June 24th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain: Clinton will have 'enhanced influence' in the senate

RIVERSIDE, California (CNN) - On the day Hillary Clinton returned to the Senate for the first time since abandoning her presidential bid, her Senate Republican colleague John McCain said Clinton will probably come back to her day job with greater political clout.

“I think, if I had to guess, that the fact that the she ran an honorable and incredibly long and dedicated campaign for the nomination of her party would indicate to me that she would probably return to the United States Senate with enhanced prestige and enhanced influence,” McCain told reporters at a press conference here.

He also praised Clinton for her work on military matters since joining the legislative body in 2001.

“I think that Senator Clinton has already attained a position of leadership in the United States Senate,” he said. “She works hard at her job. She is a very important member of the Armed Services Committee and I have worked together wither her on a variety of national security issues.”

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. unions are not stupid

    Hey listen Democrats! Mc Cain is a tool! we had a GE already and Obama won this thing here is just icing for the cake the GOP is not thinking about November. They are thinking about 2012 when Jebb Bush will be the nominee against Obama. They are getting rid of Mc Cain once and for all right now they know there is no way he can win and they are making sure of it! If they don't do this we are seeing the end of the GOP as a whole there Ideas are 40 years out of date they have no way to be able to recruit new member because today we have Google and u tube and the information super highway has cut the effectiveness of there propaganda nonsense.

    June 24, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Perusing-through

    "…more clout in the Senate…" . . . . . now that is understatement.

    June 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. S. Shay

    You know it's a sad day for the Repugs when there nominee has to resort to pandering to the supporters of a candidate he once called evil and said her daughter was ugly. And to top it all off he has NO policies that should appeal to people who once supporter Hillary.

    That's like Barack pandering to Mike Huckabee's supporters.

    This is borderline psychotic.

    June 24, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Brian

    "Yes I am for Hillary now and forever, but I am afraid the DNC is making me vote for John McCain. Go there now and register."

    Way to make Hillary's job harder, her work would have to clear a presidential veto. Why can't you be honest and admit your selfish?

    June 24, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Donna

    I guess it took him a while to see what a great job she did...oh yeah, he NEEDS HER SUPPORTERS to help him win since REPUBLICANS aren't too thrilled with him being the nominee!!

    June 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Well, for all of you who are jumping on McCain's case, he was probably just answering somebody's question. What he says sounds logical, and if it really does turn out that way, then good for her.

    June 24, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Toot

    Senator McCain recognizes a true leader and lady when he see one. It is a shame that the other Senator only throw people under the bus.
    Thank you Senator McCain!!

    June 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Ron

    How would he know jet setting with his wife and her company jet

    June 24, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Florida Voter

    No, No, No this Florida Voter (Hillary Clinton supporter will never vote for Obama.

    June 24, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. Dem for McCain

    McCain has always been complementary of Hillary. They have an interesting and unique friendship.

    McCain '08

    June 24, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Ron


    7 of 10 comments are sour grapes. Simple grudges their canidate did not win. No consideration to what the nation needs to get back on its feet. I hope that you do not have any sons for McCain to send to war

    June 24, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. lampe

    Allyou bambi supporters make me sick. Oh she picked on bambi,she said mean things about him. For your information this was a political race not a love match. All of you keep talking trash about Sen. Clinton,you are really just pushing us right into Sen. McCains lap. At least he has some respect for Sen. Clinton. As far as Bambi supporters saying you vote for him, now and we will vote for Sen. Clinton in 2012or2116 I would not take your word on a stack of bibles,and if people are dumb enough to put their safety in the hands of a man who can not decide what change really is, we may not have to worry who will be running in 4or8 years we may a hole on the face of this earth with bambi in charge. HRC supporter now a McCain supporter.

    June 24, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. Hate to break it to you

    Although tha's gracious of McCain to say that about Hillary, but however she needs to state he is wrong for America. True, I'll give him some credit for reaching across the table on issues, afterall, that's what we need to get things done, but still he can't do the job for what America needs right now. I say if we were a waring country fighting all the time yes, but we want peace at this time and we don't need his tactics in causing more problems for America.

    June 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. rachel

    Its funny how obama supporters can say in the same sentence how much hillary and barack are the same on important issues and then bash her. Just stop everybody knows what mccain is doing but obama supporters are making it no better.

    June 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Comedy Central

    Many officials in Congress on both sides have commented over the years how hard Hillary has worked at her job. I have never heard anyone of them comment on how hard Obama has worked at his Senate position.

    June 24, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Bishop

    What a kiss-up!!!!

    June 24, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Brian in Syracuse NY

    That's funny, just four months ago the Republicans were all dissing Hillary and piling on her. 18 million votes later, and the Right has changed its mind.

    June 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. Independent Voter

    Here is a change I can believe in: that the DNC is not run by a bunch of entitled male insiders who are scared to death of a strong highly intelligent woman. Women are supposed to be home sorting their socks, I guess.

    I won't vote Democrat because I don't want to see a continuation of Howard Dean and the pre-selected look-how-liberal-we-are-selecting-a-black-man nonsense. Who cares if he knows anything? It's all about us, not him.

    Women in power positions are all afraid to be linked with the idea that they have overcome sexism. "Oh, sexism? I hardly noticed." SURE.
    Pelosi is the biggest hypocrite of them all. Now there's a person who's in it for herself alone.

    Obama will come and go, but the DNC is forever. I refuse to reward these self serving creeps. John McCain recognizes Hillary's contribution to the Senate, and that's light years beyond any Democrat male is capable of. Thank you, John McCain, for being the Real Thing and not being afraid that if you say something complimentary about Clinton you will somehow weaken your own position. A man with real self confidence is not afraid to acknowledge the contribution of others even if they're women and even if they're of the opposite party. Finally – a grown-up.

    June 24, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Bishop

    I've come to realize that Obama supporters are much smarter sounding on these post, hmmmm......

    June 24, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Jerry from Oregon

    honorable fight? is McCain high? i would not call her 3AM ad an 'honorable' tactic when it says your party's opponent is more qualified that your opponent from your own party who could well be the eventual nominee.

    But she did, eventually, bow out gracefully and promised to campaign vigorously for the Senator from Illinois. This action will give her a higher standing in the Senate as fellow Democrats acknowledge that she lost a hard campaign, but she sucked it up and worked for a democratic victory.

    June 24, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. A unknow black man from Canada help blogged 4 Obama since primary.

    Yes we can use his name now in a possitive way from both party.

    One person have to win, Obama name which affiliate with 3 senate and house rep helped them win their election.

    I am proud that everyone is agreeing to affiliate with Obama cuz he is a good man. God be the glory.

    God Bless America and one day I will be recognised with status.


    June 24, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. carrie obama

    shut up mcsame
    i had alot of respect for you,
    but u have lost it

    June 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. carrie obama

    @ darth vadik
    im def singing along
    dream on,dream on,dream on
    Obama for ever

    June 24, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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