October 18th, 2008
04:48 PM ET
3 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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soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. Nancy Moore

    These Republican ads go way beyond the pale! I have never seen such absolute dirty drivel in my life. The real worry is that there are so-called intelligent people who actually believe what they are saying and putting out. These so-called intelligent people are Emailing this rubbish to all their friends. The radio liars and RNC advertisers ought to feel absolutely ashamed, but they evidently do not. Their punishment would come if McCain was actually elected through their efforts. They would have to suffer along with the rest of us. It is frightening!

    October 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. alvino

    McCain has officially sold his soul to the devil.

    October 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Chris from STL

    There are no principles left for McCain ... he has sold his soul.
    Politics makes strange bed fellows.

    October 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter from UK

    Half McCains staff are people he has formerly denounced after they attacked him and his family in previous years/campaigns – it's not surprising he's taking on more like that and they deserve to be together – slimeballs.

    October 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. J.C.

    Can we just tax the same rate to everybody that makes beyond the state poverty level?

    October 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. vahe

    oooooooo dangggggggg crooks are back

    October 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Sarah

    Nice to see another loser swirling around the bowl with McCain. LOL!

    October 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Baileybee

    As soon as Obama gets in, I'm cancelling my health coverage. I want to go on welfare too.

    October 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. art200224

    Barack has no knowlegde of economics. Who in thier right mind would raise taxes on business in a time of economic downturn?

    No Knowledge, No Expierence, No real policy

    NOBAMA 08

    McCain_Palin 08

    October 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Thomas from Missouri

    At least he's not a known terrorist. LOL.

    October 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. democrat

    Obama is a socialist plain and simple.

    October 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. blaising

    Sounds like "too many cooks" stirring that putrid pot. Good luck with that, McKnucklehead.

    October 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Now McCAin has hired the same people " Warren Tompkins " who slandered McCain's name in 2000.
    Using fear at all costs and compromising ones own belief for power can be dangerous.
    Desperate people do desperate things.

    I thought
    Senator Joe McCarthy
    was dead!

    October 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. sacto joe

    McCain/Palin rallies are looking more and more
    like NAZI rallies.

    If Dems are SOCIALISTS, does that make
    Repubs FASCISTS???

    TAX FAIRNESS isn't the same as
    WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION!

    McCain/Palin campaign is a campaign of
    LIES and DISINFORMATION!

    October 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Christina

    This character is irrevalnt. I just voted for Barack-Biden!!!!!!!!

    October 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Western Voter

    Says it all...the old maverick Mccain has now changed so much that the trash talkers of the Bush 2000 are now comfortable with him. Maverick my ___. McCain has so little character that he would hire the folks who claimed he had fathered a black child out of wedlock!

    If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right Big John? That is not what will change America.

    McCain is Bush...Bush league!

    October 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Katt in FL

    As far as McCain's appearance on Letterman, I thought it was great. Sorry that some were offended, but McCain "screwed up" and was caught up in his lies, something he should be used to by now. Letterman just called him on the lies, if he can't stand the heat.....
    I give McCain high marks for his service to our Country, but that alone does not qualify him to be our President. He has shown utter disregard for "'Country First" by selecting Palin as a running-mate, his hate-filled campaign and in many other choices that he has made this time around.

    October 18, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. tonybama, grahamsville, ny

    What is it about Obama that makes people hate him so that they are willing to sell their souls. Hillary did it and now so is McCain?

    Could it be that some Americans are clinging to their prejudices?

    October 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. When a hero sells his soul

    The entire country lost a great hero this year.

    October 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Obama is the REAL Change

    REPUGS and more LIES..............................................................OBAMA'S answer to today's financial crisis..."SPREAD THE WEALTH"………… ya Betcha ……….....Obama isn’t trying to spread the wealth, he will work so that ALL people have a CHANCE to work toward WEALTH….dah!!!!!!!!! Stop the HATE with LIES…..REPUBS!!!!!

    Cindy McCain $4.2 million in total income in 2007 and paid $1.1 million in taxes….and THOUSAND of employee’s that worked for years at her COMPANY lose their jobs to cut spending COST…

    EIGHT IS ENOUGH, YOU and YOUR RIch GOOD OLD buddies don't FOOL us MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. peggy from pa

    It is truly hard for me to believe that all you people are believing that O'bama is going to save you and life is going to be perfect if O'bama becomes President. O'bama has a lot of experience in campaigning but not much else.

    The question is do you want an inexperienced president who knows how to say the word "present" instead of having the nerve to stand up and vote or do you want a president that will vote and stand behind his positions. I think the later which means on Tuesday November 4th you should vote for John McCain.

    October 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Sam

    No one takes credit for the smear campaign against McCain in South Carolina in 2000. It just happened by itself. Spontaneous smear!

    October 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Patty

    Mccain is not the man he was in 2000. He's sunken to the lowest of levels. Slime pals around with slime. This shows McCain and Palin's true lack of integrity.

    October 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Jim Hall

    WELL I GUESS THAT THE GOP (GAY OLD PARTY) HAS TO SEND IN SOMEONE. TO DO THE OLD MANS WORK FOR HIM. BEING HE CANNOT HANDLE A COMPUTER OR DO MULTIPLE TASK. GOD WHAT A PATHETIC PERSON AND WHATEVER HE HAS AS A RUNNING MATE. WE ARE REPUBLICANS THAT NEVER VOTED FOR THE VILLAGE IDIOT THAT IS IN OFFICE NOW AND SURELY WILL NOT VOTE FOR THE VILLAGE IDIOT OR HIS HALF BAKED (AS THE EUROPEANS CALL WHATEVER IT IS) THAT IS RUNNING WITH HIM. WOW 100,000 PLUS SHOW UP IN ST LOUIS FOR OBAMA AND HE IS IN KANSAS CITY MISSOURI THIS EVENING FOR A RALLEY AND THE AREA IS THE LIBERTY MEMORIAL MALL WHICH WILL HOLD ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF PEOPLE AND THAT MANY WILL TURN UP. YOU KNOW WHAT IS NICE ABOUT AN OBAMA RALLEY IS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY TO SEE HIM IT IS FR----EE COMPARED TO MCSHAMES RALLEYS WHICH CHARGE $100.00 PER PERSON TO SEE HIM. IT IS PATHETIC WHEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE PEOPLE PAY TO SEE YOU AT A CAMPAIGN RALLEY. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THAT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY BUT ALONG COMES MCSHAME SO WHAT DO YOU EXPECTJIM HALL KANSAS CITY MISSOURI. OBAMA BIDEN 2008

    October 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Florida Female for McCain

    It is time we all quit complaining and doing a little research ourselves since the media is not into investigative reporting.
    What did we give China for collateral when they had to loan us money? Do you really believe 2% of all mortgages have bankrupt our country? Do you really believe we are in a WORLD WIDE credit crisis due to US housing? Do you really believe that these foreclosures are all subprime loans, owner occupied and poor pitful home owner? OR COULD THERE BE SOMETHING BIGGER THAN BUSH- MCCAIN & OBAMA combined???????

    We do not need to have the government pay for anything else......
    We need a fair tax program and the we need unemployment to skyrocket for lobbyist. I am voting for McCain because he has a record of ending earmarks and he is more of an independent than a republican AND HE DOES NOT SLAUGHTER any voter for questioning his proposed policy changes.

    October 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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