(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.
We don't need the hatred that Rush Limbaugh creates. This country has to come together as Americans, not parties. We've had enough of the far right and the far left. Lets go down that middle which McCain is trying to do and I believe Obama is the middle of the road type. Hurrah for America!
Welcome back to the real Senator McCain.
@ Dan White January 21st, 2009 3:43 pm ET
Dan you said a mounth full. And I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you.
Thank you Senator McCain. Welcome to the 21st Century!!
McCain has a lot of experience, in foreign policy, he is always right, wise and mature.
McCain WAS like this during the campaign. He praised Hillary. He gave a wonderful tribute to Obama DURING THE CAMPAIGN at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Did Obama repay the favor? NO.. MCain stayed true to his belief in campaign finance reform while Obama destroyed the system. He is, was, and has always been an honorable man who put country first.
You guys just couldn't see it: too busy buying into the Obama media crap about how awful McCain was, ignoring Obama's broken promises, corrupt background, and rampant abuse of the race card. McCain hasn't changed at all. Obama changes into a new person every year; no wonder it was his campaign theme!
I noticed on TV yesterday that McCain and his wife were chatting with Chelsea Clinton and then McCain was talking to Bill Clinton. It all seemed very friendly.
GOOD FOR MCCAIN. THE RIGHTWING NUTS DEVOUR ANYONE WHO WON'T TOW THE LINE FOR THEM! NOW THEIR TURNING ON GRETA VAN SUSTEREN FOR MONITORING HER SITE AFTER THE DISGRACEFUL WAY THEY BLOGGED YESTERDAY BASHING EVERYTHING IN OUR GOVERNMENT NOW! THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO HONOR UNLESS THINGS ARE GOING THERE WAY! WON'T HAPPEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME, IF EVER RIGHTIES!!
Ok I'm sorry everyone that McCain actually cares about the country more than he cares about party lines. Come on people! I thought you all love this country...I'm not a fan of Hillary, but she trumps Palin in EVERY category. EVERY category.
Senator McCain is a true patriot.
And this is why I voted for him. There is not a more loyal American then McCain.
I can't for the life of me understand WHY this man NEEDS, NEEDS, NEEDS liberals approve of him. Its almost like he has Stockholm Syndrome.
Hey McCain, you were a POW, for christ sakes... GROW A PAIR!
McCain is not a Republican or a conservative and this was not unexpected.
Domb repubicans, McCain most be the only sain one. No wunder they loose everywear.
You seemed to lose yourself during the campaign, but this is the 'Maverick' that was logical and did the right right thing.
It's good to have you back.
Screw you McCain. Looks like the "straight talk express" was a lame campaign ideology. I wish i didn't vote for you. "Maverick" my behind!!
This guy wonders why he is not the president,He was the only democrat running this year,the country went for a socialist instead!!!
"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?"
Ahh wow and Palin is? Palin is qualified why? simply due to her being a Christian? Can't you all pick one that can speak doesn't hate monger and actually is aware of the challenges we face. Or should Wasilla high run the country?
Senator McCain, once again, is serving his country honorably.
A lot of the Rethuglicriminal obstructionists are serving only themselves and their selfish personal political ambitions.
They will fail, because the voters will remember their names in 2010 and 2012.
@ hulamama51. move to alaska and you to can pal around with palin (and she can be your govenor) and her grandbaby's daddy's momma the drug dealer. because I think you are on some kind of drugs. mccain learned something during the campaign. you and palin did not. Hilary is thePERFECT choice.
Sen. McCain. Thank you for your graciousness. Good to see you fulfilling your campaign promise to bring change to Washington also.
'Cause in the end, we're all in the same boat together, sir.
You are wrong, Dude! And time will prove you wrong!
Although I voted for President Obama, I do like Senator McCain. I am glad to see that he is back to the way he used to be. I hope that for the sake of America, he sees that polarizing the GOP was not a wise choice.
Is it just me or did Gov. Palin suddenly move from his top 5 on Nov. 4, 2008 at 11:00 pm est???
Mac is back the republican who knows when partisan principals are harming progress. Now we need a few democrats willing to do the same.
It doesn't surprise me that the result of the vote was 94-2 with the two opposition votes coming from the Republican Senator from South Carolina and the Republican Senator from Louisiana.