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. FreeNLovIt

    Our National Security is the Economy. Without an economy, we cannot feed ourselves. We cannot defend America. We will not have the next generation jobs.

    It's time to the Republican Machine to let the Democrats win, to re-energize its battery, for the next generation of wars.

    September 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Kevin - Jonesboro, GA

    OMG...I am watching McCain on Face the Nation and am sitting here in shock that he can lie and double talk with such a straight face!!!!

    He says that Barack "denigrated" Palin's record by minimizing her record as a small town mayor. He fails to acknowledge that Palin attacked Barack and he was defending his record.

    Now he is stealing Barack's idea of awarding citizen's for service after his recent comments, and those made by his supporters, minimizing and putting down community organizers. The more that I listen to this forked tongue politician the more convinced I am in Barack and how I will be volunteering as much time as possible to his campaign. We can't let McCain-Palin within eyesight of the White House.

    September 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Tom, VA

    I can see him appointing Lieberman as Secretary of State. If this happens, you can kiss any credibility we might have in brokering Middle East peace discussions right goodbye. This is a SCARY, SCARY thought and just solidifies my vote against this guy. He's already proven his lack of judgment with Palin and I have no doubt he'd do it again with Jumpin' Joe, which would be the flat-out WORST move in the history of our wonderful country. Want Conflict = Want McCain.

    September 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Beth


    September 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. whiteboy for obama

    mccain wont get elected ,so, who cares?

    September 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. No Way to McCain/Palin

    Um, Obama said that a long time ago in a town hall in Duncanville, Texas that he would have a cabinet like Lincoln- Rep. and Dems. Nothing new here except John McCain again trying to copying Obama's ideas.

    Obama did great this morning and Biden was great this morning on the interview shows. Where is Palin? Maybe she is afraid because she can't run on the issues!

    September 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Shannon

    when all else fails Obama supporters, cry racism. Really it is getting sol old, go back to trashing working moms, that seems to work better for you!

    September 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Eric

    Give me a break

    September 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Chris

    Do all of you have some kind of objective opinion or do you all work for Barrack Obama?

    September 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Pat from Florida

    Yes, I'm only starting to guess......
    Can you imagine???



    Just give me a break!

    Like Barry Obama said yesterday, do they think we are stupid????

    September 7, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Ron

    McCain: "Change is coming".

    Why is McCain stealing the theme that Obama has used for the past 19 months? This shows FEAR within the republicans.

    September 7, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. 8 is Enough

    McCain... Enough is Enough... Stop making a joke of yourself... do you still recognize yourself when you look at the mirror?

    September 7, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Nobama

    I like this plan. It promotes unity.

    McCain/Palin 08'

    September 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Andrew

    Several of my comments on this story have been rejected by CNN. I'm merely trying to point honestly to the fact that, as many Muslims in the Middle East do not like Jews, it would be problematic for U.S. foreign policy were Lieberman to be appointed Secretary of State–or Secretary of Defense for that matter. I can't imagine McCain not giving Lieberman a high-level post, so this concerns me.

    September 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. CW

    McCain will appoint anyone as long as they're willing to be a puppet – Palin type is most desired.

    September 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. J, FL

    Tell me the last time the President of the USA authorized two stimulus checks for taxpayers? What has Bush done so wrong that his approval rating is low? An Iraq war that we are now realizing will be over during the next President's term? Maybe Bush should say to the American people, you are very ungrateful and don't deserve jobs, don't deserve tax refunds, don't deserve stimulus checks two times during my presidency. Obama is spewing rhetoric, and some are buying into it as they are not doing the research. I have been doing the research, NAFTA was authorized by Clinton himself, and jobs started disappearing under his leadership. Also, we have federal agencies that are allowing companies to merge, and merger, and then merge again. Bank of America and AT&T are two companies that are notorious for this. Washington's congress isn't the only thing that needs shaking up, the agencies that are allowing the mergers need to be told, enough! Anyone in Michigan? The reason your jobs are disappearing is not due to Bush, it is due to the backlash that has been occurring for over 20 years. When the big 3 automakers were churning out cars that were not fit to drive, and didn't last longer than 5 years. This is a fact as I remember my father being told to get out of buying American by his employer due to the poor quality. Quality has picked up, along with people beginning to realize they don't need big SUV's to flaunt their status, and we have an industry that is being transformed. As far as jobs going overseas, that is not Bush or anyone in congress, it is a decision made by corporations to make their bottom line fatter. Look at CEO's salaries these days... a little out of whack, wouldn't you say? Obama is nothing but a rhetoric machine, and I have absolutely no respect for him. He is misleading the public, and as a country, we need to wake up before we make a serious mistake. Also, so what if Palin doesn't have the foreign relations experience of Biden or McCain. This election is about the United States of America!

