June 7th, 2010
01:45 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain, Giuliani cut robocalls for McMaster in S.C. race

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Former presidential candidates Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rudy Giuliani have recorded robocalls for South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Henry McMaster in a last minute get-out-the-vote effort ahead of Tuesday's four-way Republican primary.

McCain's call began hitting households over the weekend, while Giuliani's is planned to go out Monday, according to McMaster's campaign.

McCain, who won the Palmetto State's pivotal presidential primary in 2008, tells voters that he and his wife Cindy "have a special place in our hearts for the wonderful people of South Carolina." McMaster, the state's Attorney General, was one of McCain's top surrogates in the 2008 primary campaign.

Listen to the call:


The Arizona Senator praises McMaster for leading a group of Attorneys General earlier this year in filing a lawsuit against President Obama's health care plan.

"Thanks to Henry's leadership, we have a real shot at blocking socialized medicine in American," McCain says in the automated call. "Henry is a battled tested champion for the conservative cause. He has the fighting heat of a reformer, plus a record of getting things done."

In touting the endorsements, McMaster's campaign took a thinly-veiled shot at scandal-tainted Gov. Mark Sanford.

"John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are no strangers to South Carolina, they literally have thousands of longtime Republican friends here, and they strongly support Henry because they know our state desperately needs a grown up in the governor's office who will restore honor and integrity in Columbia," said McMaster spokesman Rob Godfrey.

South Carolina voters have already heard robocalls from Sarah Palin, McCain's former running mate who endorsed state Rep. Nikki Haley, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, who is backing Rep. Gresham Barrett.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is also competing for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The top two finishers in Tuesday's primary will head to a June 22 runoff election.


Filed under: 2010 • Henry McMaster • John McCain • Rudy Giuliani • South Carolina
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Michael from Ventura

    Same old song.........."Socialized Medicine" is NOT what we have or voted on- John McCain needs to hang his boots up and read some books to find out what things like socialized medicine and government take-overs really is. Go away John- Go away gop.

    June 7, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    At least we've learned that old John McCain hasn't forgot how to lie, "Thanks to Henry's leadership, we have a real shot at blocking socialized medicine in American,". He knows all to well as do the rest of the GOP that the Health Care reform bill is Not socialized medicine in any sense of the word, it is health insurance company regulation reform which of course the GOP in against because they are bought and paid for by the health insurance industry.

    The other interesting aspect is that half gov. Palin has endorsed Haley, so once again McCain and Palin are at odds with Palin representing the Tea Baggers I suppose. And then there's Rudy, oh never mind, nobody cares about what he thinks. The most important thing to remember is, Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 7, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Enough

    Don't these people know how much we HATE these pestering calls.....and we don't listen to them.............please quit calling us and pestering the living daylights out of us...............Poizner here in California is the worst..........3 calls in 1 hour, I have had it.

    June 7, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    AND they've both cheated on their wives. Fits the purified family values SC republican image .

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    June 7, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. GL

    Whoo – McCain is really scary. I am so glad he didn't get elected. McCain have gone too far to the right. No health if Mccain was in office.

    June 7, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. GL

    John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are no strangers to South Carolina, they literally have thousands of longtime Republican friends here, and they strongly support Henry because they know our state desperately needs a grown up in the governor's office who will restore honor and integrity in Columbia," said McMaster spokesman Rob Godfrey.

    South Carolina voters have already heard robocalls from Sarah Palin, McCain's former running mate who endorsed state Rep. Nikki Haley, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, who is backing Rep. Gresham Barrett.
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    Just read and you will see just how slip the Republicans are. They have no real leaders. Sara Paliln and McCain voting for different people. What a sad sight of the Republican party.

    June 7, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Ken in NC

    "John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are two old farts that really know how to cut "CAT CALLS" in South Carolina. They got plenty of company too from their "Kissin Cousins" Sister Sarah" and "Dick Undisclosed Location Cheney". If they could get Newt G., Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck in there it could be the start of a Grand Old Party of Hate.

    June 7, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. WaltinAZ2@gmail.com

    Oddly, even the people of South Carolina see McCain as "a joke" since the 2008 presidential elections–much like many conservatives in his home state and throughout the rest of the country. If those robocalls help significantly, I'll be surprised. By the way, can we stop with the polarization of the "socialized medicine" label and start calling it "accessible medicine"–a more accurate moniker! With McMasters being one of the "court jesters" Attorney Generals wasting state taxpayer funds for a meaningless gesture that will not see health care reform repealed, are we or the people of SC really stupid enough to buy into the hype about his capable "leadership"?

    June 7, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Victim of GOP Taliban

    "Socialized medicine" ? So according to McCain we should abolish Medicare because it is a government – run program.

    Find another failed CEO, retired movie star or pro-wrestler's wife to run you hypocrites.

    June 7, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. jbb

    I live in Arkansas and can't tell you the number of robo calls that I have received. They are more irritating than telemarketers!!!! I have already voted early, but come November I've promised myself that I will not vote for anyone who calls me via robo. Either call me live or come to my door or don't bother me at all, but to receive several calls a day from robo's is very madening and a waste of my time.

    June 7, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. BB

    Who cares what John McCain thinks???
    He's way too old to be in politics, get the heck out and retire.
    GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The only thing McCain and Guiliani can worrying about blocking are their heart valves, these are two old washed up geezers. This country doesn't have time on our side to stop progress until they live out their lives and that's exactly what McCain and Guiliani are asking Americans to do, they are washed up.

    June 7, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. barbar

    I Think evryone should stay out of another state, on robo calls. We get enough calls. I DON'T CARE WHAT OTHER POLITCIANS THINK!
    Stay home and run your mouth, we don't care. All we get is lies on TV.
    We get everyone's opinions on TV. We wouldn't vote for you, so why care what you think!

    June 7, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Larry

    McCain and Giuliani still don't realize how useless their endorsements are.

    June 7, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what jerks.... robocalls only annoy people... DUH....

    here's my robocall to you: SHUT THE HELL UP AND GO AWAY

    June 7, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Not Republican

    At this rate, I'm not sure which is worse, South Carolina or Arizona... both embarrass the hell out of us all.. except maybe the KKK.

    June 7, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. get real

    Oooh, more robocalls, yippee! Like the Palin and Cheney recorded messages weren't bad enough.

    June 7, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. carlos

    the freking maverick and stupid rudy make robocalls..........dumb and dumber

    June 7, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Monrob

    That Giuliani...... I would not want him anywhere around me. Stinks...it must be feces!

    June 7, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Bob of Lompoc

    Two more White Male Republican Party Of Family Values losers, with five wives between them involved in SC politics. Close down the Zoos – moratorium on every sporting event – set all TVs on Test Pattern – close the movies houses. We need no other entertainment. Let's just all watch the SC Republicans on the Internet. Much more fun. And it's free.

    June 7, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. anagram_kid

    This is one of those times when I really wish a journalist would follow up and ask McCain and Giuliani to name the thousands of the of long time Republican 'friends' they have in SC. Why do politicians think we are so easily fooled by hyperbole and empty rhetoric?

    June 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |