Speculation runs rampant on who Senator John McCain will pick as a running mate. Names like Pawlenty, Romney, Huckabee, Crist and others are bandied about.
McCain was queried directly by Hardball’s Chris Matthews about whether he would pick former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge. The forum was a town hall meeting at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, packed with students.
“Would you put a person on the ticket with you — like the former governor of this state who is very popular, Tom Ridge — even though he may disagree with you on the issue of Roe v. Wade and abortion rights?…..Would that stop him,” stated Matthews, salivating at what the response might be.
McCain responded: “I don’t know if it would stop him but it would be difficult………..I am saying it’s basically the respect and cherishing of the right of the unborn is one of the fundamental principles of my party and it’s a deeply held belief of mine.”
The student audience erupted with cheers when McCain strongly proclaimed his personal belief in the rights of the unborn.
So, who will McCain choose? Clearly, he understands by his “difficult” statement that he could lose a significant number of right-to-life voters if he chooses someone like Ridge. Although we don’t know what he will do, it was fantastic to hear McCain personalize his belief in the rights of the unborn.