December 1st, 2009
12:30 PM ET
9 months ago

Democratic Senate hopeful takes hard line on Obama agenda

Democrat Chad McGowan is hoping to unseat Republican Jim DeMint next year.
Democrat Chad McGowan is hoping to unseat Republican Jim DeMint next year.

(CNN) – The Democrat who wants to be South Carolina's next United States Senator might not see eye to eye with President Obama if he's elected next November.

In fact, Chad McGowan - a Rock Hill trial attorney who national Democrats see as their best hope to unseat conservative Republican Jim DeMint - appears to oppose the bulk of the White House's economic agenda, including the stimulus package and "a government takeover of healthcare."

McGowan's campaign outlined those stands Tuesday in a statement disputing the DeMint team's claim, made Monday, that McGowan supports Democratic health care reform legislation in Washington.

"DeMint's folks get their facts from the same place they've gotten their imaginary economic figures," McGowan spokesman Tyler Jones said in an e-mail to CNN. "The accusation that Chad McGowan has endorsed President Obama's health care plan is blatantly false. And Chad is on the record opposing the stimulus, opposing the bailouts, and opposing a government takeover of healthcare.

"This is the second time in as many months DeMint and his folks have outright fabricated Chad's positions," Jones continued. "Those games may work in Washington, but they won't work here in South Carolina. Instead of making up positions, Chad will continue to present real ideas to fix our economy, create jobs and help South Carolina's hard working middle class families."

That McGowan might not march in lockstep with other Democrats in Washington isn't exactly a surprise: He told CNN in October that he was once registered as a Republican and voted for Lindsey Graham in last year's Senate election. McGowan also called himself "a gun person."


Filed under: Chad McGowan • Jim DeMint • South Carolina
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Allen

    You can't register by party in South Carolina, so there's no way he could register as a Republican. Also, the Democrat nominee against Graham was a Ron Paul, pro-life Democrat. Lots of Democrats voted for Graham over Flat-Top Bob.

    December 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. rob

    Sounds like this is what you Dems can expect from the elections in 2010. Just like 2006, they will all run like republicans but Govern like Pelosi and Reed. The people won't fall for it agian because the evidence is in. We know what they want to do to this country and we don't like it.

    We know what "Hope and Change" means and the Dem candidates know they can't win on it.

    Nov. 2010 can't come fast enough..

    December 1, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Me

    The Democratic Scozzafava. Weird feeling with the shoe on the other foot, isn't it Democrats?

    December 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. C Street is a Cult

    Well, Chad, since health insurance reform doesn't represent "a government takeover of healthcare", then you SHOULD be able to support it! What is in the water in SC???!!!!

    December 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Grandsons2

    I would like to ask Mr. McGowan if he intends to be the Senator from South Carolina who represents ONLY the "hard working Middle class families" or would he like to take a novel approach in South Carolina and represent ALL of his future constituents??? You know the wealthy, the poor, the homeless, the unemployed, the handicapped, the one's without hope or very little hope! or is he only seeking office to help the "hard working Middle class families". Does he know there are hard working POOR families in his state? Does he know there are some children in schools without books, running water, heat....you know, necessities to achieve a good education so they too can become a part of the "hard working Middle class"...REALLY! South Carolina get a clue and get a candidate that looks out for the ENTIRE state...not just political rhetoric. Mr. McGowan is just another POLITICIAN. He can't wait to get to Washington and cast his NO vote, NO ideas with the rest of the party of NO (aka the Republicans)...REALLY South Carolina surely you can do better. Get a real candidate to send to DC.

    December 1, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. mikey65

    why vote for a republican wannabe when you already have the real thing? The center right is poised to reclaim congress next year and the oval office in three years. If we wanted Nancy pelosi governing our nation, we would have voted for her. Obama, per his Illinois track record, outsources governance so he can plausibly (?) deny the failures and take credit for any success. To date there has been none.

    December 1, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Democrat or Republican.....truth be told, we shoulda just let SC go in 1863. The US would have been better off.

    December 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Jefe

    Well, I don't know of anyone in the federal government who has even considered a government takeover of healthcare, so maybe he needs to brush up on his reality a bit. Even if they were talking about eliminating private insurance and cash payments for healthcare, we would only be talking about healthcare cost financing .

    What we should be looking at is a return to the Constitution, and a government takeover of the production and regulation of money, something the privately-owned federal reserve illegally co-opted almost 100 years ago. Most of our nation's problems would be solved if we weren't owned by private bankers.

    December 1, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Tony T

    Wait!!!! A Democrat with a brain and a sense of right and wrong??? He must be lying to get the job like the clown from NY 23. But since must normal thinking Americans are anti-Obama's push to socialism and redistribution, maybe he some Dems can see how bad this administration is. Interesting.....maybe there is hope for the country still.

    December 1, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Common Sense

    At least he sounds like he has common sense! Universal health care will just condemn millions of Americans to death, as well as the countless other Europeans and Canadians who come here for treatment because they have universal health care and can't get treatment they need to live. Oh, sorry, they should probably just take a painkiller, right? Did I mention that we're modeling the new health care system after Great Britain's? Not to mention you have to wait at least six months to get any kind of treatment.

    I'd rather have this guy in the Senate than a Republican who doesn't back up his promises or do anything useful. I think Conservatives will agree on this one. Hope he makes it in and keeps his promises, unlike Obama.

    December 1, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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