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