August 13th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain says Senate allies will head to Georgia

McCain said Lieberman and Graham will be leaving ‘as soon as possible.’
McCain said Lieberman and Graham will be leaving ‘as soon as possible.’

(CNN) - John McCain said Wednesday that two of his strongest Senate supporters, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, would be heading to the nation of Georgia in their role as lawmakers, to report back on the conflict in that country.

“The situation in Georgia remains fluid and dangerous, and as soon as possible my colleagues Senator Lieberman and Senator Graham will be traveling… to Georgia. They’re both members of the Senate Armed Services committee,” McCain said at a news conference Wednesday. “I hope that other members of the Armed Services Committee in the Senate and they will go together and receive an assessment of the situation and what we need to do in the future, to avoid further escalation, and also to protect the independence and freedom of the people of this brave democratic ally, the country of Georgia.”

The two men are both major campaign surrogates for McCain, who has staked out a hard-line position on Russian military action in Georgia.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had spoken with both McCain and rival Barack Obama about developments in the ongoing crisis.


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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. adel armanious

    sen mc,bush,rove.Cain
    you are a man of war ,you lost in viettnam,inf complex,if you really a man of peace get out of iraq & say it with a loud voice &bomb bomb bomb =HELL
    leave the prsidency to who undersand politics,OBAMA,flexing muscles is not safe for Americans

    August 13, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Central Iowan

    These comments trying to criticize McCain on his foreign policy experience are so unfortunate. Clearly McCain is on top of this issue and sending a strong response to Russia. That's something you see in true leaders that actually have a backbone and know where they stand.

    Obviously Obama is too focused on himself (again) and his vacation in Hawaii to figure out where he stands on this issue. So much for Obama remembering his responsibilities as a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Perhaps Obama is just consulting with George Clooney again.

    August 13, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. Raymond Duke

    Well at least they are not going to wait for 900 plus days. I bet they even wait to see what is really going on before they make a report or decision. Amazing what a little brain power will do.

    August 13, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  4. Will, NJ

    Is there a reason CNN has not posted Senator McCain's statement today that "in the 21st century, nations do not invade other nations?"

    Nations do not invade nations...in Europe.

    August 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. BJ in NC

    So is John McCain calling the shots for diplomatic relations for the Republican Party now? I thought we only had one president at a time. Where is George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice? This gives new meaning to Lame Duck. But I digress, the wrong decision was made about the Irqaq invasion that is now a war. Can't afford another ERROR or prolong this one.

    August 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. hrsc

    We have to many hands stirring this pot. Do we all have the same message or is this all show for McCain to pretend here cares (Mr. nation builder / spreading democracy all over like fricken John E. Appleseed). So now various groups just head off and get in the middle of other country's conflicts. What happened to diplomacy. Bush is sending troops for humanitarian reason what are the rules of engagement, and if our troops do engage Russia or the Georgians are we at war again??? Bush and McCain are playing the tough cowboy role again . But my 17 year will and your kids will be the ones in the desert or snow not theres.

    How do we invade a country kill it's leader allow millions of innocents to perish and now we want to be seen as creditable, Our leaders are hypocritical idiots... (They didn't even take care of other Americans this quick ,people of New Orlean get the picture.

    August 13, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. Walter

    McCain is absolutely shameless.

    His campaign manager is a paid lobbyist for Georgia, and he carries on about how supportive he is of Georgia. Of course he's supporting. He's sold out to them.

    In fact, Georgia actually initiated military activity in these contested areas. McCain and his fans in the mainstream media don't mention that, do they?

    And why would such a tiny country have the nerve to poke at the Russian Bear? Maybe they were counting on support from their hired hands inside the US?

    When the dust settles and the full story is told, don't be surprised if the Georgia debacle is traced to American right-wingers, egging the Georgians on.

    And McCain is the leader of that dangerous pack.

