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. Greg

    Sending a wartime delegation. Hmm... Sorry who was the presumptuous candidate?

    August 13, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Craig A Texas Democrat

    Looks like we need alternative fuels badly since Russia and China are on the seen. After wasted trillions of dollars on a war its sad to think that we could have been closer to a energy policy that would rid us of conflicts like this. I for one care as much for the Georgians as i do for the Iraqis. 73% of the country wants the war to end and listening to these war-monging polititians we might be heading into more conflicts. When will these politicians listen to the will of the people? Barrack for President.

    August 13, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Donna

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

    August 13, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Proud to be American

    Boy McCain gets a pep in his step when he thinks that he can start WWIII... so sad as I do not want my sons in a senseless war ... folks when we learn... they are sending the same Bush Croonies that started the Iraq war on false pretense.... can we talk about this? And who cares what McCain state about this issue he has no power.... dang the old war monger is just anxious to start more mess and scare America to think he is the one to keep us safe.... with his health issues and infidelity one would think he will be trying to work on his personal life rather then trying to be the commander and chief of my great country... nope not this time we are wiser now!

    August 13, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Willow, from Iowa

    McGoldwater should stay out of this mess until he is actually Commander in Chief. He is being far too presumptuous about his strengths in this matter. All McCain knows is war. He is a Senator, not a President.

    August 13, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. ShirleyY - Seattle

    WHY ISNT JOHN MCCAIN GOING HIMSELF. OBAMA HAS BEEN SAYING FOR MANY MONTHS SITTING DOWN TALKING TO WHOMEVER IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. WHAT ABOUT THIS MONEY MCCAIN ALLIES HAS BEEN TAKING FROM GEORGIA, IS THIS WHY HE WANTS TO HURRY AND RESOLVE THIS, SO GEORGIA WONT EXPOSE HIM. WELL, I GUESS IF I GOT A LOT OF MONEY FROM SOMEONE, I WOULD PROTECT THEM ALSO.

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

    I Hope Joe Stays There!

    August 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Ralph V. AZ

    Why doesn't he just let Codi do her job!

    What's the point of sending those two rejects to stir things up!

    Loosers!

    August 13, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Rob

    Wake up America ! We caused this Georgia Invasion and now the crazy people who caused this are letting it spin out control towards a very dangerous larger war. We allowed Georgia to move on South Ossetia Militarily. They would not have dared to do this without our nod of approval. We did this to draw Russia away from Iran where the lunatic Republicans are planning to launch their next insane War! As usual our Idiots in the White House screwed up and Russia easily dominated Georgia. Now our nut case leader Bush and God forbid future nut case leader McBush are crying foul. Americans can not expect our idiot ,crazy leaders to do anything to remedy this crises they have caused. I hope Europe forces us to tone down our erratic and foolish course that we are currently on. Please God. Help us.

    August 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. george

    McCain plays dangerous, if he become president!!

    August 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. c

    This is a little arrogant, presumptuous? Guess only the black guy gets stuck with that label. CNN is pathetic....

    August 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Democrat....no matter what!

    McCain hasn't helped win any wars, so what makes him qualified to be the presumptive shadow president?

    1) His support for the surge in Iraq is overshadowing the progress achieved by Iraq's new army and the already placed forces.

    2) His poor judgement to attack Iraq will get us into another war with Russia and possibly, World War III !!

    3) Obama was wise to speak carefully and not presumptuously. He cares more about not making things worse than just getting better poll results!

    4) It's one thing for a presumptive presidential nominee to give speeches on hope and what he would like to achieve as a future president, and it's quite another thing to act like you're already president to speak in behalf of the president of the United States! This is too sensitive of a subject to be quick to start threatening an unknown and dangerous leader of a former Soviet enemy!

    Obama continues to show shrewdness and the insight we need to lead America to a new and better path!

    August 13, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Rick S

    Uh Oh. Being presumptious, much?

    August 13, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Chris from NY

    Jesus Christ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This man just can't quit dramatizing. Who in the world does he think he is? The president? No. McCain you are just a presidential candidate. God. Please cut it. Well, it doesn't matter what you do. Obama is still going to win the election.

    August 13, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. California Gold

    Why not save taxpayer money and call the French for a status check. While McCain was talking about how we should attack Russia the French were quietly negotiating the ceasefire.

    McCain: Lame Lame Lame!

    Come on Quick Draw McGraw McCain. Try to keep up.

    August 13, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    This is so disrespectful to the present administration.
    mccain, lie-berman and graham are all beside themselves. I hope the bush administration stops them.

    August 13, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Thank God Obama has a cooler head than hot headed Mcwar! McCain is very, very cold he even thru his first wife under the bus while she was sick with cancer!

    Just think back during Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962; just think if McCain was president we would all be dead your children and my children. Nukes would have been luanched!

    August 13, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Porter

    Great! I was hoping the U.S. could involve itself more overseas. We've had such great results with our constant meddling; and it costs us almost nothing!

    (SARCASM)

    August 13, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Paula

    I am voting for Obama but believe neither one of these candidates should be butting in and possibly damage efforts currently underway to resolve the situation. McCain is obviously turning this into a media event for himself and I am not at all impressed with what he has said thus far. He is coming off as pompous when even Bush doesn't have all of the facts!

    August 13, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Jamie, NJ

    McCain is is war heaven. This is it, his big chance to show America his war skills. What a showoff. He makes me sick.

    Well, there goes his last drop of energy thinking about the economy. His brain cells can't do both. What a joke. He should retire, go back home and sit on the porch with Cindy. Bore her to tears about war, not us.

    August 13, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. jason, Texas

    Why do we care what McCain says about this? HE'S NOT THE SITTING PRESIDENT!!!!

    August 13, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Big D

    Why in the world is McCain involved in sending emissaries to Georgia? Isn't that the responsibility of the current President? I think it's totally out of line for McCain to act like this. If Obama did anything even close to this, people would be screaming about how presumptuous he was. In this case, McCain is acting presumptuous. And it really is inappropriate for him to be so involved in this Georgia/Russia conflict when he's being advised by a man who's a paid lobbyist for Georgia. That's a blatant conflict of interest (again, others would scream if Obama had ties within anyone even close to this nature). So I think McCain is really out of line here.

    August 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Cathy

    There must be a typo in this ticker because shouldn't Bush be taken lead since he is (unfortunately) POTUS. McCain critisized Obama for giving a speech in Berlin and being to Presidential. But McCain is basically acting like he is President with his recent actions and statements that "all Americans are Georgians today."

    McCain is such a hypocrite. Under McCain we will be in four wars by next year.

    August 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Jon Ross

    You clowns. You are alot like the crazy aunt in the family who threatens suicide but through the haze of her insanity she knows the family will have her stomach pumped after she overdoses. The Republicans have saved your sorry rumps time after time after time. Yobama will only ring his hands while you are being raped.

    August 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Thank God Obama has a cooler head than hot headed Mcwar! McCain is very, very cold he even thru his first wife under the bus while she was sick with cancer!

    Just think back during Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962; just think if McCain was president we would all be dead your children and my children. Nukes would have been launched!

    August 13, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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