October 18th, 2008
04:48 PM ET
6 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.

Filed under: John McCain • North Carolina
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. Obama is going to spend your money for you

    You are too stupid to know how to spend your money–so Obama is going to take it away from you in the form of higher taxes and give it to crack heads sitting on street corners who refuse to work. Good idea huh?

    October 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    Obama may have a large amount of money for campaigning, but the RNC has huge somes of money. I was waiting for them to come out in force to help McCain.... and here they are.

    I hope that means the attempted voter fraud cry has not worked... now they are calling in the back up forces. Not just McCain is running scared now, it appears the entire Republican Party is running scared. And so they should.

    Americans are sick of what they have done to this country, our economy, and the horribly negative campaign that McCain/Palin have been running. Watch out now..... I am sure that it WILL NOT be pretty! I just pray that it is too little, too late! The RNC is not above stealing an election... THAT we have seen before!

    October 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Stefan Martin

    Eh no one can save this failed campaign full of lies and deception.


    October 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. CO

    Perhaps Tompkins can offer more than desperate smears and bigotry as a legacy for John McCain. Too late for Palin.

    October 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. JIMMY


    October 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. sam singleton

    John McCain has become a sad sad individual. I am retired from the U. S. Navy and every time I see one of his ads on t.v. or hear him and or his running mate at rallies I just want to throw up. How this man can dishonor himself in order to become president is just unbelievable. He has lost all sense of honor, duty, and self-respect. The half-truths and out and out lies he tells about Obama is indicative of the type of President he'd be. This nation already has two complete unadulaterated liars in the White House and the last thing we need is for more years of the same. I was a Republican for 30 years and now I just want to shoot myself. I'll never vote Republican again. If there is a god (and I believe there is one), Obama will become president of the U.S. and then maybe......just maybe.....we can dig ourselves out of the quandary Bush has placed u sin.

    October 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Tyree,LV-Independent For Obama

    Who Cares, He Is A GOP Strategists, Not Even News Worthy.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |

    so mccain is using the man that fabricated lies him in 2000 so that mccain can win the presidency in 2008. is this an example of country first?


    October 18, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Gretchen

    It will take more than this to change the outcome of the race.....

    But then I don't expect that McCain/Palin will get that – they don't seem to get anything else!

    October 18, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. s.positive

    He would not help the lose because Mcbush will lose and lose big. We the people, will make sure of that by Gods grace..

    October 18, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Erik

    This from the campaign that promised to avoid going negative, and from McCain, who denounced such practices in 2000 and in 2004. Sad, sad little man.

    October 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Jeff

    My Dad’s e-mail to CBS.

    Perhaps it’s time for our parents to tell a younger generation that a real resume of accomplishment and respect for a hero should be qualities that we look for in a leader, not ones to be laughed at and despised. ….. CBSMailbag@aol.com in case you saw the interview and had a similar opinion.

    Dear David:

    Longtime viewer, 1st time letter to you.

    Last night’s show was awful. Your leadup to introducing McCain was bad enough, but then you did the entire show on beating McCain up, you never stopped.

    Never have I witnessed such disrespect and hatred. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    If that's the best you can do, it's time to hang up your hat and retire.

    I vow to never watch your show again.

    I can't believe you did that.

    I have no problem with you supporting Obama and hope he makes a great President in spite of his iffy relationships with questionable individuals and lack of real accomplishments. I wish him well.

    But your attack on McCain was soooo vicious, so over the top, so hateful, there is just no place for it on TV or anywhere. I watched the whole show to see when you would let up, but you didn't. I know you wanted him to walk off the show and then you would have had more fodder for your shows and you could say he has a terrible temper. But he sat there and took it like a man, the abuse was pitiful.

    Shame on you.

    Let's see how you would do after being beaten up for 5 years in Hanoi...you're a grown up bully and used your show to show millions of viewers who you really are.

    Cary Leibowitz

    October 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. conny

    In my heart this WANT change anything CROOKS!


    October 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Obama is the REAL Change

    McCain JUST don't get it....................IF he wanted us HERE in NC to believe he isn't like BUSH, he wouldn't use the same slimmy and dirty people who sheared him, his campaign and his FAMILY JUST so BUSH could WIN in 2004.

    If you want to know why I (Posted by Joe Klein)—like so many others–held John McCain in such high regard for so long, it had a lot to do with David Ifshin. And if you want to know why my opinion of him has plummeted, it has something to do with William Ayers.

    Yes, McCain you ARE just like Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. ready for change

    we can't stand four more years of mccain bush ideas, if we ever get back to the powerful country that we all know and love, we have to vote OBAMA- BIDEN, AMERICA'S ONLY HOPE.

    October 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Marie Canada

    Desperate is as desperate does and McCain has lost all sense of any self respect if in fact he ever had any that wasn't simply a publicity stunt.

    The Republican Party is now known world wide as the scum of the earth and let's face it they have earned the title.

    October 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Joe

    Obama/CNN. CNN is pathetic. Your coice for president is clear. Why not try to be a news agency and present both sides instead of siding with Osama (oops... I meant Obama)

    October 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. sly

    Not wanting to sound cocky, me thinks he is there to plug holes in the fast sinking SS McPalin that is taking in so much water it might sink before Nov 4th.

    October 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |


    OH, I REMEMBER..."Landslide"!!!!!

    October 18, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Christian Democrat from Florida

    For years the Republican party has touted its high morals and Christian values. However that's all a total farce. There's nothing moral or Christian about what they are doing. NOTHING. There's nothing patriotic about what they're doing... It's truly disgusting. Who ever said the Rethugs were the moral majority or most patriotic anyway? I think they are seriously losing their minds!

    "Barack HUSSEIN Obama"
    "Obama Waffles"
    "Obama Bucks/Foodstamp"
    "Pals around with terrorists"
    "He doesn't see America the way we do..."

    A Christian Democrat from Florida

    October 18, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. mary magdalene

    vote for the smart guy!!!! obama/Biden!!! Is it me or does Elizabeth Dole look like Tammy Fay Baker?

    October 18, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Thefactsman

    When are they going to stop using the term "strategist" and call them what they are-mudslingers, liars, propagandists, or smear artists. To call them strategists gives their stinking role an air of legitimacy.

    October 18, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. jim

    Well you might as well put all the pigs on the same farm.

    October 18, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Eli

    The word is "smear"?

    October 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. HRFortney

    Love reading the comments on Communists News Network!

    October 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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