August 11th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain again condemns Russian military action

McCain condemned Russia's military actions in Georgia.

McCain condemned Russia's military actions in Georgia.

ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) - With his Democratic rival vacationing in Hawaii, John McCain used the political vacuum to polish his foreign policy credentials on Monday morning, issuing a lengthy statement to reporters condemning Russian military action in Georgia and calling for further diplomatic against the Kremlin.

“Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin must understand the severe, long-term negative consequences that their government’s actions will have for Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and Europe,” he said.

Watch: McCain condemns Russian military

The presumptive Republican nominee said Americans should be concerned with the “remote, obscure” country because of its commitment to democracy as well as strategically important trade routes and an oil pipeline that flows through Tblisi. He also noted that Georgia was “one of the world’s first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion.”

He accused Russia of trying to intimidate other neighbors like Ukraine who have sought to strengthen ties with the West.

McCain called on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to travel to Europe and begin “high-level diplomacy” to support Georgian independence, and demanded that Russia call a cease-fire and withdraw all troops from Georgian territory. He urged the U.N. Security Council to condemn the violence, even with the threat of a Russian veto. Russia's actions, he said, must be submitted to "the court of world opinion."

In his remarks, McCain repeatedly mispronounced the name of Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. The gaffe comes in the wake of several incidents last month when he referred to the Czech Republic as the nation of “Czechoslovakia,” which no longer exists.

The Arizona senator spoke with the Georgian president over the weekend about the situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    Time to scare voters again, since nothing else works for the Republicans.

    August 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. ANGIE

    Mcwar wishes he was president right now he would not hesitate to start bombing russia MCCAIN IS OBSESSED WITH WAR he claims he knows how to win them as president he will start more wars so he can be in control and say see i told you i know how to win wars MCCAIN IS VERY DANGEROUS WITH HIM AS PRESIDENT WORLD WAR 3 WILL BEGIN MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. DJ CO

    Please don't moderate me CNN. Post my comment FOR ONCE!

    Johnny Mac is quite arrogant and presumptious, isn't he? He's going around giving speeches, commenting about world events – acting like he's already president! HYPOCRITE! That's what he is for criticizing Sen. Obama for the same thing! I can't wait until Nov. to vote for Barack Obama – POTUS!

    August 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Steve

    Good thing he's not president. We'd be bombing both sides just to make sure there was a peaceful outcome and we could declare victory.

    August 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. DJ CO

    Thanks for moderating me CNN!

    August 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Jim

    Nothing but a political speech written by some one on his staff. If you listen to him he had no idea what he was even saying. Why not take questions from reporters who were there. Shame on you Mccain. You knew very well you would slip up. Truly a shame that he would come out with a stump speech while people are dying. Is he or B

    August 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Jim

    Shame on you

    August 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Donkey Party

    McCain is nothing more than a withered, bitter, disrespectful, disgraceful old man. Any respect I ever had for him is gone.

    August 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Doyle - MI

    Ok McCain show us the path into World War III.

    August 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. George from Minneapolis

    America is in no position to tell Russia anything. We did take over Iraq didn't we ?? Putin is laughing at Bush and McCain. If I was Putin I would personally tell them to stfu. Hypocrites.

    August 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. ex-Republican for Obama

    McWar is merely echoing what has already been said by the current administration and trying to impress voters with this. We don't need this rich, out-of-touch lying old guy.We need Obama as commander-in-chief

    August 11, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. king

    mccain is uneducated and lacks commom sense

    August 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. linda n carolina

    "oil pipeline through Tblisi" Aaaaaaah, We've always wanted Russia to be just like us.....It's all about the oil.

    August 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Wonder which pair of over $500 pair of shoes he is trembling in today? Elitist? YOU BET. Arrogant? YOU BET. Presumptuous? YOU BET. He couldn't even READ the names correctly.

    No Foreign Affairs capabilities – war war war surge surge surge drill drill drill

    NO TO MCShame !!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Tired of the prejdice and hate

    I'm not a McCain supporter, nor am I old, but I must say that age-ism is just as ugly and prejudicial as racism. McCain is not too old to lead. You people who berate him as an "old man" are as disrespectful as those who call African-Americans "too stupid to lead." Both are completely ignorant, hateful statements.

    If you can't understand that, then you are too stupid to vote.

    August 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    So, Senator, it's OK for the US to run around sticking its military nose into other countries, affairs, but it's not OK for the Russians to do the same? Not that I like what Russia did, and is continuing to do, but it's bloody hypocritical for McCain to make a fuss about it.

    August 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Don

    Some of these Obama supporters are really empty. Just because his opponent issues a strong statement which he didn't do u want to shame his opponent. Go to your candidates website and urge him to issue a statement.

    August 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. ron

    obamonites unite and believe all the propaganda the Russians will feed you. they used the same tactics when they invaded Poland and while the doves cooed the Russians invaded the rest is written in the history books if obamanites care to find out.

    August 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    OK !!!!, what's wrong with this picture? America at war ,America at war,America at war. Now which of these wars do we want to win.? The one that Bush started, the one with Mexico,the one with the short dude with the funny name. Now we want one with Russia. Get all of our people home from the Bushes war and maybe we can help Georgia or maybe ourselves.

    August 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |

    Isn't Russia, who wants to change the leadership of Georgia, just like the USA wanting to change the leadership of Iraq? .......oh wait, it is only okay if the USA does it

    August 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain again using war as an opportunity for his self serving political purposes. McCain knows nothing about anything else and everything about failed policies and war. This old man will be dead and our young will die right along with him if he is allowed the presidency. McCain has lived a long life term and our sons and daughters deserve the same. He needs to retire in the old folks home and allow our nation to move forward into the 21st century. If there is one person out there that doesn't believe McCain will start another war you've got another thinking coming.

    August 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. How does CNN determine who gets posted?

    In this situation, Georgia was the aggressor. Russia retaliated.

    John McCain immediately jumped on this without all the facts. Is this the kind of president he's going to be? Shoot first. Ask questions later?

    August 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Joe in NJ

    Why are all you idiots attacking McCain? Obama has also condemned Russia's actions.

    August 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. McCain=the draft

    If bloodthirsty McCain is elected, plan on wars, and he'll find you jobs... by reinstating the draft!

    August 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. ran

    Citizenes of the US we all must vote for OBAMA and DEMOCRATS. WE can not allow another POTUS like Mccain into the whitehouse, he will have us in WWIII before his first month in office is up.

    August 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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