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. Ben in San Diego

    McCain... you ran the sleaziest campaign in our nations history...

    You are no Lion...

    You are a pig...

    November 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. BJ in NC

    Willy Brown, go ahead and swallow that pill to cure your bitters. Even John McCain knows who the victor is. Next time they scoff at a "community Organizer" they will think again. Barack Obama won the election without stooping to the levels of some of the McCain campaign members and those with views as yours. As long as the mud was being thrown at Obama, I guess you were alright with that. The mud-slinging did not work, and Obama ran the better campaign. Get over it. Barack Obama,excuse me President Barack Obama is reaping the prize that he had his eyes on.

    November 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. The Tagger

    Maybe he'll let the Senate know how to catch Osama bin Laden, since he told us all he knew how to catch him.

    November 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. NettenAZ

    I guess he didn't get that call for a cabinet selection and this will be his way of "working across the aisles, my friend";

    He should work in the Senate and do something for AZ, to improve the failing education system.

    Why should anyone be surprised that he "intends to fight the tax plan", it directly impacts his pocket. Contrary to what anyone chooses to think he was not running for POTUS for the good of the country (Country First), but merely for own selfish reasons. As he indicated in his 2002 memoir.

    Glad I didn't vote for him.

    November 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. bill

    republicans hate america.

    You are exactly the problem. Lets review.

    1)You Name is Republicans Hate America.
    2) Your first post calls MCCain an Moron
    3) Your response to mine calls me an idiot.

    How are you so upset, you won? I'm sure Obama would be real proud of you right now.

    November 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Tim

    It was a good fight John. Your lifetime of service to this country has made you more of a hero than you can ever imagine. Thank you for all you do for us and come on back in four years and give it another go.
    We need people like you to keep Washington honest.
    Keep up the good work!!!

    November 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Gayle

    The election is over, but I have never seen so much racist statements made by Americans. So disrespectful of the President elect. The sad part the same racist people will swear they LOVE the LORD. Ya’ll need to go back and open up your bible and get the heck of the bloggs.

    November 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. DL

    MCCAIN, you defend Obama's honor to false charge of Muslim and fear
    you make adamant requests for all GOP PAC advertising to omit any reference to Wright

    But you stay silent while your own people attack Gov. Palin

    EITHER WAY YOU DON"T LOOK PRESIDENTIAL, SENATORIAL OR RESPECTABLE AND CERTAINLY NOT WORTH THE VOTE I WASTED ON A MAN WITH EITHER VERY POOR JUDGEMENT OR EXTREME PETTINESS

    November 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Mia

    How quick you all forget ... that due to McCain's service to this country... protecting its freedoms ... is why you all can voice your stupid opinions!!

    November 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Alan

    Joshua College Station Texas wrote:
    Why should McCain fight Obama on his tax plan? I thought the voters of the country had spoken. Obama has a mandate. It ought not to be about Republican ideals, but about accomplishing the will of the people. I guess I'm just naive and idealistic.

    He doesn't have a mandate. Take a look at the numbers from election night. You will notice that he only won the popular vote by 7%. Hardly mandate giving numbers when you consider that over 122 million people voted.

    Looking at some more numbers you'll be able to see that a democratic controlled congress has managed to put us 2 trillion more indebt in 2 years. It only took a republican / mixed bag congress 4 years to do the same.

    Oh, the dems could of ended Iraq anytime in the last two years if they cared to by simply stop appropriating funds for the war in Iraq. They didn't.

    November 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Paul Hackett

    Now that's a man. I bet he votes yes, or no instead of present.

    November 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. John Amyntors

    Bill,
    The miserable, scary ride is the one we've all been on for the past 8 years. It's sad that you still don't get it. You would give Bush a third term if you could, wouldn't you Bill?
    You keep saying: 'Listen to yourself', 'Think for yourself'.
    Listen to yourself Bill. The people have spoken, and they have spoken 'very clearly' as John McKain had the courage to admit. So suck it up and let go.

    Don't get emotional. Take a breath.

    It was miserable, it was scary. We have finally pulled out of it together.

    November 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Jim

    Retire McCain; your act got old. And, Thank God we don't have to hear anymore from that self-righteous "Hockey mom". I guess all sorts of "real Americans" spoke on November 4; not just the small town, white, pentecostal "real Americans".

