November 7th, 2008
03:24 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain to return to the Senate next week

John McCain is set to return to the Senate next week.
John McCain is set to return to the Senate next week.

(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain will return to the Senate next week to participate in the lame duck session, his chief of staff Mark Buse tells CNN.

Buse calls McCain “eager” to get back to work in the Senate, saying they talked about focusing specifically on Iraq, Afghanistan and the struggling economy.

McCain is now at his home near Sedona, Arizona, where he went the morning after the election.

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, among McCain’s close friends who were with him at his creek-side cabin this week, tells CNN that McCain is of course disappointed with the election’s outcome.

“He put his heart in it. It didn’t turn out the way he liked,” Graham said.

However, Graham also says McCain is a “duty bound guy who won’t go A.W.O.L. from his duties in the Senate.” Graham insists McCain is determined to fight President-elect Barack Obama on his tax plan, but is also eager to “find common ground” on other big issues.

Graham reiterated what he told CNN election night, that he hopes McCain will become the next “lion” of the Senate who works across the aisle to find compromise on key legislation.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. Tony

    WHO CARES?

    November 7, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Debby

    What a shame he isn't our Pres. elect.

    November 7, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Red, Red WHINE!!

    "Graham insists McCain is determined to fight President-elect Barack Obama on his tax plan"

    Ahh...so much for working together. Here comes Johnny...the problem to all of our solutions! Go be a treasonous and unhonorabls scumbag somewhere else LOSER! You are a disgrace to the human race!

    November 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. CanIcallyouJoe

    He tried and failed, and in the process, sullied his own good name. He is not the John McCain of 2000 any longer. I expect him to vote with Obama the first few times to put up a show of cooperation and then ease back into throwing temper tantrums and flailing about like the spoiled brat he is.

    I will never see him the way I used to after he showed his true colors. Suck it up, gramps.

    November 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. mavericky

    now he'll be a maverick, because he'll have hard feelings toward the prez

    November 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. A Real Hero

    Senator McCain.....

    Well done SIR, Truly a soldiers' soldier

    You frikkin ROCK!......

    November 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Laura, Boston

    Way to go Senator McCain!

    Before you get back to the Senate however, could you please have a small press conference and take some of the unnecessary burden off Sarah Palin.

    As a woman, I can't believe how the MSM is treating her based on the cowardeous words of someone who remains anomous. That is pathetic. She brought thousands of people to hear you speak and energized your campaign. Help her out now when she needs it.

    Thanks,
    Laura, Boston

    November 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. mb

    Glad he got some rest and is coming back.

    November 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    There was an article in the Arizona Republic the day before the election that stated, "Arizona will finally have two senators again," this was refering to whether McCain won or lost: If McCain won, then Gov Napolitano would have to name a replacement who would have to be a Republican according to state law; if McCain lost then it would be the first time since the 1990's that Arizona actually had two senators working....referring to the fact that McCain did not do much voting in this time frame, and because he was "campaigning" for President since 1999.

    November 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. PUMBU

    Mac is Back!!!!!!!!!! He got them where he wants them.

    November 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Kiah G.

    Back to work!

    November 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Lisa P

    The people spoke last Tuesday regarding Obama's tax plan, John. You should try listening.

    November 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. MANDATE

    "Graham insists McCain is determined to fight President-elect Barack Obama on his tax plan"

    ...President-elect Obama has a mandate for the changes he was campaigned on.
    If McCain stands in his way it won't be very well received by the majority of the nation.

    November 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Hopefully he will convince Joe the LIEberman to convert his affiliation to the group he belongs with, the REPUBLICAN party. He has stabbed enough Democrats in the back, now he can work on the Republican side for awhile... Lieberman reminds me of Phil Graham, the other McCain friend, who was once a Democrat but when things didn't go just his way he finally showed his true colors and declared himself a Republican. And he fits right in.... They both do.

    November 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Soccer Nana

    "McCain is determined to fight President-elect Barack Obama on his tax plan, but is also eager to “find common ground” on other big issues."

    Put 'em up, put 'em up! You are in for a good fight; another one you are destined to lose!

    Haven't learned from the campaign, hunh Senator McCain?

    November 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Donkey Party

    One can only hope that he and the rest of the Republicans have learned their lesson, that we as Americans will not allow an election to be stolen through negative and untrue rhetoric.

    November 7, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Jerry

    He intends to fight Obama's tax plan?

    That tax plan was THE central issue in the election and the people spoke loud and clear. How dare he continue to fight the will of the people?

    You lost the argument John, now back off.

    November 7, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. jason

    Take a seat John and watch along with us as Jimmy Carter Part II
    ruins this country.

    Popcorn.

    November 7, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. California Gold

    I'm glad McCain isn't going to harbor a grudge. There is too much hard work ahead of us. Hopefully the returning members of Congress will decide they better get busy rehabilitating this country or they too may be unemployed and looking for work along with millions of other unemployed Americans.

    November 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. LB

    I think McCain felt he was intitled to the Presidence and he is a spoiled little brat who will now go back to the Senate and continue to be a thorn in everyones behind. It will be a pleasant surprise if he really tries to work across the aisles.

    November 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    “He put his heart in it. It didn’t turn out the way he liked,” Graham said.

    However, Graham also says McCain is a “duty bound guy who won’t go A.W.O.L. from his duties in the Senate.” Graham insists McCain is determined to fight President-elect Barack Obama on his tax plan, but is also eager to “find common ground” on other big issues.

    FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT.

    I gues McCain hasn't learned a damm thing from loosing the election, why isn't he retiring from the senate? And why didn't he fight fight fight BUSH? Poor Obama he has to deal with the bully from second grade, who is going to try like hell to make life tough on Obama.

    Oh well it didn't work during the election loser and it wont work against your new President OBAMA

    November 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. america wins

    i've lost all my respect for this man. i would like to see him just go home and stay there he has so many he wouldn't get bored.

    November 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Saad from NJ

    AWESOME!!!!! We will have our McCain back – he one who he was – not the one who he became after winning the republican nomination.

    Welcome back the old (real) Senator McCain. I applaud you for who you have been and what you have done for our country. You SIR, are a good man.

    November 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. FLORIDA for Obama

    The FIRST thing this man needs to do is to speak to those people that he and Sarah Palin whipped into this racial frenzy.

    ALL those people that were crying 'hand him' and 'no Husseign' are STILL out here threatening the President Elects life.

    They are saying they need to get together and kill him before he has a chance to 'ruin' this country.

    SOMEBODY HAS TO STOP the racial tenssion caused by the McCain/Palin campaign.

    NOW

    November 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. True Blue Ohio

    When he "reaches across the aisle" he needs to remove the knife he stuck in so many people's back. He ran a divisive campaign. I can't imagine that many Republicans or Democrats are looking forward to working with him again.

    November 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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