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. Dan

    CCCP is BACK! Although I think the socalled "humanitarian" aid the US is sending is in the form of guided weapons systems tank bombs from Tomcats high in the sky. I've been there during the Bosnia conflict sitting in the Adriatic watching tomohawk missles bombard mountain ranges up close three weeks before that hit the news, so I know first hand that this is exactly what is happening. Thank you Mr. Bush for destroying the world before you leave office.
    The only reason Russia did this is because of your stupid move with the missle defense shield in the Czeck Republic back in 07, you big dummy!

    August 13, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Dave

    McCain was a proponent of pre-emptive war before 9/11 changed Bush's mind on the subject. His foreign policy amounts to little more than sabre rattling and "more boots on the ground." He doesn't know the meaning of the word diplomacy. It's a tragedy that so many people feel that his candidacy carries more weight on this issue than Obama when he clearly does not understand the intricacies of our relationship to the rest of the world.

    August 13, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. RyanD.

    John McCain is a sabre-rattling war monger. War with Russia would end life on this planet as we know it. SIT DOWN, JOHN!

    "In The 21st Century Nations Don't Invade Other Nations" – John McCain

    Forget about Iraq, John Boy?

    Obama 08'

    August 13, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Steve Perzan

    I think the Georgian crisis shows that McCain is a very brash and presumptuous man. He is not our president yet, yet he made this proclamation: "And I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, ‘Today we are all Georgians.’” I do not like Bush or his policies but he is still the president and if anyone has to the right to speak for "All Americans" it is the ELECTED president.

    I would like to know the opinion that Senator McCain has toward Georgian President Mikhiel Saakashvili - a personal friend of his, and his decision to enter the breakaway region of South Osetia, which the United Stated counseled him not to do. Does he agree with the advise that the US initially gave? Does he think that this was the wrong time to go into South Osetia by the Georgian Army? And if not, when would be or would have been the proper time for the Georgian Army to enter South Osetia?

    I would like to know Senator McCain's answer since he said that "He speaks for every American and that today we are all Georgians." Because of this statement I believe that we deserve an answer from McCain.

    August 13, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. rhoward

    And just why is McCain interjecting himself into this conflict? And why do Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman think its their place to go running to Georgia when Georgia started the mess they're in? Just exactly who gave a PRESUMPTIVE presidential candidate the right to try and set US foreign policy?

    The last time I checked George Bush is still president until January '09 and all of these clowns are out of bounds.

    August 13, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. CognitoErgoSum

    Do you suppose that McCain's response to the crisis in Georgia might have something to do with the fact that his foreign policy advisor for his campaign is a lobbyist for the nation of Georgia?

    Also, there is a U.S. oil company-funded oil pipeline running through Georgia that takes oil from Azerbaidjan to the West, in competition with Russia. you don't suppose Russia isn't targeting their economic competition, do you?

    I really have to agree with Obama's and Bush's response.

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

    What? How did we cause the Georgia Invasion? Last time I checked it was Russia who invaded not the US.

    August 13, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. MikeH

    John McCain has stepped into a big pile of poo with this one.

    McCain is now trying to save his nether parts by escalating things to try and show how he isn't really really screwing up, which of course he is. I hope the State Department has some sense and puts the kabosh on this.

    Remember my fellow Americans, Russia is an Oil Exporter, they are Oil Independant, they can control the flow of oil onto the world market, they can really screw up our economy if they wanted, think gas and food rationing and really expensive goods. Condi is right for the wrong reasons, this is not 1967, we cannot threaten the Russians like we used to.

    August 13, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Ted:Canada

    It is 3 am in the Morning
    A McCain look alike is startled when he hears the alarm clock ring.
    He thinks it is the phone and holds it to his ear – dazed and confused he yells out -
    “Bush the Button! Bush the Button!”
    The picture flashes to a nuclear explosion mushroom cloud and all.
    In the background you can hear McCain say…
    “We will not surrender – We will not surrender – I will be the last American President standing!!”

    This ad has been endorsed by the free world!!

    Just kidding like the Repubs – just adding some humor to the campaign.

    Come on – smile – the worst that can happen is that will be into WW3 for a 100 years.

    August 13, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. RJ, CA

    This is much more relevant than Obama's sightseeing trip in Europe!

    August 13, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. David Goldman for OBAMA

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE STATED TODAY THAT IT

    WASN'T 1968, WHERE RUSSIANS CAN OCCUPY

    A CAPITOL & OVERTHROW A GOVERNMENT.

