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. Go Obama!

    McCain is bought and paid. Don't believe his words. Look at his actions. And Palin, she has a degree in Journalism. That is a NOTHING degree. He attended 6 different colleges in 5 years. I bet she is bumb as a brick. And, her daughter is "knocked up" at 16. What a disgrace. And this is what you want in the White House. I think not.

    September 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Oregon Voter to "Wow"

    Thanks for the perfect example of republican garbage. You typed up nearly an entire page of rants and raves about Obama and the media and didn't say one positive thing about your candidate nor do you say one word about the actual topic. The republican party has become meaningless and mean.

    Now for a word about the actual story you didn't respond to. If senator McCain becomes the president I hope he will ignore the "D" or "R" after their name because, and I know this is a difficult concept for "wow", it is the right thing to do. That is what you do when you put your country first. Obama would do the same.

    September 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Xango 08 & 12

    McCain and McBush are one and the same

    he is now copying every word Obama and Biden are saying,

    is he joking or what

    does he remember that he is running for president of one of the most powerful countries in the world?

    and has anyone heard Palin talk? it is an embarrasement, if you think Bush was the laughing clown in the international arena wait until everyone hear this Palin person talking as if she is some sort of 19 century person who believes teen pregnancy is part of God's will and that we should have that set as an example
    or that GOD should straightened all gay and lesbian people
    or that GOD shoud destroy those who dont agree with her

    are we serious, is this 2008 and the US or is this

    afghanistan in 1988???

    is this woman nuts???

    September 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. beevee

    It is hard to believe that McCain would do as he promises if gets elected judging by the way he is running the campaign. Mr. Bush also said similar things when he ran for president first time. I think it is a way getting independents votes.

    September 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. thomas

    A man cannot get clean just by putting on a new suit. McCain's record is well-defined and the vindictive erratic disorganized republican covention was an example of what could be expected from a McCain presidency. McCain should say what he means and he should mean what he says.

    September 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. swanspirit

    unlike Obama when John McCain says he will appoint democrats you had better believe he will .... JOHN AND SARAH all the WAY to the WHITE HOUSE !!!

    September 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. JC

    Dear wow and other easily fooled voters: wow, open your eyes and better still your minds.

    September 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. steve

    If McCain wants to appeal to the average Obama voter, he'll need to appoint more "Pop Culture" personalities.

    September 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. billy

    all he is talking about is Zionists like Lieberman that want us in the middle east for 100 years to support their real country Israel. they know McCain will provide this, so that is why Lieberman supports him.

    September 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Irony

    McCain will say anything to get elected!

    Why would a Republican vote for McCain if he was going to appoint "liberals"?

    This shows exactly how desperate he is to pander for votes!

    Last week Palin, now this? What's next week, flying cars in every garage?

    September 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Lisa

    CNN, quit censoring my comments, I'm stating factual information!

    McCain/Palin Ticket: In support of censorship (book-banning), as is the Taliban, Al Quaeda, communist leaders, Iranian leadership, North Korean leadership, Evangelicals...NO THANKS!

    McCain/Palin Ticket: Invokes God in support of war, as does the Taliban, Al Quaeda, Iranian leadership, evangelicals and other religious extremists...NO THANKS!

    McCain/Palin Ticket: Spreads false propaganda to advance their extreme policies, as does the Taliban, Al Queda, communist leaders, Iranian leadership, North Korean leadership...NO THANKS!

    Republicans, stop legislating the morals of American citizens! If we continue to put you in office, it won't be long before we are living under the same kind of strict social conservatism that is imposed by the Taliban, Al Quaeda and other religious extremists!

    Lisa T. Lake Wales, Florida

    September 7, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Independent Tom

    In response to WOW, why did you allow such "hot air", inaccurate statements? That is something one would expect to read on the Fox web site!!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. karen

    what a bastard mcsame is. He caused the mortgage crisis almost single handedly via phil graham and the enron loophole. he loves torture.
    Has picked sarah palin who is involved in at least 20 scandals, believes the world is flat, and has written the bill of rights for rapists. shame on you anderson cooper for being bougtht off by the corporate executives. your coverage oft he campaign is only one sided for mcmansion. Why not say how outraged you are over palin not going on any news shows. Shes too stupid to answer any questions about foreign policy and economic issues? She can only answer questions about pit bulls. should only be on dog shows. what about all her ministers and preachers? a 100 times more controversial than obamas. Are you going to devote 4 weekenks to showing her ministers and inquisition style sermons

    September 7, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. JK

    America is in for a shock, if this guy wins.

    1-Extreme radical judges-
    2-A Draft-and more wars-
    3-A failing economy since neither know much about it-

    It just amazes me how gullible the American people really are, if George Bush and Dick Cheney were running again I am sure they can con the American people again to vote for them. What a joke this country has become.

