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. Jim

    Dumb and Dumber. Who do these two guys think they are? Mccain you have really lost it on this one. By the way you have not stepped into the oval office yet. Bush is smart enough to know not to create a serious confrontation with russia. You must be watching star wars. Have you cloned your own army? Sir you are scary.

    August 13, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Hmmph! WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?

    How presumptuous to think he is the President! That McCain is delusional.

    August 13, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Yes..

    August 13, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. Sharon

    How ARROGANT of him.....

    August 13, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. Jim

    Come on CNN report McCains gaffe " Nations do not invade other nations in the 21st Century".

    August 13, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. lovable liberal

    Any wingnuts want to scream about Congress interfering in foreign policy? Of course not, not when it's Republicans.

    August 13, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Shiloh Everett

    Who are they going to deploy? Let NATO take care of this not McCain's Georgia lobbists advisors and buddies. It is all about oil AGAIN folks-oil in Georgia, "my freinds" . McCain is an oil Barron, like Bush .

    August 13, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Northwest Washington

    If John McCain becomes President, we are now being seeing the future and what is in store for us.

    We are in two fronts now, he wants to bomb bomb bomb Iran and now he thinks we have credibility to threaten the Russians. The only thing we have left in our war bag is nukes. If we don't put an end to Republican blood thirsty deplomacy tactics there will be no future for any of us. These guys are insane!

    August 13, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Franky

    "How is it possible that from all those USA citizens/ Republicans Foi picked the dumbest and most dangerous person to be a possible President ?"

    Hey, hey!! It was tough times, O.K? Is not easy....plus, Senator McCain is old!! I will say he's probably relaxed his past like my dad......I actually don't know if that makes sense??? LOL!!!

    August 13, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. JDB

    I REALLY don't like the way McCain is handling this Georgia situation. In fact, it's scary and I really think somebody needs to reign him in a bit. HIs reaction is much too reactionary – too similar to Bushs brand of cowboy diplomacy. Unfortunately, we're all lvin' with the consequences of 8 years of that hooey. He almost appears unhinged. McCain is a foreign policy disaster waiting to happen.

    August 13, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. McWarmonger

    McCain is being very presumptive. He is not the president yet. He needs to quit making a critical situation worse. He's just stirring the pot. Nothing but the thought of war makes as happy.

    August 13, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. FactCheck

    Let's see.. .his foreign policy advisor has been exposed as a lobbyist for Georgia and this story is plastered all over the AP. And what does CNN do about covering it? NOTHING! Wow, you guys have become the Paris Hilton of the mainstream media. Hello... is anyone there??

    August 13, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Barbara

    And why isn't McCain attacked for being "presumptuous" and taking over the duties of a sitting president? Our media is failing us; it is a media of corporations, for corporations, by corporations. If McCain and his two sidekicks aren't the most inept leaders I've ever seen, I don't know who is–at least the Three Stooges were funny; these three are scary.

    August 13, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Nancy

    A bit presumptuous for a "nominee" don't you think? To send two of his cronies on his behalf. What a hypocrite!

    August 13, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. Venus

    This is Bush's job and not McSame! He is not the president!

    August 13, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. ken

    McCain you are not in charge yet for you to send anyone is steping way overboard and the Republicians talked about Obama.

    August 13, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. Sue

    (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.

    He is a Senator NOT President.

    August 13, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Marty, FL

    McCain seems to be overstepping the boundaries as a candidate. It is hard to believe that he has taken positions further to the right than the sitting president on this issue between Georgia and Russia. McCain's saber rattling has come across as lacking appropriate temperament to the point of arrogance. The last thing we need is continued semblance of warmongering in the White House.

    I much preferred Obama's temperament and pragmatic approach to this situation.

    August 13, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. linda n carolina

    What will McCain do while LIEberman is gone? Who will be his surragate in his effort to smear Obama. I hope all Americans are watching closely.....this crazy old man could be our next president.

    August 13, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  20. DR. YES

    mccain appears to be running his own little government,separate from our current administration.his little ruse to 'look' presidential,is about as presumptious as you can get.

    August 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. Tim

    Hmmmm, if Obama pulled the same stunt and had two of his senate supporters go to Georgia, I'm sure the current administration would raise complaints that he was interfering with official U.S. matters. At least we know the choices McCain is sending can't do too much harm, nobody listens to them anyway.

    August 13, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. AJ

    Obama was accused of being presumptive President on his recent tour abroad. Look who is talking like a President now. McCain has no business riling Russia other than to bolster his standing with the ultra conservatives. He says he dosesn't want this issue to be political – and that's another joke on his part. He is making these statements for political reasons and has sent his cronies to Georgia for no other reason than to get backing from his base and conservatives who otherwise have lots of issues with him. It would be great if he selected Gov. Ridge to be his running mate – I would love to see what the evangalicals and conservatives would do to him.

    August 13, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. Jack from Freedom USA

    I find it interesting that John McCain's foreign policy adviser was a paid political lobbyist for Georgia and that John McCain and his adviser were over there stirring up trouble that has now come home to roust!

    A vote for John McCain is a vote for perpetual war with the hawks finding one enemy after another as long as their military complex profits keep rolling in!

    A vote for John McCain is a very dangerous thing indeed! If you love war and economic depression, then John McCain is your man!

    August 13, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  24. Michael G- Ventura ca

    Oh John.................you are so unimpressive- and PREDICTABLE.

    August 13, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    Why is this man acting like the President? I do not want McCain "speaking for the rest of America", and I sure as hell don't want him speaking for me. Vote McCain, ready to lead us into World War III on day one (or sooner).

    August 13, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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