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. Michael

    Yes, let's not politicize this issue, politics ends at the water's edge....

    Nevermind that someone else is responsible for foreign policy in this country...

    Nevermind that these are my most rabid attack dogs on the trail...

    Besides, we can't go to war with Russia over Georgia, we need to bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran first.

    McCain '08: Four More Wars! Four More Wars!!

    August 13, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Priscilla

    McCain doesn't have a clue!

    August 13, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Ellie, Boyds MD

    GOD, can someone just turn this OLD FART OFF??

    August 13, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |






    August 13, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Franky

    "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?"

    LOL!!! And don't forget, Joe Lieberman is there, LOL!!!!!!

    I swear, he should just ask him to hold hands with him, LOL!!!!!

    Watch out Cindy!! You're man can be taken! LOL!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Paulie

    How is this not "presumptuous"????? The Republicans would be all over Obama if he "sent" his advisors into the middle of an international crisis.

    August 13, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. dittohead with forty names

    Be very very afraid now folks,John is wearing his war face in this photo and will scare his opponents to death with just his looks.

    August 13, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Pam

    One of McCain's handlers might want to let him know he's not the president.

    August 13, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. McCain=the draft

    CNN, Why aren't you reporting on the fact that :

    McCain's foreign policy advisor got money from Georgia.

    August 13, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. Paul from Texas

    This mess has McBush happy to promote his campain of fear my friends or did I hear him say all Geogrians are my friends my friends and that we all in the U.S. are Georgians. I am not I am aTexan my friends.

    August 13, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. MD

    It does not matter who McCain picks. People ingeneral do not vote for a president based on their running mates. McCane is simply too dangerous for the future of America, especially with his cowboy mentality towards Russia.

    August 13, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. John G

    I don't have anything relevant or credible or logical or well thought out to add to this discussion which is a good thing because CNN doesn't post those comments so I will just say this

    blah blah blah Mc(insert insult here because it's still funny 58 billion times later) balh blah blah change you can count on blah blah blah world war 3 blah bla blah too old blah blah blah change you can count on blah

    August 13, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. NVH

    this man john mccain is scary!!

    August 13, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Cecil

    He Smells War

    August 13, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Bill

    Willow: What is Obama? I thought he was a Senator, too. Is he President already? Guess I must have missed the election.

    August 13, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Walter, Long Beach

    This McCain strategy on Georgia is astonishing. McCain is a bought-and-paid-for agent of the Georgian government.

    McCain's campaign manager is on the Georgian payroll and is creating all of McCain's policy on the subject.

    McCain sells himself to the highest bidder yet again!

    August 13, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. pat C.

    old john can't stand it! he just has to be in the middle of any nation that talks war. he is a disgrace and i am sure he is sending his cronies to shut up the president of georgia for saying on national TV for McWar to put his money where is mouth is. i heard that russia has said someone from the united states had given georgia a wink and a nod to do some under handed things that made russia mad. ummmm...since old john is a friend of the georgia you think he was giving a little under the table advice here? cover it up now john. you can not afford another scandel.
    oh yea and make sure you correct your statement to the president there,,,we are not all georgians john!!!

    August 13, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. nganenu

    John MacBush an ali,
    Bushed you all. Let the US out of this mess. You go to defend your oil dividends. Shame on you, shame on you. Bus war irak for oil. Your robust your stand for Georgia for oil dividends. Shame on McBush and ali. shame on corrupt US poilitics

    August 13, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    WELL,WELL,WELL this is a serious conflict with another country that happen right in president BUSH AND SENTOR MCCAIN FACE, who will they Blame this time America? Mr. McCain is not president yet ,so he needs to let MR.PRESIDENT BUSH HANDLE THIS SITUATION AND HE STOP SOOTING OF AT THE MOUTH,BECAUSE THAT IS ALL HE CAN DO FOR NOW AS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDINATE.

    August 13, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. biffington, biff


    the thought of war has this guy looking 70 years younger.... (to the age of 72)....

    so.... sending a couple of boot-lickers, ... er... i mean SURROGATES to go and report on the state of the violence...

    if you had any REAL juice, you would send somebody to Russia to talk some U.S. 'sense' into Putin.....

    but hey... maybe those guys can get some jet-skiing in before they come back and tell America that if we don't fight Russia there, we will have to fight them here....

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

    Maybe those who ask why McCain isn't going himself should be asking why Barack Obama remains on vacation in Hawaii rather than show that he is up for the job of President of the United States.

    With serious problems around the world, the prospect of an Obama presidency is truly frightening to this lifelong Democrat.

    The leadership of the Democratic Party has failed us all.

    August 13, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Doug

    Typical liberals, it was fine for Clinton to get us involved in Somalia and Bosnia but not for McCain to. Just remember folks more troops have been killed under Democrat control than Republican

    August 13, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Cecil

    Just Relax Sen McCain, You NOT The President Yet!
    Sen. Obama Couldn't Even Take Pictures With Leaders, And Look At This Guy.

    Don't Be Brain Wash America.

    August 13, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    He is not President! He will never be President! He should shut his dam mouth! Bush is wrong to take sides. Mind our own business!
    We cannot baby sit the entire freaking planet!
    Sit down John!
    And anyone considering bashing Obama, he cannot DO anything until he IS President. Neither can McCain except run his lying mouth.

    August 13, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Who is paying for their trip? Will they be representing McCain? Is it good timing?

    August 13, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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