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. Diing in Washington

    Hiring the same people who viciously attacked his character in 2000, McCain has absolutely lost respect. I am sure he risks losing his honor, integrity, and the election. Pathetic.

    October 18, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. GLORY BURKE

    McCain is a diabolic liar. He disrespects himself and exhibited this when he snickered and lied at the last debate. Hiws running mate is lacking in sense and acts according to instructions. She is incapable of thinking independently. God help us! I hope that she goes back to Alaska on Novbember 05.

    October 18, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. La Von Hummel

    McCain is has so many experts, you would think after running for President would be second nature to him. He has done this before. he answers a lot of proplems with the commitee line. MY FRIENDS I WILL HIRE THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TO GATHER AND WORK TO FIND A SOLUTION TO OUR COUNTRYS TROUBLES. How much will it cost us too solve our proplemS if McCain palin win? He is a very good exsample of some one who is too wealthy. They never learn how to do it there selfs, when a screw fall out of the door McCain calls the best scewer inner in the world.

    October 18, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Independent for USA only

    I learned a lot of lessons from McCain's campaign:

    1. If you are an unlicensed plumber, you would have made much more than any licensed plumber.
    2. If you are worried about the tax over $250,000 annual income, just do not pay it like Joe the Plumber.
    3. There are two different kinds of people, one pro-America, the other not.

    October 18, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. AlaskanWannaB

    Where is McCain's INTEGRITY?

    October 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. JJ

    Poor John McCain, old with old consultants and old tactics that no one cares about anymore. He hasn't learned yet that this is a new generation and we don't want to hear this trash. He keeps losing more republicans like me because of his negativity.

    October 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. dave

    What I don't understand is why Christians in the states are not speaking up against McCain when he criticizes Obama for saying "spread the wealth". Isn't spreading the wealth part of being a Christian? Isn't that a WWJD thing??

    Seems hypocritical to call oneself a Christian, then not live up to it by following the republican ticket of promoting a "me-first" society, instead of looking out for those less fortunate than ourselves.

    October 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. minerva2005

    I see desperation in the McCain camp. Joe owes taxes, has no plumbers license,......so he's a small businessman.....I guess so,he doesn't own a business so you can't get any smaller than that. lol

    October 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. AlaskanWannaB

    P.S. I hope Obama wins, mainly to show the Republicans that smear tactics will no longer work. I cannot believe that grown people would do what they do to win an election. In other words, sell their souls. We have got to do better, folks! We have got to do better than this...

    October 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Cal

    You can't blame people for supporting Obama. They're sheep. They read newspapers and watch news channels who are all "nonpartisan" and they believe this crap. These Obama supporters think he's the messiah and can do no wrong. Frankly McCain verses Obama is a simple issue of worse or "worser". I can't believe anyone believes Obama or McCains economic plans. Like either of them have actually worked a day in their lives, come on people. Go Nadar, atleast he doesn't believe in this bailout scam and has the courage to stand up for it. The other two are just crooks. I don't like Obama, but if he gets elected I don't mind but I expect free health care, clean air and water, an end to global warming, polution, disease, hunger, and all wars to end, with all of us holding hands singing "we are the world". If he can do that I'll be a democrat for life, otherwise democrats are a bunch of liars and idiots.

    October 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. That Socialist One

    In an era of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, you are going to have to explain to most of the public what the hell is wrong with – gasp – Socialism. Every 'social' program we have – including public education – is financed by taxing those that can afford it and 'spreading the wealth around' in a way that ensures that all of us have a fair shake or something besides dog food to eat when we are old. Senator Obama is right when he says that you just don't get it. Frankly, you are so out of touch that I am expecting at any moment to hear the Domino Principal trotted out.

    October 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. chris

    Wow. I have no respect for McCain at all anymore. He's been mean spirited, dishonest, and weak all through this campaign. I can't see him being an effective President. We need a guy who sticks with his principles.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Margaret Anderson

    McCain run's with the worst of the worst.

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

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Juanito, Seattle

    For those who brush aside McCain's military service as "worthy of our respect, but doesn't qualify him to be president," I say, stuff it! As a U.S. Marine who saw more than my share of rough times in combat, I don't need your respect or your attempt to justify your choice for president. Yours were the kinds of people that spat on our troops when they returned from Vietnam and ignored them when they returned from other battlefronts. Vote for your Obama if you must, but don't tarnish the miltary's honor with cheap words. Your vote for Obama will be a slap in the face of every U.S. soldier who has fought, and is now fighting, against the enemy of the American way of life, and that includes communism/socialism that you're vote for Obama is. If you want a Hugo Chavez-type in the White House, keep thinking that way.

    October 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. CindyN--PA

    Next thing you will see is Palin dressed like the Klu Klux Klan~ shouting, "Liberals are not pro-American".... We should rid the parts of the country where Liberals and Democrats reside.

    October 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Soccer Mom

    Both McCain and Palin have shown their true colours. He runs around flailing in every direction. He has no direction and is extremely impulsive. You might say he does not sail a steady ship. Palin has done more to divide the country in her short 5 weeks than anybody around. She behaves in a disgusting manner. Either McCain had no choice but to choose Palin or he didn't think before he acted. Both are concerning. They have no morals and no concience.

    October 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Robert

    Hey "democrat":

    Change is what i'll have left in my pocket if I vote for Obama? I guess thats better than voting for McCain and having nothing but a letter of eviction or repossesion after jobs get shipped overseas, our economy tanks further.

    October 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Peter (CA)

    democrat (yeah, right)........Unless you are making a ton of money (and if you are, God bless you), you will not get taxed more. Where did you get these figures? Did Sean Hannity mail them to you?

    Look, anything is possible. Bush Sr. said "no new taxes" and then he had no choice but given where our budget is and where it looks to be going, it is more likely that a McCain tax plan will hurt you since he is going to get all of the non-millionaires. You know, the ones who have had the burden the last 8 years.

    My concern about Obama raising my taxes is tiny compared to my concern about McCain further bankrupting this country or (God forbid) McCain not making it through his term and Palin driving this country to extinction.

    October 18, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. joebloe

    !!!!!!!!!!!!THE ONLY POLL THAT COUNTS IS NOV 4!!!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!VOTE!!!

    !!!VOTE!!!

    !!!VOTE!!!

    !!!VOTE!!!

    !!!VOTE!!!

    !!!VOTE!!!

    October 18, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. Ork

    Wow, the guy with slogans like "honor" and "country first" is using the same guys who slimed him, and dragged his family through ugly rumors. Is winning everything to McCain, and you call yourself a Christrian?

    Shame on you for dragging Obama through the same disgusting mud. Remember karma is a b!tch!

    October 18, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. thomas

    The one who must always have more will find himself among the very poor.

    October 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Anita of georgia

    It,s over John McCain, thow in the towel, The moral of this story is to talk issues. Tell the truth, and remember together we stand divided we fall. Get out and vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama / Biden 08

    October 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. Michelle

    Who cares...Totally and Completely LOSERS! John McClown and his Puppet Palin are cowards, and desperate.

    October 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Rich from Pholly

    RNC = racists n' cowards

    Whatever credibility and self respect McCain had, he has given it up in this campaign. The choice of Sarah Palin to satisfy the right wing will prove toxic, Why tie that albatross around your own neck? The robo calls and working with the man who slimed him in 2000 is an abject endorsement of dirty politics and racism.

    October 18, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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