    September 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Waaah for Obama

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. - Please POST.

    I've said all along he isn't presidential material. He would make a better press secretary…actually, they take questions. Scratch that. He should just lecture for a living.

    Obama spent more time writing his books than doing his job in the state (129 votes of 'present'????!) and federal Senate. By the way, did you watch his interview that he's been avoiding with Bill O'Riley for nearly a year? Obama was squirming the entire time. If he can't handle Hillary, Palin, McCain (Bill for that matter) how the hell is he going to lead this country?

    His loss will be his own fault. He could have shored up the White House by selecting Hillary but NO. His arrogance will cost the dems the White House once again. He is out for Obama and Obama alone…ask Rev. Wright.

    Go team!

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 7, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Silver Bank went belly up and the FEDs took over which means we the tax payers pick up the bill. Who was the CEO of Silver Bank, no other than John McCain's son, does this sound familiar. Well it is, John McCain aka Keating 5 did the same thing to Lincoln Savings and Loan. Investigate into John McCain's doing with that bank also.

    September 7, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Katrina

    McCain looked old and trembly on Thursday night. He isn't running anymore, he's being run. These are scary times, folks - a vote for McCain is a vote for President Palin. Think hard before you gamble with the country. McCain's on record saying he often makes mistakes in haste, and "suffers the consequences without complaint." If he were to die in office, the fact that he can't complain won't be of comfort for those of us to suffer the dire consequences.

    September 7, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Optmistic

    How can you trust McCain, when his own family did not as his first wife divorced him due to his infidelity.

    September 7, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |

    To CNN , You must have different ones editing these comments.

    For the other day when , under , The Alaska Jet didn't fly on E bay.
    There were 338 Comments an everyone was negative , that you printed . Therefore it tells me something , Are you , like all the other media , ( For this day I see diff. opinions , Please don't discharge who is on today ) For they are going to try an raise Obama , above the pulpit .

    I am sure most have heard the , unbeliveable remark , that was on the late nite show , Comedian Bill Maher , a very tasteless joke , about Palin's Down syndrome child , an as the Govenor as a " stewardness" But when he remarked about the child ." IT LOOKS LIKE John Edwards ".
    I am sure any party, creed color or religon , will agree this is tasteless an has steped way to far. Remember what Imus said, well most will agree this was way out of line , hurteled over it. Lets hold Maher Accountable for this Remark .

    September 7, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Daphne

    It's obvious that Joe Lieberman is hoping for a cabinet position IF McCain wins the presidency. That's why he got up and lied through his teeth at the Republican Convention! No way, No McCain!

    September 7, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Michael, watching from Canada


    I want to applaud Campbell Brown for her objective interview with Tucker Bounds. Her questions regarding Sarah Palin were fair and appropriate.

    It is unfortunate that Tucker was unprepared to answer Campbell on some basic questions (that were about her experience, and nothing to do with sexism) about Sarah Palin.

    And for John McCain to deny an interview with CNN because Tucker was unprepared shows an arrogance and elitist attitude that is not becoming of a leader.

    Again, Campbell Brown is an example of why CNN is the best in reporting on politics in the US.

    And CNN, if you want truth, why don't you interview Anne Kilkenny, who has known Sarah Palin for years?

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

    John McCain voted WITH Bush failed policies 90% of the time. That's
    not a Maverick, that's a sidekick, just like his sidekick, Sarah Palin.

    Senator Biden nicely ate them both alive on Meet the Press.

    Obama / Biden 08.

    September 7, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Ron

    Obama is a idealist, McCain is a realist. it would be nice to have a perfect world like sen Obama promises, where all our medical problems are taken care of, and all our energy needs are taken care of, and everybody has jobs, and every body has a no charge education ect, and all this being a perfect world, will be done at no charge to the public. no taxes raised, all the companies will be forced to comply, all the education system will be run by the government, not the state, with no input from the public, like choice of school ect. free enterprise will be taxed to the point of extinction. the deficit because of all this spending will grow and our world rating will fall. paying off the debt will become unplayable. sen. McCain is an American, that believes in the American way of free enterprise, where the government should help create jobs not prevent then from happening. this is a country of choices not dictatorship once you start controlling there is no stopping I'll vote McCain Palin

    September 7, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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