January 25th, 2009
01:30 PM ET
6 years 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. FreeNLovIt

    Their greatest hero, Mahmoud something died before the 2001 invasion. Had he been supported, he would have been a great leader and could have defended the country. Now iti's too late. WE will have to babysit and wait for the next generation.

    January 25, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. skullsoup432

    ANN S.
    I don't love Obama, nor do I really like him, but I voted for him. I fail to see how the Bush supporters can blindly look over the absolute mess that his administration made. Then you have the nerve to call us ignorant? Ann, you must have made a big wad of cash in the last 8 years. Hey, when is McCain gonna tell us how to catch Bin Laden? Were waiting, Johnny.

    January 25, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    Elephants = tax cuts = spending money we dont have in the form ot tax cut.

    January 25, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @Ann Smith January 25th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

    I am sick to death of Bush bashing and the gooey love that you all have for Barak Hussein Osama Obama. You people are a bunch of sick puppies (perfect for the Obama mania that is going around). I didn't vote for Obama, dont like Obama and never will like Obama. I like and have always liked George Bush, and I won't be scared off by a bunch of mindless, ignorant people.

    ****************************************************************************

    America, this is your brain on drugs.
    Any questions?

    January 25, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. rdhood

    Turnabout wrote:"By that rationale then, the same could be said of Clinton's eight years in office. No attacks on American soil by foreign terrorists at ALL."

    WRONG. The first World Trade Center attack occured in 1993 by ... Al Quaeda. Clinton ignored it,. They proceeded on to attacks in Ryad, on the USS Cole, etc, etc. Clinton ignored them all, and even let Osama bin Laden go when he had a chance to take Osama into custody. Everything Clinton did lead to 9/11, and paved the way for idiot Bush to force a war on the world.

    January 25, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Joan , Ontario

    Please ask John McCain, John Boehner, Amy Homes, Lesley Sanchez, etc. why the Republicans who now have so much to say about how Obama is trying to help the economy rebound, didn't use all of their bright ideas during the last eight years to solve or even prevent this mess. They were handed a surplus and took it to a sky high deficit. Please, you sound silly now criticizing someone who is trying to fix your mess. It sounds kind of pathetic and is very obvious to everyone listening. It is kind of like the arsonist telling the firemen what to do. We really want your economy to rebound because it affects the economies of every country around the world. Give President Obama a chance.

    January 25, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. kaleb from toronto

    LOL anne smith. WOW, there ARE people like you who exist. welcome to the 1% of the delusional population.

    January 25, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Sarah Nagle

    For eight years it was "either you're with us or you're against us" – a terrorist, in other words. Now, it's known as the "loyal opposition". Yeah. How's that "political capital" balance holding up?

    January 25, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Carramea

    NJVote I thank God every day it wasnt Mccain in 2008

    January 25, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. greenspan on crack

    "...to help Obama with a long-standing problem besides the economy."
    Dude just figured out that there was an economic problem. Although Mcain may be a hero, he's more of a flunky. He really ought to retire.

    January 25, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. 38 swede

    Please. Boehmer go and hide under a rock. Nobody is interested of what you have to say. In ten years the GOP will be gone. It was yesterdays party.

    January 25, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Sean

    I think all you Dems are right. Why do we need two parties? Why? We don't need different ideas do we? There is only one way to do things right? There have been more democrats in office since the Civil War than Republicans right? The Democrats have been what pushed us into having a free modern society right? Their views in the 1850 up to the 1970 were the right views right? Reagan didnt beat the communists in the USSR with his policies right? Our wealth as a nation was all becuase of the democrats right? Lets become a one party country. Lets not even vote anymore. Why bother? With one party there is no need. Our party leaders can pick the best people for the job right?

    Our history has shown that dems and the GOP have had controlling power at times. Absolute power corrupts. Now the dems have absolute power...

