Tom Ridge On GOP: "We're Too Doggone Shrill" (VIDEO)

06/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge went on MSNBC's "Hardball" Thursday evening to discuss his decision not to run for the Senate in 2010. He refused to say whether he would vote for the likely Republican nominee, Pat Toomey, against Arlen Specter.

"It's called secret ballot," Ridge said.

Ridge, a pro-choice moderate like Specter, had some criticism for his party. "We have to reshape our message, reduce the decibel level -- we're too doggone shrill -- and be less judgmental about the people in the party that may disagree with us." He reiterated the point later: "Our message became shrill. We became very divided over these social issues, and at some point in time, we'll have to be a lot less judgmental."