December 1st, 2009
12:30 PM ET
6 years 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. Amazing

    By NOT seeing eye to eye with Obama, he has a better chance of getting elected. Anyone in with Obamas agenda is OUT. This country does NOT want to be a socialist country.

    December 1, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Meh

    Seriously. What is wrong w. S. Carolina?? Even their dems sound like neo-cons!

    December 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Say No To This Fish Face

    I'm not going to read the article because I hate this man already. He will be the first in line to try and get the president to campaign for him. I hate that I sent a check to the Democratic Senate Committee. Never again.

    December 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sen. Demint is done in 2010 no matter who runs against him.

    December 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. southerncousin

    You know, Obama ran to the center also for the general election and fooled an awful lot of people. Once he was installed by the libertards and unions, he showed his true colors and we suffer and pay more everyday so that the dope smokers don't have to find jobs and pay taxes. So this guy is doing nothing but taking a cue from the Obama playbook of fooling the public and lying to get elected.

    December 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. johnrj08

    I'll take a Democrat who doesn't agree with Obama any time over a Republican who just wants to obstruct on the basis of ideology.

    December 1, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Todd

    Doesn't sound much like a Democrat, but still we'll take the number for organizational and they will need to make sure he is kept out of any important committee assignments.

    December 1, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. cardog

    Here we have another southern Democrat trying early to play to the fears of conservative thinking people that may even be Republicans.
    This is a guy I would look at closely because he" worse then the "Devil I know" meaning Demint.
    This is party speech from the party of "NO" and to support him when the country wants and needs Universal Health Care, is something voters very well need to seriously look at.

    December 1, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    No no no, please, be even more transparent in your pandering to the general "conservative" Republican-born-and-bread SC public. Is this guy maybe citing incorrect "statistics" about cap & trade and spouting trickle-down dogma too?

    December 1, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Seriously, Left

    Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing. Dems say anything to get elected then forget their promises. Look at their fearless leader in the White House.

    December 1, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Russ

    And why would democrats want to elect a republican in sheeps clothing? Pretending to be a democrat starts you out on the wrong foot to begin with. Lying to the public to get elected? How low can you get. Moron.......

    December 1, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Sea.gem

    Another wolf in sheep's clothing...this guy is another trial lawyer exploiting the system for personal gain...of course Dems are easily played by their supposed political saviors...all you have to do is say you hate repubs to get them in a fanatical lather. So sad....

    December 1, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Tom

    I think I can tell from the photo why they can't see eye-to-eye.

    December 1, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Reagan was wrong

    The Democratic Party has room for people who do not agree with all of the party's positions and who best reflect the interests of the people they represent.

    The GOP does not.

    December 1, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Wow! A Democrat it looks like I can actually agree with! They're only slightly rarer than Republicans I can agree with...

    December 1, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just what we need, another smelly blue dog!

    December 1, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Laverne

    Then what in the world would the Democratic party need with this moron. If he is going to oppose everything that matters, who cares if the republican wins? As a matter of fact, I hope he loses!

    December 1, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Sarah, NC

    Ah, no thank you Mr. McGowan, we can do without you. We have enough trouble from the GOPers, now we have to contend with you, a blue Demorat. No, you stay just where you are, unknown and desperate to get into politics.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 1, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Free Thinker

    wow – that is what we need in Washington – another corrupt trial attorney! Instead we need to rid washington of ALL trial attorneys and send them back under the rock they crawled out from under. Trial attorney's go to Washington to do nothing but further line their own pockets. They are not interested at all in helping people but only in what they can gain.

    December 1, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Bob in Pa

    Thats right – sound like a consrvative to get elected. I don't think that's going to fly anymore Chad. Better come up with another approach.

    December 1, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Jim in San Mateo

    This guy isn't a Democrat, he's a republican in a democratic overcoat. Are the people of South Carolina that lacking that they can't see the emporer's new clothes?

    December 1, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. lovable liberal

    Jim DeMint is named appropriately, but who needs another Lieberman?

    December 1, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. mike

    It must be a requirement that to run for office in South Carolina, politicians have to be committed to doing the opposite of what is in the interests of the people of the state. It's like some sort of thought experiment going on there... similar to the one that Mississippi, West Virginia, and Alabama have had in place through much of the last 75 years. Wow! I guess the people there aren't phased by having the some of the lowest rankings in education, job pay, and standard of living in the country. If they don't think that backwards ways of thinking have lead to that, then they deserve these people they keep voting for.

    December 1, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Joyce in South Carolina

    McGowan does not sound like my ideal candidate................But he will get my vote.
    The bottom line is that we need to get DeMint out of the Senate!!!!!!
    DeMint is not good for either America or South Carolina!!!!!

    December 1, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Larry

    South Carolina. What do you expect?

    December 1, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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