    January 25, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. JB

    "and stand up for the principles and the party and the philosophy that I campaigned on"

    What exactly did you campaign on Mr. McCain – your campaign was a display of schizophrenic behavior at it's best. Spare me the loyal opposition nonsense – in plain speak that means party over country. That's right... that WAS you campaign theme.

    January 25, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. michael palin

    Old man McCain should be the loyal opposition to a slot machine in Vegas. He's about as relevant as Joe the non-plumber.

    January 25, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. The Truth

    I'll believe it when I see from McCain but, yes, somebody needs to oppose Obumbler and his corrupt administartion from his insane proposals.

    January 25, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. otto

    re: Ann Smith

    Don't worry Ann , it's almost Monday and I'm sure Rush radio will fill your ears with joy and laughter.

    January 25, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Soccer Nana

    Obama is the President now; let him deal with Congress and the Senate through meetings. Why is it that only McCain's view is worthy of publication? Why isn't any other member of Congress are the Senate being asked their opinions?

    McCain is not the only elected official who has served the Country; he may have crashed the most jets, but he is in no way the only veteran on the Hill.

    I'm a veteran; so is my husband and many other people we know.

    McCain is no longer a candidate for President; therefore, he should be treated the same as any other elected official; oh, I forgot, he is actually campaigning for his senate seat agaub; that is why he is "in-the-news". LOL I get it now!

    January 25, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. MJ

    It took a Carter to get a Reagan! Obama's mouth is as big as a basket and twice as empty.

    January 25, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Daniel

    I've been a long time democrat but I've noticed a saddening trend in the party and their followers lately: intolerance for ideas that they don't support. It's a shame to see such a respected party lose objectivity. I think I'm going to support a independent next time.

    January 25, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. stop fricken bickerin

    doesnt anybody care about this country.if u havent noticed we going down the crapper

    January 25, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Dave

    J McKeever...
    I'm sorry you can no longer buy your medication because of Bush's medicare policy...Maybe you can get a generic prescription at Wal-Mart.... you really need to control that dimentia.
    The Republican party, as witnessed at Sarah's rallys, are the party of hate. Get real and get help!

    January 25, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Tony in Maine

    loyal opposition does not mean rubber stamp, nor does it mean obstructionist. I realize McCain was on Faux Gnus, but sometimes it's best not to play to the tiny-brained – on either side.

    The Republicans also have to toss out their bizarre dictionary with definitions like "doing it my way" for "bipartisan" and new ways to modify nouns like saying "Democrat Party" instead of the correct "Democratic Party." I know it was part of Rove's psyops, but the little troll is gone – consigned to the garbage pail.

    January 25, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. lynn

    To Ann Smith

    Dear Ms Smith, Indeed, we could careless how very much you dislike US President Obama...
    You know what, MOVE to somewhere far from the US, that would be the best for you and others.... MOVE PLEASE.

    January 25, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Barbara Campbell

    Let the neocons whine and obstruct to their hearts' content.

    Here in North Carolina, we're salivating at the prospect of defeating Senator Richard Burr in 2010. He voted against the Equal Pay for Women bill on Thursday, and he's obstructing the Democrats at every turn. President Obama turned North Carolina blue, and his coattails will extend to any Democrat who runs against Burr.

    2010: DO IT AGAIN!!!

    (You heard it here first).

    January 25, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The thing about you Democraps,not mispelledby the way, is you are all to blind to see the real problem. Maybe GW did not do the best job, but you have to be a FOOL to think your PUPPET Obama is going to clean up the mess. Get ready for a one term President who will fail. The thing is you won't blaim him you will find someone else to blaim. He talkes of redistributing the wealth, by giving jobs to UNQUALIFIED people. Is that who you want building your bridges and constructing your homes? Probably! the election was won on pure race vote! Nothing else! surely not expirence. America, get ready for a major depression. and all you idiots who voted for the wrong reason, get ready for the worst poverty you could imagine. Not to mention terriiost, who will slowly leak into this country then when somthing happens YOUR unexpirenced President will hide, and depend on someone with balls to clean it up. America has made another wrong choice.

    January 25, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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