April 29, 2009 | The GOPNation
    The chattering in Harrisburg, Pa. and increasingly in Washington, D.C. is this: Pat Toomey will not be able to win the PA senate seat being held by Arlen Specter, now that the race will be held in a general election and not in the Pa. GOP primary. As such, the name of Pennsylvania's former governor Tom Ridge has popped to the surface as the one candidate that can beat Arlen Specter. Think again. Pat Toomey versus Arlen Specter would be the classic Conservative vs. Liberal type of campaign that the GOP, now in the minority, needs to take in order...
  • Tom Ridge Predictions - Steelers will win and so will Mac. (Steelers are up by 17 and Mac is back)

    11/03/2008 8:10:05 PM PST · by jrooney · 15 replies · 1,002+ views
    11-03-08 | vanity
    Tom Ridge called two predictions today. He said Steelers would win, and they are going to (they are up 17 in the 4 QTR) and Mac would win. If the Steelers game is any indication of tomorrow's election, I will say Ridge is right. Mac will be our next POTUS.
  • Tom Ridge : Mark my words, if I were VP pick the Race would be different

    10/24/2008 10:21:39 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 102 replies · 2,511+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 24, 2008 | Brad Bumsted
    HARRISBURG -- Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said today that John McCain can't become president without carrying Pennsylvania and that the race would be different if McCain had chosen him as his running mate. "I think the dynamics would be different in Pennsylvania," Ridge said when asked if he should have been chosen to run as vice president over Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "I think we'd be foolish not to admit it publicly." read more at :
  • Race would be different if Ridge were VP pick, ex-gov says

    10/24/2008 10:18:53 AM PDT · by mak5 · 74 replies · 1,515+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 10/24/2008 | Brad Bumsted
    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said today that John McCain can't become president without carrying Pennsylvania and that the race would be different if McCain had chosen him as his running mate. "I think the dynamics would be different in Pennsylvania," Ridge said when asked if he should have been chosen to run as vice president over Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "I think we'd be foolish not to admit it publicly." Ridge, the campaign's national co-chairman, said McCain "had several good choices and I was one of them." He nonetheless defended the Palin selection, calling it a "typical, bold McCain-like...
  • Media spins Lieberman quote to humiliate Palin (Check out Palin solo NBC interview)

    10/24/2008 5:30:09 PM PDT · by · 26 replies · 1,194+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 10-22-08 | Hot air
    I was going to let it go when Politico did it but now NBC’s done it too, so let’s take a moment. The new narrative about fingerpointing within Team Maverick is starting to congeal and naturally Palin, given her unfavorables, is expected to be Scapegoat #1. Hence the media interest today in Tom Ridge hinting McCain would win Pennsylvania if he was VP, which is arguably true but overlooks the minor detail of how those red states McCain desperately needs to hold would have reacted to a pro-choice VP. Here’s the latest obvious attempt to advance the ball, distorting an...
  • John McCain Will Not Pick Pro-Abortion Running Mate, Rules Out Tom Ridge

    08/20/2008 8:52:03 AM PDT · by julieee · 53 replies · 195+ views ^ | August 19, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- John McCain has confirmed that he will not be picking a running mate who takes a pro-abortion position and has ruled out former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who media outlets promoted as a possibility McCain aides told Republican Party officials of the decision and they confirmed it to Fox News. The aides and officials indicated that McCain “got the message” from pro-life advocates that picking an abortion advocate like Ridge was non-negotiable and could cost him votes.
  • Wolf Rides to Ridge's Defense

    08/19/2008 2:29:41 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies · 132+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Wolf Blitzer for one apparently doesn't think Tom Ridge's pro-choice position should disqualify him as John McCain's VP pick. The former Pennsylvania congressman and governor was a guest on this afternoon's Situation Room, and Blitzer began by playing a clip of Rush Limbaugh urging McCain not to pick a pro-choice running mate, saying it would "obliterate all the progress that he experienced" at the Saddleback forum. Ridge surmised that "Rush and everybody else hopefully can see that there's a clear choice regardless of the vice-presidential candidate. A choice that says that John McCain is needed now as president of the...
  • Ridge: GOP would accept abortion-rights VP

    08/17/2008 8:37:51 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 107 replies · 524+ views
    This is an AP article. I did a search and didn't see it posted anywhere and I'm not sure if AP articles were still prohibited here. Anyway, Ridge believes Republicans will accept a pro-abortion VP.
  • Phyllis Schlafly: McCain Pro-Choice VP Pick 'Mistake'

