West Wing Actors Agree: McCain Didn't Vote for Bush

They back up Huffington's account from a dinner party
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 3:45 PM CDT
President Bush and Republican nominee-in-waiting, Sen. John McCain.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Two actors from TV’s “West Wing” say John McCain did indeed claim at a party that he didn't vote for George Bush in 2000. The candidate angrily denied the charge when Arianna Huffington made it earlier this week, but now Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff are adding their voices to the mix. Days before Bush’s first inauguration, they say, the senator told a group of Hollywood liberals he’d bucked the GOP, the Washington Post reports.

“He was going on and on about how horribly unqualified and untested Bush was, how the campaign had attacked his family,” said Whitford. When pressed on whether he voted for Bush anyway, McCain "put his finger up to his lips, shook his head and mouthed, ‘No way.’” Both actors said they were impressed at the time and chalk up McCain's new embrace of Bush to pure politics.