August 13th, 2008
08:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Georgian president to McCain: Move 'from words to deeds'

CNN

Watch the entire interview with President Saakashvili.

(CNN) – Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday called for John McCain and other American leaders to do more for Georgia in their response to the conflict in his country.

“Yesterday, I heard Sen. McCain say, ‘We are all Georgians now,’” Saakashvili said on CNN’s American Morning. “Well, very nice, you know, very cheering for us to hear that, but OK, it’s time to pass from this. From words to deeds.”

McCain told a crowd in Pennsylvania yesterday that he had called Saakashvili to express solidarity with the people of Georgia, saying: “Today, we are all Georgians.”

McCain’s foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann told reporters on the campaign plane Tuesday that McCain’s remark “obviously meant a lot to Saakashvili personally, but more importantly the message it conveyed to the Georgian people in this really, time of unprecedented national emergency.” Scheunemann said McCain and Saakashvili are friends who have speaking daily throughout the crisis.

But Saakashvili said action is more important than rhetoric in the face of “brutal” and “deliberate” Russian violence. He urged the United States to take the lead in installing an international peacekeeping force.

“We should realize what is at stake here for Americans,” he said. “America is losing the whole region.”

“What Americans should do know, first of all, clearly make known their intentions,” he said.


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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Sorry, pal! Dumbya made a bunch of promises he couldn't keep. Not starting WWIII because you poked the Bear...And your pal John-Boy isn't going to be president, but after November , you two can still go water skiing on the Black Sea, if you're still around...

    August 13, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I don't think a warmonger like McCain should ever be put in charge of our country. He gets a gleam in his eye at the mention of being at war.

    He (so far) has showed the pompous elitist old presumptuous anal cavity to be nothing more than awar-mongering ego-maniac of biblical proportions.

    His blasphemy in some of his ads has turned me off.

    And Last, I AM NOT GEORGIAN and he does not speak for me, my friends.

    Go Obama '08 – diplomacy over war war war war war

    August 13, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Nadeem

    And the fact that McCain has Gorgian paid lobbyists in his campaing has nothing to do with this statement?

    Does the media do any work or simply reprint statements from the campaigns?

    August 13, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Klaus

    Last time I checked, the American people hadn't elected John McCain as president. In fact, according to the polls, most of them prefer Barack Obama at the moment. So why is McCain being so presumptuous?

    August 13, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. CC Reston VA

    Ha! John McCain you buddy is calling you out! So when are you going to bomb Russia you war monger? Not ever I suppose because it will mean the end of the world as we know it.

    Please help! Somebody please help! How could we have allowed John McBomb to be running for president. This might be the final blow that breaks the back of America. God help us!

    August 13, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Even his good friend from Georgia can see that McCain is a blustering, empty suit.

    McCain should think and check the facts before he speaks and to be careful of who he thinks America should align itself with.

    August 13, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. RJ, CA

    But Saakashvili said action is more important than rhetoric in the face of “brutal” and “deliberate” Russian violence. He urged the United States to take the lead in installing an international peacekeeping force.

    ---------

    I'm sure Obama will shortly be the first to announce: As I've always said - and let me be very clear - the United States must take the lead in installing an international peacekeeping force.

    August 13, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    McCain told a crowd in Pennsylvania yesterday that he had called Saakashvili to express solidarity with the people of Georgia, saying: “Today, we are all Georgians.”

    ..Idiot!

    August 13, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Rico

    Wait, Isn't McCain and his people the ones giving Obama grief for acting like he's already president? "We are all Georgians". Ha ha, what an old, old man.

    August 13, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Mike in Houston

    Hey Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, you decided to make a move against the Russians, get your ownself out of it. Let me give you give you a Las Vegas analogy Mr. President: if you bet all of your life savings on one hand, and lose, you can't go to the pit boss and ask him for help to get your money back. And McCain, I am not Georgian, I am an American for the United States, thank you very much. Fight your own battle losers. You started it, take your butt kicking like a man, sissy.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Franky

    Go ahead, let them talk issue 1.....let's see if they make sense.

