September 8th, 2009
10:34 AM ET
9 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. Cry me A River GOP

    If Schilling things he has a chance of winning that seat from Blue MASS. He has another thing comming– he's too conservative for the Bay State– he should stick to endorsing candadiates who much rather see our country destroyed then to try and destroy it himself– stay on the field Schilling or go coach little league!!

    September 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Leo

    McCain and Schilling are scum.

    September 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. New Day

    How many times do you think the "bloody sock" will appear in his campaign ads? *snickering*

    September 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So long as he is not being encouraged to run by the same people that foisted Sarah Pailin on McCain I'm good with that. Those people's judgment is suspect at best.

    September 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Mississippi Mike

    Might as well. If some bloated New England elitist could hold the seat for several decades then a man who rose to the top through hard work and skill should be a great replacement.

    September 8, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Schilling, a former Philadelphia Philly, shouldn't run unless he knows what the people of Mass. want out of the Senate. McCain shouldn't have said anything to Schilling. Let his family and the place where he lives make up his mind.

    September 8, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    Curt, Hands-down, you are one of the best pitchers!

    But to claim to be an independent who campaigned for Bush & McCain?

    You are either a dimwit, a closet right wingnut, or a hypocrite - kinda like those Boston child abusing priests who pontificated on religion & morality!

    MA deserves better than that!

    September 8, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. cgillette369

    who would listen to mccain?

    what would he know about anything?

    September 8, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Andrew

    Once again John McCain tries to put someone completely unqualified into federal office.

    September 8, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Rafael VA

    Run Curt run GOP needs you...

    September 8, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. A. Goodwin

    This just goes to show you how poorly McCain is at choosing the right people to serve! I'm a die-hard Red Sox fan, and I STILL wouldn't want Shilling to be the Senator for MA! First and foremost, because he has no experience WHATSOEVER at being an advocate for anyone! How does an overpaid baseball player who has never been in public service before (besides contributing financially to the McCain campaign) does someone like that feel that THEY are the ones who have ALL the right answers. Here, I'll give you a hint: ARROGANCE!!

    September 8, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Chipster

    . . . and McCain does such a great job of vetting his choices? I suppose he thinks we need more sport analogies.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    September 8, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. R in Maine

    Being recommended by John McCain is not a positive feature. Yes, Schilling was able to throw a baseball, but that does not make him smart, effective, or honorable. He is not smart enough to go out a winner. His run would be an insult to Kennedy.

    September 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. sharon

    if he is a friend of "w" ........................that puts a big ? on this.

    September 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Mary Jo Monroe

    Anybody but a Kennedy.

    September 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Ruty

    I do hope and pray the good people of Arizona vote McCain out next election. This man is nothing more that a sleezy trouble maker. Look at his past–it speaks for its self. A C and D student in school and the Academy. A sleezy adulter. I can think of nothing good about this man.

    September 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. demwit

    Those dirty republicans, monetary conservatism.., HA! What are they thinking.., eyes rolling..

    September 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Edward lawler

    Any state that continually elected and reelected Kennedy and Franks deserves some one with a good fastball and a bloody sock.

    September 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. bodie

    Just what we need......another Jesus Christie in the Senate.

    September 8, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. rayjacksonms

    Yeah and McCain thought Palin was a good idea too. Of course then he thought she wasn't. But now he does again. Senile or flip flopper?

    September 8, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. SNAPPA

    Oh good! Another no brain ignorant right winger who supported everything Bush did. Just what America needs...

    September 8, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Dorothy

    talk about a sore loser back stabber, friends like him sentor KENNEDY didn't need I just hope mass. people don't vote for a republican to take his seat it would be shamful off them after he has done.

    September 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Curt Schilling is a joke just like McCain is. I really don't think a Repubicans is going to win Kenney sit. Any body McCain endorse is a big joke like his selection of Sara Palin. McCain wants a six-time Rich All-Star to take the sit of Kenney is a big joke itself. This man have no idea about helping out poor people and we will make sure that we find out if he every donated to the poor or organization that help low income family in this country.

    September 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Jeff in Jersey

    Don't listen to Grandpa Munster Curt!

    September 8, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. aliousalam

    I would rather a Kennedy runs. Who's Mccain again?

    September 8, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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