April 4th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain to request Secret Service protection

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Secret Service source confirms that there have been contacts to arrange a meeting to discuss possible protection for Senator John McCain. The source tells CNN the contact was initiated by the McCain campaign.

Two sources, one in the campaign and one in the government, tell CNN there has been occasional contact for some time, although the presumptive Republican nominee himself has long declined a security detail. The discussions centered on issues like the potential risk of certain locations, though nothing that has ever reached the point of a specific or worrisome threat.

A sit-down meeting between McCain aides and top agency officials was scheduled to take place several weeks ago - before yesterday's congressional testimony by Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan that the Arizona senator was not currently protected by an official security detail - but that discussion was postponed by the campaign.

That meeting had been scheduled to discuss a timetable for the eventual addition of protection, one that both sources now say they expect to be accelerated, and to begin in the near future (though no specific date has yet been set.) A detail is ready; candidate details teams have been training for months, and there is a McCain team ready to go on very short notice.

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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. M.S. Indiana

    Maybe the agents should be paramedics...

    April 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. William from TX

    Does McCain really draw a crowd?? That seems like a waste of money.

    April 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Scott in Boston

    Protect all three Presidential candidates. It's the smart thing to do. They deserve it.

    April 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. HP Boston

    Tex April 4th, 2008 2:37 pm ET

    I am not surprised. He is being threatened by Limbaugh and Dobson and others of the so-called far right wing zealots and Christians

    LOL Tex How about infrared at night and black hawk helicopters too!! LOL

    April 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Grif

    And so do I, John.. You're the President awaiting... 8 months to go??

    The Most important Man, in the USA..........

    April 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Darbel

    He's white ,old and and does not draw a large group of people,so why does he need it ?

    April 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Gobama

    McBush continues to support tax breaks for the wealth-addicted, who weren't even asking for more of the nation's monies.

    Now McBush wants the working families (far less wealthy) who are already cash-strapped to fund his security? Sheesh!

    April 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |

    Please stop talking about McCain's age! Believe it or not, you too will be older someday! My God. We are talking about electing the President of the United States here. It's the most important "job interview" there is! So, let's talk about what really matters: Experience. Mac has it, Obama doesn't. Too bad, Obama! You're just not ready to lead this nation.

    April 4, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain is 71 years old and who do you think is going to catch him if he falls, none other than the Secret Service. I see this as a good job a qualified unemployed nurse.

    April 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Pathetic

    This is normal, and Sen. McCain made a big deal about how tough he was, and how he wasn't going to spend taxpayer dollars on this "inconvienent" service.

    Two days later he calls the Service to get protection.

    I'm not dissing the service itself, all the candidates should have it. I'm dissing his freakin' hypocracy.

    He can't even get THIS right.

    April 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Grif

    Exactly, Nine Weeks, to the Day. Since Robert F Kennedy Died...
    Just another Election Year.... He certainly needed better Protection.

    April 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. anyone but Obama

    He better think of getting Secret Service as soon as he can.....the Obamanites are crazy.

    April 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Cayleig fomtaine


    April 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Jon Dallas

    If a lot McCains supporters aren't at his rallies it's probably because they have jobs.

    April 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |

    It's funny – every time I post something that is not in Obama's favor, CNN won't post it. They have no problem posting against McCain or Clinton, but they won't post anti-Obama messages. Especially the ones that make sense and are hard-hitting. They might post THIS e-mail, but they haven't posted my other ones!

    April 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. John

    Protection for involuntary bowel movements....not Secret Service protection.

    Depends undergarments: Because you got a lot of living to do!!

    April 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason


    I defiantly am not a fan of FOX NEWS, but I just finished taking a look at their blogs and was surprised by their civility.

    PLEASE stop fighting! Please. We have far much more in common than we have differences. Please. We have to come together for this nation. We know that the issues are very similar so STOP IT. We are behaving like spoiled little brats, or Yankees vs. Red Sox. If we can not find end roads between us their will be a split within the party so deep we will feel it for an entire generation.

    April 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Mufaddal

    I think all the candidates deserve to be protected by SS AGENTS. BUT I SWEAR...HE IS THE MOST BORING PERSON TO LISTEN TO...and IF he becomes the next president......i think the world is goin to fall asleep....
    McCain is a old retired person...he should be sitting in a RETIREMENT SHELTER.......and he is goin to lead us in to depression...WE DONT WANT A GRANDPA LEADIN THIS COUNTRY!!!
    Obama is the only inspirational candidate in the race....he can really change this country in a new and a better direction...VOTE OBAMA, YOU WONT REGRET!!!!
    OBAMA '08!! ALL THE WAY...

    April 4, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Lancaster John

    Certainly, he should have the protection as the obvious Republican candidate. I'm a Democrat but in the light of all the nuts running around I think McCain should be protected. By the way, speaking of nuts. One contributor to this blog seems to think that retirees and ex-military are against McCain. I'm a retiree and Vietnam vet as are many of my friends and most of them are for McCain. If Obama gets the Democratic nomination then I'll have to vote for McCain also.

    April 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Nick D

    Rev Wright OBama and Gunfire Hillary? Thats the best the DNC can do? McCain in 08!

    April 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    What took him so long?
    Did he forget to take his pills?
    How come he didn't ask for this the moment it became clear he's the nominee?

    Yet another bad judgment call.

    April 4, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    Demo for McCain,

    What you’ve just wrote is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point were you even close to anything that can be considered a rational thought. Every one in this blog is now dumber for having read it. If I was you I would go into a hole and only come out at night for a few minutes, the world would be a much better place.

    April 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. A Proud Hillraiser

    I agree Hillary is a fighter a true leader unlike these dreamers. No she is a doer.

    And yes they all deserve the secrete service protection.

    April 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Remembering Dr. King LA, CA

    Its dam shame that McCain & Hillary are all of a sudden talking about race, and what they plan on doing for the black voter. What about all of the other races in this country? This is only a tactic to woo the black voter.

    Shame on you Hillary & McCain

    It would not even be an issue if it where not for a black candidate being in the race.

    I can't stand either Hillary or McCain or Bush

    April 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. A Proud Hillraiser

    TO QUOTE Larry B

    "Larry B April 4th, 2008 3:52 pm ET

    If McCain does not know the difference between Al Quaeda in Irag and Shiite terrorists being aided by iran, then he does need protection by somone who can tell him who the bad guys are."

    Yes you are right why would anyone in their right mind vote for a man that doesn't even know who the enemy is or the enemy group? He pointed out the wrong group for god sakes to you know what that could lead to?

    April 4, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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