    November 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. CanIcallyouJoe

    Polly: "It's time for America to start respecting their veterans and to count their blessings. Senator McCain deserves the utmost respect for his lifetime of caring for this nation."

    Yeah, I'll respect veterans... the respectable ones, that is.

    He went through the absolute lowest hells of reality that war is and says that he'd like to see the US servicemen/women in Iraq "another hundred years"?

    Yeah, he cares. He cares enough to send more to die. I hate all your boomers – you screw up and then send my generation to die for their mistakes.

    "When wars are fought by those who actually want war, there will be no more wars."

    November 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Republicans and christian right wingers have almost ruined this country.... NEVER AGAIN

    GO OBAMA!

    November 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Jim

    As long as the Rethuglicans only appeal to small town, Midwest and Southern Religious Right zealots, then they will continue to have their butts handed to them in National Elections...can you say "Fascists"?

    November 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. obama usa

    our new president is awesome. you are no longer honorable mr. mccain.

    November 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Red, Red WHINE!!

    McCain has shown himself to be incapable of any good. He has proven to be a failure yet again.

    5 planes, 32 propoganda films, a wife and family, millions of veterans with no benefits, many people with jobs that were shipped over seas, investors in the stock market, Palin, and two lost bids at being president. His list of failures is more then any one man should be allowed to compile in a life time.

    It's time he retire, so he can stop failing us!

    November 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. kim

    Thank you Senator McCain. You are a true American Hero and an Honarable Man and we appreciate all that you have done. Froma a Democrat turned Independent.

    November 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. mstrina

    It is so sad that so many people have so many hateful commments and show that hate blacks but are hiding like cowards behind computers and insighting racical diversity. I guess when you talk down to another person that makes you feel superior. But in reality you are the thing you hate most. Maybe if McCain did not run a negative campaign and used lies and racial diversion and just ran a decent campaign the out come would have been favorable. Not to mention the prior republican track record was not so horrible he would have suceeded. Everybody does not choose a candidate by the color of thier skin, but in fact thier words and the issues facing america. Open your eyes . Wake Up america do not judge a man by the color of his skin but by what is in his heart.

    November 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. SFC Drennan

    look every one the repubs work only with hate,,, i take that back not all repubs, but he (McCAIN) put up a good fight, and he lost so why cant we just let it go,,, you can sit back and complain or you can step up and do your part to make this a better America,,,, like i always say "you can go back to where your family came from",,, and dont say from America\. IF you are an american, why dont we all start acting like it? i too am Black and White, and proud of it...... so lets stop all of this crazy stuff and be AMERICANS!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. karen

    I wish Sen. McCain good luck and peace in the future. It was an ugly campaign that needs to be left behind us. Lets work together to get this nation back to prosperity and honorability.
    I am a true Obama supporter, but I am also an American citizen.

    November 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    ANYONE WHO DOESN'T RESPECT MC CAIN IS NOT AN AMERICAN!!!

    THE YOUNG VOTE, ACORN GROUP, OBAMA GULLIBLE SPEECHES, AND MONEY BEAT HIM.

    BY FAR HE IS THE BEST FOR THE JOB AS PRESIDENT.

    I WILL SUPPORT OBAMA AND HOPE TO GOD HE LISTENS TO SOME PEOPLE IN CONGRESS (BUT NOT REID OR PELOSI) LIKE MC CAIN WHO KNOWS HIS STUFF.

    OBAMA HAS ALOT TO LEARN AND THIS JOB IS OVER HIS HEAD AT THIS POINT. I JUST HOPE HE IS A FAST LEARNER.

    November 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Mike

    To End of America:

    If you think our country is going to "end" as you say, go find another place to call home. Simple as that. This country is the greatest country in the world. We have our issues but tell me another country that has the type of diversity and opportunity to fulfill your dream. There was no cheating going on. The people have spoken. 8 years of Bush and his failed policies not only have caused harm to Americans, it has also resulted in tarnishing our standing amongst the world.

    Your racist remarks about Michelle want to make me "puke". Grow up. And for those that want to see Obama fail, y'all need to check yourself into mental institutions. If Obama fails, the ENTIRE COUNTRY fails. If you cannot see the urgency of the current situation in order to set aside your ideological difference, you are CRAZY. I can honestly say that if McCain was to be President, he would have my support. Do you follow the logic on why we need to support Obama?

    November 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Nik

    Get to work!

    November 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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