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  • Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Ridge hospitalized in Texas

    11/16/2017 11:42:29 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies ^ | Nov. 16, 2017 | AP
    A spokesman says former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is in critical condition after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at a hospital in Austin, Texas. Ridge spokesman Steve Aaron says the 72-year-old Ridge, Pennsylvania's Republican governor from 1995 to 2001, was attending the Republican Governors Association conference when he called for help at his hotel about 7 a.m.
  • John Danforth, a Minister, Tops Bush's Veep List (2000 Flashback)

    10/19/2017 10:08:24 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 1 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | May 27, 2000 | Michael Duffy
    A vice president is never more important than at the instant of being chosen, because the choice tells you so much about the person who does the picking. When the doors are closed, George W. Bush doesn't have to listen to advice or stroke Republican egos; he can say what he pleases. John McCain? asked a friend. Gimme a break, said Bush. Ohio Congressman John Kasich, Bush argued, isn't ready for the job. Pro-choice Pennsylvanian Tom Ridge might cost him too many pro-life votes in states where a point or two will make the difference. And it has been clear...
  • Two DHS Secretaries Agree: Another Terrorist Attack is Going to Happen

    09/09/2016 7:58:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 9, 2016 | 10:18 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “How many terrorist attacks do you think we will suffer in the United States in the next year?” journalist and author Steven Brill asked the former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and current Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday. Ridge refused to “speculate” on a number, but he said terror attacks are inevitable: “Let’s reflect of our past 15 years. We’re safer now than we’ve ever been. There’s still gaps; let’s close the gaps and let’s accept it. And don’t ever, ever change what we do because we’re fearful of another attack. Because another attack is going to happen.” […] Current...
  • 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...