September 7th, 2008
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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. jason

    do you think we're stupid?

    September 7, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. john

    Lieberman is NOT A DEMOCRAT!!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Karen

    the first comment really said a mouth full. To bad I didn't go past the first sentence. So bitter. Take a deep breath and take a nap.

    September 7, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Irony

    And I'll give a pot of gold to every American! I'll make it christmas everyday!

    Nope, I don't buy the spin anymore. You've cried wolf too many times.

    September 7, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. for obama nj

    mccain is such a fake, i truly hope the american people can see thru all this, at the convention, one of the announcers mentioned to her (one of ladies with hard white hat) mccain was against drilling in a certain part of alaska, and she said, well he will change his seems to me sarah palin will get mccain to change him mind on many things and that is real scary...he is not the leader here, he is the follower.....and i also was amazed at the comment where she gave away all the personal military info on her son whereabouts, and the military person says that was a no no, she did not even know that, and she can lead the military defense....this is a scary situation with the republicans, i hope the people can see through this.

    September 7, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. alvino

    I refuse to join the"Republicans for Four More Years of the Same Crap" group that has almost destroyed this country. You can put sugar and chocolate on their message, but it is still manure.

    September 7, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Linda

    Right. Joe Lieberman doesn't count as a democrat anymore, John. And BTW, your cave-in to the religious right in your choice of VP sort of seals the deal: I don't believe you. I don't believe that you have any interest anymore in bipartisanship. If you did, you wouldn't have chosen Rush Limbaugh's choice for VP. No credibility.

    September 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Breck

    Obama will appoint real Republicans, not the current party line toeing jokes like McCain.

    Obama/Biden 08. The change we need.

    September 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. teddy stevens

    Panderer if that was the case he could have chosen Lieberman for Vp.
    just another big lie and they say oops.

    time for real Change, Obama/ biden 08

    September 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Jeremy

    Go McCain!!

    September 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. elle

    good luck with that John, make sure you run that across Sarah first!!

    September 7, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. cathy

    McCain has already failed his first appointment test. He chose Palin. Lieberman does not count-he is a Republicrat.
    I also find it interesting that not one original word has come out of McCain's mouth recently.He is just using Obama's. Also why is Sarah P only allowed to read what she is told? Why isn't she on news shows?
    Is McCain still teaching her her "life story"? The piece of fiction about him at the Dem convention and on Cindy's web page (before editing) are examples he can use.

    September 7, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    It's never too late for fight more wars, but right now, our National Security depends on our Economy. We need to build the next generation jobs and ONLY the Democrats have the vision to do it or to push it.

    Hillary, just want to say, we love you.

    Live to fight for another day. Save yourself. Re-energize. Like a sport, it's time for a break. Let the Democrat re-energize our economy. We've had 8 years of crushing our enemies. It's time for change and it's NOW or never.

    September 7, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Carmella

    McCain, is trying to play down the middle. It's disrepectful. You should be running as an independent, not as a Repulican. It will be interesting to see how this comment will play with his Replican base.

    September 7, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. At Least I'm Not Pregnant At $7!!!!

    say anything to WIN McSame!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. The Only Republican in Brooklyn

    Wow – hows that for the party of inclusive. Joe breaks with the democrats on ONE issue, and you sell him out. He is against republicans on lots of issues but gets a slot at the convention. Hmmm.....

    September 7, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Bottom line: Obama has NO resume, even for change!!

    It's Democrats......... PLURAL. Not just Lieberman. No matter what he says, morons like FreeNLovit just can't get over their stupidity and drinking the Nobama Kool Aid

    September 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. D.Bradshaw

    For all of you who dont want to vote for a "black" man, remember, Obama IS also WHITE ! and this "white" independant voter IS voting for Obama, not because of his skin color, but, because HE makes good sense to me, AND his VP ( Biden) is also a man of integrity, and good judgement..expierience is good, if you realloy have it, Pain doesnt) BUT, good judgement is worth much more..people who HAVE good judgement, also have to good sense to hire other people with expierience to help them in the things they need help with..who do you suppose Bush, Cheney, McCain hired to help them, and whats your opinion now of thier good judgement ? otherwise, all this bickering is distracting people from the real problems here, causing us all to fall in to the REPUGS plan to distract us..from the ISSUES..Please folks, lets talk economy, and all the REAL issues that I need ( and you do too ) answers "white" vote is going to the half black-half WHITE Obama, am true man of integrtiy, WITH good judgement..]\

    September 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Florida Voter

    McPOW could not even make his own pick for VP, what makes him think that I believe that he will be the one that makes the call of who will be in his cabinet.

    We all know that the party behind the curtains will be pulling all of the strings and placing who they want in certain positions.

    Oh, by the way how does the republican base feel about democrates being in the cabinet, I bet some have decided to stay home already.

    September 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. David

    By "Democrats" John McCain undoubtedly means one "democrat" - Joe Lieberman. In other words, no Democrat at all.

    If John McCain were really interested in bipartisanship, he would not be pandering so eagerly to the far right with his campaign platform and his Evangelical neocon pit bull with lipstick Sar ahPalin.

    September 7, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Chris Nebraska

    note to wow: On McCain and the surge "working"... even a broken clock is right twice a day. John McCain never met a war he didn't like – war war war. Cry "WAR!" all day, and you're bound to get it right once in a while.

    September 7, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Tom

    If Palin is an example of McCain's selection for his administration, I hate to see who he might pick. Clearly he is making his picks based upon ideology, not competence. Sounds like another four years of Bush.

    September 7, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. WBW OHIO

    Hey McIdiot and that Pig with Lipstick!!!!!!!!!!! No One Cares. Because you will not be PRESIDENT.

    September 7, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    The Economy is our National Security. With a strong economy and the right policies, we dont have to borrow money, otherwise 50% of our kids paycheck, in the future, will go to paying for our debts.

    The Economy is our National Security. With the next generation jobs, we are above the rest of the world.

    When you fight a war, you deprive the enemy of one thing: supplies

    If we dont get this economy going, there will be NO National Security

    September 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Unhappy With Direction

    Yea, he'll bring in idiots like Lieberman.

    September 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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