October 18th, 2008
04:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Rival consultant now working alongside McCain campaign

Warren Tompkins, standing, is a veteran GOP strategist.
Warren Tompkins, standing, is a veteran GOP strategist.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Warren Tompkins, the hard-hitting South Carolina Republican consultant who worked against John McCain during the state’s vicious primary battle in 2000, is now toiling in North Carolina alongside McCain’s campaign on behalf of the Republican National Committee, according to sources.

Tompkins has been working in the state for two weeks, participating in conference calls and traveling up from South Carolina for meetings, said one southern GOP operative.

A McCain campaign official said that Tompkins is volunteering for the campaign, doing so through the RNC, but that he has only been in the state for “a few days.”

The presidential race in North Carolina has tightened in recent weeks, and CNN has moved the reliably red state into the “toss-up” category. The state’s down-ballot Republican candidates - Senator Elizabeth Dole and gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory - are also in tough races.

“He is working for the RNC, so therefore coordinating with all the campaigns,” the operative said of Tompkins. “It’s the final few weeks of a campaign and you need people with experience, and frankly there are not many people in the southeast with near the experience that he has.”

Tompkins, known for hardball tactics, has long been accused of orchestrating a smear campaign against McCain in 2000, but he has never been formally linked to any of the attacks carried out against the Arizona senator. The Columbia-based strategist was a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s primary campaign in South Carolina last year.

The McCain official said Tompkins was just one of many Republicans coming on board to help the McCain campaign in its final weeks.

“We’re deploying hundreds of political operatives to the battleground states,” the official said.


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  1. Anonymous

    Everytime Obama talks about his Tax Plan, he says that he will give "95 % of WORKING Americans and WORKING families a tax cut." That means that you have to be WORKING to get a tax CUT and making OVER $250,000 a year (Not just HOPING to) to have your taxes raised under OBama's Plan. What part of this does the McCain campaign and JOE THE FAKER not understand?

    October 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Darryl Miller

    The Republican plan is Economic Fear Factor..

    Please Just stop it and seek the truth..

    We must pay our bills..

    October 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Warren

    Obama is a socialist and I am so happy it came out. Our US taxes and social program spending is sapping the life out of the economy. Add to that the policies of Frank and Dodd to force banks into unsound loans with the resultant debt crisis. And, next, socialized medicine! I used to be a Democrat but loathe the party. It is an elitist, special interest mongering group of socialistic radicals.

    October 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. banderson

    For someone who says he isn't George Bush he certainly seem to have a lot of former Bush officials working for him. If you are an Obama-Biden supporter please don't become complacent and make sure you and five of your friends come out and VOTE!!!!

    October 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Uche, TX

    This is to people calling CNN an Obama Supporter (especially Joe
    October 18th, 2008 5:06 pm ET). CNN has been very balance in their analysis of the election process. What would you say about FOXNEWS? They have vilified Obama in every conceiveable and preconceivable way. Let's be factual in our opinions.

    October 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    If you WORK and make UNDER $250,000, you get a Tax CUT. If you work and make OVER $250,000 (Hoping to make that much doesn't count "Joe The Faker") you get a Tax HIKE! What part of this do the Republicans not understand?

    October 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Independent in NC

    From what I've read, households who make over 112k will benefit more under McCain than Obama, so the 250k number everyone is touting really doesn't mean much. But since I make neither of those amounts and have always gotten a refund, it really doesn't affect me.

    I wouldn't necessarily call it done just yet. I see many more McCain signs in yards and on cars than I do Obama in my town. And I was very put off by Obama and Biden making fun of Joe the Plumber. Even if it was a hypothetical question, he is an American citizen and deserves respect. That is the first time I felt the "elitist" accusation that has been made so many times. Not for money or education, but a simple "you disagree with me, therefore you do not matter." Half this country is going to disgree with the President elect, is the message you are sending that you are going to publically mock those who disagree with you?

    October 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. did you notice..

    I don't know if its CNN's choice of pictures lately but Mccain looks like he is possessed or something. Almost like he literally did steal his soul and he has been taken over by a deamon presence. Seriously, look at his eyes and smile.

