August 13th, 2008
08:50 AM ET
1 year 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. newspaperblogger

    Great way to commit to another world fiascal. We have two wars and the economy is down. McCain will lead us to doom if we focus to much on other countries unilaterally. Foreign experience is touted for McCain. But put up or shut up. If you put up, you are starting another Cold War with Russia.

    August 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Jimmy P - Chicago

    You liberals haven't a clue of the evils in this world. The Eastern mentality understands nothing but force – and the West has not the will to prevail. Russia will simply laugh at the impotence of the U.N., NATO, and the rest of the West and take all they gave up after the break-up of the Soviet Union. It's basically post WWII all over again! And once again, after being the whipping boy of the free world for decades, everyone will look to the U.S. to save their rears again. Although this time, it may not be possible!

    August 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. What if?

    President Mikheil Saakashvili, stated he heard McCain say " We are all Georgians now,’ We are sorry for what Russia is doing, but who should you listen to when we haven't help and resolved the many daily struggles of our own neighbors in New Orleans after Katrina...

    Empty suit, arrogant, false smile and full of air old man....

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Robert R

    way to go McCain! What are you really going to do now?

    Stop saying things you cant possibly do nothing about.

    August 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Truth B Told

    John McCain- The Straight Talk Express, that's all nothing else except Alzhimers!!!!

    August 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. ROSJ

    There is nothing Mr. McCain can do now. He put his foot in his mouth.
    This is what he always does.
    Go Obama!

    August 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Old Stradlater

    Who's the candidate of empty words? Seems to be McCain.

    August 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Jimmy P - Chicago

    We need to reinstate the draft! Make some of these whining liberal slime earn what they have living in this country. Then maybe, they will learn some respect!

    August 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. M from Texas

    Sam, McCain can't do much right now because he isn't president and Nancy Pelosi gave congress a 5 week vacation.

    All McCain can do is rally support until congress returns from a 5 week Nancy Pelosi vacation.

    McCain is already working with UN to establish a peacekeeping force.

    Meanwhile, Obama is on vacation in Hawaii, HA!

    August 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Franky

    Well......it looks like the GOP is gonna want to talk about this for a month....

    August 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. JS

    See, it's not just in America we see McCain as all words

    August 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. John

    Back your talk up now sir.

    August 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    So America, Do you feel safer than you were four or eight years ago?

    August 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Abby

    WOW…What actions? there is still one president and it aint McWar. And there is no levarge there. This is crazy.

    August 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. W.H. Thomas

    Okay, in other words time to send in the military. McCain shouldve kept his mouth shut about the whole ordeal, and issued written statements like Bush and Obama. Now McCain is going to have to put up or shut up.

    August 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Tony

    Who does McCain think he is policing the world? Bush????

    BUTT OUT!

    August 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Franky

    Ohhh yeah, I said GOP.......what else do they know??

    August 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Swift

    McMoron thought they were talking about Georgia in the south, McInsane doesn't know there is a world outside of America's borders.

    McCreepy: Just another Anti-American, traitorous, cowardly, woman-hating republiscum.

    August 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. McTalk and No Action

    What is McCain going to do to help Georgians? Nothing...he is all talk. The guy has no clue.

    August 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Ed Ward

    Here we go. McCain is on the hot seat now.

    Secretly he's having wargasms, but America has no stomach for another military conflict.

    John, you've made a fool of yourself again. At least you're consistent.

    August 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. ChicagoJosh

    Well i guess Georgia is in for a suprise.. it turns out McCain is NOT the president. Turns out he was NOT speaking for every American.

    August 13, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. John Griswell

    CNN why no mention that Randy Scheuneman was the sole foreign lobbyist for Georgia until MArch of THIS year. McCain's bellicose rhetoric was bought and paid for by the Georgian government.

    August 13, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. SO

    "Old man" from town wants to make war.Well he doesnt have much life left to lose does he?

    August 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Raymond K Hessel

    The time has now come for all of McCain's hawks who have contributed to these message boards in support of his tougher stance against Russia to go down to your local military recruiter's office and sign on the line that is dotted. Good luck "my friends".

    August 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Abby

    Future President Obama, you need to make a statement NOW..dont let this story get cold. Now is the time to point out how ridiculous McCain’s statements were. Out of vacation for you sir.

    August 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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