December 1st, 2009
12:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Democratic Senate hopeful takes hard line on Obama agenda

Democrat Chad McGowan is hoping to unseat Republican Jim DeMint next year.

Democrat Chad McGowan is hoping to unseat Republican Jim DeMint next year.

(CNN) - The Democrat who wants to be South Carolina's next United States Senator might not see eye to eye with President Obama if he's elected next November.

In fact, Chad McGowan - a Rock Hill trial attorney who national Democrats see as their best hope to unseat conservative Republican Jim DeMint - appears to oppose the bulk of the White House's economic agenda, including the stimulus package and "a government takeover of healthcare."

McGowan's campaign outlined those stands Tuesday in a statement disputing the DeMint team's claim, made Monday, that McGowan supports Democratic health care reform legislation in Washington.

"DeMint's folks get their facts from the same place they've gotten their imaginary economic figures," McGowan spokesman Tyler Jones said in an e-mail to CNN. "The accusation that Chad McGowan has endorsed President Obama's health care plan is blatantly false. And Chad is on the record opposing the stimulus, opposing the bailouts, and opposing a government takeover of healthcare.

"This is the second time in as many months DeMint and his folks have outright fabricated Chad's positions," Jones continued. "Those games may work in Washington, but they won't work here in South Carolina. Instead of making up positions, Chad will continue to present real ideas to fix our economy, create jobs and help South Carolina's hard working middle class families."

That McGowan might not march in lockstep with other Democrats in Washington isn't exactly a surprise: He told CNN in October that he was once registered as a Republican and voted for Lindsey Graham in last year's Senate election. McGowan also called himself "a gun person."

Filed under: Chad McGowan • Jim DeMint • South Carolina
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    I'd say those things too if I wanted SC to elect me to something. I'd also blabber about how awful Castro is if I wanted to get elected in Miami and yammer incessantly about the fantasy of clean coal if I was running in WV. Yawn.

    December 1, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "of course Dems are easily played by their supposed political saviors"

    Hey buddy, get with the program...this guy is NOT going to be winning over many liberal Dems with his pandering pseudo-conservative I-want-a-traditionally-red-state-to-elect-me nonsense.

    December 1, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. jack

    People like DeMint have no business in politics. Politics is about accommodating all sides of the political spectrum. Not just those who believe in your dogma.

    December 1, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. sharlyn

    what part of "this won't be easy " do you not understand!!

    December 1, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. j

    Sounds like just another Republican that can`t fit into the new Neo-Con agenda that drives their party nowdays. Besides, they already have a Repub. running. Looks like choices would be Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dumd to me.

    December 1, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Kyle

    This guy looks like he touches children on a regular basis.

    December 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. ?????

    Is he a malpractice lawyer ???

    December 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Then what is the sense in voting for McGOWAN – he has views like a REPUBLI-CAN'T so vote for DeMint!! He will lose because the democrats cannot get together on ANYTHING!!! And it's a shame because we think one way to get elected and then do something else after elected.

    Just like Afghanistan – we agreed with Obama during the campaign about finishing the war there and now that he is doing so – the democrats are jumping ship!!! Maybe I should become an INDEPENDENT!!!

    December 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. alan

    Wake up folks. This is exactly the kind of Democrat who can actually win in South Carolina. And just because he doesn't agree with the President on every issue doesn't mean he's not a Democrat. I'm an independent voter in SC and I can't relate to wackos like DeMint but I don't agree with most of the things Obama is doing right now. McGowan seems like a perfect fit for me.

    December 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. JJH

    And why is this guy even a Democrat?

    December 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Fitz in Texas

    Chad McGowan is a trail attorney. That in itself is his first strike against him.

    December 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. barbara

    He might not march lockstep now but if hes elected you can bet your life that he will toe the liberal dem line. he doesnt have what it takes to stand up to pelosi and reid and all the other power grabbers. my vote will be for the man that has taken these folks on,...jim demint.

    December 1, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Tom

    This guy reminds me of Joe Lieberman (a republican masquerading as a republicrat). My deepest sympathies to the people of South Carolina. I'm so glad I don't live there.

    December 1, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Marc

    While the ultra-left may call him a DINO (Democrat In Name Only), I would like to see exactly in what stances he agrees with the government and his Party. It's not like if he doesn't follows his Party's line 100% he won't be considered a democrat anymore (leave it to the Republicans), but it would be good good to know where he agrees with the POTUS since we all know now where he disagrees.

    December 1, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. A Kickin' Donkey

    Sounds like an opportunist, not a Democrat.

    December 1, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. payback

    ....Just come out and say you are a republican.....Please, spare us all....the spin..

    December 1, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. SY

    Then he isn't a Democrat. Goodbye, Mr. McGowan. At least we know what we have with demented Demint. We need no more Dems in sheep's clothing.

    December 1, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Liberals cannot win in south Carolina.

    December 1, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Donna Stayman

    Wow, what a combo for a winner of a senator in D.C. – Trial Attorney and Democrat. That's enough to ensure Jim Demint will stay in office. He's one terrific senator for SC. You really should stick to handling frivolous lawsuits, McGowan.

    December 1, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Clyde

    OH, how special. "Calls himself a gun person". He had a BB gun once, but his mommy took it away because he kept shooting himself in the foot. Welcome to team Obama!

    December 1, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Mike

    I would like to know why he considers himself a democrat..... He sounds like a decent person.

    December 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Eddie

    Listen up is an intelligent democrat!

    December 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Silence Dogoode

    This guy sounds more like an old style moderate democrat. I thought they were extinct....beware the left loons of your party, they will turn and rend you like the wild beasts they are!!!!

    December 1, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. True American

    Ha! Democrats are defecting Obama in droves! And its only one year in office! America does not want to be a radical socialist country!

    December 1, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Canaman

    This guy doesn't stand a chance with this declaration. He doesn't. This is the same type of "pandering to the conservatives" that FINISHED Creigh Deeds in Virginia. A lot of Democrats stayed home on election day and he lost big. This guy is gonna lose big also. He's a Democrat by name, but a Republican by function. Thank goodness Jim DeMint is gonna defeat you.

    December 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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