    August 13, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Charlotte

    Obama thinks they should kiss and make-up! Leadership you can count on? What a joke Obama has turned out to be. Change we can count on. The changes in his positions are fast and furious...One day he has one position, the next day it changes. Change we can believe will happen, depending on public opinion, ex: Off shore drilling, NAFTA, FISA......

    August 13, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Dave C - NJ

    Empty words from McCain, as usual.
    And you people think Obama has no substance? Please.

    At least Obama looked at the issue before spouting off.

    August 13, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. United

    So John McCain had alot of tough talk that he can't back up with action. Sounds like Bush.

    August 13, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Arin

    We need to send US troops into Georgia. They sent troops to help us in Iraq, so it seems we need to return the favor. If they are an ally, we have to help them. Send troops to Georgia!
    McCain '08.

    August 13, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Sam

    Now that Georgian President has thrown down the gauntlet, the emptiness of McCain's faux hawkiness becomes even more apparent. All of these neocon talk has been outed as fake; only McCain continues to pretend that Americans will continue to fall for the empty talk.

    What real steps can McCain offer to help Georgia? The troops that are supposed to spend 100 years in Iraq? We cant even get enough troops together to scare Iran, where we have issues directly threatening our own interest! For goodness sake we dont even have enough troops to do the job right in Afghanistan!

    American troops in Georgia? Not a chance!

    So, Mr. McWar, what EXACTLY do you plan to do about Georgia?

    August 13, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. McDrill here and Now.

    I hope every American can see the lack of diplomacy which is ridden in McCain camp. Now he isn't a president and already drawing you people to a war with Russia..... when he becomes one sorry ..the world will be gone as we know it.

    August 13, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Sean

    Hmm... John's "friend" called him out. Guess that friendship doesn't go both directions.

    August 13, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. M from Texas

    Meanwhile, Obama is on vacation in Hawaii. While Pelosi forced congress to go on a 5 week vacation so that congress can't vote on anything. That includes offshore drilling and this Georgian crisis.

    Democrats at work.

    August 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Mike in Houston

    Hey Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, you decided to make a move against the Russians, get your ownself out of it. Let me give you give you a Las Vegas analogy Mr. President: if you bet all of your life savings on one hand, and lose, you can't go to the pit boss and ask him for help to get your money back. And McCain, I am not Georgian, I am an American from the United States, thank you very much. Fight your own battle losers. You started it, take your butt kicking like a man, sissy.

    August 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Franky

    By the way guys, if you think I'm worried.....YEAH RIGHT!! I ain't that worried first of all. But I am worried about what's gonna happen over there.

    All right tough guy, I'm so scared...

    August 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Jack

    LMAO

    McCain is senile and still thinks he is in the 1980s.

    August 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. MD in GA

    What on earth does Senator McCain think the US can do to help Georgia right now. His answer to EVERYTHING is more US military presence all over the world.

    I hope the folks planning on voting for him in Nov. don't have children or grandchildren in the 18 to 30 range. Given how he thinks, every one of them will be at risk of being part of the new draft he will likely impliment.

    This is serious business and just because McCain supporters are older and can't be sent away, doesn't mean their family members can't... Hope enough people open their eyes before it's too late.

    August 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Bram

    Most walls are full so this is a comment that has nothing to do with the story.

    But i lose all respect for a hillary supporter who now votes for John Mccain. This is someone who clearly doesnt care about his or her country nor does this person care about their own values and morales and will sell them out just for spite.

    Hillary and Barack had 95% of the same policies. On the other hand McCain wants to build a supreme court filled with pro life – anti homosexual judges. If you vote for Hillary that you can possibly want what John McCain is doing.

    Well, i guess the one thing they had in common is the gas tax holiday. SO if you are voting based on an idea that was said to pander and that every economist rejected than i guess McCain is the choice.

    August 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Mike, TX

    The US should immediately invite the Ukraine into NATO, as well as state its intention that the US will no longer meet with the G-8, but only the G-7. All Russian acquisitions in the US (steel and other industries) should be put on hold.

    Unfortunately, with a Congress led by Pelosi and the Senate led by Reid, Putin knows that the United States will stand by while he rapes his neighbor.

    August 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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