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Ridge: Pa. Voters Want New Ideas

The former governor offers an explanation for Gov. Romney's recent polling gains in the state.

Patch caught up with former Pa. Governor Tom Ridge (R) just before Tuesday night's debate at Hofstra University. We asked him why he thought Governor Romney has made recent gains in polls of the state's likely voters.

"I think [Pennsylvanians] see a President who is perhaps well-intentioned, but has kicked a lot of decisions down the road," said Ridge, who left the governor's office when he was tapped by then-President George W. Bush to lead the newly formed Department of Homeland Security in October 2001.

"We need new ideas, we need new leadership, we need a decisive problem-solver," Ridge said.

Watch the video for the rest of Ridge's comments.

sjdavis October 18, 2012 at 09:36 AM
The trouble with this election is this. We have a President who seems to be compassionate and serious about what he is doing is for the best and I agree he is trying hard to accomplish his goals, as far as Mitt Romoney goes he is a business tyrent who only knows one thing and that is to make money. You can't run a country as a business. There are to many variables to contend with and just making money doesn't make us a Superpower again. Obama might not have a perfect track record but he has a goal. To get america back on its feet, to make sure we All have health care, to get jobs and industry back into the United States of America. Use your gut people you know what to do and who to vote for. God Bless America. Because nobody else will.
louis kootsares October 19, 2012 at 03:10 PM
hopefully there are more smart,proud,energetic people who will vote out the worst inept president we ever had and many think is more of a disease to this country than cancer,but his fan base of the freeloaders,ignorant,andboo hoo liberals are as aware as the comatose
Mike Shortall Sr October 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Geez ... Just half the picture, what a surprise! Let's not forget that Romney's work through Bain also CREATED a lot of jobs and opportunities here. Which is why a lot of Bain-employed WOMEN are traveling the country in support of his candidacy (http://www.blogher.com/what-women-should-know-about-our-old-boss-mitt-romney). Always love the disingenuous "hiding" his profits off-shore, as if that's really the case or as if it's something "wrong". And just for arguments sake, let's compare the amount of charitable giving the Romneys have made - as shown on their tax returns - and compare that to the paltry amount donated by the Obamas in the years BEFORE they decided politics was a a good gig! WHen looking at a picture, make sure you have BOTH eyes open!
Mike Shortall Sr October 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Business "tyrent" is pretty funny. But let's take a look at this logic. It's supposed to be better to have someone trying to re-ignite an Economy who has had absolutely no success - or prioritization - for a struggling Economy now for the past four years?!? Instead, we should reject the only one of the two who has demonstrated his capability for making Economics work?!? Anyone, who really thinks that an Economically weak America is OK, is just kidding himself! Without a better Economy, we cannot put people back to work and we will not be able to afford healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, or anything else. Using our "guts" got us four years of Hope & Change but not much else. So use your BRAINS and vote for the one guy who has an idea how to get us out of this Economic Mess ... Mitt Romney!
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