John McCain's former campaign strategist said he was too disillusioned to vote for him in the 2008 presidential election

Steve Schmidt (L), John McCain (R).William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Image (L) Charles Mostoller/Reuters (R)
John McCain's former campaign strategist said he did not vote for him in the 2008 presidential election.
Steve Schmidt said he was "completely unfit to be President".
Schmidt recently revealed he lied for McCain about his relationship with a lobbyist.
John McCain's former campaign strategist said he didn't vote for him in the 2008 presidential election because he was so disillusioned with him.
"The only conceivable conclusion you could come to after observing his behavior throughout this campaign was that he is totally unfit to be president," Schmidt told Politico's Playbook Deep Dive podcast.
"The truth is, I didn't vote for him either," Schmidt said, revealing that he left his ballot blank instead.
In an essay published by Substack on Sunday, Schmidt revealed that he lied to discredit a 2008 New York Times article that reported on McCain's close relationship with a lobbyist.
The New York Times reported that lobbyist Vicki Iseman received special treatment from McCain and detailed speculation that their relationship had turned romantic.
Schmidt said he lied on McCain's behalf to protect his reputation, despite knowing of his close relationship with the lobbyist.
"John McCain has done a lot of great things, he's done a lot of heroic things, right, and he's done some bad things. And he absolutely betrayed me," Schmidt told the Politico podcast.
Schmidt also said he regrets playing a role in the rise of Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, whom Schmidt has called a "degenerate liar."
During the Politico podcast, Schmidt said McCain was a "reckless man" and suggested that if elected his administration would have shared similarities with Donald Trump's.
"It's the biggest disillusionment of my life," said Schmidt. "This guy was a hero of mine."
Schmidt has also exchanged harsh words with Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late senator, in recent weeks.
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John McCain
US statesman and military officer (1936–2018)
Stephen Schmidt
American communications strategist

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