May 20th, 2008
08:06 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain adviser steps down to avoid working against Obama


(CNN) - John McCain’s chief media adviser said Tuesday he is stepping down rather than campaign against Barack Obama.

Mark McKinnon said last year that he would leave McCain’s campaign after the primary season if the Arizona senator were to run against Obama.

The Illinois senator is not the Democratic nominee, but he has accumulated a significant lead in the number of delegates required to claim the nomination.

In a 2007 interview with Cox News, McKinnon said he would vote for McCain, but "I just don't want to work against an Obama candidacy." He added that if Obama were to reach the White House, it "would send a great message to the country and the world."

The McCain campaign says McKinnon will remain a “major supporter” of the McCain’s presidential bid.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Susa

    Now the press better be all over this because it is big news.

    May 20, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Anonymous


    May 20, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Donny

    This makes perfectly clear sense.. This guy don't want to stand against a man that will create history.

    I strongly believe that american people, especially well educated ones had been sick and tired watching policies that ruin USA's name worldwide.. True american people should support change that is proposed by Obama. I believe not only American, even other nations worldwide yearning for peaceful and better world supports Obama to be the next president of USA.

    May 20, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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