    October 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Obama's campaign "slow, steady, thoughtful, constructive", McCain's...

    SLEAZY.

    October 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Connie

    Hiring more of the Bush slimmers is not going to work . Anyone that treated my daughter as some of these guys treated McSeniles daughter back in 2000 I would not even spit on. John McSenile has no honor.
    Vote early, vote OBAMA.
    Connie from Indiana

    October 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Sammy

    This whole JOE the Plumber thing is very weird to me ....
    This isnt any joke or anything of the sort just concern. My father said the Viet Cong were very very cruel and I heard some horrible stories, and not only the ones we all hear about in the media and all ......
    Did really bad unspeakable things happen to him while he was a POW ?? Things never spoken of ? I know when certain things happen, that it has been known to affect prisoners and anyone in " those" situations......
    I hope and pray he has been thoroughly checked out mentally , I mean really, he has such Anger issues just under the surface ...You see it in his face all the time..Secrets and a lot of Anger ..He really scares me .. Its like he has a need to prove something .....

    October 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    This is the tool that put out the word that McCain's adopted daughter was his "black love child" back in 2000! Hey John, did you put your manhood into a blind trust for the election?

    October 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. vic

    My gosh people! voting for McCain and Palin is saying it's okay to be a hate monger, a race baiter, to laugh at community organizers and services, to call a US senator a traitor that pals around with terrorists, to lie and to cheat. To accuse senator Obama of unspeakable things, and to stir up their supporters to the point of shouts of kill him and bomb him, and to hand nooses on trees with Obamas name.

    Why does anyone condone this, and why are McCain and Palin getting away with it.

    October 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Kev

    McCain, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

    His behavior is looking eerily similar to McCarthy.

    October 18, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Here's my "S: word..... STUPID McCAIN LOSES DESPITE HIS FILTHY MUDSLINGING LIES

    October 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. David

    Do not underestimate the smooth talk of Obama. He will win no matter what. He is fooling the majority just ljke he is suppose to do. He is on a mission and he is leading the blind. Beware.

    October 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Gunar

    Do we really want someone who was held as a prisoner of war for 5 years and tortured many times to become the leader of a nation in crisis??? Colin Powell even said that he didnt think a person who underwent what John McCain has should be trusted to have his "finger on the trigger"... I second that notion

    October 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Terry Berg

    CNN is so biased. What will all you rich media mogals do when you have to give up half your money so Obama can "spread the wealth" to the lazy idiots who refuse to get a job? I read one post that said "better socialist than facist". What about capitalist? Most people that have money worked very hard for it. Why would we want to give it to those that are lazy and refuse to work. I can see the need for many social programs for those that cannot work due to physical or mental issues. But there are so many that take advantage of our social programs because it's easier than going out and getting a job.

    Please answer the question, why would I want to pay more taxes to provide free healthcare to those who don't want to earn their way through life?

    So there are those that try very hard, and work very hard and just don't make much money. I empathize with those people, and say they should not have to pay taxes (right now they don't pay any taxes). I even believe giving them handouts is a good thing (they already get handouts from the government).

    What else do we (those that earn a good living) have to do for the those that don't earn as much. Or even worse refuse to work because they can get more money from the socialist arm of the goverment.

    Do you all not see where this is going? Take a look at Venezuela? Would you vote for Hugo Chavez?

    Please people, get a grip. Obama is "Chavez in sheeps clothing".

    Thanks for listening.

    October 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Vic

    Perhaps the most serious reason to endorse John McCain is that he is against abortion, which can be defined no other way than taking a life. As a Catholic, I cannot imagine how Joe Biden struts around declaring his Catholic faith along with his belief in abortion! It would be interesting indeed to hear Joe the Mouth converse with those nuns of his childhood he boasts about and declaring his stand on taking the life of the unborn. This is just one among many of the arrogant stands he and Senator Obama embrace. I still believe Obama when he told Rick Warren that explaining the abortion issue was "above his paygrade." Well, does he or doesn't he believe in it?

