January 7th, 2009
11:47 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain to launch new PAC

Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain will announce Wednesday the formation of the Country First PAC.
Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain will announce Wednesday the formation of the Country First PAC.

WASHINGTON (CNN) –- Arizona Senator John McCain is adopting a major 2008 campaign slogan for a new political action committee designed to support not only his own planned re-election run in two years, but help him put his stamp on the rebuilding of the Republican Party.

The formation of the “Country First” PAC is to be announced Wednesday, two sources familiar with the plans tell CNN.

One of the sources called it the “first official step” of the GOP Senator’s re-election campaign. McCain made it clear not long after losing the presidential election that he intended to seek re-election to the Senate in 2010.

The second source said that in addition to supporting his own political ambitions, “Country First” would be a financial vehicle to help McCain “help define the future of the GOP by recruiting candidates and driving the agenda.”


Filed under: GOP • John McCain • Senate
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Sarah's dirty thong

    This is a great idea. Where do I sign up?

    January 7, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. R Graham

    McCain is not the face of the Republican party - not because of his age but because he is nothing more than a Democrat with an illegitmate "R" after his name.

    McCain proved in the dismal campaign he ran that he has no concept of 'Republican' principles.

    Shortly after the election one blogger stated - and I paraphrase - McCain should cross over the aisle one more time, sit down and STAY THERE!!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. jean in MN

    He's just looking for money. Here's part of an an email I got from them about their Country First propaganda:

    Together, we can make government more responsive to today's problems and more answerable to the people. That's why I hope you will become a Charter Member of Country First and support our cause by following this link to make a generous contribution of any amount today.

    With your help we can work to elect these new leaders to Governorships, Statehouses, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and beyond. Once in office they will become fierce advocates for limited government, economic opportunity, personal responsibility and strong national security.

    January 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. artvpp

    I think Senator McCain is plan has good intentions.

    However, I find that it will be difficult if not impossible for the Republican party to regain control either in the Senate or in the House of Representatives with their current leaders.

    On the other hand, more moderate, immigration friendly and fiscally conservative people like McCain will be good to the Republican party.

    January 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. JB

    McCain blew it when he pandered so heavily to the far right wing of the party. He would have been better served – and would have retained his integrity – if he stayed true to himself. Now he's just a lacky. No principles or convictions.

    January 7, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Richard S

    Geez....this old guy still around? Has he figured out the economic thing yet?

    January 7, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Robin

    Annie, Atlanta,

    Are you saying he should not receive his Navy Pension? Was that not earned?

    I have a better idea. Able body people should get off welfare.

    January 7, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. dzymzlzy

    There are certain catch phrases and sayings from this past election that I never want to hear again, such as maverick, Joe the Plumber, thanks but no, thanks, and country first is right up there as one of the worst.

    January 7, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Roxanne - Alabama

    It's time for John McCain to hang it up. We are in the 21st Century and we need new ideas. This is an old idea he tried in his run for president last year. America has move past what McCain represents. I sure Arizona can do better than McCain and put forth someone fresh.

    January 7, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Laurel Federbush

    This is good news. John McCain is someone with a record of the strongest commitment to the well-being of the American people, and this is a contination of that commitment. I was proud to join "Country First" and hope many others will, too.

    January 7, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. alvino

    Maybe Obama can help him come up with a more catchy slogan. He likes to borrow Obama's lines.

    I prefer he change his slogan to "Country & Western First"

    January 7, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Larry from RI

    Country first John?
    You have already demonstrated that it will always be "party first" with you during the last election, so which side of your mouth are talking out of this time McLame?

    January 7, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. alvino

    How about the slogan, "The Parts of the Country That Are More American First?"

    January 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Griff

    PAC? People and Collectivity????

    January 7, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Old age is not for sissies

    The ageism runs rampant...

    January 7, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. anonymous

    the guy who picked Sarah Palin thinks he has the right to use the motto country first

    January 7, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Smitty

    LOL McCain never ceases to amaze me.

    “Country First”

    Which country, Mexico, US, Georgia, Iraq, Israel?

    McCain the poster child for the soon to be extinct white RINO

    January 7, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. ran

    I can only hope the great people of Arizona will not reelect this guy. Put a fork in him he is over done.

    January 7, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. arc, Lugano CH

    His slogan should be:

    "Country First: or my supporters will hang & burn an effigy of you"

    January 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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