    08/16/2008 7:52:07 AM PDT · by kellynla · 36 replies · 372+ views ^ | , August 14, 2008 | Phil Brennan
    Commenting on John McCain's remark that Tom Ridge's pro-choice position would not rule him out as a vice presidential running mate, conservative leader and strongly pro-lifer Phyllis Schlafly got straight to the point by bluntly telling Newsmax, "I think [McCain] would be making a mistake." In a Newsmax report, McCain was quoted by The Weekly Standard as saying, “I think that the pro-life position is one of the important aspects or fundamentals of the Republican Party. And also I feel that — and I’m not trying to equivocate here — that Americans want us to work together. You know, Tom...
  • I won't vote for Sen. McCain if he picks pro-abort running mate like Gov.Crist,et al

    08/15/2008 11:45:13 PM PDT · by Sun · 94 replies · 215+ views
    This can be a deciding factor in a close election, and it looks as if the election will be a very close horse race. Most voters know that Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge are pro-aborts, but they might not know about Florida's Gov. Charlie Crist. He is sneaky, calls himself pro-life, but is not. Awhile back the Florida House approved a bill to give women the option to see an ultrasound before having an abortion. I heard Laura Ingraham say that Gov. Charlie Crist did not support this in the past, but he might support it now, because he wants...
  • If John McCain Picks a Pro-Abortion Catholic Running Mate, He Will Lose

    08/15/2008 2:43:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 98 replies · 292+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/15/08 | Austin Ruse Note: Austin Ruse is president of the New York and Washington DC-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. These views are his alone and do not reflect the position of C-FAM. Ruse is also a member of the McCain Catholic Steering Committee and one of the first pro-life advocates to endorse McCain.If John McCain picks a pro-abortion running mate, he's likely to lose. If he picks a pro-abortion Catholic as his running mate, he will definitely lose. Right now McCain is skating on the thinnest of ice. At best, the election is tied. In many polls, he is 4-5...
  • McCain alarms base with abortion comment

    08/14/2008 8:54:39 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 248 replies · 937+ views
    Politico ^ | 8/14/2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Top social conservative leaders in key battleground states are urging John McCain not to pick a running mate who supports abortion rights, warning of dire consequences from a Republican base already unenthused about their nominee. McCain’s comments Wednesday to the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge’s pro-abortion rights views wouldn’t necessarily rule him out quickly found their way into the in-boxes of Christian conservatives. For those who have been anxiously awaiting McCain’s pick as a signal of his ideological intentions, there was deep concern that their worst fears about the Arizona senator may be realized. “It...
  • Veepstakes: McCain's Pro-Choice Trial Balloon?

    08/13/2008 5:01:41 PM PDT · by WilliamReading · 45 replies · 101+ views
    John McCain's admission to the Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes ("Shayes" to friends) that he would consider the possibility of choosing a pro-choice running mate is rightly seen as a trial balloon to gauge reaction among conservative base voters to such a move. "I think that the pro-life position is one of the important aspects or fundamentals of the Republican Party," McCain told Hayes. "And I also feel that -- and I'm not trying to equivocate here -- that Americans want us to work together. You know, [former Pennsylvania Governor] Tom Ridge is one of the great leaders and he happens...
  • McCain: Won't Rule Out Pro-choice Running Mate

    08/13/2008 4:48:04 PM PDT · by Bratch · 71 replies · 114+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/13/2008 | Stephen F. Hayes
    IN A WIDE-RANGING INTERVIEW aboard his campaign plane this morning, John McCain said that he is open to choosing a pro-choice running mate and named former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge as someone who merits serious consideration despite his support for abortion rights. McCain also criticized Barack Obama's presidential campaign for attempts to "politicize" the debate over Georgia and criticized President Bush for failing to recognize the true nature of Vladimir Putin. "I think that the pro-life position is one of the important aspects or fundamentals of the Republican Party," McCain said. "And I also feel that--and I'm not trying to...
  • McCain goes fishing

    08/11/2008 6:02:45 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 14 replies · 589+ views
    Ridge said he was proud of how McCain has handled the crisis unfolding in Georgia. ...“He has kept a cool head, taken calls from Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili -- and really behaved very presidential in his perspective of this crisis,” said Ridge as McCain shook hands with the crowd that gathered around him. “He has been to Georgia several times,” Ridge added. “He doesn’t need to look for it on a map.”
  • McCain campaigns with VP contender in battleground state

    08/11/2008 9:20:18 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 27 replies · 74+ views
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2008
    Sen. John McCain on Monday is campaigning through Pennsylvania with former governor and vice presidential contender Tom Ridge.