January 25th, 2009
01:30 PM ET
7 months ago

McCain: I won't be a 'rubber stamp' for Obama

McCain says his new role after a bruising election is that of loyal opposition.
McCain says his new role after a bruising election is that of loyal opposition.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, who faced a long, bruising campaign against President Obama, has taken on a new role in the Obama administration: "Loyal opposition."

McCain defined his role as, "[To] help and work together where I can, and stand up for the principles and the party and the philosophy that I campaigned on and have stood for for many years," to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

McCain, who has long championed bipartisanship in Washington, said while it's important for Americans to come together, it doesn't mean "that as the loyal opposition that I or my party will be a rubber stamp."

But the former Republican presidential candidate said he can use his experience to help Obama with a long-standing problem besides the economy.

"I think I can help in devising a strategy for Afghanistan. The hard truth is that the Afghan war has deteriorated," he said.

McCain's comments come amid recent U.S. bombings targeting al Qaeda in the Waziristan area of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. The rocky terrain has long been seen as a haven for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda operatives.

soundoff (395 Responses)
  1. Independent

    I am sick of all the partisan politics in Washington. None of them are thinking of the American people. Only the next election. John McCain played his game and it all played out!

    I do think that President Obama has the right idea regarding
    this stimulus package. I think the Republicans and some Democrats... STILL don't get it! It is not about them...it is about the American people and restoring confidence in our economy.

    In regards to the abortion issue. I do not agree with abortion. Yet, I also know the same people who oppose abortion are the same people who are not willing to pay taxes for social and welfare programs that support these young girls. You can not have it both ways! Many children in Africa and other countries die everyday of starvation and diseases. Thousands are murdered, mutilated and even prostituted. Small innocent children who did not ask to come here. Where is the outrage on this! Who is holding up signs and picketing for these children.

    Stop being so hypocritical and quick to judge!

    January 25, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    What is McCain talking about. I don't think anyone is asking him to rubber stamp anything considering the fact that he has RUBBER STAMPED everything of BUSH WICK BILL'S PLANS!!!!

    IT WOULD BE TOO MUCH LIKE ASKING HIM TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND WE KNOW THE REPUGS MOST OF THEM STILL JUST DON'T GET IT!!! THEY ARE STILL PUSHING THEIR OWN AGENDA'S AND NOT CARING ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    January 25, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. In Moderation in GA

    I've left about ten comments on this subject and they were not near as objectionable as most comments here. Am I on the censored list again?

    January 25, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Independant Nevadan

    It is so odd to see posts from people actually trying to blame Obama for this recession and our current economic woes.
    He's been in office for about 5 days, guys.
    Really?
    You're already blaming him?

    I mean, we all know he is going to effectuate some changes right away, but don't you all think you're giving him a bit too much credit when you say his actions in the past few days are already "destroying our nation" (as one paranoid poster wrote on here).

    Get real people. We're in this mess because as a collective nation we forgot that you must do before you can have. We all got hopped up on cheap loans, fancy cars, and big houses. Suburban America all went nuts for ridiculously over-priced designer jeans and "Juicy Couture" printed across our backsides. We all thought we needed our $4 lattes as we drove to work each day. And, then... the financial health of the country began to suffer. Had we been responsible as a whole for all of these years, we would have been in a much better position to face a small recession. But, the problem is we are all out of money because after cashing in on our home values year after year, we are all cashed out. And, we, as a nation, simply do not have the money to step up and revive our economy. We're all broke and we all are going to have to learn some of the hard lessons of budgeting.

    So, stop all of this nonsense about blaming everyone for this situation. We wanted what we wanted, when we wanted it.
    Now, here comes the piper.

    You must be very creative to try and pin all that on Obama. :)

    January 25, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. MattyG

    I realize that the sentiment of achieving a bi-partisan is noble and in some cases needed, especially now. McCain lost though. His party lost in the forum of ideas on a national stage. The democrats don't need his vote to put something past a fillibuster. It's time to show some guts democrats and try ideas that haven't shown themselves to be a failure. The stimulus is so important and needs to be done right. The republicans have brought old ideas to the table and backed them up with an inflexibility that provides more of a picture of why their party lost than a way out of this mess. Please Obama, we supported you because we wanted something different, listen to the GOP but call them on bad ideas and use your once in a generation position to invest in our future. It's not buying voters of, it's using our money for what we need as far as infrastructure, and giving us jobs to stimulate the economy as well. Please!

