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

McCain adviser steps down to avoid working against Obama

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(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. Rave

    McCain should also step down and vote for OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Gina

    Wow. I am stunned. Is that...a real person...? Who is this guy?

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

    Wow, just shows that obama can unite the united states and the world. Even McCains advisers know obama is the best candidate to bring back the united states to the people. Republicans and Democrats unite and elect Obama for the needed change we need in America and in the world.

    May 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Carrie Pa

    Honest guy in DC, good for him!

    May 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. SLO Bear

    Ahh, integrity–so exotic in media clouded with Clintonia-FerraRovian emissions yet so pleasing.

    May 20, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Anna

    And this ladies and gentlemen is what we call LOYALTY. Would anyone make sure BILL RICHARDSON get the memo.

    Thanks,

    Ana
    Antioch, CA

    May 20, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. WHAT THE HECK???

    Can we get some more details on this?? This is nuts! And I'm an Obama supporter!!

    May 20, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Issues Please.....

    Wow!

    May 20, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    WOW...

    A man with principles.... how refreshing...

    May 20, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Ed, Fl

    There are still some honest republican.

    May 20, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. Emily

    How refreshing.

    May 20, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. Becky

    I love this Man, this is what I call a TRUE American, now the obama bashing begin ..

    Obama 08

    May 20, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. cole

    Wow....

    Democrat '08

    May 20, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. Debby

    This is a riot why is everyone so afraid of Obuma. This guy is so shallow as a Presidential nominee.

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Travis (in the real world)

    Another rat jumps ship

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. tblno

    WOW...........I AM REALLY IMPRESSED......Obama really has the abilty to move ppls hearts......He really has my vote.

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. Morgan

    This action speaks VOLUMES!

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. carrie

    wow
    i love obama more each day
    everyone seems to understand he is the hope of america
    all of you who say nasty things about this man are crazy
    i love you more each day
    God bless you and your wonderful family,Mr President

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Dee

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Smart

    A Daniel has come to judgement!

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Reality

    THIS GUY IS VERRRRRRRRRRRY SMART !!!! Wish more people would see things in the way this guy does. A true Visionary !!!

    Obama will repair this country's respect and image around the world almost over night !!! Creating more allies and friends throughout the World. More Help to solve all of the serious issues that face this country and world.

    May 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Jose

    I am not bit bashful to say that we can't have a big drinker as a nominee. Hillary takes shots of whiskey on the road and drinks beers.

    She has seriusly compromised herself as a candidate with her drinking . I wish she would retire now!!

    May 20, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Joseph Adewole

    Please come over; you have done that which is honourable..that is what the Clintons did not want; 'to send a message to the world'...the world will be a better place to live if BO gets to The White House.

    May 20, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. mmartin arkansaw

    hahahahahaha!!!funny!

    May 20, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Joe

    Unbelieveable integrity from Mark McKinnon.

    May 20, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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