July 26th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain hosts GOP allies at his Arizona cabin

Sen. McCain will use his cabin near Sedona, Arizona, to host several GOP leaders Saturday.
Sen. McCain will use his cabin near Sedona, Arizona, to host several GOP leaders Saturday.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain, who spent the week criticizing Sen. Barack Obama's trip to the Middle East and Europe, will host several top Republicans at his cabin outside Sedona, Arizona, later Saturday.

As many as 75 people are expected to attend a barbeque.

CNN's Dana Bash reported earlier this week that attendees would receive meetings and briefings from staff, including campaign manager Rick Davis, Saturday morning at a nearby Sedona resort where most will stay.

McCain often uses his creek-side cabin to hold intimate political events in a relaxed setting. He told reporters he hosted there this spring that making ribs on his large grill is one of his only means of relaxation.

A few months ago he hosted a group that included several would-be running mates - including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Linda in Va

    He should grill the rest of his retired life I'd say

    July 26, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    keep practicing your bbq skill mcsame...you will need it to host your whining and sore losers campaign after you lose in nov.

    July 26, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Who's paying attention to McCain?

    After a tough week in the cheese aisle at the Piggly Wiggly and in front of a German sausage restaurant, McCain is heading back to his creek-side cabin in the woods, just like my grandfather used to do.
    My grandpa would go to his creek-side cabin and just relax and enjoy his old age.
    McCain should just go up there and bar-be-que away, and never some back to scare us again!

    July 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. MurphyMorseJohnson

    McCain is hosting Romney among others at McCain's cabin. It must be a fascinating to hear Romney tell McCain that all illegal immigrants must be deported. After all, Romney's main campaign issue was to deport illegals. Don't let that rustic cabin setting fool you, though. McCain's wife is loaded with dough–filthy rich with it–and he's filthy without it.

    July 26, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Cindy Hussein McCain

    McCain is a snake. He urges him to take the trip, and then critiques him negatively when he does. If Obama had not taken the trip McCain would have had something bad to say about that.

    If anyone has not caught on to his tactic yet, they are to criticize, criticize and criticize. No matter what Obama does, McCain is trying to instill doubt. I hope the Amerian People can see this. McCain has no reason to be so disrepectful of Obama (Oh except he wants to win)

    This tell what kind of man McCain really is, he will be as negative as he has to in order to win. He wont fight on the issues because he is afraid that he would lose (and he would). His only chance is to be negative. So he will!

    July 26, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Dave from Florida

    Oil Executives from Shell, Mobil, BP, and some of the 110 lobbyists still working for McBush. When gas prices first hit $4.00 a gallon weeks ago...McBush said "the Surge" is working, when told he could'nt go on the oil rig in the gulf because of Hurricane Dolly McBush replied "The Surge" i'm all for it. Unemployment..the Surge.
    Banks failing...The Surge......Housing declining in value....The Surge.
    Geeeeez !!!!!

    July 26, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Tom in CA

    It's nice that he has allies!

    They must be his age or older. Perhaps they have Old Timers...just like John!

    July 26, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Netty

    A cozy get-together for the Brotherhood – What fun !!

    July 26, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Robert M Heck Sr

    Obama this, Obama that: too much Obama everything and anything.
    Let's get some fair and equal coverage already. Black Osama is getting more than his fair share of exposure. Be honest. It is as if he
    has already won the election. What a disgraceful display by our media people.

    July 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Bud

    Hey, John, you should hang with a better crowd.

    July 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. arkansas hillbilly

    will there be a keg ?free marijuana?rock n roll or country music?will they be discussing which country to invade illegally,next?

    July 26, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Bulldog

    They are planning their next attacks just like military leaders going into a battle. Since they have not solutions to solve any real problems this country is facing they figure they need to launch missiles and bombs at the other side. Many McCain backers call Obama an empty suit but they don't realize all McCain has in his suit are bombs, missiles, and ammunition. He has no solutions. At least Obama has some of those.

    July 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Ted van Tol

    Yesterday I saw Sen. McCain in the Situation Room.
    I realy felt sorry for him.
    I saw a tired man who told us that he know how to win wars,
    he would bring Osama Bin Laden to justice because he knew
    the aria he lives and so on………………………..
    I saw at his face that he did not believe his own words.
    I saw the same face that I have seen by G. Bush the last 3 years.
    Sen. Mc Cain, whom I respect, is an old and tired man. When he
    becomes President of the USA he wil be totaly depent on his advisers like Bush did.
    When Mc Cain would go to Berlin I am sure, no one would show up.

    And what a difference when I see Barack Obama, young, strong, wise and loved all over the world. He is surely isnot the Messiah, he is not pretending that but he is a good man with a vision for this world no one ever dreamed of.
    He gives so many hope for the future.

    Americans vote for the best candidate, Barack Hussein Obama.

    With love from the Netherlands.

    July 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Loretta from California

    I don't see any criticism here. This article is too cute. Careful CNN, the GOP whiners might accuse you of being too bias.

    I think your coverage of each candidate has been fair and balanced.

    Great Job.

    July 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Pam

    I'm guessing his "cabin" (which I'm sure his wealthy Stepford wife paid for) is larger than 90% of the average American's home.

    July 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Nancy

    His "cabin?." Why not call it his estate? It is. Do people realize how expensive it would be to own a property in Sedona? The McCains are beyond wealthy. He has no clue what it is like to be a typical every day American. No clue what it is like to be without health insurance or drug coverage. His wife charges hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on her credit card. HThose of you who vote for him will be kicking yourselves in the butt, just like you are now after voting for Bush 3 1/2 years ago..........
    And to Hilary supporters who would ever vote for him, shame on you!

    July 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Franky

    Senator, another party? I see how it is, you don't wanna invite me, huh? Is cool Senator, is cool......even though I care about the Reps. Is cool Senator, is cool, LOL!!

    July 26, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    How is this news, McCain takes every weekend off to rest. It's more like he's hosting his grandchildren. What a waste of supporters time and money.

    July 26, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Cecil

    The Warmonger McCain.
    War, What Is IT Good For......................................
    Say It Again

    July 26, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Carolyn

    Wow! I wonder how many rooms John's creekside cottage has. With over 75 people coming, I'm sure it's not like the creekside cottages most of us imagine or would be happy to have. GO AWAY>

    July 26, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Montana is Obama Country

    CNN- This is OLD News and everybody knows its a cover for John to take the weekend off as he has already said he would be a M-F – 8-5 president if elected.

    Maybe he is at home lifting couch cushions looking for his flag pin.. (saying- hmm I know it's around here somewhere, now where did I put that darn thing)

    July 26, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. MIKE FROM FLORIDA

    HOW DO THEY CALL THOSE MEETINGS BACK IN THE DAY OH I REMEBER CLAN MEETING THATS RIGHT POST THIS CNN!!

    July 26, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Garth

    Some how having 75 people over for a barbeque doesn't sound like McCain's "cabin" is that little. Can you say Elitist?

    July 26, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. Edward

    His guests will be doing an intervention: stay on message or you'll be abandoned by your delegates at the Republican Convention. McCain has now moved his policy toward Afghanistan and Iraq so close to Obama's positions that one wonders how he can convince moderate voters he'd be any different on foreign policy. Indeed, he gained great traction over his most dangerous opponent, Mitt Romney, in the Republican primary debates by lambasting him over adopting a timeframe for withdrawal. Now, McCain has moved squarely way beyond where Romney had ever gone toward what is the Democratic Party's message.

    July 26, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Vig

    Slow and steady wins the race.

    July 26, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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