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. Change Agent

    Traveling to Georgia to do what? Ben Stein was right, his campaign is pathetic. He's got bigger problems in the US state of Georgia as he is currently in a dead heat with Obama in that deep red state when Bob Barr is on the ballot–which he will be in November.

    What a joke. He's got 6-years olds running this disaster of a campaign and it shows.

    Obama '08/'12

    August 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Scott Tucson

    Mean while back in Hawaii, Obama and his family are working on their tans.

    August 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Debby

    Good Presidential move by McCain. Whats Obama doing again????

    August 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Indiana Bob

    Obama will counter by sending Oprah and Rezko. If Oprah can't buy the country of Georgia for Obama, then Rezko can bribe the Russians. That is the Chicago style politics that Obama knows so well. The same old politics that got him this far.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    August 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Mauri

    We'd better get serious about this latest invasion by Russia and stop slinging slurs at our candidates. Both are fine men, but when we are confronted with something like this, we'd better get off the bandwagon and seriously consider what we have in the leadership of John McCain.

    August 13, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Ron Nebraska

    CNN, why are my comments waiting moderation for an extremely long time?

    August 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. JAE

    I'll tell ya, if Obama mama gets in the White House, there will be the biggest mess any of you McCain haters could ever imagine! Obama is a snake of the worst kind. He, just like Slick Wilty, lies ALL the time. He makes things up, says one thing one minute and something else the next. Talk about Mr.B.S., he would be the guy.

    This country will go to hell in a hand basket if Mr. Obama mama gets his way!

    August 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. My Friends, let me tell you,

    I will rattle sabres and beat war drums to scare my opponents and the people living here as well.

    August 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. ken

    John McCain's chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

    The payments raise ethical questions about the intersection of Randy Scheunemann's personal financial interests and his advice to the Republican presidential candidate who is seizing on Russian aggression in Georgia as a campaign issue.

    August 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    Hey Senator, your friend in Georgia says he wants actions not words so unless Lieberman and Graham plan on picking up a rifle, I'm not sure this is going to be helpful to them.

    Or are you just trying to look like you know what is going on?

    August 13, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THE PRESUMPTIVE SCUM BAG THINKS

    HE IS PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENT,

    NOT IN THIS LIFE & NOT IN THIS COUNTRY.

    August 13, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Arack Bobama

    Yes, let's send Senator Grahamnesty to Georgia. That will certainly bring peace to the region. And be sure to send along the Dumbell Prize winner, Jimmah Cahtah, too, just for the laughs that he generates wherever he goes.

    August 13, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I suggest that he pick Mitt Romney. He would be an excellent pick and one that espouses the same values as other Republicans.

    On a sad note, my best wishes to the Chairman Bill Gwatney's family. This tragedy is mindful of the dangers we all have to live with in this age.

    August 13, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. McCain=the draft

    McCain will be the bully of the world if elected. He's a punk and should be stopped now! He thrives on war!

    August 13, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Tjaye in LA

    Hmmm....someone seems a bit arrogant and behaving too presidential.

    August 13, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. The Iraq war IS legal

    If he went himself, like the pompous Obama would like to do, then he would be called "presumptive". He is a member of the Armed Services Committee, and is sending fellow members, which is the sign of a leader. Shirley, you are an idiot drinking too much Starbucks.

    August 13, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I CAN SEE THE RUSSIANS REALLY WORRIED ABOUT

    WHAT OUR OLD SHADY FEEBLE COOT HAS TO SAY.

    August 13, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Roger from CA

    Boy, do I hate Joe Lieberman!

    August 13, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. Ed from Richardson, TX

    I do want the Georgian people to know 2 things; one, not every American stands with them or John McCain, he does not speak for me and never will. Two, your leaders must be as dumb as the current American ones because when you shoot at something as big, and dangerous as Russia, what do you expect? McCain had no right, no authority and an obvious political agenda when speaking about Georgia yesterday and who thinks they are already elected... Bush and his cronies should not even be allowed to say the words Georgia or Russia, Congress should enact a law that stops these lame-duck lame-brains from causing WWIII, and please, do it soon.

    August 13, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. CONSERVATIVE VOTER

    Mc Cain 's idea of going to Georgia SCARES ME. He is PLACING America IN A VERY DANGEROUS POSITION . I would not be surprised if Russia ATTACKS us BECAUSE OF HIS GESTURE. He HAS POOR JUDGEMENT. He is BEHAVING WORSE THAN BUSH and he is NOT EVEN THE PRESIDENT. If he is President WE CAN PREPARE FOR ANOTHER WAR WITH RUSSIA.

    August 13, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Alan Boyer

    This is outrageous. Where is the media saying McCain is being presumptuous? Oh, I forgot. If you're white, you're showing leadership. If you're black, you're presumptuous! What was I thinking?

    August 13, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. a southern bell for OBAMA

    IF SOMEBODY DOESN'T STOP THE FEEBLE MINDED

    WARMONGER, HE IS LIBEL TO START WWIII.

    August 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. Democrat

    Please God, PLEASE have Bush leave office before he gets us involved with ANOTHER war. And to take on the Russians???IS HE NUTS??? And McBush is just as bad. He had better shut his mouth before we get into another pickle. And just out of curiosity, if we do go help out the Georgians, where are these troops going to come from? DRAFT??
    It is way past time to bring all of our troops home and start communicating with the world instead of threatening other countries. And yes, the Georgians expect us to do something because McCain is getting money from them. Enough is enough!!

    August 13, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Que Quedas

    This guy doesn't know when to sit down and shut up

    August 13, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Lana, California

    Can you say "Grandstand"???

    I knew you could McInsane.

    August 13, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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