After first saying he would not support Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House, a conservative Mississippi Democrat now says he voted for John McCain for president in 2008 over Barack Obama, the candidate of his own party.
"I did not vote for Obama, I voted for Senator McCain," Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) told Maria Recio
, a national reporter for the
of Biloxi. "Better the devil you know."
Taylor's Republican foe, state Sen. Steven Palazzo, has linked him to Obama and Pelosi in a campaign season that portends sweeping Republican victories, in part due to dissatisfaction with Democratic leaders' inability to fix the economy. Taylor, one of the most conservative members of the House Democratic caucus, voted against the health care reform bill and the cap-and-trade climate bill. But Palazzo says Taylor was on Pelosi's side 82 percent of the time.
As for McCain, he's not looking back to 2008, nor is he ready to jump into the looming 2012 fray. He said Tuesday that his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, would be an "outstanding candidate"
for president, but noted it's way too soon to endorse anyone in the next presidential campaign. "I don't think Sarah would want me to before she's even able to make a decision," he told CBS' "The Early Show
"It's very early to start picking winners and losers," he said -- especially since McCain must first win reelection to his own Senate seat in Arizona next Tuesday.
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