CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- With less than two weeks left until the presidential election and John McCain trailing in Pennsylvania, longtime political ally and former governor Tom Ridge stopped in Chambersburg Friday to tell a crowd of about a hundred people to "get out and get people talking about this election."
When Ridge kicked off his gubernatorial campaign in 1994, McCain was by his side during an appearance in Chambersburg. Ridge stumped for McCain on Friday, stressing his economic message to those assembled in front of the Franklin County Courthouse.
"When you start dividing the country along economic lines, I don't think that's presidential," the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security said of Democratic nominee Barack Obama's proposals to raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000 per year. "I don't think that it appeals to the better angel of our nature."
"I think they want us to create wealth, not spread it," Ridge said later over a cup of hot chocolate at the Olympia Candy Kitchen, referring to a comment that Obama made about income redistribution to "Joe the Plumber" in Ohio. "How do you help the wage earner if you undermine the wage payer?"