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. Paul in Dallas

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

    That will be his first thing to change upon his election.
    The draft (not the NBA kind) will be coming soon to a community near you. He is literally frothing at the mouth for more war. Somebody needs to keep that puppy on a leash!

    August 13, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Jon151

    senile old John Mcsame still thinks this the 1980's and that this is the cold war, maybe he should get a few of his buddies to go to Czechoslovakia to discuss the problems on the Iraq/Pakistan border. 🙂

    August 13, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Jim

    Keep giving huge tax cuts to the rich and we won't be able to afford to defend ourselve's from third world countries nevermind defending other's from a superpower like Russia.

    August 13, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Andrew

    Is that a one way ticket?
    who was i kidding?
    That is just wrong, i really apologize

    August 13, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Paul in Dallas

    Senator McCain forgot that we invaded Iraq. So yes, nations do invade other nations in the 21st century. His "experience" should have told him that, or at least McLieberman could have reminded him.

    August 13, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Bill in Ct.

    I never knew Mcsame was President already, He's on tv as if his the president and the media is sucking it up. When Obama was over seas the media and the right wing conservatives said, O he thinks he's president, O he had 200,000 thousand germans at his rally, he's not the president, who this guy think he is, but Mcsame sits on tv and threating Russia and everyone says, O Mcsame seems presidential and he has the answers to foreign policies, please give me a broke, if you idiots out here vote this WAR MONGER in to office, don't start crying when your kids are drafted to support this idiot

    August 13, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Give it a Rest

    Oh Great! McCain is having another "senior moment" by sending Laurel and Hardy to fix the crisis. Please tell me that the rest of us Americans aren't blind to the nonsense that is going with John McCain's???

    So to all the PUMA's out there...THIS is what you want for the next four years?

    August 13, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. bam

    Considering Bush's ties to Putin and McCain's lobbyist connection with Georgia, this conflict smells to high heaven, and may well be dragged out until the November election so that Republicans can feature their warmongering candidate and play the fear card against the Democrats.

    Everyone has said that another "terrorist attack" would benefit McCain. How about another manufactured war? Looks like the October surprise has started in August, just in time for the Democratic convention and Obama's vice-presidential announcement.

    August 13, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |

    RJ, CA

    You have irrelevant opinions. Take your hatred to FAUX news. Typical loser neocon.

    August 13, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. ex republican

    does mcCANE think he won the election already? and why is he saying that he speaks for all americans? that cheater doesnt speak for me. if he cant be faithful to his wife, he will never be my president....

    August 13, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Mike from NY

    The US has reacted as it should.

    Can you imagine how Obama would react to this.

    Obama: "Now Russia, can you PLEASE stop attacking Georgia.

    Putin: "Mind your own business"

    ****six weeks later****

    Obama: "Now Putin, it's been 6 weeks and you've taken full control over Georgia, I really wish you wouldn't have done that"

    Putin: "You keep quiet, unless you want more war!"

    Obama: "Yes sir, as long we don't have war, the US will give you whatever you want"

    Think about it people, think about it.

    August 13, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Mike Dallas

    Did I miss an election? What happened to the cries we only have one President , albeit a poor one, he is still the President, and who should be addressing the issues instead of copping a feel from young Olympians. McCrypt seems to eager to have a jumpstart on the war "he knows how to win".

    August 13, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. Mr Grahmm

    Mcmoron must think he is president. he is out of his mind.
    he should not be running our policies.
    he does not represent the usa but senator hothead.'s own agenda.
    you cannot pretend to hold a stance with a nuclear power, what is he thinking.

    we cannot have a broken arrow running our course.

    no to mcinsane

    August 13, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    John McSame wants to start another war with Russia?!

    Oh lord, here we go again with 4 more yrs of an OLD MAN WITH INCAPACITATED BRAIN ruling america!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. VLY - Illinois

    "We are all Georgians"???? Sending envoys off to foreign lands??? A major foreign policy advisor who works for a lobbing firm hired by the country of Georgia???

    When J. McCain says "Country First" should we be asking "Which Country"?

    August 13, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. JOHN


    August 13, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. J.C.

    Senator McCain knew the significance of this conflict from the very beginning. His experience does help his judgment.

    August 13, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. Jim, Burlington NC

    Just what we need, another Rupublican war. $6.00/gallon gas on the way...

    August 13, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |

    You stupid people don't know a thing about world events and history. All you know how to do is run off at the mouth. Have a drink of kool-aide and shut up.

    August 13, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Lieberman cares more about Israel than CT.

    August 13, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. cph9680

    Better get goin' now, the weekend's coming up. By the time you finish resting up, there won't be anything to see

    August 13, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. lila

    Like you are president already, Surgepants.
    It was good to see that you got your choke chain pulled today and got a little more behind the line of sanity. I guess you got the memo that your Scrappy-Doo overcompensation Napoleon complex bluster was not winning you points. Alas, but you then had to pull another Senior moment and say "in the 21st century nations don't invade other nations." lol Come on, Iraq, can't you remember? Or has your dementia trult gotten that bad already?

    August 13, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. TonyinKentucky

    Being a democracy does not give you the right to invade other countries but Georgia is being made to be the victim on as far as I can tell, that point alone.

    It seems to be that Georgia bombed another smaller Russian aligned country and Russia said WHOA NOW!!!!

    I'm not saying that's the long and the short of the situation but it's sure part of the scenario.
    Probably, the neocon McCain overplayed his hand in his first statement when he kept talking about the pipeline in the area. I imagine the corporate fascist want that to be well protected and this is what all of this is probably about.

    My fellow Americans let's run this trash out of our country. The neocon/fascist have no place in a liberal democracy. They wish to cede over all resources power to the corporations. The Constitution is clear, all powers not enumerated are for the States and The People, not these monolithic companies and their greedy shareholders.

    August 13, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Griff

    Russia are – "a little people"! – Who think like little people..

    August 13, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. win

    Nobody but the Obama people are talking about a 100 year war. The word war wasn't even in the article.

    Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman are on the Senate Armed Forces committee, it is reasonable that they go. McCain is also on it as the ranking member.

    Bush, McCain, Obama, Rice, and as far as I can tell most of the rest of our government and the western governments are in agreement on the Russia/Georgia situation. Myself, I believe they are probably more capable of handling this one. I read an article today where Bush, Obama, and McCain all thought the UN should get involved.

    DutchLion, we usually vote on our personal views and opinions. I am independent and did not vote in the primaries at all. Perhaps Obama's views are more in line with Germany's views. It sounds like Germany's political structure as well as the party system is quite different then ours. The German Constitution is much longer then ours. The German central government is meant to be bigger. In ours the Federal and State governments split much of the power, each handling seperate areas.

    August 13, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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