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. Kana

    Neither party is worth their weight in refuse. All we hear about are how the Republican's gave Bush what he wanted and are aware the for past several years the Democrat lead congress has sat on their duff being non-productive. Maybe the President should take a clue from other Countires and disban Congress and hold a special election to replace everyone of them.

    January 25, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Luigi

    Remember nearly half of America did not vote for Obama, McCain has a duty as a public servant to vote how his constituents want and not what the Democractic party wants. So do the Democrats, if Rep. or Dem. forget this they all may be part of the growing un-employment problem.

    January 25, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Kim

    When in charge, the Republicans did things like when Sensenbrener literally turned off and took the microphone from the meeting in the basement, to which they'd confined the Democrats. And now you're accusing the Dems of "bullying"? How rich is that!

    January 25, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Cary Lacayo

    Lahooser....No, to all of those writing that it should have been mccain...The people voted unaminously for President Obama...That is the face we see here in this photo...He is the new Leader of the N.H.O. – The National Haters Organization....So I must be reading blogs from its members...

    January 25, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Rosemarie

    McCain who?

    January 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Rosemarie

    Who cares what McCain has to say???

    January 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. ggs

    I think that John McCain needs to do a little more than just cooperate, I think he needs to take on some of his Republican cohorts for their lack or honesty and lack of helpfulness like he did when he was a maverick. I think that the news media and John McCain need to challenge the Republicans just a little and ask: How come you were not opposed to big spending when the government was in your control but so oppose and spending now? As Republicans you did not cut spending but you say that is what should be done now but if you cut spending, doesn't it that lead to more lay offs to less spending to worse conditions? Why didn't you think of this once over the last 8 years? And if you saw the votes of independents, why do you think you speak for the American people?

    January 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. asati

    Republicans keep saying Bush kept American safe, how about before 9/11'2001 ? Who was in charged?

    January 25, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Mark, Wisconsin

    In reading some of these comments it just goes to show what is fundamentally wrong with politics in this country. Republicans picking on Democrats and Democrats picking on Republicans. It gets old. I hope Obama can bring CHANGE that we need so badly. Watching Washington politics is like watching a bunch of grade-schoolers fight on the playground. Good grief!!

    January 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Johnny the Boy

    Now that it appears the liberal's diety isn't gonna get the cake walk he expected and the excuses will fly.

    The demo-morons are still talking about the past, bla blah Bush, blah, blah blah.

    January 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Shannon

    Mccain isn't a rubber stamp because he agrees with Bush.. So maybe he should rememeber the american people didn't choose him for a reason... Why dont republicians get this!! They are the ones that need to change... American is changing and leaving them behind...They better wake up befor their party is long gone..

    January 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. keeth in california

    Since when would we expect McCain to be a rubber stamp for Obama?

    Ann Smith = sick.

    January 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Alex

    Very nice Ann...bringing up his middle name as if that means something. He IS NOT MUSLIM. How dare you call others mindless and ignorant when you can't get past this baseless rumor. Take your racism somewhere else you redneck.

    January 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Adnan

    Both Bushes didn't do too well IMO. I remember when Clinton first took office, we were in a recession as well and he had to untangle stuff from Bush the father.

    And now history repeats itself with Obama with the exception that he starts off with more problems to solve then Clinton, thanks to Bush the son.

    I don't think Obama's looking for a rubber stamp, but the truth is, we picked Obama over you Mr McCain and I think we're happy with that.

    January 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. mark from NY

    the repugs want the country to fail for political reason. i will never vote for republicans in my town

    January 25, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. hello

    you thought our economy was fundamentally strong just a few months ago, how in the world do you think you could be of any help now, Obama's got it covered, you can go to one of your many resort homes and leave the country alone.

    January 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Ann Smith, you dislike intelligent and inspirational people? Wow, speaks VOLUMES about you as a person.

    January 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Rob

    Good for McCain.No one should be a rubber stamp for anything that gives away the tax payer dollars for government control.Is this nothing but sa professional con game-look at Chrysler;Bank of America.That money was wasted.Republicans;Democrats should think twice before they approve this wasteful bailout stimulus plan that Obama says is 'good'?

    January 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Jennifer

    I like MCCain when he is not running for anything, just being himself.
    However, it is so hard to forgive him for creating these evils: Miss "Anti-Intelligent" Sarah Pallin and Joe the lying Plummer.

    January 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. mountaineer

    To Ann Smith

    You are pathetic !!!

    January 25, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Alicia

    Okay "OBAMA WON"!!!!! "McCain LOST"!!!!!!

    Why is this an article? It is bad enough Palin won't go away. I have NEVER seen the LOSERS pop up so much. I mean come on!

    Let us not forget the landslide. GEEZ, can we stop reporting on McCain and Palin already?!

    January 25, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Lois

    McCain acted so nutty during the campaign, he changed positions on several issues to suit the "base", I am not quite sure why this guy is being made such an influence in the Senate. The new breed Republicans practically ignored him during the drama of his "suspending his campaign" trick. Time to let the new blood flow in Washington, time for McCain to RETIRE. His thinking that Palin is still ready to be anywhere near the White House shows his total incompetence at this point in his life. The real reason he "crosses the aisle" so much, is his own party doesn't like him. Please RETIRE.

    January 25, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Mark

    Has any one considered that the "nasty partisan politics" aren't George W. Bush's legacy...rather its Harry Reid's and Nancy Pelosi's. They are already finding a way to divide themselves from Obama. Hopefully the residents of San Fran. will stop, think, and vote Pelosi out of office. Perhaps Nevada will take a good look at its Senator as well. I'm sure there is someone more talented who can stand up from among the constituents of these two Representatives–who represent something more than power and fighting for the spotlight.

    January 25, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. carl

    McCain IS just like bush he dosen't or don't plan on cooperating with Obama.

    what a loser .

    Barack obama should not trust mcCain.
    He's a sore loser. Needs to stay out of obama's business
    MCCAIN don't want to help anyways, OR HELP ANYBODY BUT HIMSELF.

    January 25, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. JLucia

    This is the senator's way to remain relevant. No one wants him to be a rubber stamp for President Obama however, its funny how he rubber stampped the $700 billion bailout under President Bush. The majority of americans spoke loud and clear on November 4th. Here's my message to republicans/conservatives, don't put on a good front on camera that you want what's best for the country and middle america went it fact it is in YOUR insterest that Obama fail. That is YOUR underlying reason for not supporting Obama's policies. You could care less what the country needs.

    January 25, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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