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. D R

    Hey Dan, Just how do you become a foreign policy expert by being captured in war? This guy cannot even communicate correctly without a teleprompter or somebody correcting him by whispering in his ear. I'm blown away, is it mirrors? How can this clown be even close in this election. It's got to be a race/gender thing!

    August 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. hey you kids get off my lawn

    "Today we are all Georgians"

    Didn't his handlers tell him that he was in Pennsylvania? :)

    August 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. KDH

    Wow, you Obama zombies should hear yourselves. You fall all over Obama with praise for his travel abroad, and yet you blast McCain for talking on a very real and dangerous situation overseas that may actually affect us. And where is Obama? On a beach in Hawaii. Increadible!

    August 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. biffington, biff

    Move on...

    The reason republicans aren't funny, is because there is always a bit of nastiness in what they call humor. email jokes like the one you just posted fly around to other republicans in a circle jerk of stupidity and self congratulation for being 'better than them'.

    but... enjoy your bliss

    August 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. SD Sims

    McCain doesn't speak for me. Georgia brought this on themselves, but McCain's just doing what his owners tell him. He should really get a fresh line though. Plagiarising a post 9/11 speech is pretty pathetic.

    August 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. bluerabbit

    It was the Georgian's who started the mess! McBushCain missed the boat again... join AARPJohn & take a sip of viagra laced Pepsi like Dole did in the 90's...

    August 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. a southern bell for OBAMA

    OH, OH, HOW WELL WILL THAT WORK !!!!

    A WARMONGER TELLING OTHER WARMONGERS

    THEY SHOULDN'T BE WARMONGERS. THAT WILL

    DEFINITELY WORK FOR MORONS LIKE MCMORON.

    PROBLEM IS RUSSIANS ARE PRETTY BRIGHT PEOPLE.

    August 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Chris from NY

    McCain should have ordered for a strike by American forces. Isn't that what he lives for. To create conflicts and make wars. After his suport for Iraq war I don't know what gave him the moral ground to tell another country not to invade another country if they needed to. That's the kind of precedence we have set for other nations of the world.

    His campaign might think they scored on foreign policy with this conflict. That might be true to war mongers but not to people who want peace. While we may not get to world peace any time soon we can surely use the next best thing= a little quietness. Tell me what the consequence would have been if this had excalated with our army few miles away in Afghanistan and Iraq? Think before you speak. It is called wisdom and not experience. Do not be an instigator but a peace maker. Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of God.

    CNN I hope you post this because I don't know why you do not my commenst on McCain but you those that post their comments after mine. .

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Ian

    You don't speak for me. I could care less about the people of Georgia.

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Shelley

    Military men will gravitate toward military solutions. We all view solutions through the prism of our training. We need someone else who will consider cost, safety, national security and the domestic economy before egging on another war.

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Toby

    Well, the Georgians were the ones who started this conflict without justification and in spite of a truce–please look back at the news as it happened, not as we might wish it had happened. So for McCain to identify with them is quite fitting–bomb, bomb, bomb; bomb, bomb Iran!

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Chuck

    You Obama fans are getting a little worried aren’t you. McCain has shown leadership with this issue and Obama is still trying to find out what the polls say. Obama had to revise his comments while McCain got it right the first time. Now I know the national polls are close and McCain is picking up steam in the battleground states. but, you Obama fans don’t need to get to upset over this election. I did the same thing with Kerry in 04 and looked how that turned out. LOL.
    The right man will get the job Obama or McCain and I'm ok with both. But I will not vote for either.

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Eric

    What arrogant presumption John McCain has! Last time I checked he was a Senator from Arizona and not the President. He does not represent me nor does he speak for me!

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain doesn't speak for Americans as a whole and has no political influence anywhere. The last time someone other than the president spoke for America he was immediately reprimanded. This is another example McCain doesn't understand his position let alone the chain of command. McCain's ambition for control is very dangerous and Bush needs to put him in his place right now. McCain will start another war if he is not shut down.

    August 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. John

    "MoveOn"
    "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?" "

    Can he walk? Lotta disabled homeless guys out there.

    August 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Mark from Naperville, IL

    The dishonest ads that McCain is running about Obama take away any credibility that he ever had. The political pandering that he's showing as he tries to act like a world leader are laughably transparent.

    Obama '08

    August 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Jeremy

    Dear MoveOn: Or, since a tremendously disproportionate number of America's homeless population are war veterans, why don't the Republicans help decrease these numbers by: (1) not entering into wars through lies and general stupidity, and (2) supporting veterans when they return–or is employing veterans via the lawn care industry the best you can do?

    August 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Jeremy

    Dear MoveOn: Or, since a tremendously disproportionate number of America's homeless population are war veterans, why don't the Republicans help decrease these numbers by: (1) not entering into wars through lies and general stupidity, and (2) supporting veterans when they return–or is employing veterans via the lawn care industry the best you can do?

    August 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Rock and Roll

    You know who can stop them god forsaken Ruskies... THUNDERGOD

    August 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Joe Reg

    Medvedev and Sarkozy for a nobel peace prize.

    No WW III.

    August 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    John McCain does NOT speak for me – I am an American NOT a Georgian!

    McCain needs to stop talking like he is a president!

    Obama '08

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. David, Texas

    War who, what is McCain good for absolutely nothing say it again! War who, what is McCain good for same old George Bush policies. War who, what is McCain good for the lobbyist and absolutely nothing.

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    WE CAN SEE HOW THE RUSSIANS WILL HEAD

    THE WARNINGS OF A GINORMEOUS WARMONGER

    THAT MADE PUTIN PRESIDENT OF GERMANY &

    CAN'T REMEMBER A THING OTHER THAN

    BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,. YEA THAT WILL WORK !!!!

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Michelle

    If Obama did that he would be portrayed as a turncoat trying to BE
    President BEFORE he is president!!!!!
    Bush.. MCsame….nothing but a bunch of sad hypocrites who are *guilty *of the same thing russia did *Invading a soveriegn country*
    MCFool needs to sit down and be quiet !
    How any american can vote this old fool in after the way the Bush administration has tanked the country and its reputation is beyond me!!
    Its absolutely pathetic how CNN builds this old fool up and tries to tear down Obama.... .how about some fair journalism
    Yes you all go ahead and vote for this old fool
    He wouldnt even be able to HEAR the phone ringing at 3Am LOL

    August 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. baby mama

    NOBAMA

    August 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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