September 7th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
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McCain vows to have Democrats in Cabinet

Sen. McCain campaigned in New Mexico Saturday.

Sen. McCain campaigned in New Mexico Saturday.

(CNN) - Promising a "very bipartisan approach" to how he'll run his administration, Sen. John McCain said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he would appoint Democrats to his Cabinet.

Speaking to CBS' "Face the Nation," the Republican presidential nominee vowed that he won't just have a single token Democrat in his Cabinet.

"It's going to be the best people in America, the smartest people in America," McCain said. "So many of these problems we face - for example, energy independence - what's partisan about that?"

He said he'll also ask some members of his Cabinet "to work for a dollar a year. They've made enough money. But I'll also ask people who have struggled out there in the trenches to help people, to volunteer in their communities, who understand these problems at that level, which obviously is lost on a lot of - a lot - a big segment of Washington."

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  1. wow

    How many times do the Obama followers have to be told OBAMA DID NOT HAVE ANY VOTE ON THE IRAQ WAR! He even said IF HE HAD THE RIGHT TO VOTE, HE DOESN'T KNOW HOW HE WOULD HAVE VOTED!!!! BUT, NOW finally ADMITTED the surge WORKED! Who was for it? McCain! Oh, and BO is now FOR drilling????????? He follows everybody else's lead. He also has done a horrible job reacting to Palin, (David Gergen even thinks so) if he can't handle the reaction to his challenger's VP pick, how the heck will he handle the WHITE HOUSE and all that comes with it???????

    Secondly, this is basically Obama's problem with a lot of voters....He had time and effort to put into WRITING TWO memoirs all about HIMSELF, yet in the Illinois state senate AND U.S. senate, could NOT ONCE AUTHOR ONE piece of legislation for the American PEOPLE himself????? His adoration for only himself is sickening. He tagged his name onto other people's work, and the ONE piece he actually worked for was voted in favor 90 to 1?????? I bet that kept him up at night!

    He shows his arrogance (as he did throughout the primaries) with comments like this...."I understand GOVERNOR Palin is from WASILL-Y", sorry Obama, but it is WASILL-A....nice attempt to belittle the small town again.

    CNN, you just love to try and dig up the trash, ie: the 20% in Alaska who don't like Palin because she went in an cleaned the state up from corruption,....find ONLY them and act like they are the experts on her life and her work. Where are YOUR interviews with the 80% that approve??????

    Where's the story about how she travelled to Kuwait with HER National Guard Troops shortly after she became Governor, so she could understand exactly what they go through and what they need? Where's the interview with the national guard's SUPERVISOR who has stated that she's been the best commander of the state's National Guard he's ever seen??? Loved how Campbell Brown tried to belittle that roll, too. Sorry, but who do you think oversees the training, supplying, and deploying of those troops on a day to day basis, who do you think makes sure they are READY to be deployed oversees???????? THE GOVERNOR!

    Then CNN, go find JEALOUS, INSECURE working mothers who can't believe Palin CAN AND WILL be a great mother AND be a great VP...interview them so they can tell you how they think she can't do it. Just because these women don't think THEY CAN do it, doesn't mean PALIN CAN'T. These women make me laugh, not one of them talked about how as VP, Palin will not have to do the day-to-day stuff MOST working women would have to do. Scrub toilets, do laundry, grocery shop, wash the dishes, drive herself anywhere. She will have staff taking care of day-to-day stuff for her. Duh...imagine how much time YOU'D have with the White-House staff taking care of so much for you. ALL of us could only dream of the staff she will have. She'll probably have more time with her family than MOST working women do, Not to mention, did you know she only sleeps like 4 hours a night??? Imagine what she gets done before any of you are even up in the morning. Some people are just plain wired to do more than others. And BTW, THE FAMILY DOES HAVE A FATHER!!!!!

    Love how the women's rights groups only want to take care of Democratic liberal women, WOMEN ARE WOMEN, support all of them or change your platform to say you are only for Liberal Women! Republican women are strong, are great leaders, live by their principals, and are an inspiration to ALL WOMEN.

    Oprah needs to change her platform, too. She will only allow airtime to people that agree with her. No republicans are allowed to speak on her show?????? Come out and say you only support LIBERAL WOMEN. The others don't matter to her obviously. Does she think they shouldn't be allowed to talk about their views, it might make some women realize that Republicans ARE NOT ANTI-WOMEN like dems make them out to be. They've tried for 30 years to scare women and minorities into thinking only democrats relate to them, sorry, not anymore. You don't have to vote for her. At least respect to her. For over a year, you made excuse after excuse for Obama. WHY the vile hatred towards Palin?

    September 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. AMY

    pandering again McCain for democratic votes.....

    September 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. jim

    It's sad when CNN uses itself to be a GOP bashing news site. John King has it right! The liberal media wants Obama elected at all costs. Is that fair ? Where is the balance ?

    September 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Dennis

    I don't think Lieberman qualifies as a Democrat anymore, Senator McCain.

