September 8th, 2009
10:34 AM ET
5 years ago

First on the Ticker: McCain told Schilling to run for Kennedy seat

McCain contacted Curt Schilling about running for Senate.
McCain contacted Curt Schilling about running for Senate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling started making noise last week about pursuing Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, he said he had been contacted by several people about running - but he declined to say by whom.

It turns out one of those people was John McCain.

McCain’s spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told CNN Tuesday that the former GOP presidential nominee – a friend of Kennedy’s – spoke to Schilling last week and encouraged him to seek the office.

McCain initiated the conversation.

Schilling endorsed McCain early in the presidential process in 2007 and campaigned for the Arizona senator in New Hampshire during the presidential race. He also campaigned with George W. Bush in 2004, the same year he helped the Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918.

Schilling has sounded like a politician in recent says, outlining his positions on several issues on his blog.

But the six-time All-Star has remained coy about whether or not he plans to take the leap, telling interviewers that the chances of a run remain slim. There’s also the question about whether Schilling could run as a Republican because he’s a registered independent.


Filed under: Curt Schilling • John McCain • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Don't need no stinkin' baseball player pretending to understand lawmaking. Period. McCain has judgement – BAD JUDGEMENT.

    September 8, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    wow another great political pick by McCain..... the man must be senile!

    September 8, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Sam's Nemesis

    Go Curt.............

    September 8, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He may have helped win a World Series for Boston, but a liberal he is not. I don't think he'll stand a chance of winning .

    September 8, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Nathan,

    Remember the laet time McCain picked someone to run. Does the name Palin ring a bell.

    September 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'd like to see Schilling run for McCain's senate seat.

    September 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Theresa

    And the story is?

    September 8, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Tinu

    Thats the problem, campaigned with GWB. Guilt by association.

    September 8, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Allison23

    McCain is a senseless loser. He also can pick a loser out of a crowd in a minute....Palin for example.

    September 8, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Stay away, please.

    September 8, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Republicans are the American Taliban

    And of course John McCain is such a good judge of character. He unleashed the Palin plague on America...

    September 8, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Rob

    Proving once again that McCain has really "lost his marbles".

    September 8, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. KMAN

    He better stick with baseball ... politically speaking he backs real losers and obviously he's not too bright! His athletic skills are apparent ... his intelligence and good judgement are not!

    September 8, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Mike S., New Orleans

    I'm afraid John McCain's judgment in the selection of potential candidates has already proven ill-fated. Two words: Sarah Palin.

    September 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. JILL

    McCain knows how to pick em huh? John McCain is a moron.

    September 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Paul from Phoenix

    If Al Franken can call himself Senator, why not Curt Schilling?

    September 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Florida Joe

    Another fine choice John........First Sarah now Chuck...........They do have a lot in common........Both have no Clue as to what the job requires........John, you really just shoot from the hip don't ya...

    September 8, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Lindie

    Anyone being endorced by MCCain should be vetting carefully, remember his last pick (Palin) I think McCain should hang it up, some of his last discissions during his campaign wasn't the smartest discissions in hs career........The republicans need to clean house and start over with new people new ideas....all their ranting and raving as of lately hasn't given anyone any solutions to any of the problems that are facing this country, all they give us is complaining about what the democrats are doing wrong, but they don't have any Right solutions. So get rid of your McCain, Palin, Huckabee, Romney, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and all those in the Congress that are doing absolutely nothing to right the wrongs of the last eight years of their leadership.....

    September 8, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. kgeukes Michigan

    Figures...first he picks a quitter to campaign with, now an ex-baseball player. What an idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sit down and shut up John!! Why don't you retire and live in one of your ...how many houses do you have??

    September 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    There’s also the question about whether Schilling could run as a Republican because he’s a registered independent.
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    Since so many of the Independents have come over to the Republican side since January, I'm surprised there is still that distinction.

    September 8, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Puff the Magic Dragon

    Another idiot move by John McCain. What makes him think a baseball player is qualified to be in the Senate? The same bozos who thought Sarah Palin was qualified to be VP. Enough said.

    John, its time. Go get your golf clubs.

    September 8, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Bostonian123

    Schilling, who claims to be an independent is nothing more than a republican in disguise...he doesn't have a chance in Massachusetts. He should move some place else...Just beat it. He not only supported McCain but he also supported Bush...don't let him forget that!!!

    September 8, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. terry gallagher

    What expereince does Schilling have other than being a right wing hack. He voted for Bush because of Cheney? Way to go McCain. Your true extremist views are showing.

    September 8, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. ran

    No way no how. Schilling lied about his steroid use and he will lie if elected. He is just another self-serving jerk.

    September 8, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. David

    I guess McCain has really lost his marbles. First Palin and now Schilling. I can't believe I used to believe the things McCain would say.

    September 8, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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