McCain Won't Rule Out Pro-Choice VP

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 4:41 PM CDT
Tom Ridge, left, and GE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt listen as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain speaks during a town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – John McCain would consider a run for the White House with a pro-choice veep at his side, ABC News reports. When asked about Tom Ridge, McCain told the Weekly Standard that the former Homeland Security chief shouldn’t be “ruled out” for the No. 2 job because he supports abortion rights. Dem-turned-Independent Joe Lieberman, another McCain short-lister, is also pro-choice.

"I think that the pro-life position is one of the important fundamentals of the Republican Party," McCain said. "And I also feel that—and I'm not trying to equivocate here—that Americans want us to work together. Tom Ridge is one of the great leaders, and he happens to be pro-choice. And I don't think that that would necessarily rule Tom Ridge out."