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Ridge: Race Would Be Different With Me

Although he defended McCain's choice of Palin as a running mate, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said his hometown state is vital to McCain's chances of winning and that things would be different were he on the ticket, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. McCain currently trails by 10.7 points in the RCP Average there, though Ridge said he's "not buying" that there is a double-digit margin. From the Tribune-Review article:

"I think the dynamics would be different in Pennsylvania," Ridge said when asked if he should have been chosen to run as vice president over Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "I think we'd be foolish not to admit it publicly."

Ridge, the campaign's national co-chairman, said McCain "had several good choices and I was one of them."

He nonetheless defended the Palin selection, calling it a "typical, bold McCain-like choice."

Asked if Palin has hurt the Republican ticket, Ridge said that perception might exist because "she's been hammered by the pundits."

A great piece by Politico's Charles Mahtesian illustrates McCain's need to carry the Keystone State if he is to win the presidency.