    January 25, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Susanne

    we should be glad that he is supporting abortion. Without all these liberal lazy slobs out there we might get a much better country. Who else would go for a slogan " I'll take from the rich and give it to the poor". This should tell you a lot about the people that voted for him. With all the money he took in I have yet to hear a word that he parted with a penny for the poor! Liberals give YOUR money away NEVER their own!

    January 25, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Anita

    He was a rubber stamp during Bush administration!

    January 25, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Sanity has returned

    Yeah, the only rubberstamping the Republicans will do is when there is a Republican president and they have a big majority. To those who think Dems ruined this country in when they took the helm in Jan 07 with a one vote majority in the Senate, you all had better read up on some basic civics about how a majority in either house works. Try reading up on how a bill has to go through a committee before it can even be put to the floor for a vote where the Republicans have fillibustered Dem bills more than 80 times since Jan 07. So continue to whine, I'm loving it.

    January 25, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. arc, Lugano CH

    ridersonthestorm January 25th, 2009 5:08 pm ET
    All you people talk about Obama like he is Jesus Christ. He's a bright man and has some great ideas, but don't think just because he is in office everything is going to "change" back to a status of superiority.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The only people who have portrayed President Obama as Jesus Christ were many Hillary supporters during the primaries. Don’t you remember Hillary’s ‘celestial’ speech? Later this was mirrored by Palin/McCain supporters (or McCain/Palin supporters) during the General Election. It was humorous when Palin accused President Obama of not being ‘one of us’ then her supporters called him the Messiah. That was rich.

    January 25, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. In Moderation in GA

    We've already seen what kind of "loyal opposition" the Republicans are. I wish they all, Republicans and Democrats alike, would just understand that they were elected to run the country and not to oppose anything that the other party suggests.

    January 25, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Len

    Countdown,

    What planet have you been living on!

    We are in this economic ($ trillion dollar defiect) because of two reasons:

    1. Trillion dollars spent on an illegal war in Irag
    2. Tax cuts for big business and the top 1%, no oversight etc.

    And remember the Republicans gave the Bush Administration everything he wanted because they were in the majority. Finally in 2006, there was check and balances because of the democrats. Just so you know, our constitution is based on checks and balances that was thrown out the window with the republicans in power.

    Please check the constitiution, which has been destroued by Bush and his secret Administration.
    We finally have our country back...Just remember 70% of Americans approve of Obama..mus tbe some republicans in there!!

    January 25, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. irene

    HE RUBBERED STAMPED BUSH,II
    THAT SAYS IT ALL.

    January 25, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Terry B.

    "McCain: I won't be a 'rubber stamp' for Obama"

    Of course you wont there geezer, you used up all the rubber on your "YEA" vote stamp on the moron we just fired....

    January 25, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. ted

    Good Ol' John has himself in a dilemma...Mr. Bipartisan himself I'm sure will have to work with the other side just to keep his name in good standing.

    As for the people shouting "Murder" for the abortion stance, are you still seriously hanging on to that opinion? It's 2009, let's start moving toward the 21st century, because the 80's is a couple decades ago.

    January 25, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. hello

    no way, no how, no mccain.

    January 25, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. lakeside176

    Ann Smith........you are showing your ignorance. The analogy of "keep your mouth shut and people will THINK you are stupid, but open your mouth and remove all doubt" is so true. Take heed and keep your mouth shut.

    January 25, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. EBC

    Come on Johnny Boy... you KNOW you were Bush's rubber stamp clown. Stop the BS man, you supported that idiot Bush for eight long years buddy. NO MORE lies okay? We've had enough.

    January 25, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. lakeside176

    Allen......you don't get it! Sarah Palin lost the election for John McCain. I know, he won't admit he made such a terrible mistake in selecting her for his VP running mate. If only he would admit that, I would feel a lot better towards him. In fact, I planned to vote for him, until he picked Palin, the bimbo.

    January 25, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. JILL PA

    @Lauren January 25th, 2009 5:05 pm ET
    How can America put people to death and in prison for murdering adults yet allow adults to murder the children in a pregnant woman? What is the difference?*****.Murder is Murder when it is a hate Crime as in the Color of skin did you cry out Then Shut the H_LL UP *****
    @Ann Smith January 25th, 2009 2:01 pm ET***What an Idiot ...who cares about you or who you love and who you voted for ....PEACE OUT!!!

    January 25, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Wayne D. PA

    Obama has to relieze that the republicans are running for 2012 4yrs early thy have knock Obama down otherwise they will lose more seats in the House and Senate.

    January 25, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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