    August 13, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. republican from MA

    this is all political games...McCain is pushing his credentials as a foreign policy guru, but I really think Bush has this under control (believe it or not)

    and we cannot possibly be naive enough to think that diplomacy will solve all our worlds problems. Some people understand only two things: money and guns. And what's diplomacy with these people without some guns to back things up?

    And of course it's about oil; if it weren't for oil, we wouldn't give a crap about the middle east or russia or venezuela

    August 13, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. Edward

    McCain's response to Russia-Georgia conflict = warlike, confrontational

    Obama's response to same = balanced, surefooted, peacemaking

    Blessed be the peacemakers.

    August 13, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. mike

    i swear to god if mccain wins i'm moving to australia. ie. as far away as possible. i'm in toronto, and i'm pretty sure that will still be in range of the fallout when the nukes start landing ...

    the election's been fun to watch so far. but now it's just getting scary. mccain makes bush look like a diplomat.

    fwiw, canada for obama.

    August 13, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. Joe Kiloz

    The minimum our US government can do for a faithful ally who sent troops to Iraq.

    What a disgrace the UN and the sheepish response from the Democratic party and Barack Obama. This cowardice from this bunch will be remembered by those at home and abroad.

    It's no wonder Putin sees the West as a bunch a panzies.

    August 13, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. Chappy in Jacksonville, Fla

    For once I agree with the Senator. Moreover, the Obama campain
    should do the same. The Russians who are making a "Sudetenland"
    invasion into Georgia is the same that the Soviets did in a "Pact"
    with Hitler prior to WW II. Putin has the same mentallity of the Hungery
    invasion by his fellow KGB agents in the late 50's.
    They ask us if we are with Russia or with Georgia. I say Georgia.
    Chamberlain said he had a peace treaty with "Herr Hitler."
    "Peace in our time, He proclaimed." Well, we do not have peace with these "Bullies," nor will we have unless Nato, the EU, and others
    who will stand up to these xenopists from Russia. The Ukraine will
    be next and the Baltic states and Poland will follow. We must stop this
    maddness NOW. Bush has been using his fiddle as Georgia burns.
    And WHO came with Bush in Iraq? Do we let them be over whelmed?
    Put our Senators, Rep's in Georgia with Sec. Rice as a shield. If these bullies (Russians) want to kill someone, let they take the chance in killing our own. Must we ask for anything else. YES, HUMAN shields
    of Americans to stand in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters in Georgia. May we stand against the bullies of Russia.

    August 13, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  13. God Bless America

    WHO AUTHORIZED THESE TRIPS AND WHO IS PAYING FOR THEM!! AREN'T THESE SENATORS THE ONES WHO WANT TO GIVE UP THEIR VACTION TO VOTE ON OFF SHORE DRILLING? WHY ARE THEY NOT RETURNING TO THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THEM IN OFFICE WITH SOLUTIONS TO THE TO THE MANY WOES OF BUSH/CHENNEY.

    A VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS A VOTE FOR AN EARLY GRAVE FOR ANOTHER AMERICAN SON OR DAUGHTER.

    GOD HELP AMERICA

    August 13, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. fred

    So, I'll post this comment amidst all the hate comments on here. I hope things in Georgia get better, and I'm glad that a country is so appreciative of our support. So, I say, let's help them the best we can and give them our thoughts and prayers.

    August 13, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. John Anthony

    They can STAY over there!

    August 13, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. Lee from FL

    I think we should elect him president of Georgia, since he thinks we are all Georgians.

    our military is already stretch thin as it is already.
    Russia is the bully like we were in Iraq

    August 13, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. 17 year old future politician

    As a part of the S.A.F.C. They are working as America's colleagues...he is trying to capitalize on them DOING THEIR JOBS, by alluding that it is his Republican friends that are doing this job...while they are Republicans, they are doing this without regards to party, but rather duty...In other words, I don't like his deceiving language on this statement

    August 14, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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