August 13th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
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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. NoMcSame

    Who cares.

    August 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Nando, Florida

    GREAT send CAPTAIN ISREAL and PRIVATE PILE to piss of the Russians even more. MCCAIN is a IDIOT !!!!

    August 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |

    Once again, McCain has a plan. Obama is sitting in Hawaii sipping Mai Tai parading his daughters for the cameras, yet in the same breath telling them to keep his family out of this. Hypocrite.

    August 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. KC

    Can you say Grandstanding!

    August 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Seeing as war is all you know McLame..what about us HERE AT HOME. We need lower prices on gas, food, and new help set up the mess that's occurring over there with your lobbyist friends now you are trying to capitalize politically on the resulting sicken me.

    August 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Ron Nebraska

    Why doesn't McCain go so he can tell us the problem lies in the border area between Georgia and Pakistan?

    August 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. CM

    Wow, sounds a lot like a trip that a few senators took a few weeks ago. Where was that again.....? I think one of the senators was also running for president.

    August 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Dan. SC

    I'm from SC and Lindsey is killing me with his gang of 10 and his political appeasement strategies. Just b/c you won your primary, don't get too cocky. Lindsey, you are not going to be on the ticket, get over it.

    August 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Texas trail puppy

    WOW!! McCain is taking ARROGANCE to the next level has he already been crowned POTUS?????????

    August 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. trust

    Yes, let's waste more of the tax payers money so these useless politicians can go and LOOK at the damage. Report back to us, hurry hurry hurry. Make yourselves appear important. Then say that while Obama is on a well deserved vacation YOU went to LOOK around Georgia.

    August 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Laidetea

    McCain is about to start WW3. C. Rice needs to call his cronies back to the US before they'll get captured.

    August 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. MB

    And where is Barack "the chosen one" Obama during this crisis?

    Oh Yeah, in Hawaii on vacation.

    He does of course realize that World events don't get put on hold just because you're on vacation.

    Doesn't he????????????

    August 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Arizona Official

    Bad news for McBush and his Liberman/Graham that they might get killed in that conflicts.

    August 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Ian MacIsaac

    How will you campaign without Lieberman whispering in your ear all the time?

    "Extremists, not al Qaeda!" lol

    August 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Steve

    I hope he does. Peopel get so focused on a single aspect of a candidate's offerings and will vote a person in or out on that one facet, when the person may have much, much more to offer. Sometimes the decision just isn't as black and white as people would like to think. That really oversimplifies things. All that being said, McCain is still very conservative, and having a pro-choice VP doesn't really mean anything. McCain, as president, will push his agenda, no matter what the VP thinks.

    I'm voting O-8, unless McCain can prove to me why he should be president. I haven't seen anything presidential out of the man, yet.

    August 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    LOL! McCain, you're a fool – and just what are your surrogates going to do that Condi can't do?

    August 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. J E

    Didn't we hear him say today that a nation can't just "invade another country" without provocation?

    Well, we just did that in Iraq! lol

    Don't we sound like hypocrites. yeah let's get into the middle of this mess and start WW3! Or another Cold War era. Russia didnt send diplomats or "peace keepers" into Iraq and meddle in our business, why are we interfering in theirs.

    Oh, thats right! Georgia has OIL!

    I tell you something: other countries in the world are getting sick of the U.S. going around acting lik ewe are the world's police and hypocratically doing what we would forbid others doing.

    And BTW, McCain nice of you to give press conferences in front of flags and such but let me remind you you are NOT commander in cheif!

    God forbid you ever are!

    August 13, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Rich

    McCain is a joke! He gets called out for his non action and tough talk and responds with let me send some people their to evaluate the situation. If he is so vested why is he not going there. And why is his good friend the President of Georgia calling him out on empty rhetoric. McCain needs to stop playing political football with these extremely serious issues and start offering some solutions. I've heard enough tough talk while the country goes in the wrong direction the last seven years. McCain has not offered one actual solution to the problems facing our country. Its a shame in 2000 I would have voted for him but now I'm not sure he is up to the job.

    August 13, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Lesley

    Somebody please point out to McCain that he has no authority to speak out in this manner. He is conducting official business without the consent of our president. Where is the media in all this? If Obama made statements like this, he would be tarred and feathered.

    August 13, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Michael

    So the Lobby member from Georgia who is on McWar's campaign team is exerting pressure. Not to mention McBush's Big Oil puppet masters who are worried about their oil pipeline. McSurge is nothing but a puppet on a string for his big money donars.

    August 13, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Nowhere Man

    Even though Obama sits on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, someone needs to remind The Chosen One that the problems are in the COUNTRY of Georgia, NOT the STATE of Georgia. THAT Georgia is one of our 50 states, not the 57 he supposedly he wants to be president of .......

    "It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

    Sheesh, what an idiot!

    August 13, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Jason

    I hope he is going to Georgia in the U.S. not the Georgian Republic.. We need to focus on America.. Not on other countries.. Enough with the support of Georgia... We shouldn't piss off the Russians too much. They have nukes and Putin is a dangerous man! FOCUS on America first John... I am an American NOT Georgian, but an Arizonan.. I do not stand with any other country except my own.. What is it that the country of Georgia has to offer us??

    Anti Puma, Anti McCain .. Pro American 1st and foremost..

    August 13, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. RB

    Still trying to show up W??

    August 13, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. Tyler in Raleigh

    Great, he wants to involve the US in another 100 year occupation while a candidate for President. Way to go McChange... you really are a "maverick".

    This sort of proclamation is NOTHING like Bush... what a phony!

    August 13, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. PG

    Need to make sure the lobbyist money continues to flow into Panamanian McCain's campaign.

    August 13, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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