December 3rd, 2007
03:52 PM ET
10 years ago

Schilling takes the mound for McCain

Will the Boston Red Sox ace help McCain with die-hard Sox fans in New Hampshire?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Pitcher Curt Schilling will hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire this week on behalf of Republican John McCain, the Boston Red Sox ace's first foray into the 2008 presidential race.

Schilling, who will appear alongside McCain Wednesday for a "Politics & Sports Town Hall" in Manchester, is no stranger to presidential politics. In 2004, he campaigned for President Bush against hometown Democratic Sen. John Kerry.

The Boston pitcher first announced he was supporting McCain back in January, and reaffirmed his commitment to the Arizona senator last month.

"I'm not voting party line any more," Schilling told Boston radio station WEEI. "I'm voting for the guy that I know is going to be the same person four years from now that he was when elected. I need to trust somebody because I don't agree with anybody's platform front to back.... I need somebody that I can trust to do right by the country and stick to their guns."

Meanwhile, the American League East rival New York Yankees have been opening their wallets for lifelong fan Rudy Giuliani – the former New York mayor has nabbed donations from several members of the organization, including owner George Steinbrenner and third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Tim, Atlanta GA

    Multi-millionaires backing republicans.... how surprising!

    December 3, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Betty,portsmouth,NH

    And that is real News. How low is CNN bending! Mccain is war monger and fear monger and nobody is voting for him.

    December 3, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Jessie Phoenix AZ

    Another Celebutard telling us who we should vote for. He Curt shut up and play the game.

    December 3, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Santosh

    The biggest multi-millionaires (Hollywood) all back Democrats so nothing wrong with the sports stars supporting Republicans.

    December 3, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Brennan

    who cares?

    December 3, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. bukky, Baltimore MD

    Is'nt anybody gonna say WHO CARES

    Also this douche campaign for Bush in his 2nd run... you didn't know he was a lying, blabbering idiot by then? Really? You're gonna blame it on voting the party line and not holding on to does tax cuts for you and your team mates. Shut up already

    December 3, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    Schilling always loved the far right wing, even when he was just a plain millionaire here in Philadelphia, before he became a multi-millionaire. I'm just surprised he's not backing Tancredo or someone more xenophobic but perhaps he's looking at a more realistic prospect.

    December 3, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. summus

    I thought Republicans hated these celebrity endorsements from "stars".

    December 3, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Bill, Commack, New York

    Wow – does anyone really giving a flying goose about who Curt Schilling endorses?

    December 3, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. S, Orlando, FL

    This clown also thought Bush was the best person for the job. Enough said.

    December 3, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Grace,boston,ma

    I remember schilling backing Bush and getting an invitation to the white house. Who care about schilling anymore leave alone Bush!

    December 3, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Alice, Seattle, WA

    "Multi-millionaires backing republicans…. how surprising!"


    You mean like Soros? Oh, I'm sorry, he's a BILLIONAIRE, isn't he?

    December 3, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Ryan Schiling, Pittsburgh, PA

    Tomorrow, even if Tiger Woods or Payton Manning endorses McCain, his days are numbered. When he stops supporting Bush's failed strategy on Iraq, he will then have some hope. Or else, he will be considered as Bush's poodle.

    December 3, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. yours truly

    I'm a moderate republican. McCain is one republican I can support. Huckabee might be another. Giuliani= makes Bill Clinton look like a choir boy – I will not spend the next year listening about how the republicans reviled Bill Clinton and then nominated Rudy Giuliani with all his personal troubles. Romney=flip-flop. Thompson=?

    I can't tolerate Clinton winning this. Republicans should consider learning about Obama and making sure he and not Hillary is the nominee. The reason is that the republican is probably not going to be president this time around. Please let's not let Clinton be the democratic nominee.

    I know Karl Rove is promising that if Clinton is the nominee, we will defeat her. I'm not willing to take that risk. Vote Obama in the democratic primary rather than in the republican primary.

    December 3, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. THOMAS BILLIS las vegas nv

    Curt Schilling looks healthy.I am sure they could use him over in Iraq as a grenade thrower.Easy to be for these war guys when you are making millions of dollars and work six mos. of the year.

    December 3, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Matt, Cleveland OH

    Santosh you just don't get it: Hollywood supports the right candidates and is therefore allowed to express their mindless drivel.

    (drips with sarcasm...)

    December 3, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. james,austin,tx

    Tim, Atlanta GA

    Is George Soros not rich enough for you, what about Oprah, does she have any money, cant remember? A liberal democrat crying about a surprising!

    December 3, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Curt never was very bright.

    But his bulb is getting dimmer and dimmer.

    December 3, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    One of the biggest bits of idiocy of political campaigns is paying any attention at all to the political views of various people solely because they're "famous." Is this baseball player noted for his expertise in economics? Foreign affairs? Defense? Anything else that makes his opinion more valuable than that of any other American?

    Do your own thinking, people! Support John McCain, or not, because you've gone to the effort of understanding, yourself, his views, not because someone you may have heard of says you should or should not.

    Make up your own minds, America! Think for yourselves!

    December 3, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Joe, Flagstaff, AZ

    ...and yet one more reason to hate the Red Sox.

    December 3, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |

    well hey he campaigned for bush against kerry. and bush did a bang up job right?? i wouldnt take his advice before i go to the voting booth but hey there are alot of followers out there....

    December 3, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. ed winter park fl

    don't let a couple of world series wins go to your head. 2championships in eighty four years doesn't qualify you for any thing .you were not so great before the red sox and new england is democratic territory, so you being a Mccain supporter won't do much for either.

    December 3, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Independent in IA

    So much for my support of the Red Sox....NOT.....Now we're going to ruin sports along with everything else.....

    December 3, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. RB, from the bay state

    Curt who? Oh yeah, that Curt.

    McCain will strike out, Schilling or not..............

    December 3, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Mimi, Newton MA

    Schilling's simply proving the long standing theory: a conservative / republican is either a moron, an evil, or both. Now, we could discuss which one of the three Schilling really is.... but who cares?

    December 3, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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