December 6th, 2007
12:50 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain seeks support of Red Sox Nation

Curt Schilling campaigned for John McCain Wednesday in New Hampshire.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. John McCain competed for top billing with superstar campaign trail partner Curt Schilling Wednesday as the two made an appearance at a Granite State private school.

The crowd, a mix of voters and baseball fans, threw questions at both the Arizona senator and the World Series winning Red Sox pitcher. The two became close friends when Schilling played for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

McCain playfully acknowledged that a lot of the young people on hand "came because of Curt, not because of me."

Schilling, who supported President Bush in 2004, dismissed former New York mayor – and lifelong Yankee fan - Rudy Giuliani’s recent late-season support for the Boston Red Sox.

"That's a status quo of the flip flopping thing that happens across a lot of party lines," Schilling said.

Schilling addressed the possible Red Sox recruitment of Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana, calling it "potentially exciting," and diplomatically discussed his rivalry with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

"He's going to retire the greatest player that ever played the game offensively, I don't question that for a second,” said Schilling, adding of the current state of the Red Sox, “We're made a little different, this team, this franchise now."

Schilling noted that General Manager Theo Epstein had "kicked the tires," exploring bringing Rodriguez on board, but ultimately, said Schilling, "one of the beauties of working for an organization that gets it now, is that they realize that there is no one player that will ever be more important than the sum of the parts."

McCain joked, "I believe Curt might have a future in politics the way he handled that question."

On the same campaign swing, Schilling cut an ad for McCain, according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader.
In it, Schilling calls the senator "a man of principle who sticks to his guns," who "has been tested like no other politician in America.

"I've seen some tough competitors in my time," Schilling says in the spot, which will air soon in New Hampshire. "But none tougher than John McCain."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John McCain • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Great, another celebraty endorcment. Why should we believe a baseball player over the wrestler or tv/movie actor? This is silly. We should be making up our own minds about these candidates, and doing our own research is required. We are not using our own brains here

    December 6, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    If they supported Bush in 2000 or 2004 that gives you a clue and a cue.

    The cue is if you like the result of that, don't the mind boggling debt accumulated and the damage done to many levels of our society, then follow along in the same path.

    If you don't like what's happened these past years, then just be certain to always vote the opposite of what Bush supporters like Schilling would want.

    December 6, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Independent in IA

    Well, I'll give McWarCain credit...he at least shows better class in picking his 'showcases'. And, he admits Shilling is a bigger draw than he is. At least nobody who showed up had any expectations of receiving any hand-outs.

    December 6, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Joe, Boston

    Huge Sox fan, but please Schilling stay out of politics.

    December 6, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Jay Anderson


    You are highly respected in the baseball world but you really should stay out of politics. Your political views hold no more weight than anyone elses.

    December 6, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Jen, Brooklyn NY

    Another reason for me to hate Schilling

    December 6, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Schilling supported Bush in 2004?

    Tells you a lot about Schilling's ability to decipher things, no?!

    December 6, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. James, Iowa

    Good for McCain! He is just the kind of president we need to get America back on course.

    December 6, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Whit, Montgomery, AL

    I hope Schilling won't turn on McCain like he did on Bush. He should stick to being an average pitcher.

    December 6, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Ben, Brockton, MA

    Sorry Curt, like you as a player but can't do it.

    December 6, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Curt Schilling is a joke, this just means we will never hear the end of his mouth.

    December 6, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Ryan, Nashua NH

    Schill, I love ya man, but c'mon. Don't try to turn yourself into another Chuck Norris. If I hear you say anything cheesy like "McCain is a home run", I'm gonna laugh at you til I cry.

    December 6, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. summus

    Another celebrity endorsement.

    Who are the college professors endorsing? Who are the doctors endorsing? Who are the teachers endorsing?

    Why do we care about actors, singers, and professional athletes. Are we so addicted to entertainment that we actually choose leaders based upon the opinions of idiots that can throw a baseball fast?

    The people that show up for these baseball player or Oprah rallies should be encouraged not to reproduce.

    December 6, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. AJ, IL

    Curt Schilling? Who? Curt Schilling? Who? Curt Schilling? Who? Curt Schilling? Who? Curt Schilling? Who?

    Outside of baseball fans and Boston, who the heck is Curt Schilling? Hey, McCain, there are no professional baseball teams in Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina.

    December 6, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Dan Allard Colchester Vermont

    Schilling is an idiot who likes himself an awful lot

    December 6, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. df, CT

    He supported Bush in '04? Well, he's an idiot!

    December 6, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. George, Baltimore, MD

    yet another reason to hate Curt Schilling

    December 6, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Dave, Boston MA

    Wait...McCain is still in the race?

    December 6, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Joe Corrao Brooklyn, NY

    Admire Schill as a pitcher, but guy, your tastes in politics is pretty bad....McCain is a fear monger at best and a dangerous dillusional at worst. he's been beating the war drum for so long disco may come back.

    December 6, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Dan Seattle, WA

    Yeah, I really care who Curt Shilling is supporting for President.

    The more Curt speaks, the more stupid he seems.

    December 6, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Chuck

    Two losers with love for money as their over-riding moral.

    Can't wish you well fellas ...

    December 6, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Ryan, Columbus, OH

    Schilling sure likes the sound of his own voice.

    December 6, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. jagg Boston MA

    AJ from IL – He's using him for New Hampshire. They are big Red Sox fans. After the NH primary, you won't hear from Schilling again.

    December 6, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Daniel

    Look at the venom being spilt here. Nopbody wants to give credit to Schilling who has hiw own right to endorse whomeever he likes. CNN takes great pleasure to publish these comments here. Keep it up. Go on John McCain, we wish you well.

    December 6, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Vic Z, Milton, DE

    Schilling is a complete Right Wing Neoconegotistical jerk, with blood on his hands for supporting fascist liars.

    December 6, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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