June 11th, 2008
06:15 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain plans new overseas trip

(CNN) - John McCain is planning a journey within the next month that will take him to the country's Western Hemisphere neighbors

The itinerary has not been entirely nailed down, but currently includes stops in Canada, Mexico and Colombia.

Those nations have all negotiated trade deals with the United States, although Colombia's agreement – which became a lightning rod during this year's Democratic presidential primaries – has met fierce resistance on Capitol Hill, and has not yet received congressional approval.

Border issues and illegal immigration have been among the most vexing political issues this cycle, especially for McCain. His support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants almost fatally wounded his GOP primary bid; it was only after he said "lesson learned" and promised to secure the border first that many Republican voters decided to give him a second chance.

The trip will be McCain's second since effectively claiming the Republican nomination. Earlier this spring, the Arizona senator visited Europe and the Middle East, including a stop in Iraq.

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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. rich

    A senile misadventure. I wounder who is footing the bill?

    June 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Lisa

    This way he can run away form the issues and not make the many gaffes as usual. He needs to travel so he can know who he is talking about and by the way this election is not about how many countries you can visit. FIX OUR PROBLEMS!!!!!! This is where the problem lies, stop running to other countries and fix us. JOHN MCCAIN.

    June 11, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. ron

    Mccain in true form is focusing his efforts elsewhere and is now clear that he does not have a strong stance or policy in getting the US economy on track. I just filled my gas tank and it cost me $80. I'm sorry, but Obama and Hillary policies are sure to help out our economy sooner that later. While Mccain continues to galavant around the globe running from the issues and keeping us at war for the next 100 years!! We need this to stop yesterday!!!

    June 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Former Republican

    You better naturalize in Columbia!

    June 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Esther

    McCain is untried and untested on Foreign policy and national security. He just fought/was in the Vietnam or old war – thats all. He was not in the executive branch of government or the brains behind it. Even then, thats a long time ago. We want change! We want something new. Right now, he's too old, cannot move, talk/give a speech or even think evident from his backing Bush's policies 100%.

    June 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Cynthia

    More photo ops. Who's going along with his to correct is misspeaks? Lieberman?

    June 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. D-Man

    Still for Hill,

    Why should Obama visit Iraq? He was against the war so what do he need to go see. My sister is a LT. Col and she was 2nd in command of the 4th Infantry, she has been there twice and is going back in August and she said the war is worthless for us and the troops are just going there to save face. She said they are always under attack adnit is a war we will never win, because their is no way to win just die.
    Now you keep tristing what McCain say who goes there for a day and is surrounded by troops. The troops hate when politicians come because they want to walk around for the cameras and that puts our troops in danger. So you keep supporting Hillary and McCain because they both voted for this war. You call Obama a coward well I call him smart. Being a fool does not make you brave it just make you a fool, what are you? by the way why haven't you visited Iraq.

    June 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Been there

    When was the last time Obama went to see the troops???? That is right it has been YEARS!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. David in Illinois

    McCain only cares about what's going on overseas...Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran... does he NOT SEE the troubles that are roiling this country ... RIGHT ON OUR OWN SOIL?
    He should be focusing his attention like a laser beam on the American economy. But I forgot... that's not his strong suit. He's still on a learning curve when it comes to American jobs, energy, healthcare and all that.
    We don't need a man who has to learn ON THE JOB. We need a leader who cake take the helm of this economy from DAY 1.
    Who is that leader? Senator Barack Obama!!

    June 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. TJ in Texas (Dallas)

    I'm sorry but these are U.S. elections. He needs to be proving to Americans what he is about, not schmoozing other foreign diplomats.These is really looking like a politcal stunt indeed.

    June 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Fight the liberal media!

    stright from hillary website!
    we love this!
    McCain/Cheney 08!


    by Vel at 6/7/2008 12:33:04 PM

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    We support you FOREVER!!!

    BUT we will NEVER support BO!!! He doesn't deserve it! He stole it!!! NEVER means NEVER!!!

    Also, we will FOREVER remember what BO, his nasty supporters, MSM, & the UNdemocratic DNC did in this election.

    McCain 08!!!

    Hillary 2012!!!

    by People at 6/7/2008 1:33:08 PM

    I love it! McCain has this wrapped up
    welcome former hillary supporters! together we will rid the US of abortion and homosexual marriage before our family structure crumbles! i dont care how many young women he hs affairs with, that is who you are supposed to have affairs with not young men or old woman. Go riddence liberal elite Obamorons!

    June 11, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. ron

    I will not vote for a presidential candidiate who will veto all beers!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. ANGIE

    why dont you go and stay there mccain nobody wants you here desroying this country anymore than it is!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Agnostic Democrat

    How's he going to remember which country he's in without Lieberman's hand up his back moving his mouth?

    June 11, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. David

    Please stay out of Canada. We are doing just fine.

    June 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. martin

    any chance he can get on an al-quaeda sponsored flight?

    June 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Ed

    What he need to do is travel to the Rust Belt , Applalachians , Detriot, , Nevada , Colorado , Indian Reservations and inner cities of America ..where people are facing high fuel costs , declining wages and job loss , bad education and foreclosed homes...rather he is travelling out of the country for a excursion

    What a pity..please vote sensibly in November and not for adventurers !!!

    June 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Timothy

    Charity begins at home and not over seas. Why don't he go visit rural and torn areas in cities that need help. Of course he want there is no monetary gain. I certainly hope my tax dollars are not being used to sponser his travels. He is the same building his portfolio for himself. God please help... the greed of politicians and corporate america.

    June 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. KIKI

    First Obama need to meet with;
    – Wounded soldiers in VA hospitals,
    – Secretary of UN to discuss world issues
    – NATO allies to discuss Iran Nuc problem and Join fight of terrorism
    – Irak gov leaders and top commanders on the ground separately to have the latest news and to discuss how to get out safely.
    – Visit natural disaster areas in the country
    – Scientifics on alternative energy and expert in the auto industry to increase fuel efficiency.

    Any I will vote for him regardless.

    Obama O8

    June 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    I didn’t know McCain was running for President of the World. Why is he so concerned with taking trips outside the USA? Um...we are the ones voting in November, not Canada and Mexico.
    Our economy is on a downward spiral and he has already admitted to not knowing much about that. If McCain wants to impress the voters then go take a few trips across this country and not just photo opps but really meet with the people who are being affected the most by the current poor leadership.
    His campaign managers are not doing him any good so far.

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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