McCain Picks Up SC Democrat Endorsement

By Jerry Miller | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - The Democrat President of the South Carolina State Senate has endorsed Republican presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain saying he is the only candidate in the race who has the "guts" to address campaign finance reform.

John Drummond, also a former prisoner of war, said he was drawn to McCain because of the senator's "having the guts" to address campaign finance reform. Drummond also praised McCain for not having cracked under the pressure he experienced during his five-year stint as a prisoner of war.

"He learned life in that cage, I can assure you of that," Drummond said.

"I'm putting campaign signs in my front yard," Drummond added. "I'm sending him campaign contributions and I'm thrilled that South Carolina is catching fire [supporting McCain's presidential bid]."

Drummond promised he would ask friends in the state to also support McCain's campaign.

Drummond is not new to endorsing members of the opposition party, having supported Republicans in the past for state races. "I hope if we are going to have a Republican president, I sure want McCain to be it."

Meanwhile, Texas Gov. George W. Bush continued his new campaign theme that he is the "reformer with results" and painting McCain as the "Washington insider." Bush is alleging that McCain has taken PAC money, despite his statements of being against special interest funding.

"There is nothing illegal about taking PAC money," Bush said during a Thursday campaign stop. "I take PAC money and he's been successful in taking PAC money. My point is, it's one thing to say something. It's another thing to do it."

Then characterizing himself, rather than McCain, as the real GOP reformer, Bush added, "I want to make sure that people understand that a campaign funding reformer must be held to higher standards."

Bush also criticized McCain for transferring $2 million from his senate campaign account to his presidential coffers, even though the Arizona senator once characterized doing so as "hypocrisy."

McCain acknowledged he has accepted PAC funds, but insisted he is opposed to the use of unregulated soft money contributions, noting PAC funds are not only legal, but also are regulated.

Both campaigns are continuing to accuse one another of engaging in "push polling," a procedure in which a caller appears to be taking a poll, but uses the conversation to discredit an opposing candidate.