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. gl, From Pittsburgh

    I see the Repubicans party think working for Congress is a way to keep the poor people poorer and a way to keep the greedy CEO rich. I bet this man only deal with rich people.

    September 8, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Hopeful Optimist

    Why is it that Repubs always look for a 'vehicle', if you will, to carry their banner; you know, a recognizable name to promote their brand, as tho it were beer or cigarettes. Doesn't matter if they are qualified or hold any particular pedigree. Just so long as they are well known and recognizable.

    Here in Texas, the Repubs are always courting Roger Staubach and Nolan Ryan. Also Lance Armstrong, but I think they have figured out that they cannot control his thought processes, therefore his politics. Repubs DO understand that it's all about campaigning, advertising and name identification. Their problem is they don't know anything about GOVERNING.

    September 8, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Jim in San Jose 2

    Another carpet-bagging Republican in Congress. Maybe he will win since he led the "Roid Sox" to their first World Series ring in however many years... cuz, you know, he was the only Sox player on that team. Oh, wait, that's right... he looked at what team had the best chance of winning him a World Series, and picked that one! Schilling is just a loud-mouth bully with no loyalty to anyone or anything. I hope Mass shows him that they are smarter than him...

    September 8, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. chicago4obama

    Another Republican hot head from Alaska, education includes junior college and some obscure college in Arizona. What does this guy know about politics? He has had several run ins with teammates management and the media. He will be the perfect Republican when it come to not working across the aisle.

    September 8, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Oh my, what a quandry Bostonians have...their world series hero is a Conservative Republican! Imagine that. Curt Schilling has more integrity in his left pinky than the sum total of Ted Kennedy ever had.

    September 8, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Phil

    Let me get this straight... a man who only holds his position because he came from a privileged family of navy admirals (McCain) wants a man whose only "qualifications" are fame from playing baseball (Schiling) to run for a seat long held by a man who only had the position because his last name was Kennedy?

    Welcome to the world of politics.

    September 8, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    If Clinton could run for senator in NY, without having lived there, before, that should clearly demonstrate that anything is possible, in making someone eligible to run, in any race, anywhere.

    Being an independent, should be no barrier.

    September 8, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Ellid

    Schilling is a popular sports figure in Boston, but he has zero political experience and would be taking on a very experienced Democrat regardless of which one wins the general election. I can't understand why McCain would want him to run at all when there are a couple of state reps available, plus Andy Card and (until she took her name out of the running) former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.

    September 8, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Patty

    What qualifies this ex "baseball player" to run for the Senate seat in Massachusetts? John McCain can't care about this country if he chooses to support candidates who have nothing to offer.

    September 8, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. HC

    From the man who brought us Sarah Palin...

    September 8, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    McCain's insight into who would make a great political leader has been established with his choice of Sarah Palin as his VP choice.

    September 8, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Willow

    Oh lord, here we go again....another McCain pick....another Palin "from delusional to deranged thinker...."

    Being a sports jock does not make one qualified to participate in running goverment, especially when the government is suffering a massive 'GOP economic hangover' from the previous administration. The same administration that McCain voted "with" that led to the current disaster!!!

    Keep the underqualified and idiots out of Washington, and McCain shame on you for trying to get another underqualified into office!!!!

    September 8, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Moe, NY

    LOL...another bad decision by McCain. I sure am happy this man never made it to the White House.

    September 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Lynne

    So is he going to run as "Joe the Baseballer"?

    September 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. cmast

    Presumably, as a McCain supporter Schilling joined in criticism of then-candidate Obama's lack of experience to be president. Interesting how personal ambitions change that perspective. Toughing out a World Series game and opining on a blog does not come to close to qualifying someone to be one of the most powerful 100 people in Congress.

    September 8, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. K in VA

    Sounds almost as uncaring about the good of his country as his selection of a running mate.

    September 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Yeah, I'm sure Schilling really know alot about the issues. Oh, except what tax bracket he is in which I'm sure is the reason he is a republican in the first place.

    JL

    September 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. TRP

    Kurt Schilling is one of the biggest losers in America!

    September 8, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Beverly - NYC

    What's the matter Mccain, Joe the Plumber not available to take your call. What are Mr. Schilling's qualifications because wasting an endorsement on you last fall?

    September 8, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. BUTTACAVOLI

    Go for it, we need a real leader in the senate and i couldn't think of a better person. Let's get these Democrats out. we have given them enough rope and now there hanging themselves.

    September 8, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. B

    Beware of John McCains choices people.... The one that gave you the gift of Palin. Judgement has never been one of McCains strong points as we all witnessed in the campaign.

    He should have retired long ago along with the other senile old white men in Congress. Term limits is the answer.

    September 8, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. BUTTACAVOLI

    And look at this Idiot we have for a president, he has spent more money in 200 days than bush did in eight years. Boy i can't wait for the republicans to take there senate seats back and give NOBAMA nothing.

    September 8, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Dorothy

    Oh ya lets not forget he also pick What's her name as his running mate not a good choice.DAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. bill

    No Way

    September 8, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. BUTTACAVOLI

    I bet you all wish you voted differently now. you idiots get what you deserve. and don't forget, Democrats have been running congress for the last ten years now. this is why we are broke.

    September 8, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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