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. Christie

    Putting Senator from Israel – Joe Liebermann does not count. He is not a democrat. He did not win enough votes to be elected as a democrat. McCain stop lying again..again .We have enough GOP lying to us.

    September 7, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Lyn S

    McCain/Palin are winning and the Dems are yelling. So cool!

    September 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Mike in Houston

    I really must congratulate Barack Obama. His candidacy has been the most illuminating candidacy of all time. I really mean that.

    His candidacy has shown that Oprah is a bigot, the press is hostage to the radical left, the absolute intollerance of liberals to anyone who disagrees with them and that democrats are willing to sacrifice US interests to gain political advantage. .

    What an eye-opener Obama has been.

    September 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. tws1906

    McCain will say about anything now to get votes...

    September 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Drew

    Several people are saying that McCain saying he'll appoint Democrats is pandering to Democrats in order to get votes. You people will find fault no matter what he says. If he said he wouldn't appoint Democrats, you would accuse him of being partisan!
    MCCAIN-PALIN '08!

    September 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Jeff

    You know, I heard the same thing out of George W. Bush, and it never happened. How is this not a Bush third term?

    You know what else I noticed during the Republican Convention? The man who once blasted Barack Obama for not wearing a flag lapel pin, hasn't worn one since. He didn't wear one during the Saddleback Forum and didn't wear one during the RNC.

    John McSame is now the biggest hypocrite in the nation.

    September 7, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. freethinker

    I love how the GOP people think this promote UNITY!! Just look at the RNC and all of the different types of people that were shown during the convention!! NOT!! The Republican party, especially Conservatives are AGAINST unity!! They want everyone to look the same, talk the same, belive in the same God....
    Keep promoting fear and we will continue to be the laughing stock of the world!!

    September 7, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Althea

    Let's focus our energy on the truth. Obama walks his talk and John is busy saying and doing anything that he thinks will get him votes.

    September 7, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Mr. Tucker

    JOHN MCCAIN AND THE REPUBLICANS MUST THINK WE'RE STUPID.

    September 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Liberals -blinded by hatred

    "Comments are moderated by CNN, in accordance with the CNN Comment Policy, and may not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting."

    What CNN reall means is your post will not make it if it does't support the Obamarama marxist ticket.

    September 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. California Gold

    First McCain tries to get women to vote for him by selecting gutter mouth Palin. Now he says he will appoint Democrats. So what do you want me to do as a Democrat? Vote for you? Are you delusional? Uh, not even with a court order would I vote for you McCain. I wouldn't vote for you to be president of a VFW Post! You are unfit to command anything.

    Read my lips McCain: No Way. No How. No McCain.

    We are not better off with a Republican in office than we were 4 and 8 years ago.

    McCain in a few weeks you are going to get the answer to your promises and you won't like being rejected. Bud, you're gonna lose so badly you will make history as the biggest landslide loss in American history. Maybe all the women who don't like how you rejected your first wife will give you their answer.

    Maybe all the vets who you voted against will give you their answer.

    Maybe all the Democrats who you think will vote for you because you stupidly say "I'll appoint Democrats" will tell you just how wrong you are.

    The message is: Go Home McCain. Retire to basketweaving and making up war stories and retell how you are really the author of the surge so you should be president. Maybe president of your local VFW. That's all your fit to command.

    And why are you a "hero"? You have done nothing heroic. You got caught. Alvin York was a hero. He risked his life in a one-on-one. You flew a plane (which is NOT a fighter plane but a bomber) and got shot down. Nothing heroic. If you are a hero, where is your Congressional Medal of Honor.

    What a dismal disgrace.

    September 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. U

    THE SURGE HAS SUCCEEDED SAID OBAMA IN THE O'RIELLY FACTOR!!! HE FINALLY ADMITTED!!

    DO YOU REALLY WANT A PRESIDENT WHO CAN'T ADMIT HE WAS WRONG THE WHOLE TIME?

    HE DID ADMIT HE WAS WRONG BUT ONLY AFTER A YEAR!!!

    September 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. shay

    Sorry McCain. I see you make this statement as a way to try and win the election. YOu might be true to your word but since did your word ever stick. You are Politics First and your Country Second. You have proven that when you put Sarah Palin on the ticket.

    Now McCain is using Obama's change. Makes me wonder can Republicans come up with a different slogan other than change hmmmmm haven't Obama being using this one from the very beginning. Now McCain camp wants to claim it as their very own.

    Repbulican VP is piling lies on top of lies at the stump. and then MCain go right behind her and agree with the same lies again. Did McCain do your research? Those lies will come back to haunt you at the end.

    Sarah Palin has brought in her own personal baggage she is not squeaky clean as it is appeared to be and is under investigation for bullying people with her power.

