August 12th, 2008
03:52 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: 'Today we are all Georgians'

YORK, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Although Russia has apparently agreed to cease military action in Georgia, John McCain accused Moscow Tuesday of continuing to attack, saying that “possibly thousands” of civilians have been wounded or killed.

“President Medvedev stated that he has halted the offensive,” McCain said, “but reports indicate Russian military forces have continued attacks in some areas, and the situation remains fluid and dangerous.”

“Today the killing goes on, and the aggression goes on,” he said.

McCain spoke for seven minutes about the situation in Georgia at the beginning of a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania, praising the country’s “long and remarkable” history and its commitment to Western values. He said he spoke to Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili earlier in the day.

“He wanted me to say thanks to you, and give you his heartfelt thanks, for the support of the American people for this tiny little democracy far away from the United States of America,” McCain said. “And I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, ‘Today we are all Georgians.’”

The presumptive GOP nominee appeared to allude to past calamities in Europe while describing the crisis.

“My friends, we learned a great cost of the price of allowing aggression against free nations to go unchecked,” he said.

He continued his call for humanitarian aid to be airlifted to the country and for international peacekeeping forces to be sent to the two separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.


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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Nik

    Now if Obama called Americans Georgians, all hell would break loose. He would be criticized for having foreign ideology...for not being an American at his core...

    The Tough Talk Express is at its worst.

    John McCain = World War III

    August 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Tom in S.A.

    Sue,
    In your dream world war is wrong, wars have been fought forever and until everyone agrees on everything there will be more wars. For all you Bush haters get over it.

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. McCain is PSYCHO !

    oh yeah...now we're georgians...

    To bad there wasn't anybody to claim they were Irakis when we bombed them for NO REASONS !

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. anonymous

    What if our leaders democratic and republican got together in our country and worked as hard as they are talking to Russia our country would start to shape up. We are paying taxes for these people to take care of business everyplace except where they should be. Tax payers $ for the Security and then they are not even doing anything for the US.
    Give us a bigger and better brake and I don't mean At McDonalds either.

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Pam

    And he talks about Obama being arrogant and presumptuous??? Who is he to speak for "all Americans"?

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Nova from NV

    It took Obama a full day to follow John McCain's lead to condemn the Russians. I wonder if this guy is ready to lead. It does not take too much talent to be famous, just look at Paris Hilton and Britney. What a shame if our country elects Obama.

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. King of NJ

    WE ARE ALL IRAQI"S

    GIVE ME A BREAK!!

    August 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Becky Montgomery

    Everyone that is so impressed with this show of "strength" needs to go volunteer for the military, because we don't have enough people to fight all the wars McCain will have us involved in.

    Also–are you ready for your children to be drafted when there is a shortage? Great national security. Many coffins and crutches.

    August 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Deanna

    The comment from Move on:

    And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party." Here is my version of this story:
    After they mow, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery where you cannot afford to buy anything because the prices are high (gas, food, a home etc.,) , and all the rich republicans are enjoying how they don't raise your taxes but take your money to rich corporations, money for gas for the rich oil companies, and taking money from states (who will raise your taxes) and of course, McBush has no problem starting a war, to send your only son to war! If this is what people want, you need to fight back, you need to be either a democrate or independent!!! And get them out of the White House!!!

    Read Move on story again and then see my anwser above:

    I was talking to a friend of mine's little girl, and she said she
    wanted to be President some day.Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I
    asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you
    would do?"She replied, "I'd give houses to all the homeless people."

    "Wow…what a worthy goal." I told her, "You don't have to wait until
    you're President to do that.

    You can come over to my house and mow, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery storewhere the homeless guys hang out, and you can give one of them the $50 to use toward a new house."

    She thought that over for a few seconds while her Mom glared at me,
    then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the
    homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

    And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

    Lesson: Holier-than-thou grandious words do not hide the reality of the world and cannot replace experience and the pragmatic approach that McCain brings to the table.

    August 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Irishspacemonk

    When did McCain become Commander in Chief, President, Secretary of State and supreme ruler? He does not speak for every American...get this dangerous man back to the insane asylum please!