    September 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Filipina

    Yes the surge worked, but are we really talking about this surge, if they didn't invaded Iraq?????
    Obama has the right judgement,,,,,I settle with community organiser then so called the McSame/Palin thanks but no thanks!


    September 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Matt

    Im scared he will appoint conservative judges. Scared to death the Supreme Court is going to start stripping away individuals rights, continuing the failed ( and pointless) war on marijuana, outlawing abortion (its a womens right, not the governments decision, or some christian whackjobs), and continuing treating homosexuals as sub-human members of society.

    September 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |


    September 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Bill From Florida

    If McCain is smart he'll fill his cabinet with all Democrats(except Pelosi
    and Reid) Get rid of the Republicians, The best person to be his
    side will be Clinton and Biden, Palin will probably be having more
    babies or her daughters will.

    September 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. True American

    I guess McCain's strategy is to steal tactics and slogans from the Dems because his were not working. So, now HE's the change candidate? So now HE's going to reach across the aisle and appoint Dems to his cabinet? John, FYI, Lieberman is not a Democrat....maybe McCain means he will appoint Hillary and Barack to his cabinet! Right!

    By the way, all the Republican talk about the "Surge" being the right thing to do and taking all the credit for promoting it - like I heard yesterday, that's like a kid spilling the milk all over the floor and then taking credit for thinking to get the mop to clean it up....if McCain and others others hadn't voted FOR the War, we wouldn't have needed the Surge. Come on, you can't create a disaster and then take all the credit and none of the blame when you recommend something to fix the problem you created!

    And I'm sorry but Gov Palin is a gimmick pick and not a serious governing pick. She voted for more earmarks per capita in Alaska than any other state. How can she claim to be the anti-earmark candidate? I also love how her inexperience is being spun to be an advantage by calling her "fresh" a "maverick" a new face to challenge Washington, etc. Yeah, she's all of that which is another way of saying she ain't qualified to govern. She may help McCain get elected but no true Republican honestly believes she was the best governing candidate. Mit Romney blows her away but he could not have sparked the enthusiasm for the boring McCain ticket as she did. So, let's not fool ourselves....governing a state with a population of only 700,000 for less than 2 years is NOT the equivalvent of being a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 2 years when it comes to national and international experience. She's an attractive candidate but she's not ready for the big stage yet. If, as the Republicans claim, Obama is not ready to lead the country, Palin is even further behind on that curve. But since they know she is, they want to change the conversation away from experience and to being fresh and uninhibited by Washington's trappings. Hmmm, why didn't they say that about Obama when they called him inexperienced and too new to lead?

    September 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Rich

    I heard Obama say the other day that people have lost all of these jobs on "their watch", referring to Bush and McCain. What does he mean by "their watch"? McCain and Obama are both in the Senate, which has been controlled by the Democrats, along with the House, for the last two years. So, how does that make it on John McCain's watch and not Obama's? What exactly has Obama doen the last two years, while his party was in control, to help all of these jobless people? Nada.

    Now that he is running for President he has all these great ideas and proposals, but for the last two years when he had a golden opportunity to actually do something to help people, he did nothing. And he calls this a new kind of politics.

    September 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Ben, NC

    I just have one question for McCain's Republican team, if he is an agent of change how come you guys did not bring in any good change during the past 8 years of Republican term. How can any one trust that they will bring about change when they are the ones that have let the american people down.

    McCain is a flip-floper... he is a liar, he is under estimating the judgement of the american people. He is steeling Obama's view and painting a false picture. How can we trust this Maveric when is changes his stand to promote his career and not placing the Country First.

    We have lost enough lives in unnecessary Wars, now we need to build America.

    McCain is like Bush, Palin is like McCain.

    We need democrats now to realize our American Deam. Obama/Biden 2008. The change we need. The change that will happen. The change that is positive. The change that is possible.

    CNN, I hope you would post this.

    September 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    I'm sure if McCain is elected, Joe Lieberman will be a Cabinet member. But Lieberman has been a Republican in Democractic clothing for years. He is not my idea of a Democrat. If the Republican party had not threw the man that was running against Lieberman for the Senate in Conn. under the bus and supported Lieberman, Joe would be out of Congress and probably we working as a lobist

    September 7, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. guy

    Like Liebermann ?

    September 7, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Lin

    McCain has many democrats who like him as a friend and as a politician. His message of reform is positive. Reform is making the system run better and fairer. Many democrats like Joe Biden have publicly stated they would be honoured to work with John McCain even as his VP.

    September 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Raymond Duke

    I think that would be a good idea as long as they are conservative democrats. Stay away from the liberals like Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy and Boxer to name a few. A lot of the conservative democrat polticians who are in lock step with the republicans on quite a few issues.

    September 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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