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McCain discussed switching parties in 2001

February 1, 2008 08:46 AM

From The Hill:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the discussions.

In interviews with The Hill this month, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and ex-Rep. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) said there were nearly two months of talks with the maverick lawmaker following an approach by John Weaver, McCain’s chief political strategist.

Democrats had contacted Jeffords and then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) in the early months of 2001 about switching parties, but in McCain’s case, they said, it was McCain’s top strategist who came to them.

Why is this just now coming to light?


"Why is this just now coming to light?"

Democrats don't want us to nominate our most electable candidate.

CincyJeff   ·  February 2, 2008 04:29 PM

Romney is a used car salesman. He comes off as one to every side of the electorate.

If Romney is the Repub nominee, kiss it goodbye.

If McCain, then the choice of VP may well determine the general election.

Ron Paul is the only honest person in the field.

jackscrow   ·  February 3, 2008 09:15 AM

Since when have you thought it better to have the most electable candidate, and not the more conservative?

NBS   ·  February 3, 2008 10:02 AM

CincyJeff, I agree. Nominate Ron Paul.

jackscrow   ·  February 3, 2008 02:35 PM

I don't believe in whoring your beliefs to support a clearly inferior candidate because they are allegedly "more electable". I supported Fred Thompson for President because he was much better than anyone else running, whether the general election polls were going his way or not.

I was simply answering your question. You asked why Democrats have decided to leak this now. The answer seems obvious. McCain is running much better against Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama than the other Republicans. He is our most electable candidate by far. Democrats naturally would prefer we not nominate him. That's why this alleged "news" is being announced now. It's their way of getting involved in our primary.

CincyJeff   ·  February 4, 2008 10:28 PM