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Alfonse D'Amato Endorses McCain

By Robin Shulman
Sen. John McCain swooped into Rudy Giuliani territory yesterday to announce an endorsement from Alfonse D'Amato, the influential former New York senator, in a hotel in midtown Manhattan.

"I think he is our best chance to win the White House," said D'Amato, when asked why he chose McCain over Giuliani, a native son.

"My support for him is not because there's somebody else in the wings that I may have differences with -- even though that may be true," added D'Amato.

McCain came to the city as recent polls show him leading the former mayor in New York state 36 to 24 percent, in a poll by Siena College, and 36 to 23 percent, in a survey by WNBC/Marist.

"Last night, I noticed the Democratic candidates mentioned my name quite frequently," said McCain, flanked by D'Amato and former Texas senator Phil Gramm in a wood-paneled library at the St. Regis Hotel. "I'm always flattered to be mentioned in a Democratic debate. It's pretty clear they view me as the most formidable opponent. I agree with them."

Asked about the impact of Fred Thompson's withdrawal, McCain said, "I don't know the effect on my campaign." He added, "He's a very fine man, an honorable man, a friend of mine. He ran an honorable campaign."

Posted at 7:14 PM ET on Jan 22, 2008
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That's like Dracula endorsing Frankenstein's monster.

Posted by: mpodrecca | January 24, 2008 12:23 PM

Re: PBL4's post stating "You mean Al D'Amato Influential and powerful former Senator from New York?"

Well, he may have been powerful and influential when he was Senator, but he hasn't been Senator for several years now, so I don't think he's that powerful any more--thank you Sen. Chuck Schumer! I don't think this endorsement will hold sway with independent voters and other non-Republicans--if anything, it may show how Sen. McCain isn't the outsider he would like us to think he is.

Posted by: kind671 | January 23, 2008 1:58 PM

Giuliani tried that cell phone trick (RRRRRING! "Hey, youse guys! It's my foist, sekkint aw t'oid wife!") down here yesterday on an airboat in the Everglades. Only trouble was, the audience was an alligator, an Indian, a palmetto bug, an old guy in an amphibious wheelchair, a swarm of mosquitoes and a Burmese python.

Posted by: sawargos | January 23, 2008 12:45 PM

Now, HERE is a major-development, none other than Alphonse D'Amato endorses McCane.

Who IS "Alphonse D'Amato", anyway ?

If there be an omen as to McKane's sucess, then I take this endorsement to be it.

Posted by: Hub2 | January 23, 2008 12:08 PM

You mean Al D'Amato? Influential and powerful former Senator from New York?

Are you relatively young? Or a newcomer to politics? I don't mean to insult, I'm just wondering.

Posted by: PBL4 | January 23, 2008 12:31 PM

Now, HERE is a major-development, none other than Alphonse D'Amato endorses McCane.

Who IS "Alphonse D'Amato", anyway ?

If there be an omen as to McKane's sucess, then I take this endorsement to be it.

Posted by: Hub2 | January 23, 2008 12:08 PM

McCain is a pandering, liberal democrat masquerading as a Republican in an elephant's clothing.

Conservatives will stay home on election day if he's the nominee. The only votes he'll get are token Democratic "thank you" votes on election day.

Posted by: robinsullivan | January 22, 2008 09:50 PM

It is wonderful to see that Al D'Amato is delivering the mafia vote to McCain; there is nothing like a collection of bent-nose goombahs to liven up a presidential run.

Posted by: shmaryahoopizzaman | January 23, 2008 03:53 AM

Isn't America wonderful: dumb, irresponsible, lackluster Senator John McCain gets endorsements from two of the most self-serving, corrupt senators in American history and the commentators fall all over themselves. McCain is a disaster: shallow, exploitative and jingoistic who ought to be ashamed of D'Amato and Graham. How low the party of Lincoln and Roosevelt has fallen.

Posted by: psherr | January 23, 2008 09:47 AM

Looks like the paid Rombot shills are back on the boards, and in force.

Posted by: PBL4 | January 23, 2008 10:46 AM

The vitriol against McCain is reaching a fevered pitch. Sad to see. My only hope is that after McCain wins the nomination that people look at his core strengths on abortion, right to bear arms, spending, and foriegn policy and can respect their differences while appreciating the similarities.

Posted by: donttreadonme | January 23, 2008 10:19 AM

Isn't America wonderful: dumb, irresponsible, lackluster Senator John McCain gets endorsements from two of the most self-serving, corrupt senators in American history and the commentators fall all over themselves. McCain is a disaster: shallow, exploitative and jingoistic who ought to be ashamed of D'Amato and Graham. How low the party of Lincoln and Roosevelt has fallen.

Posted by: psherr | January 23, 2008 9:47 AM

It is wonderful to see that Al D'Amato is delivering the mafia vote to McCain; there is nothing like a collection of bent-nose goombahs to liven up a presidential run.

Posted by: shmaryahoopizzaman | January 23, 2008 3:53 AM

McCain is a pandering, liberal democrat masquerading as a Republican in an elephant's clothing.

Conservatives will stay home on election day if he's the nominee. The only votes he'll get are token Democratic "thank you" votes on election day.

Posted by: robinsullivan | January 22, 2008 9:50 PM

We're beginning to see a momentum build that recognizes that McCain is the most formidable candidate for the November election when they face the Democrats. The polls show this consistently. A trend is occuring where certain weighty commentators are showing the acceptance of this reality and the commendability of this American man of character; Mark Steyn, William Kristol, Victor Davis Hanson, for instance. Senator D"Amato has realized this. Jack Kemp supports McCain too. More good men with solid conservative credentials will be soon to follow. McCain appeals to the average American because he makes them feel good about themselves, that they too can be brave, honest, and heroic. His voting record is solid, attacking waste and corruption - his kind of responsibility would have helped the country avoid the degree of severity of the present trouble.

Posted by: musemonk | January 22, 2008 9:08 PM

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