February 13, 2008

Update: Tucker had the audio of McKinnon's interview on NPR. (h/t Silent Patriot)

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Via The Baltimore Sun:

Earlier today, the Swamp noted that Mark McKinnon, a senior campaign adviser to both President Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, had said some time ago that he could not serve McCain if Sen. Barack Obama became the Democratic presidential nominee.

And now this evening, the Republican consultant is reaffirming his stance that he will have to step out of his advisor's role for the campaign if Obama wins the Democratic nomination. He explained his aversion to campaigning against Obama in an interview aired by National Public Radio, where Michele Norris interviewed him for All Things Considered:

"I met Barack Obama, I read his book, I like him a great deal,'' McKinnon said. "I disagree with him on very fundamental issues. But I think, as I said, I think it would a great race for the country, and I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama. I think it would be uncomfortable for me, and I think it would be bad for the McCain campaign.'' Read on...

Can you even fathom the notion that any senior adviser for either the Obama or Clinton campaigns would drop out to avoid confronting Senator McCain? It doesn't bode well for him that one of his closest campaign advisers is a FAN of an opposing candidate, but if Obama does eventually get the nod and he follows through on his pledge, he has our thanks for doing his part to help put a Democrat in the White House...

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