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. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    You can bet, being the sore looser he is, he will do everything in his power to TRY to make President elect Obama look like a bad choice. He can call himself a maverick all he wants to but in fact he is just an old goat who REALLY LOST and now he's going to try to make every one in the USA pay by playing I hate you politics. Obama beat him once and I'd bet he can do it again...And again... And again...

    Give Up McCain You Have Lost...

    November 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. KC

    Thank you Senator McCain for all you do. I know this country has always been your main priority...for that we will always be truly grateful. God bless you Senator McCain.

    November 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Jeff in Illinois

    Hopefully McCain has increased pull within the party after his attempt at the Presidency, and can use that power to try to push the Neocon, Big-Government agenda out of the Republican party. If he, or anyone, could do that, it would be possible for me to vote for a Republican again (when the right one comes along).

    November 7, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Justin

    Glad to see he's getting back on the horse. I didn't vote for him, but I have a lot of respect for Sen. McCain and what he's done for the country.

    November 7, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Helena

    He will fight Obama on taxes because it will cost his beloved heiress wife a lot of money. Is it greed, or is it greed?

    November 7, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Matt Geddis

    McCain was never Presidential Material, he will live rest of his days in shame, and being Senator.

    November 7, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. John in Virginia

    "wwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... Crash n' burn, huh Mav?"

    November 7, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I heard that McCain wants to return and become "the lion of the Senate". Get in line! Hillary said the same thing after she lost the primary election to now Pres. elect Obama. Moreover, Ted Kennedy already has that title and HE is coming back to the Senate in January, God willing and I hope.

    November 7, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Eric from Ohio

    Which one of his home's is he at?? Republicans are anti progress, congress and the American people will be much better off if he sits this one out. Let the Dems make the choices so we can get out of this hole the repubs have dug. The regional party of the south should all stay home.

    November 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. sandee in Portland

    Well, of course he's going to fight Obama's tax plan. After all, it will affect his wealthy friends as well as himself. This is one of the main reasons, along with Palin, that I didn't vote for him. McCain is one of the many career politicians that need to be voted out of office. We should have term limits on congress and the senate just like we do the presidency. I honestly believe most of these politicians are idealist when they become one and firmly believe they can help the people and our country. However, after being in office for a period of years, they seem to forget why they became a politician and start only thinking of the perks they, themselves, get.

    November 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. NC = blue in '08

    I feel bad for John McCain, but doesn't he see that the majority of Americans thought Obama's tax plan was better? Can he now admit that Joe the Plumber was a character made up by an egotistical, hungry foor fame man? Let it go, John. You lost. Now be a good sport about it.

    November 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Bruce

    be interesting to see if he "reaches across the aisle"

    November 7, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Darren

    John McCain has lost all respect. He pushed all his chips into the center of the rightwing lunatic table – and he lost.

    Retire, John. Just go away and take your angry wife with you.

    November 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. exposer

    Mccain ran the nastiest campagne of all times, knowingly lied and also called Obama a star, hollywood star, a terrirst friend, a terrorist, a socialist, a commiunist (only beacse he wants to take the taxes for people making over 250K to the rate Clinton had and Bush had changed), he called Obma "that one" among other things, at last he and that nasty woman Plain were only talking about nonsense. A pin, a meeting years ago in Chicago public housing, a meeting with someone from Palistine who lives in US for decades all academics... etc.
    Nasty old fool he looked to me.... He could have pulled 17 of the best economic minds in the country and make a proposal rather than put on a show and stop the campagne and run to Washington for photo ups and look foolish.
    I say this man is mean, is rude, is nasty and I am glad he lost
    Thats all folks

    November 7, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Marc PDX

    Nice try, John McCain. You are a true patriot and hero. Sadly, we should have nominated you 8 years ago.

    November 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    Yeah, I know. Hillary and McCain can attend crying sessions together. It hurts. Trust me, I cried when my athlete didnt win at the Olympics.

    November 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. bridgette

    He deserved rest. He put up a great fight.

    November 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Advocate50

    Though I voted for his opponent I thought John McCain was truly gracious in his concession speech and am confident that quality will be in evidence as he continues his career in the Senate. For whatever reason, the true John McCain seemed to be MIA from September on. Had that not been the case he may not have had to deliver a concession speech. Best wishes ot him for the balance of his career.

    November 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. A NATION OF WINERS.

    CNN,

    WE TRULY HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF HIM.

    November 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Mike Dallas

    Good, you can get Lieberman your BFF a chairmanship in the Republican party.

    November 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    But I think Hillary's event is more painful than his. Hillary's outcome was razor-thinned. I hate watching the Olympics and see my athlete lose by .00001 seconds.

    November 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. African in the States

    May be he need some vacation time...

    November 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. vw

    A real man.

    We respect you for your intergrity forever.

    November 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Lesson Learned

    I hope McCain retires after his term is up so he can have plenty of time to reflect on how awful he was while running for president in 08. He's licking his wounds now after he got his butt kick for being so rotten during the election. Lesson learned should be to all the other politicans who stoop so low to win an election. He never put country first.

    November 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    Goodd!! Go out there and fight them!!! WE need diversity otherwise we'll ruin the country. For eight years, all the ELEPHANTS climbed the same hills, ate the same lunches and slept in the same chairs. What did we get? 8 trillion dollars in debt with a failed economy.

    November 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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