By Dan Tuohy, The New Hampshire Union Leader
THE SOUND SYSTEM piped out "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" and "Sweet Caroline" as World Series champion Curt Schilling delivered his first campaign pitch for Sen. John McCain for president.
"We are at a time and a place when wehe said at a rally for the Republican last night at The Derryfield School in Manchester.
need someone with honor, integrity and loyalty,"
The likely Hall of Famer, jokingly called Senator Schilling by an audience member, showed he continues to have no problem expressing his opinion or lending his celebrity to a cause.
Schilling said elections too often seem to come down to whom one dislikes the least. "Our country deserves better than that," he said.
Schilling touted McCain's "straight talk," his leadership and his military experience as the senator from Arizona seeks to hit a home run in New Hampshire.
Will the hurler complement McCain's game?
It can't hurt, said Preston Lawrance of Manchester, who asked Schilling to sign a 2004 World Series poster. "I think it'll draw some more attention to his campaign. Whether it helps remains to be seen. It certainly stirs up some excitement."
David Sacchetti, who had Schilling autograph a photo of the pitcher tipping his hat, asked for advice on picking the right candidate.
"At the end of the day he's going to doSchilling responded.
what's right for us,"
"It's a question of character and integrity. Let's put the best
human being in the White House, not the best politician."