    September 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Tennisguypitt

    I have a hard time believing it, but if he does, I'll respect that.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Breck

    50 dollars says he'll put Lieberman in and count him as a Democrat.

    September 7, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Sean Chong

    We all know who this "Democrat" is. That Joe guy! And I thought he's no longer a democrat? Bless you John, don't use this trick again.

    September 7, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. mama4obama

    When he says he means he will appoint Lieberman.

    September 7, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. ms j

    yeah, Lieberman, who isn't at all a democrat

    September 7, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. rachel

    oh boy more pandering.

    September 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. TyWebb

    Whew! That's a relief! He's got my vote now. Oh, wait...I forgot about Sarah Palin.

    September 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    McCain failed two most important leadership test

    #1 Supported the War without even questioning it after years of experience
    #2 Supported staying 100 years without even questioning how we can help THEM help themselves

    We need judgement, vision and patience.

    September 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Patty

    The best people to serve...right. That's why he picked the inexperienced hockey mom to be a heartbeat away from the most important job in our country. He is not putting his country first, he is putting his election first. In the most important decision of his campaign, he has failed. This McCain primary voter will not vote for him and I hope others wake up and see that he is not the maverick he claims to be. McCain–more of the same old Bush tactics.

    September 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. CopyCat John

    Well .... not exactly ... McCain would appoint the Democrats that the RNC tells him to appoint ... kind of how he selected his VP.

    Sarah Palin wasn't a surprise pick ... she was a hasty pick. Haste was required because the rightwingers in the GOP veto'ed Ridge or "Lie"berman.

    Here again, COPYCAT McCain is echoing what Obama has said he'd do. Obama will appoint a wide range ideological challengers and some will be Republicans. The Senator's pick of Joe Biden proves he'll pick people who are not "YES" men/women.

    September 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Anonymous

    can you believe this man, he's trying to run on Obamas message , send that woman back to alaska, and mccain needs to retire.

    September 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Inutah

    Who would work for him? ????? Does he call people names like he called his wife?

    September 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. B

    I found it offensive that Gov. Palin compares herself to a pitbull.
    I am sure that people that have been mauled or killed by one are not going to vote for these type of people.

    She makes it sound she will tear anybody's head off if you get in her way. Well, has she ever watched the Sopranos ?

    September 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Irony

    And you expect me to believe you?

    After so many lies and half truths from your campaign, I think your words are not worth much.

    I'll put my bet on the real agents of change!

    Obama – Biden 08

    September 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Mike

    John McCain's statements should be viewed for what they are... pure political tactics. He is now trying to talk reconciliation, unity, and working across party lines, in an attempt to attract people in the middle. However, when viewed in parallel to his allowing his Karl Rove handlers to structure such disgusting partisan smears during the convention, his sincerity about bipartisanship must be called into question.

    John McCain Version 2008 is a completely different candidate from the one that ran in 2000. As far as I can tell, he has completely sold out to the right wing of the Republican party in order to get elected. "Country First", my foot. Just more campaign sloganeering. If he was serious about putting the country first, he would have chosen a running mate with the credentials to run the country. I'm afraid McCain's credibility is in the toilet as far as I'm concerned.

    September 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. JB

    Hey, his best friend is a dem who was kicked out of the party because he thought for himself and didn't BLINDLY follow party lines.

    And dems verbally abuse Lieberman.

    Both McCain and Lieberman have always stood up and fought for what they believe is right.

    We saw McCain do this when it came to torture. HE STOOD UP TO BUSH AND SAID NO.

    We saw this with immigration (I didn't agree with his bill), but, it is admirable to see someone fight.

    Obama has no experience. He did nothing while in State politics (He did vote present 180 times) and NOTHING as a US senator. He was a US Senator for ONE YEAR before he chose to run.

    You are hiring a law degree for President. I don't know about you, but, I know many people with law degress WHO ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT!

    September 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. John

    Anyone believe this??? Didn't think so.

    September 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Shelly

    This has become a juvenile graffitti board for Obama worshippers. Rarely (if at all) seen any useful comments on any of the political ticker storeis.

    September 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. gene

    Sorry... last person i want in the cabinet is Lieberman... and you know that's exactly who he's talking about. And just because he has that little "D" after his name doesn't make him a Democrat... you actually have to believe in their principles to call yourself that. Just like all the conservative Christians who feel that a convention full of attacks is the Christian way... not really christians by belief.. just by name.

    September 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. alex

    McCain please I agree with John he such a CopyCat. He saw he was losing and decided to steal Obama 's message! It is so sad and another thing YOU ARE NOT A MAVERICK IF YOU HAVE TO KEEP TELLING EVERYONE THE YOU ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama/Biden 08 not McSame/Female Cheney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    If McCain was a true "maverick" rather than just a former or so-called one, and really non-partisan – he could have chosen Senator Clinton as VP!

    That would have put the question of experience off the table, she was throughly vetted, a woman and came with 18 million votes! She has already raised her family so life-balance isn't a question. She could even learn to shoot!

    Choosing Lieberman does not get "bi-partisan" points. He's just in the closet ... pretending not to be a Republican ...

    September 7, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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