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. robert g parker

    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!

    January 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Welcome back to the real Senator McCain.

    January 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Angie

    @ 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.

    January 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. EBC

    Thank you Senator McCain. Welcome to the 21st Century!!

    January 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. McCain

    McCain has a lot of experience, in foreign policy, he is always right, wise and mature.

    January 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. D.K. Jamaal

    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!

    January 21, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. rodlang

    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.

    January 21, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Bob


    January 21, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    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.

    January 21, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Kelly

    Senator McCain is a true patriot.

    January 21, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Robin

    And this is why I voted for him. There is not a more loyal American then McCain.

    January 21, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. J.P.

    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!

    January 21, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. rplat

    McCain is not a Republican or a conservative and this was not unexpected.

    January 21, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Bob

    Domb repubicans, McCain most be the only sain one. No wunder they loose everywear.

    January 21, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. welcome back

    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.

    January 21, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Sonny

    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!!

    January 21, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Steve

    This guy wonders why he is not the president,He was the only democrat running this year,the country went for a socialist instead!!!

    January 21, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Joanna

    TO: 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?"

    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?

    January 21, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. budburgoonclark

    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.

    January 21, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Angie-OH

    @ 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.

    January 21, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    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.

    January 21, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. view from europe

    @lawrence anderson

    You are wrong, Dude! And time will prove you wrong!

    Congrats, Hillary!

    January 21, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. Michelle Bell from Alabama

    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???

    January 21, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. KB, CO

    Mac is back the republican who knows when partisan principals are harming progress. Now we need a few democrats willing to do the same.

    January 21, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. David Newport, OR

    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.

    January 21, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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