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.

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

    ha, his own campaign co-chair can't even endorse mccain. ouch.

    October 29, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Erik from Real PA

    Well done, Congressman. I'm also voting against the angry old negative has-been and his ill-prepared celebrity sidekick.

    October 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Rick

    Obama's campaign has also been negative. But the liberal media is in the tank for Obama.

    October 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. values

    One of the few honest republicans. The biggest danger to this country in the me against you thing. Republicans are selfish and stupid to think they will keep power for ever. Unless they really embrace all ethnic groups they will be no more. The base is to racist and ignorant for this modern america.

    October 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Lilac in Toronto, Canada

    Let's face the truth, Republicans. The time is out, and Goodbye!

    October 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. James

    It's good to know there is people with integrity willing to speak the truth . McCain truly is a man without Honor. With any luck McCain will be forced to retire. He is a discrace to his party and America.

    October 29, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Albert Einstein

    "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

    Albert has not been known to be wrong many times – you dig?


    October 29, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Kathryn, Portland, ME

    It is sad that McCain will go out with such a devasating loss. But its his own fault. He has thrown everything away by choosing Sarah "can't put a sentence together" Palin (who makes GWB look literate) and they've run the most negative campaign ever.


    October 29, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Wanderer

    One more Republican has turned back to a true man.

    October 29, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. St. Paul Mom

    As the lone Republican in New England, it's smart for him to distance himself somewhat from McCain, who is almost certain to lose.

    October 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. jim

    Scott L you need to quit listening to Fox News and do some research on your own. The bar has not moved and it will not move. Stop making yourself look like an idiot who laps up anything McLie and Bull"wink"le say, you sound really pathetic. For the rest of you Repubs out there get used to hearing this "President Obama"!!!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Clarence j

    People should'nt be to confident cause anything can happen, i think that if obama some how does win he has a even biggier hurdle to climb cause everything he does are going to be questioned and thats a heavy load even for president to carry i just wished that we did'nt had to go through so much of trying to say or prove who's ready and who's not. I tell you neither one of them are because neither one of them has been president before.

    October 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Think Blue

    Even if I hadn't voted for the next President of the US ~ never in a million year would I have voted for the negative No Plan McCain/Palin

    Now if we could ditch Mitch that would be lovely

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. mary

    So said, McCain's own party is turning against him to gain votes. But McCain did take the low road with his adds. What did he expect?

    October 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. ken

    Yeah but did you now hear that Colin Powell has changed his mind due to the latest Obama news

    October 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Alex, NJ

    "You can call the dogs in, wet the fire, and leave the house. The hunt is over." The GOP game is over for the 2008 election. We can now all sing:

    Na Na Na
    Na Na Na
    Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Carl

    Scott L is another example of an individual who is entirely incapable of an original thoudgt. Like most other Republicans of his ilk, he is spoon fed slogans and eats them up with out so much as a question. He then repeats the nonsence as if it were some gople revelation.

    If McCain wins this after such an abysmal campaign, the rest of the world is well justified in its criticism that Americans a re just plain stupid.

    October 29, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. African American Voter

    The American people need to vote for president on how they feel about the candidate, not because of their race. I do not believe in voting for someone just because the person is black! That is PREJUDICE!! I have no problem with Obama, but I am not going to vote for someone just because their African American!

    October 29, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Shy

    John Mcain is too old to drink moon shine and too young to drink kool aid. Sarah Palin is to old to wink at men and too young to play the childlish name game. Now everyone should look at TOM and JERRY and see that the cheese is something they are looking for. Sarah/John not this time. Bush stole the trap.

    October 29, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Shell

    Never in my life have I seen a woman cause so much trouble and tell so many lies. Palin read your Bible, please
    Something is wrong with John McCain, My mother is the same age as McCain and make better choices.......

    October 29, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Gene

    Anyone wanna bet whether or not Shays would be saying this if he wasn't in a re-election race himself? I'd say... Zero. He's just swaying with the public opinion...

    It's bad enough the republicans have bad policies.. but it seems they have no loyalty or spines either.

    October 29, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Voted for Obama on Friday in Arizona

    This campaign gets more and more amazing every day.

    October 29, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. ls in pa

    I'm sure Obama will win. Nobody cares that he is the most corrupt and least experienced person to run for the presidency.He could have Al Quieda as a major financial contibuter.
    He is telling people what they want to hear. Time will tell if he will or can do what he is now promising.

    October 29, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Laszlo in L.A.

    The Republican Party should change their symbol from the elephant to a frowny face.

    As led by Sarah Palin, this is a divisive party that mocks community activism, accuses opponents of being anti-American, wants to deport illegal immigrants and does not have a policy on women's rights that suburban women can tolerate.

    The moderates need to steer the Republican Party away from the evangelical Christians and include – rather than exclude – voters who are more tolerant.

    October 29, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Lauren

    Well you might as well resign from your spot Shay.

    If Obama gets elected, he, Pelosi and Ried will runt he country into the gound.

    October 29, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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