    August 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Annonymous

    Apparently you folks werent at the rally- fact is...today just ensure my vote for McCain.

    Great man, going to make a great leader when he's brought into the White House January 20th.

    August 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Kristyn

    McCain is really trying. He is suppose to be great with foreign policy but all he seems to know how to do is go to war. I am not impressed. I know he thought that this would be a policitical win for him, but all it showed is that he is full of hot air!

    August 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Joe

    when are we going to stop the drama, tricks and blood sucker!
    the Georgia president is a criminal who need to be brought to Justice.
    He is power drunk because of people like mac.
    What a Looser!, Please help stop Morons around the world from gaining
    power. Start with Mccain, the president of Georgia. Bush was already too late. And not again. for God.
    We can not allow this mad men to be runing around in the name of Democracy, because that is not what they stand for.
    Down with all Blood suckers and salvages.
    long live Obama and peace to people.

    August 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. shakespear for OB

    This old dude keeps boasting about his foreign credentials and his relationship with the world LEADERS. HE SAY HE HAS SPOKEN TO Mikhail Saakashvili so many times.

    If he had such good relationship with these leaders why doesnt he call President Medvedev. is it maybe because he is afraid of him and that he is a Russian and he will embarra him in public therby taking away his claim of experience of dealing with these type of leaders.

    By the way there is more and more of these young emerging rspected world leaders who will not take any percieved bullying from america. Then what is he going to. Have you noticed the global trend of leadership they are more and more younger.

    OH my good friends maybe Medvedev will tell him where to jump off. and there is nothing america can do about it. JM must just retire and go learn fly fishing

    August 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Becky Montgomery

    “My friends, we learned a great cost of the price of allowing aggression against free nations to go unchecked,”

    Is he delusional? What the **** have we done in Iraq? Please don't give us four years of this man's little bubble world.

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Uncle Sam

    Did McCain just say he is a citizen of the world??? Why is it convient to say that now???

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. ChicagoJosh

    Didn't the McCain campaign criticize Obama for saying he was a "citizen of the world??"

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Rob - WA

    LMAO!!!! The good 'ol USA can act like they had influence on all this cease-fire, but it was the FRENCH who handled it, not McCain, Bush, Obama, or any other big headed USA group. Sheesh.

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Annonymous

    McCain for President, Obama for trash.

    August 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Straightopinion2008

    McCain is a paper Tiger, shows poor judgement and lack of diplomacy by going out firstly pointing finger at Russia (even if Russia was wrong)! Confrontational approach can only take one so far. To be honest you can talk all you want and the Russians have executed what they wished. It is a pity that Georgians have been given false sense of security by you know who and now poor innocent people have paid with their lives and properties.
    McCain's fantastic skills in Flip-flopping to appease his base is pretty dangerous, I hope people/voters will realize that before it is too late!

    August 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Eddie

    MCBUSH SPEAK FOR YOURSELF!

    Georgia started the conflict thinking NATO would back them up. It's utterly outrageous and unthinkable that we'd dare enter yet another conflict against Russia of all countries. This is a lost cause and the neocons are to blame.

    August 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Joe

    Lesson learned for today in Georgia and the rest of the world:
    Don't poke the eagle, don't poke the bear.

    I am not a Georgian, I am an AMERICAN. Is old McCain again losing his bearings.

    August 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. harvey sotolov

    Perhaps Senator McCain might temper his praise of Georgia's strong democratic tradition if he were to remember the most famous of all Georgians, Iosef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, who later changed his name to Joseph 'Stalin?

    August 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA

    ARE WE ALSO IRAQIS AS WELL ????

    A MILLION IRAQIS DEAD AND COUNTING,

    ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS,

    AND ALL THANKS TO SCUM BAGS LIKE YOU.

    August 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Nicolas Ikenna Ukwa

    Said it before that i never change on the stands that russian govt still wants to claim its former soviet Union. The U.S and all other strong countries like china, germany and others should resist such urge..

    August 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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