August 13th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 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. Rob indetroit

    Donna's right in the 21 century nation don't invade other country's; i can't believe MCsenile said that with a straight face. but that shows you how phony MCbush is.

    August 13, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. No Warmongers


    Good, stay over there. Don't come back until after the election is over. While you're there stop by Iraq and apologize for starting that senseless war.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Quentin

    I can't believe that McCain is doing exactly what he criticized Obama for. McCain is acting far more presumptuous and like an coronated President than Obama ever has. I also think that Saakashvili's stupid attack on Russian Peackeepers (which the U.S. has been clearly asking him not to do) was a pact between him and the McCain Campaign. It created an International Crisis for McCain to "show off his exsperience" in return (if McCain's elected) for full U.S. military support in forcing these provinces (S.Ossetia and Abkhazia) to be a part of Georgia. Saakashvili couldn't do it democratically so he must do it with force; are those the types of democracies we want to die for? Obama needs to question the reason why Saakashvili provoked Russia against it's friends (U.S.) wishes and now wants us to fight and die for them! McCain cares more for the Georgians than he does for Americans, it's okay for families to lose their homes to predarory lenders but taxpayers need to pay for the security and building of homes in other countries!

    August 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. paul oregon

    mccain who?????? is relatedto mc hillary and bubba who??????

    August 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain is looking for a war. Everyone should have expected this from McCain because that's all he stands for, he's another GWB the same old cowboy mentallity. If there is anyone out there that thinks Iraq is a nightmare, we haven't seen one yet.

    August 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Darrel from Denver

    What are they looking for? Some plausible reason for start WW III?

    McCain now has two solid choices on this front: IRAN and now RUSSIA.

    Put McCain in office and we will go to war ... often.

    August 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. McShameful

    I'm surprised that old fart hasn't suited up by now. He's like a kid in a candy store. Just so happy there's another war he can talk about. The idiot.

    Now I know why he was a D student–he's brainless, and useless.

    August 13, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. LOL

    What's worse, Obama's sign that looked similar to the presidential seal, or someone who isn't even elected president acting like he already won sending staff overseas? Talk about presumptive...

    August 13, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Shaik

    This is meaningless...he is acting as though he is already commander in chief....even Bush was told to back off by Putin. This is not the cold war period anymore!

    August 13, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Gee Thanks

    Let's see 100 years in Iraq, another 100 in Georgia. Yep, that's just what we need. Thanks McLame.

    August 13, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. KG

    I read a lot of paranoia, bigotry, age bias, utter hatred, and simple ignorance in these comments. Are you guys for real?

    One says McCain shouldn't act like a Commander-in-Chief and should stay out of it. So, I guess Obama should not have gone to Iraq and met w/Maliki? So, I guess Obama should not have gone through Europe and spoke in Berlin? So, I guess Obama shouldn't have spoke on this issue either? He's not the Commander-in-Chief. Somehow, I don't see you blasting him.

    One says we need to talk to "whomever is the key to success." Georgia's leadership is not a "key to success" in this matter? Really?

    One says it doesn't matter what McCain says on this issue. So, we shoudn't care what Obama says on this issue either, correct? Funny you didn't mention that.

    Really, you people should think before you write. That way maybe you won't sound quite so hateful and ignorant.

    August 13, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. vb

    Hello Draft

    August 13, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. victor,nj

    Remember when Charlie Black, a Mccain advisor stated that a terrorist attack would guarantee victory for Mccain. I guess the attack on Georgia is the closest thing. Mccain using the incident in Georgia to gain political points. HOW LOW WILL THIS MAN GO!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Klaus

    Why aren't CNN's analysts and pundits "asking" whether this means McCain is arrogant and presumptuous?

    August 13, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |

    This guy just keep trying to cover up his goofs with more BAD judgement. I guess the Sec. of State doesn't know how to handle her affairs as command by the real President?

    August 13, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Independent from FL

    If a war escalates, I rather have McCain running the show than Obama or Hilary and I still support Hilary over McCain & Obama.
    Goes to show, being the president is not about being a celebrity. It's a tough job. I like the guy (Obama) but he's unexperience which makes him WEAK.

    August 13, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. TXBad1 Never for Obama (X-Dem)

    McCain after president since you have the support of many Of Hillary's supporters, start the Draft Back and start with Obama's supporter list and let them earn there right like a lot of us Have defending our country then Maybe they will learn a little respect and go back to the 70s Military standards many of them need that extra Kick!

    August 13, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Marie

    McBush and his cronies can all go and stay, PLEASE.

    August 13, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. trust

    SENATE ALLIES looks like senile.

    August 13, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Quentin

    McCain said that one of the reason's why he opposes the Russian Government is because of how they handled Chechnya! Chechen rebels are the same as the Taliban! Islamic Jihadist that suicide bomb cafes and ambush elementary schools and kill all of the children! This shows his ignorance and bad judgement. The Chechen rebels also have deep ties to Al Qaeda, but if they are terrorizing Russians they are Freedom Fighters, when they attack us or our friends they are Terrorists. This man is crazy!

    August 13, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Republicans for OBAMA




    August 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Speaking to reporters about the situation in Georgia, Sen. John McCain denounced the aggressive posture of Russia by claiming that:"in the 21st century nations don't invade other nations."

    Wow, that agent orange stuff must of had some lingering affects. Geeezzzz! This guy wants to be president of the U.S., wow!

    August 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. RB

    Any chance all three of you could stay there.....forever?


    August 13, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. David Menifee, Ca

    It's sad that this administration has hurt this nation ability to negotiate effectively with Russia the war in Iraq have tie our hands. You can't say stop when you are guilty of doing the same things.

    August 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Xavier

    Not even president yet and he is already laying the foundation for another war. I guess two wars arent enoughfor McCain, lets go for three right. So how exactly is McCain different from Bush?

    August 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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