October 29th, 2008
07:39 PM ET
8 years ago

Shays takes swipe at McCain

Shays is the lone House Republican in New England.

Shays is the lone House Republican in New England.

(CNN) - New England's lone House Republican appears to have publicly broken with his party's standard-bearer, saying John McCain has not run a clean campaign and is likely to lose his bid for the presidency.

"I just don't see how [McCain] can win," Connecticut Rep. Chris Shays told the Yale Daily News earlier this week. "He has lost his brand as a maverick; he did not live up to his pledge to fight a clean campaign." Shays, who in 2006 became the only Republican congressman from New England, perennially finds himself in a heated re-election race.

The comments are the latest in a string of Republicans who have publicly criticized the Arizona senator's handling of the presidential race and predicted his defeat next week is all but certain. (Other Republicans joining the chorus include Former Maryland Sen. Charles Mathias, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.)

Fellow Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl and former GOP presidential Candidate Mitt Romney also have reportedly said they think McCain is likely to lose. Jon Kyl denied making the comments, though the Arizona Daily Star later produced audio indicating he did.

In his Yaale Daily News interview, Shays did not endorse Barack Obama, and said he remained skeptical the Illinois senator will govern from the center if he is elected president.

“It’s what all presidents should do, but [Obama] has never been there,” he said of Obama's ideological orientation.

Shays is a co-chairman of McCain's campaign efforts in Connecticut.


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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. D4Obama

    WOW

    October 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. j

    If he really wanted to make a statement, he'd step down as co-chair for McCain and endorse Obama. Vote for OBAMA!

    October 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Ken

    Shays is a co-chairman of McCain's campaign efforts in Connecticut....
    How can we believe these people. We need to vote and vote early!!

    October 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Joe Plumber Six Pack for Obama

    Oh Snap..McCain has been served!

    October 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Vets Daughter

    NOV FOURTH CANNOT GET HERE SOON ENOUGH. THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO GET SLAUGHTERED IN THE VOTING BOOTH.

    October 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Renee

    Yes, Mccain has run a nasty disrespectful,Lying twisting the truth and fearmongering smear, hateful Campaign. Not only that his V.P. pick was not the best choice for this country. In my opinion Mccain pick Palin to get women votes. Clearly Mccain was not thinking about Country first. Mccain is not the Mccain of 2000.

    October 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Go Obama!!

    At first, I was an undecided voter. However, my vote was decided by the decision of McCain's vp pick, and the nasty campaign he has run. McCain and Palin have run the most devisive campaign ever. Even today, more terroist accusations. Please America, we don't need another 4-8 years of scare tactics...enough is enough!!

    October 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Palin the liar

    Republicans....listen to what your OWN KIND are saying about you. You can't even get along with your OWN KIND.

    October 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. On the home stretch

    It's a bit late in the game, but good to see so many Republican leaders coming to their senses.

    October 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Ethan

    Shorter Shays: "He's lost his brand as a maverick ... he's going to lose ... but I'm VOTING FOR HIM anyway."

    Typical Shays B.S.! Time to vote him out of the House! C'mon CT!

    October 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Al

    its very telling when your own party disses you
    I can hardly wait for the election to be over
    I am so sick of looking at miss Moose the dumb whiner and the old grey grumpy guy.I hope we see the last of them on Tuesday!!!
    Go Obama-Biden

    October 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Linda32

    Palin's already planning her next attempt. Say it ain't so!

    October 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Joseph Adewole

    The handwriting is on the wall for everyone with 'good' eyes to see; l wonder what Chris is waiting for?

    October 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Welcome to the WINNING side, we love all Americans (South, East, North, West in any state).

    Thank you John McCain for hiring Sarah Palin....YOU did a Stupid and dumb SERIOUS decision on top of the FACT you know NOTHING about the ECONOMY!!!!!! WE see!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. SOPHIA RHEAU, 23, FL

    OBAMA '08

    October 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. sandee in Portland

    Good lord, they're all jumping ship just like rats. As far as governing from the center, can Shay tell us who the last President was that did this. Certainly not the far, right wing Christian conservative Bush.

    October 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. matt

    my brother has come up with a great point how can Barack Obama "Stand up" for the poor people and spend millions of dollars on TV ad space and say he is fighting for the common person who makes under $250,000 when that is not considered "poor" i don't know what he thinks "poor" means but from where i come from poor does not mean you make $250,000 a year

    October 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Scott Y., Eugene Oregon

    McCain could learn a thing or two from Congressman Shays (so could Larry Craig and Ted Stevens) about being a real maverick. Just uttering "Im a maverick....I'm a maverick" a thousand times does not – despite Karl Rove's belief to the contrary – make one a maverick. Oh, by the way, someone should ask John McCain what his past ties are to Rashid Khalidi - there are substantive ties there.

    October 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. vahe

    mccain is dont baby!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Enough

    Anytime your own party is throwing in the towel, it's time to pack it up!

    October 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Independent In NY

    He should team up with Leiberman LOL......

    October 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Upset GOP'er

    If Palin is the future of my party...then my future as a republican will be short lived. I will not support a lady like her.

    October 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. vahe

    his done. mccain is very nasty

    October 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Billy

    And now Palin has said when they lose this year, she plans to run in 2012. "I haven't done all this for naught" - direct quote.

    October 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Smart man. Let's send Sarah and her AIP-Lovin' first DUD packin' and put McWarmonger in some old folks home where he can't start any more wars. He was a traitor in Nam, and he's trying to ruin the U.S. now just for his own egomaniacal reasons.

    I voted early for Obama/Biden – do the same. The republicans have endless tricks up their sleeves this year to disenfranchise voters.

    VOTE EARLY

    October 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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