October 14, 2008
Longtime Democrat Toby Keith is registering to vote as an independent and says the left wings verbal attacks against Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin could lead to a win for John McCain in November, the singer-songwriter said Thursday (Oct. 2) in an interview with CMT.com.
Keith also cited erroneous headlines and reports in the media indicating that he supports Democrat Barack Obama.
I said that he had a chance to win it as the [partys] best candidate since Bill Clinton, Keith said. I said McCain is very able to run this country, too. Very qualified. ... They didnt put anything about McCain and Palin. They just put that Toby Keith supports Obama.
Keith said the Democratic party no longer represents his views.
Ive been a lifetime Democrat, and Im re-registering this year as an independent, he said. Its strictly [because] my party, that Ive been affiliated with all these years, doesnt stand for anything that I stand for anymore. Theyve lost any sensibility that they had, and theyve allowed all the kooks in, so Im going independent.
Hes convinced the attacks on Palin are likely to backfire on the Democrats.
Its just like this: If I was a strong supporter of Obama and Biden ... the kooks in the Democratic party this extreme left are hammering Palin so bad, that theyre gonna cause John McCain to win this thing, he said.
This just made my day. Toby Keith has always presented himself as Dem.....so great news to Republicans that we have him on board!!!