January 21st, 2009
02:19 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain pushes for Clinton confirmation in Senate Floor speech

McCain urged a quick vote to confirm Clinton.

McCain urged a quick vote to confirm Clinton.

(CNN) - John McCain on Wednesday used his first Senate floor speech since the end of the presidential campaign to urge his colleagues to quickly confirm fellow Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

"I think the message that the American people are sending us now is they want us to work together and get to work," McCain said. "I think we ought to let Senator Clinton, who is obviously qualified and obviously will serve, get to work immediately."

The Senate is expected to easily confirm Clinton Wednesday afternoon, and McCain's particular support of the New York senator isn't surprising.

McCain confidantes tell CNN the Arizona senator developed a genuinely deep admiration for Clinton during the drawn-out Democratic primary process. Both senators also sit on the Armed Services Committee and had become close on several congressional delegation trips abroad.

McCain's Senate floor speech comes as the Arizona senator is planning to get back in the spotlight after keeping a low profile in the three months after the election. McCain aides told CNN the former Republican presidential nominee has pledged to work with President Obama on a range of issues on which the two agree.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Hulamama51

    How I deeply regret casting a vote for you Mr. McCain. I wish that I could have just voted for Governor Palin alone. Hillary is qualified why?

    January 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. America demands answers

    How i wsh you were like this during the campaign.

    January 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Joanna

    Yeah McCain. There's the man we know.

    January 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Tom

    Mcain what a joke. Why would we want Clinton as SOS. This is moving pay to play to the international level. Now Pres. Obama knows what pay to play is.

    January 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Giovanni

    Thank you Senator McCain for doing the honorable thing, too bad Mr. Obama didn't bother to go the the Senate and do something similar.

    January 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Vic of New York

    Thank you, John McCain.

    I unequivocably campaigned against you and the disgraced Republican Party. However, despite the differences in our positions what's needed is for every man, woman, and child to work cooperatively in this administration.

    You and the other Republicans can continue to hold to your beliefs . I too was once a Republican – Just not as faithful to a lost cause and Colin Powell. Diversity is good. Working toward pragmatic solutions is mature.

    I hope your other collegues get on that bandwagon quickly.

    January 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Titov Sang the Blues

    Keep it up, GOP....bash away on McCain for not being an obstructionist knee-jerk far right-winger. Guess what, guys, McCain is going to be a key in breaking Republican fillibuster attempts along with Lugar, Snowe, and Collins. Having to adopt Sarah Palin's right wing extreme politics under the misguided belief that the GOP base was more important than the American people took a race that was tied and turned it into an electoral landslide.

    January 21, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Cleaning up after W

    @Giovanni: "Thank you Senator McCain for doing the honorable thing, too bad Mr. Obama didn't bother to go the the Senate and do something similar."

    Why would Obama do that? It's not his job to muck around in the confirmation process. Besides, the fact that Obama nominated her for the position shows his support. Your argument is irrational. Hater.

    January 21, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Paul

    This is one of those signs that McCain may have lost the battle, but won the war- remembering that the purpose of a politician is not to push the party's line, but to serve the people who elected him and the United States.

    I still think the Republicans would have been in office to this day if they'd elected John McCain instead of Bush for eight years, and look forward to Senator McCain being elected for as many terms as he feels able. Without the overwhelming pressure of his party to warp things, he's a good man and a solid servant of the people,

    January 21, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Huladad51

    Yeah. Allright. Hillary Clinton's lifetime in politics: first lady, senator, law degree, mother of brilliant college valedictorian daughter really can't hold a candle to Palin's moose hunting and her underaged daughter's pregnancy – oh and a bachelor's degree and a grand total of 4 years in government...but please, Palin over McCain?? For goodness sakes, what have you been smokin'?

    January 21, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. What About Ethics

    That is a huge disappointment. Clinton = Conflict with a capital C.

    I cannot believe as a real war time hero he would push a candidate who we know lied about being under sniper fire, one who wanted to OBLITHERATE Iran, one who wanted the U.S. to return to a cold war philosophy. That wasn't Bill...those words came right out of her own mouth.

    Then there is the big problem with Bill's business interests. Does anyone really think all the millions he made was without political favors owed when he got Hillary elected President. Guess what America was smarter. Guess what we need to be smarter in confirming her to SOS with more strings attached to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiatives where Billy Boy's mining interests are.

    January 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. lawrence anderson

    clinton is not a good choice for sos. People around the world joke about her and her husband who joke about Everything. bad choice obama

    January 21, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Shirley in California

    I will NEVER understand how you can befriend someone who publicly calls your child ugly. Unbelievable. That is an all time low.

    January 21, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Melissa

    You know, if he had behaved the way he is now during the election, it would have been a much closer call.

    January 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Dan White

    These bunch of Republicans who bash McCain over pushing Hillary's nomination don't even get it as to why their party has lost. What McCain is doing is the right thing for the party. Then there was this Texan who foolishly objected her nomination. When Hillary was that close for a presidential nomination, why can't she a Secretary of State? If republicans can't get their act straight, they will be out of power for another 50 years. People need action. Obstructionist don't have a place in congress! These loonies will be dumped if they don't behave. At least thank McCain.

    January 21, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. NOVA

    Bravo, Mr. McCain. Glad to see that you are helping to work toward bipartisanship and not continuing the divisive nature that your party tried to push with the Governor of Alaska.

    January 21, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Ken

    Thank you Senator McCain, it is time to put the left and right out of the picture and as a collective body, work for the people that voted you into office.

    Hillary Clinton is more than qualified and should be confirmed without any delay!

    Let Hillary Clinton get to work on turning the world around to see that we, the American citizens are what this great country is about.

    January 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. CA Indie for Obama

    I didn't realize how much repubs have turned isolationists...they do not want us to have a Sec of State to open up/continue dialogue with other countries. with that type of thinking as evidenced by their actions, WWI ended 91 years ago, and isolationism before and after did the USA no good.

    great forward thinking, repubs!...NOT!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. JR

    @lawrence anderson: Actually the Clinton's as a family are very well respected outside of the United States. While I was traveling Asia one of the comments I heard frequently was how much they appreciated Bill Clinton and disliked Pres. Bush.

    January 21, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. a canuck

    Cinton shouldn't be anywhere near the White House..........after reading THE EXTREME MAKEOVER OF HILLARY (RODHAM) CLINTON by Bay Buchanan........I thank the Lord she was not elected President !!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. LisaR_Dallas, TX

    I think the Republicans have to stop with politics as usual. Senator McCain has always had a history of being somewhat balanced (outside of his recent campaign).

    And I think Sen. McCain realizes that it is wise to "pick your battles."
    When the time comes for him to raise real issues, he will, and more on the left will pay attention because he is pragmatic.

    Senator Corryn from Texas is just using this scenario to make a name for himself...And to the misfortune of his own party. For shame.

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Vincent Petrosino


    January 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. lois

    I respect John McCain for being Hillary's friend and not back stabbing her throughout the campaign. As well, she did the same towards him. I believe this was honorable.

    January 21, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. a canuck

    sorry typo....Clinton..Clinton ..Clinton

    January 21, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. From PA

    McCain is a honorable man...if only he selected someone else other than Palin as his VP choice..I would have voted for him.

    January 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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