McCain, VP Hopeful Ridge Campaign in Pa.

Indepedent/Dem mayor expected to endorse Mac today
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2008 5:20 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., second from right, has dinner with former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and family at the Smugglers Warf, Aug. 10, 2008, in Erie, Pa.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Republican vice presidential hopeful Tom Ridge is campaigning with John McCain in Pennsylvania today, CNN reports. McCain and ex-Pennsylvania governor Ridge started the day meeting with employees at a GE plant. Asked what he would do on first taking office, McCain replied, “Call Tom Ridge to Washington from whatever vacation he is taking and get him to work."

McCain called on NATO to intervene in the Russia-Georgia conflict, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s campaign released a new attack ad playing off the McCain campaign’s “celebrity” charge. Linking the Arizona senator to President Bush, the ad charges that McCain has been "Washington's biggest celebrity" for years, and that "as Washington embraced him, John McCain hugged right back."