    The polls are not even close when calling someone for their thoughts on the election. The people that they are calling are baby boomers. Now a days people use their cell phones as a home phone. People no longer have need for a home phone. What they use now is a basic phone at home if they have one. Cell phones keeps people closer in touch with their families. Have you notice that there are less pay phones available to the public.? Seems to me you are very out of touch. Wait until November and you will see.

    Wondering why Sarah Palin is not allowed interviews. I gather it is because McCain camp is waiting to see what Senator Obama is about to do and say with game plan on the stump this week coming up. .

    Sarah Palin has a lot to learn in such a short time she is going against the top notch on the stump Democratics. Who knows it backwards and forwards. Biden was ready from day one. So why is it taking Palin so long to go out on her own.

    Makes you wonder about McCain judgement.

    Let's see if Sarh Palin can pull this off. So far all we know is that she can read quite well. America seems to be patient but not for long. Time will tell.

    September 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. OBAMA/BIDEN

    I know the Americans are wise people,they will get it right this time.this guy is 72 r 73 i think and u want him to be your next president r this lady pitbull with lipstick is this what this GREAT nation as gone to.The future is not black and white any more.It's about fixing your country and u think these two can do it,come on people.i think this lady is a fake gust to take your eyes off the ball.It will be a big mistake if u fall for her and your not in a situation for that right now.I'am not a Democrat r Republican just an outsider.

    September 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. U

    !!!!THE SURGE HAS SUCCEEDED SAID OBAMA IN THE O'RIELLY FACTOR!!! HE FINALLY ADMITTED!!

    DO YOU REALLY WANT A PRESIDENT WHO CAN'T ADMIT HE WAS WRONG THE WHOLE TIME?

    HE DID ADMIT HE WAS WRONG BUT ONLY AFTER A YEAR!!!

    September 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Renata Smith

    Joe Lieberman does not count as a democrat he is a traitor.

    September 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. White and Black support for Obama

    ABUSED OF POWER,.
    INSULT TO WOMEN WHEN YOU DUMPED YOUR WIFE WHO SPENT 5 YEARS WAITING PRAYING AND CAMPAIGNING FOR YOUR RELEASE TO MARRIED RICH YOUNGER WOMAM.

    HAVING AN AFFAIR AND LIED TO A YOUNGER WOMAN THAT YOU WERE 17 YEARS YOUNGER JUST TO CHEAT WITH HER , IS DISRESPECTFUL TO WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    COVERING ABUSED OF POWER FOR POLITICAL REASON IS AN ABUSED OF POWER MCCAIN.

    FLIP FLOPPING ON ISSUES TO BE ON EVERY SIDE IS SAME OLD POLITICE.

    CALLING FOR UNITY WHEN YOU LET YOUR RUNNING MATE BASHED YOUR OPPONENT DISGRACEFUL. OR LETTING OTHER DO YOUR DIRTY CAMPAIGN HOUR EARLIER AND STANDING IN A STAGE SAYING YOU WILL WORK WITH THE OTHER PARTY IS BULL.

    Yeah you are right. the case was on long before she was selected to be McCain running mate. If was not Republican running mate and she was guilty she could be remove from Office she abused.

    Now it will be more difficult for investigate her now that she is a running mate.

    Where is independent investigation when Republican already turn it to be political motivation?

    You fired a person when that person refused to fire a police officer. The big question is,:

    WHY THE TROOPER WAS NOT FIRED WHEN HE TASER HIS 10 YEARS SON AND WHY IS IT AFTER HE WENT THROUGH NASTY DIVORCE BEFORE HE GOT FIRED?

    I know Sarah Palin has something to do with his firing period

    September 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Josh

    CNN you never post my comments??? Am I on your black list or something??? or you don't like the fact that I provide???? I thought this is a blog where everybody comes to express their feelings and learn from one another. If what I say is not going to make it just let me know so I stop wasting my time! Thanks.

    ~Josh

    September 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Appointing Democrats?! Can't wait to hear the reaction from the Bushbots, whom McCain is courting with all his other flip-flopping!

    September 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Defining moment

    Just like Obama said ... McLame and the Rethuglicains take pride in being stupid. And for some reason, think that most Americains are stupid as well.

    Not this time ... not this year ... not ever War monger ... you lose!

    Obama/Biden '08 & '12

    September 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. gary

    Watch out this is difinitly the roves bait and switch tactic, when I say that the Republicans will say and do anything to win.. I'm not saying it lightly.

    September 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Larry Buchas

    Joe Lieberman and Zell Miller might fill the bill.

    But I doubt any Democrats will betray their party to embrace another war.

    September 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Jean

    Sarah Palin is hiding behind a woman mask and punch like a man and when ever she gets punch back all her fans wants her to be treated like a woman. After all she said about Obama at the convention she deserves to be treated like a man.

    September 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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