    October 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. INDEPENDANT VET

    HEY YOU CHICAGO PUREACRATS , DOWN HERE IN MISSOURI , SOME OF US HAD TO LEAVE OUR PHONES OFF THE HOOKS, NEVER HEARD OF SO MANY PHONE CALLS WANTING MY ADDRESS TO MAIL ME A BALLOT , TO VOTE DEMOCRATIC . HERE IS SOME OF YOUR DAM PH. NO.S 866 336 7183 AN 208 327 1751 .

    SO JOE IF YOU ARE WITH McCAIN , DID YOU GET PAID FOR CLEANING UP OBAMA'S PLANE, CBS SAID IT HAD A BAD ODOR AWFULL ODOR . COULD OF BEEN LEFT OVER POT.

    LATEST OUT ON AYERS , HE IS BETTER KNOW AS SCHOLAR. AND THERE IS STILL MORE GHOST COMING OUT OF HIS CLOSET AND IT IS NOT HALLOWEEN . ACORN IS STILL DIGGING .

    QBAMA SAYS SIGN UP ALL THE ILLEAGALS , AND GIVE THEM DRIVERS LICENCE . REMEMBER 9/11 THOSE ALSO HAD DRIVERS LICENCE .

    NOW FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE TALK , THEY SAY IT IS THE END OF THE AERA FOR THE USA. WE ALLL KNOW HOLLYWOOD WANTS A BIG BIG MOVIE , AND IT MITE BE THERE LAST .

    TILL THEN LETS PUT AND END TO ALL THIS , AND GIVE THE MAVRICKS A HAND AND CLEAN UP THIS MESS THAT PELOSI AND CHICAGO POLITICS HAS CAUSED ,

    SEND OBAMA BACK TO THE DAILY MACHINE . BIG O PROBABLE DOES NOT WANT HIM NOW . WRIGHT REZKO

    October 18, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. McOut of Touch

    Yes, McNasty, keep digging the bottom of the barrel. How grimy can you get? Now the nastiness shows. You’re lending new meaning to dirty old man.

    October 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Cindy, CA

    There is an article in the LA Times today about a "GOP contractor tricking people into signing what they were led to believe was a petition for tougher penalties against child molesters. " The group is called YPM, and they use the bait and switch technique. Once they convince people to sign this petition, it in effect changes their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, and at times to absentee ballots, so that when they show up to vote, they are unable to do so. Others are receiving information in the mail stating that they are now Republicans. In order to vote Democrat, they must register all over again before the election. It is currently being investigated in several other states, including Arizona.

    ah shucks, golly gee Mr. McBush and Puppeting Palin, you Republicans are continually exhibiting a peculiar proclivity towards snakey abuse of power and ethics, finding ways to overlook laws, invading people's space, misleading them in serving your end, things that really bring into question your honesty, trustworthiness, and character.... the only consistency recognizable within their campaign and their party appears to be their flagrant disregard for the very platform upon which they claim to be running their campaign. The straight talk express has turned out to be a polluting cloud of rank disorder, scheming plots to win at all costs, attacking their opponent regardless of facts or truth, while avoiding the serious questions themselves.

    I'm voting for "That one" and his running mate.... both of whom I am proud to call President and Vice President.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. MARY,FLORIDA

    Thank you republican campaign dudes for picking Palin.Obama couldnt have done it with out her.

    October 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Carol

    They still haven't figured out that voters (with a brain) have no interest whatsoever in this crap. While they cling to negativity, lies and scare tactics as a "strategy", 100,000 people in St. Louis show up to hear Obama speak. Helllloooo... anybody in there?

    I'm an Obama supporter and happy as a clam that the McCain camp stupidly pursues the same tired old tactics - just adds to Obama's ever widening lead... Thanks!

    October 18, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Candid

    McCain is really a BIG HYPOCRITE.

    I get sick of him when I hear him mention Ted Kennedy (at the first debate) and Nancy Reagan (at the fundraising event in New York this Thursday). Why did not he mention Dick Cheney?

    He can fool other people, not me.

    October 18, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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