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

Shays takes swipe at McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/29/art.shays.gi.jpg caption="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.

β€œIt’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.

Filed under: Extra • John McCain
soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. az voter

    Sen. McCain just started to criticize President Bush. McCain still likes the president. Do you think that McCain criticized the president because he no longer believes in the Republican path? Neither, he just wants to win his election.

    It's easy to judge how fast a ship is sinking by the number of critters jumping overboard. We've seen a lot of them lately.

    Just smile. The guy just wants to be elected

    October 29, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. susan

    Obama has offerd a spot in the adminastration to Collin Powell so if that isn't crossing the aisle I don't know what is.

    October 29, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. JAY N.H.

    Scott L,

    Your an idiot get the facts!

    October 29, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Just Call Him Mr. President

    Okay, so Barack has been called a socialist, a racist, a Marxist, a communist, and a terrorist. I think that's all the "ist".

    Personally, I think he's a realist because he knows how difficult winning this election will be.

    I prefer to call him Mr. President.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 29, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. RANDY

    I am not surprise.

    October 29, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. ETY4Obama

    That took great courage. But oh so true.
    I am a Democrat who used to have respect for John McCain – when he was nominated I was scared, because he was always respected among Democrats. He was the only Republican I was scared of.

    But now that his wife kicked out his long time advisors and brought in the GOP smear machine, he sank himself.

    He has (with Ms. Palin) run the dirtiest campaign in history and deserves to lose. What a sad way to end a distinguished career.

    October 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. BC

    Be aware – the Republicans are doing everything they can to steal this election (since they cannot win it). Make sure you vote and every voter must keep his or her eyes open to see fraud when (not if) it happens!

    October 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. robert in raleigh

    JOhn has been very dirty , name calling doesn't win friends or votes

    October 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Enough

    Scott L
    I know facts don't mean much to Republicans
    but factcheck.org states the following:

    "And, once again, Obama himself proposes tax cuts for 95 percent of families with children. Only families with more than $250,000 annual income would see an increase."

    Try checking your "facts" somehere other than Faux news

    October 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Voted for change in Texas

    I agree with you Mr. Shays

    October 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |

    It is time for change,even the GOP see that.

    October 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Susan

    I am 100% sure that McCain will Win.

    Reason: You never know the tricks Republicans have.


    Let Palin go back to Alaska, but make sure that she returns all the clothes she got from McCain camp.

    PS: My company reduced my hourly rate by 15% yesterday. I AM MAD but still happy to have a steady job.

    October 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Joseph, Los Angeles

    McCain has run a very dirty campaign... I'm surprised and disappointed in him. But better we see the light before Nov 4th. McCain does not have the proper temperment to run this country. Shay denounces McCains tactics; but who will he actually support? Can't have it both ways.

    October 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Nancy

    Yo Scott, real the Fact Checker – they are not lowering the 250K amount, that was for something completely different. That just shows how Republicans are serious followers and don't do their research. By the way did you know that Reagan started the earned income tax, which is also spreading the wealth. Too bad John McCain doesn't check things out like us Dems!

    October 29, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Chris F.

    @Scott L, How about McCain donating money to this guy? If this guy is so bad I think giving him money is worse than going to a party. where he is attending/I guess that kind of cancels this one out. Go back and listen to Rush and Hannity tell more lies..

    October 29, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. Toni

    Than Shays ought to be really pleased that Mama Palin has discovered another terrorist-posing-as-an-award-winning-professor-from-Columbia knows Obama. AND Obama even went to his campus going away party five years ago!!!! Alert Fox News. This whole campaign is like dragging one's feet through cow crap.

    October 29, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Obama will govern in the center.

    October 29, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. JOE

    How can McaCain run this country when he can't even run his campaign. The most descent thing he can do is pull out of the race because the things he has done to divide this country is disgraceful. He has has ruined the label of being honorable. We are one country Senator McCainn not haters you have been angry all over the place. I hope he is proud of hisself because I am not.

    October 29, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. John

    Yes running a negative campaign based on lies and false accusations doesn't help Mr McCain. In addition to this fundamental problem Moose Lips is an even bigger problem.

    I am Voting against McCain and the disasterous track record of the past 8 years and as a result for Mr. Obama. There is no way it could be any worse.

    October 29, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Charlie Bradley

    This just gets more delicious πŸ˜€

    McCain better go ahead and bow out gracefully while he still has at least SOME dignity, although a very trace amount.

    October 29, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Republican that voted for Obama/Biden TEXAS

    We voted for Barack Obama – straight Democrate on Octobe 20th.

    Barack Obama is going to be one of our greatest President's.

    October 29, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Wake-up America

    TO: Scott L. & robbie:


    Neither one of you have two brain cells to put together to make a cohesive iintelligent thought. NO SURPRISE FROM BRAINWASHED REPUBLICANS!!!

    October 29, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. jaye

    These republican leaders should speak out about the horrible campaign McCain and Palin have launched. They should put decency and respect before party and distance themselves from McCain.
    John McCain and Sarah Palin have ruined the republican name, and their fellow republicans have stood by and let them.

    October 29, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. scope213

    All Palin did is "wake-up" the base from their couches whom otherwise would've voted for McCain in the first place. The GOP wants to make it seem like somehow Palin "inspired" new voters...LOL I don't think so.

    October 29, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Lyndon,CA

    Palin in 2012.

    October 29, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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