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. Anonymous

    I understand bringing a Red Sox player along on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, especially if you are struggling to attract attention. But Curt Schilling?? Off the field he has even less legitimacy than the McCain campaign.

    December 6, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Kevin DiStasio Essex, CT

    Curt Schilling's career in baseball makes him well qualified to discuss politics. I know he and Manny Ramirez often engage in heated discussion on the merits of NAFTA. You should have been a fly on the wall when he and Big Papi went toe to toe on stem cell research! Talk about chin music. Don't get me started when he was overheard in a mound meeting asking Kevin Youkilis his thoughts on troop withdrawl from Iraq. Curt Schilling. Boston Red Sox. American statesman.

    December 6, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Curtis, SF, CA

    Sports and politics should never be mixed. I hate that i now hate Curt Schilling.

    December 6, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Terry, Dallas Texas

    What do you expect? When you make that kind of money you are going to support whoever is going to best look out for your tax concerns. Curt Shilling will never have to worry about the state of the economy or the average cost of living. Gas could hit 10.00 a gallon and he will just keep filling up the SUV and not blink.

    December 6, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. R. Leo, Cape Cod

    No one man, not even if his name is Kurt Schilling, can speak for a whole nation, not even if it's called Red Sox. I fully expect that more than a few players and fans of that so-called "nation" can think for themselves when it comes to politics.

    December 6, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Sean Boston Ma

    in a year where the entire world and most of america are praying for a democrat victory theyre about to shoot themselves in the head by nominating hillary clinton...a cross between karl marx,rosie odonell and curtis lemay isnt the answer if the democrats want the whitehouse back,she maybe the most hated woman in the world.

    December 6, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Dan, TX

    McCain and Huckabee are the only two republicans I could possibly consider voting for.

    They have the experience that counts, life experience in situations that inform them. Political experience is useful because it helps show people what type of leader you are. But it is not nearly as important as the experience that shapes you as a person. That experience doesn't come with being a politician.

    December 6, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Why would you respect someone who made fun of a person with MS> NOW that's what tells you a lot about his character, or should I say lack of.

    December 6, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Allen, Cleveland, OH

    Hey Jay,

    Mr. Schilling has every right to voice his opinion. Just as you have the right to disregard it.

    December 6, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Tony, NY, NY

    That came from a guy who put the following clause in his current contract:
    "He will receive 1 mil additionally if he gets at least 1 vote in Cy Young voting".
    Both McCain and Schilling are idiots. And Schilling has the nerve to talk about flip flopping after voting for Bush 3 years ago? What a scumbag.

    December 6, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Dick, Concord, NH

    Curt: as a Red Sox fan, I can't urge you enough to stick to baseball. Every time you open your mouth about politics, you make it so very painfully obvious how little you really understand about the subject, and about the world in general.

    December 6, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. deroy, WPB, FL

    a baseball player. who cares what they think.

    for starters schilling give us $$$ to listen to your opinion.

    we buy your tickets now you buy ours to listen to your opinion.
    start a web-site pay $5. to each visitor.
    if i access 20 times you pay me $100.

    otherwise shut up and go away.

    December 6, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Joey Andersen, Kearney, NE

    I have to respect Schilling for doing this. He supports a person who has supported him ever since he was in Arizona. Why should he stay out of politics. Many succesful people in politics didn't always start out as politicians: Congressman Tom Osborne.

    December 6, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Tireux De Roche, Shrewsbury, MA

    Curt, you should really stick to hurling a leather-covered hunk of cork.

    December 6, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Ryan Brooklyn, NY

    Curt campaigned for Bush back then. He loves to show that he is not from Mass. I am surprised that there hasn't been more of a pushback in Boston. The guy gets paid enough to stay out of politics until he retires. Or maybe he planning to get into politics and is doing the work now to set himself up...

    December 6, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Jim, Baltimore, MD

    Uh, anyone who calls John McCain a "loser" should be taken out and flogged. He went through A LOT for his country just so losers like you can voice their moronic opinions. By the way, if Schilling had such a love for money, he would not have re-signed with the Sox for another year, since he received more lucrative offers elsewhere.

    December 6, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    What ever happened to Bo Jackson? Who is he endorsing?

    I would love to see a "Bo knows politics" commercial.

    December 6, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Bill, Kansas City, MO

    So voters aren't baseball fans and baseball fans are not voters? I am confused. I am both, just FYI. I am sure that there are more out there.

    December 6, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |

    Give it up McCain, Only God himself can save your effort to be President.

    December 6, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Chil Mott, Newport, RI

    This cartoon touches on his last political endorsement

    December 6, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Mark Paratore Michigan

    Please! Does any thinking person really care what Curt thinks beyond baseball? What a sad comment on society, and the media. Why is this guy receiving any air time beyond the baseball diamond? I guess we are all like minded multi millionaire war mongers. Give me a break. It would be comical if people didn't actually take this seriously.

    December 6, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Brandon, stamford connecticut

    Curt Schilling: religious zealot warmongering chickenhawk loser.

    McCain would be a continuation of Bush indeed

    December 6, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Keith

    Boy oh Boy....this is the same Schilling who made sure on National TV who he was voting for....Bush....shows how impaired and misguided even a ballplayer can be in politics

    December 6, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Dood, Reality USA

    Curt Schilling looked like a moron when he campaigned for Bush in 2004 and he looks like a moron now.

    December 6, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Diane

    Baseball players should be seen and not heard.

    December 6, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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