Oct 19, 2016 12:26 AM
NH1 News Political Director
SALEM – Curt Schilling said it would be a “horrible mistake” if Hillary Clinton’s elected president.
And in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News, the former all-star pitcher for the Boston Red Sox says he needs “a very big yes” from his wife before he launches a 2018 Republican challenge against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Schilling talked with NH1 News on Tuesday evening, moments before speaking to supporters of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump who were gathered at the New Hampshire GOP field office in Salem. Schilling also spoke with Trump supporters and signed autographs at stops at NHGOP offices in Nashua and Stratham
With three weeks to go until the November 8th election, Schilling said “I’m an American citizen very, very, concerned about where my country is and where it might potentially be if by some horrible mistake we would elect Hillary Clinton and that just can’t happen. So whatever I can do to be a part of this and help people see what’s truly happening, what’s truly going on, I’m going to go.”
Asked what he would do if the Democratic nominee won the election, Schilling said “that’s a bridge we cross when we get there.”
“Two weeks ago I stopped looking at polls because I think they’re all as self-serving as a lot of the main stream media has become itself,” he added.
And he praised the GOP nominee, saying “I think at the end of the day we’re all sick with what’s happened and why it’s happened and I think that Mr. Trump has gotten both sides equally angry, to me is a good thing because I think the establishment needs a big time shakeup.”
Schilling backed Dr. Ben Carson during the GOP presidential primaries but threw his support to Trump in May in a 1,500 hundred world blog post, when the nomination was locked up.
Schilling’s 2018 political ambitions
Earlier on Tuesday in an interview on Rhode Island radio station WPRO, Schilling vowed to run for Senate in 2018 against Warren. But he added one big caveat: He would only run as long as his wife, Shonda, signed off on the move.
“It’s something that if the family decides that we can do this because I think this election has made very clear that a conservative candidate’s family is fair game,” Schilling told NH1 News. “And so that would have to be a very big yes. We can’t go into this being tepid. I don’t have a second or third gear. I’m either neutral or I’m in fifth and if that happens, then immediately dominoes into a lot of different things happening in our lives. Because I look at this job, to me an elected official is a 24-7 job. You don’t have off days.”
Popular Massachusetts governor and fellow Republican Charlie Baker’s up for re-election in 2018. Baker’s repeatedly said he won’t endorse Trump for the White House.
Asked how he would feel being on the same ticket as Baker, Schilling answered “Charlie Baker’s been a friend of mine for a long time. I love him to death. I trust him. I think he has integrity. I would be crushed if it would be otherwise. I disagree with some of the things he’s done in the last couple of months as far as the general is concerned, but that’s OK. I’ve never ever had a candidate anywhere ever that I’ve agreed with on every issue.”
“I’m fully supportive of Gov. Baker simply because I trust him,” Schilling added.
As for his game plan to defeat Warren, who’s considered a rock star among progressives and who will be a very formidable candidate as she runs for re-election, Schilling said “I think the populace is much different than the politics.”
“She is a classic tax and spend liberal,” he added.
And he took aim at her long-time push for debt free college.
“We have a homeless problem. We don’t take care of our vets. We have a horrific immigration problem. There are a lot of other things that I think need to be take care of and prioritized ahead of giving kids free college,” Schilling said.
Schilling is well known for his conservative leanings and controversial political comments on social media. In April he was fired from his job as ESPN analyst because of a Facebook post regarding North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.”
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