(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.
It is refreshing to hear from someone who can see the historical significance of a Barack Obama presidency. Not only is he a tremendous leader with extraordinary vision, but he is also the personification of a tumultuous history of race in America come full circle.
Yes He can and Obama will unite this country and will win the white House. Thank you Mr Mark McKinnon for your exemplary integrity, Whites, African American's Latino's, Asians, young, Old, Rich, Poor, Men, Women will all unite all across the Country and carry Obama to the White House
THERE IS A MAN THAT PUTS COUNTRY FIRST.
Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States and everyone knows it.
Wow! As much as people try to fight it Obama is such a great positive man of character! I am truly impressed with his campaign!!
OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!
ONE million dollars for U and U and U Oh yes how far can two hundred go ? All the way to the White House? Not if the voters have a say!!!!
Anna: You are an !d!ot, you obviously did NOT read the article. He said Mark STOPPED being loyal to McCain in order to not work against Obama. That means Mark is not Loyal to McCain despite being a top McCain advisor....... just like Richardson was NOT loyal to Clinton despite being a long friend and having political ties.
This is not about betrayal, this is about politicians having loyalty to the American people by endorsing/supporting Obama.
Dana! Give us some more details on this story!
I am really crying behind this post. Thank you.
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS SITUATION TO ME? WHO IS THIS GUY AND WHAT DOES HE KNOW THAT WE DON'T KNOW?
In a word...Amazing.
Obviously Clinton AND Mc Cains ppl know what the scoop is if they are defecting to Barack's team...better organizing/ managing funds..loyal workers( I think 1 or 2 got fired or quit) bigger campaign turnouts, not having lobbyist hanging around..no upcoming hidden courtcases,no missing tax returns just to name a few....I guess the writing is on the wall............
WOW! Very impressive.
This is really interesting - and refreshing to see a person involved in politics do such a thing. I hope more details are told about this.
COUNTRY BEFORE ALL OTHERS.
THAT IS HOW AMERICA BECAME THE
LAND OF OF THE BRAVE & THE FREE.
One Million, Two Million three Million 4! How many Millions will it take for Bo,
McKinnon understands what's at stake. Obama will be a great leader for our future!!
JOIN THE MOVEMENT!!
There MUST be a reason why this guy has got , not just us, but the entire world excited!! We are the greatest country in the world!
We must keep looking forward, not back!
People, please google Mark McKinnon and read about him. This is very honorable.
The best part is he stated this earlier on and is not jumping ship for the hell of it.
so he probably stepped down b/c he doesn't want to be part of the muckraking bonanza McCain's going to bring if Obama wins the Democratic bid.
You really have to admire someone like this. He had his reasons for stating what he did back in 2007 and he stuck to his words. That's what's called integrity considering all the right-wing nut jobs out there like Limbaugh, Coulter, etc... are going to lambast him left and right. And most likely this will affect his future with relation to working in politics, at least on the Republican side...
And to all those who bring up "loyalty"... sorry, but look at what blind, unquestioning loyalty has brought us for the past 7 years... I'd rather want people that can think freely and make decisions rather than people that make decisions based on "loyalty."
How refreshing! He's welcome to join the Obama camp any time... as long as he's not a spy.
So, can anyone enlighten me about how folks in KY and WV think? I'm honestly baffled and need answers...
Someone, please help me out!
TRUE AMERICAN MARK MCKINNON