    MS.RICE MUST HAVE THE SAME MEMORY AS MCMORON.

    AREN'T WE FORGETTING SOMETHING HERE ??

    WE ARE LIVING THE 1968 PERIOD. WHY NOT THE RUSSIANS.

    THEY ARE DOING IT BY OUR PERMISSION, BY OUR

    INVASION OF IRAQ. BESIDES THE RUSSIANS COULDN'T

    CARE LESS WHAT RICE, BUSH OR MCBUSH HAVE TO SAY.

    August 13, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Scott

    Perhaps you didn't read the CNN article which states "U.S. officials said they warned Saakashvili not to provoke Russia militarily by sending Georgian troops into South Ossetia and they had ruled out any U.S. military action to defend Georgia."

    The US didn't cause this conflict.

    August 13, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Sherry, Atlanta

    YOU IDIOT, MCAIN. . .NOT ONLY DO YOU WANT TO BOMB IRAN. . .NOW YOU WANT A CONFRONTATION WITH RUSSIA. . .

    YOU ARE A TOTALLY STUPID! ! !

    WHILE YOUR TRYING CAUSE DESTRUCTION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. . .GO DO YOUR FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN! ! !

    August 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Kristina

    Thanks for WWIII jerk.
    :(

    August 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Lost (maybe) in CNN Moderation

    How presumptuous of him!

    August 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Andy

    LOL Bush and McCain criticizing Russia is like the pot calling the kettle black. Here we are in two illegal wars that Bush started, McSame backs and they're criticizing Russia? LOL it really shows how ignorant they both are.

    August 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Mc100

    Jew & Gentile going to Georgia, Alabama at the direction of this clueless Grumpy. In the 21 st century, without an Obama map, they got lost and ended up at Democratic convention. At the convention these three muskateers acted like baffoons, so Obama sent them directly to the Psych Ward at the Denver hospital. End of the story.

    August 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. Wendy

    Settle down McCain. If we voters don't wise up he'll have plenty of time to wage wars.

    August 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Joseph Adewole

    Honestly, this McCain man is a real war monger; he is always happy when there is a problem (War) anywhere in the world. America has lost so many young men and women in Iraq; we should all be very careful; this McCain-man is not good for America at all.

    August 13, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Republicans for OBAMA

    WHO OR WHAT SAID THE RUSSIANS DON'T HAVE THE

    SAME RIGHTS AS WE DO TO INVADE OTHER NATIONS ?

    THESE ARE THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THE MORONIC

    LEADERSHIP WE HAVE HAD. DUE TO OUR INVASION OF

    IRAQ, WE DON'T HAVE A LEG TO STAND ON WITH RUSSIA

    OR ANYONE ELSE. THIS IS MCMORONS FOREIGN POLICY.

    August 13, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. mel

    Adviser to McCain lobby about 200,000 and profit 800,000 in
    Georgian and he is wrong for taken strong action against
    Russia unstead of a calm solution,war is not the answer.
    McCain will have the country in a world war.

    August 13, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. WAKE UP PEOPLE

    The media and the Bush administration is setting us up for another event!! Americans are so brainwashed and we believe anything the media constantly tells us!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!! THINK!!! We are being setup right now for something major to happen before the November elections!! Whatever it is will be in McCains favor, he's presented as a War junkie and now it just seems we are being prepared and brainwashed mentally for something. DONT BELIEVE THE MEDIA HYPE!!

    Obama '08/'12

    August 13, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. banderson

    I thought George W. Bush was still the current president. Isn't it obvious to anyone looking that John McCain is using this issue as a political football. If Senator Obama stated that he was sending someone to Georgia he would be called by the Republicans as presumptous. Please Mainstream Media wake up and start reporting this deceptive, misleading act of Senator McCain.

    August 13, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. Mad

    It steps up his role as more of a foreign affairs kind of person-
    We have so much dependence on foreign countries and McCain wants to stop that- Obama doesn't care – maybe he can "change" those countries

    And to the people saying McCain has lobyists – Every candidate does- INCLUDING OBAMA
    with small donations even from all his supporters- it doesn't add up to the amount he raises he has MORE lobyists that McCain HE ALSO has oil people in his campaign

    Im going to shock you all now: Obama is a politician
    yes take it in slowly...

    August 13, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Phil in Texas

    I'm SICK AND TIRED OF MCCAIN!!!! Why do these WHITE men think they have the POWER and think WE can resolve everything!!!

    August 13, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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