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Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor Says He Voted for McCain

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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
Sun Herald 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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So in essense the folks in that district in Mississippi are voting for one of two republicans, one who just happens to be listed on the ballot as a democrat? Wow, talk about no choice!

October 26 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why is he a democrat? He should join the republican party..,

October 26 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ezek37's comment

Why should he. As per your statement all people should vote as registered why? Many people register based on where they live. They vote how they choose. Their is nothing wrong with the man voting his choice. I also agree with him voting his mind on political issues and not just voting what the party wants. He feels he is representing his peoples best interest and not the parties.

October 26 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Many elected Democrats in Mississippi vote Republican on the national level. It has to do with demographics, especially on the local level.

October 26 2010 at 11:15 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply


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