March 10th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain to travel to Middle East, Europe

 McCain will head abroad next week.
McCain will head abroad next week.

(CNN) - John McCain will lead a congressional delegation to Europe and the Middle East next week, his Senate office announced Monday.

McCain will visit Jerusalem, London, and Paris next Tuesday through Friday. He will be joined by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime supporter of the Arizona senator's presidential bid, and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman, a former Democrat, endorsed McCain late last year.


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Don, San Francisco

    Too bad the Democratic candidate doesn't have the same luxury. McCain is out shoring up his foreign policy credentials while Clinton and Obama continue boxing each other. McCain is getting himself ready for November while the Democrats are slugging it out for mid-April.

    March 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Jacob

    Libermans policies are dangerous considering he was Al Gores running mate in 2000. I wouldn't be surprised if he loses his seat next election cycle.

    March 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. OBAMA 08

    HE SHOULD CHECK WITH HIS DOCTOR ABOUT THAT REPEAT THE PHRASE AND SENTENCE THING. HE MIGHT MAKE DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THE PROMISES. AND LIEBERMAN IS OF NO HELP. HE CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT PARTY HE BELONGS TO.

    March 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Weiss

    So McCain will be going on vacation while the rest of the country is experiencing so many problems... Very nice!

    March 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Grif

    Yessere.. Visit, where you can do the most productive good... Survey what you will have to sort come Spring 2009...

    One man and his Moe, went to Moe a meadow. Well almost!

    March 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Young Rep

    I wish more people who right on these blogs would do there own research instead of mouthing out what they hear. I hope McCain's choice for VP is J.C. Watts... It's good to hear that McCain is traveling to these countries and hopefully the people outside of America will get to know him unluck many Americans who choose not to look up what he has done while he has been in Washington... The last thing that I have to say is I hope Clinton and Obama would stop acting like kids and talk about issues. Not just two or three but a wide range of issues. yes, i'm already done my research on both of them. All i got to say is Obama's foreign policy is not very good. Very naive to say the least,... and yes i've actually have live outside of this country so I do have a good sense of what it's like outside of our great country. People stop acting like America is going down the drains... if you feel that way go visit other countries where people are not so lucky to have what we got... Feel blessed to live here!!!!

    March 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. ed

    I wish these Washington politicians would quit advertising[ for there benefit] that they are going to visit the middle east. The higher the ego of said politicos the more the countries kill or blow up american troops just to show they can and will control the tenior of such visit. Just about every time the show offs try to impress there egos more american lifes are lost . Mccain latest venture was publicized so the terrorists showed who really is in charge. The press is so good at keeping score of ballots etc why don'tyou keep track of the above statistics on the show off visits. 5 killed yesterday, each time they brag how much they are in control the host country shows what can happen if they really want to.

    March 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Polly

    I hope he can take all the traveling.....at his age.

    March 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Christi in Canada

    He can fly around the world – it doesn't matter. He called America the "last great hope for the world" – he is a fear monger and war monger. If he is elected, his finger will be poised scarily above the button. Mushroom clouds anyone?

    March 10, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Rohit

    McSame should try to learn a thing or two about economy and get some fund-raising going rather than focusing on national security credentials. He is already strong on that.

    March 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. spirit of america

    At this critical time in the 60-year struggle of the Palestinian people for justice and peace and statehood, it is vitally important that anyone who aspires to be the US President visit the Occupied Territories and make an unequivocal call to end the occupation in Palestine and end the war in Iraq. Anything less is just more of McSame as Bush, a national and international tragedy.

    March 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. SAP

    See ya!!!

    March 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Brenda Waters

    While Senator Clinton is determined to be her usual divisive self to promote her own ambitions, and sets out to destroy Senator Obama and the Democratic Party, the Republican Nominee is let loose to build up his President-elect credentials..

    WAKE UP DEMOCRATS – LOSE CLINTON, SHE IS A LOOSE CANON. FOR THE FUTURE OF THE PARTY – she just a self-serving, overly ambitious, arrogant, and ruthless woman – certainly NO STATESPERSON.

    Senator is a borne STATESMAN, with vision, judgement, intelligence and...humility, like all the great Statesmen.

    Brenda Elizabeth Cowley Waters

    March 10, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. joanna

    If not Clinton then MacCain! He has what it takes to be president of the USA. But if you do not care about this most important political office , then vote for a greenhorn whose only experience has been as a neighborhood organizer and a neophite senator. Barely enough experience for a first grade teacher. Is the White House big enough for his oversized ego? Where will he go after that? Political office in Africa?

    March 10, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Chris, Middletown, CT

    He so has to be hoping that Hillary can manipulate people to vote for her....because...thats the only way he will be president....against Obama – he doesn't have a shot...against Hillary....he wins by 5%

    March 10, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Grif

    Yes John I guess its all yours for the asking,.

    If Borack Obama really wants to be no 1/ on the Democrats side.

    I guess he will be after your Elected.... No1/ down the Toilet..

    Still better than in his Pant's.............

    March 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Erik

    Senator McCain presents as disagreeable and quavery. He does not inspire confidence.

    March 10, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Arizona Goes Blue in '08

    It's pretty obvious the travel-chatter on that plane will center around VP nominations. Watch for which "guest" comes back with the grumpier face and you'll know the GOP VP candidate.

    On another note... it might behoove the "Straight-talk Express" to make stops in Afghanistan and Iraq so Mr. McCain can be slapped in the face with the REALITY of where the Iraq situation is currently. He'll need to be briefed on the CURRENT state of affairs if he has any hope of debating Iraq policy with any of the other presumptive nominees. Judging by the way he talks, I don't think anyone has given him updates since Saddam's initial capture.

    March 10, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Arizona Goes Blue in '08

    It's pretty obvious the travel-chatter on that plane will center around VP nominations. Watch for which guest comes back with the grumpier face and you'll know the GOP VP candidate.

    On another note... it might behoove the "Straight-talk Express" to make stops in Afghanistan and Iraq so Mr. McCain can be slapped in the face with the REALITY of where the Iraq situation is currently. He'll need to be briefed on the CURRENT state of affairs if he has any hope of debating Iraq policy with any of the other presumptive nominees. Judging by the way he talks, I don't think anyone has given him updates since Saddam's initial capture.

    March 10, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Nat, Brooklyn, NY

    Hey, Mr. McCain and Co. you have to stay in Congress and do your work the people of America want you to do. It is not a travel time!

    March 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Jay in Kansas

    If there are any places he can be effective. Being linked with Joe Liberman takes most credibility out of his Republican credentials. The Middle Eastern governments are already abuzz with the Anti-Isreali rhetoric.

    France however has become much more conservative. While Spain's socialist party is ready to make bold initiatives in the opposite direction.

    I just hope McCain is flexible to truly deal with the challenges in this truly new world.

    March 10, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. Jack from California

    John – Why don't you stay there!

    March 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Gary

    Nice. Running for president and still has time to do his Hill duties.

    Suck on that democrats.

    March 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Black Man in Dixie

    Wow, this is definantly going to be one EXPENSIVE photo op so all these folks can say they did it come election time.

    March 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. NCLaw441

    Hey, Nat, what do you think Clinton and Obama have been doing for the past several months, and are doing to this day? They are also in the Senate.

    March 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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