Tucker Bounds (born January 13, 1979) is a Republican political operative who served as a spokesperson for the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign.
Tucker Bounds was raised in Hermiston, Oregon, and graduated from Hermiston High School in 1997. Bounds is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where he met and briefly dated John McCain's national communications director Jill Hazelbaker. The team was recently nicknamed the "dynamic Duck duo" in an Oregonian article. Bounds was an Oregon media aide for the 2004 Bush campaign; he later went to work for the Republican National Committee, and joined McCain's presidential campaign in 2007.
A frequent public spokesperson for the McCain campaign, Bounds himself made news after his September 1, 2008 interview with Campbell Brown of CNN news led John McCain to cancel his own scheduled appearance on CNN in protest. That interview concerned McCain's then-recently announced running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's "experience and readiness to be commander in chief." According to an LA Times news blog, "Tensions -- and voices -- rose after the anchorwoman told Bounds that she was just 'trying to get someone from the campaign to explain what foreign policy experience has.' Bounds repeatedly skirted the question, choosing instead to criticize Barack Obama's lack of executive experience."