February 3rd, 2009
02:35 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain asks supporters to oppose stimulus bill

The former Republican presidential nominee tapped into his campaign lists Tuesday, asking supporters to sign a petition in protest of the economic stimulus package.
The former Republican presidential nominee tapped into his campaign lists Tuesday, asking supporters to sign a petition in protest of the economic stimulus package.

(CNN) –- Sen. John McCain enlists the help of online supporters through his political action committee, Country First. The former Republican presidential nominee tapped into his campaign lists Tuesday, asking supporters to sign a petition in protest of the economic stimulus package.

“I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration. Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs, and provide a jolt to our economy,” McCain says in the e-mail. “I hope you will join me in saying no to this stimulus package as it currently exists by signing this petition.”

The Arizona senator’s request follows a similar message sent by President Obama to his online followers Monday. The president called on supporters to host gatherings or house parties to help push for the stimulus package.

McCain and nine other Senate Republicans met in Sen. Mel Martinez’s office Tuesday to discuss an alternative to the Democratic plan. The former Republican presidential candidate said the group is trying to improve the stimulus package to enable job growth.


Filed under: economic stimulus • John McCain • Popular Posts
soundoff (403 Responses)
  1. Franky

    He has supporters? Heck, that's his best idea since he lost...

    February 3, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. the party of "no"

    GOP = Geriatric Opposition Party

    February 3, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Matt

    OH NOES!!!! The bitter old man who knows nothing about the economy is going to try to shove tax cuts for the rich down our throats!!!! OH NOES!!!!

    Sometimes they might actually mean to get teh tax cuts through, but this time it's just code for "block anything and everything Obama tries to do so we can claim he and the Dems did nothign in 2010." Worked super well when they tried that line of crap with respect to the Dems having a majority in congress as of 2006, didn't it? Sure helped them out on November 4, 2008...

    February 3, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Janice

    John McCain is rotten to the core. Why only nine Senator met to oppost this package. I thought the Republicans had a plan and would offer another package. People the Republican are playing games with the American People. If the Republicans want to change the bill why not do it and stop saying don't vote for it. This is stupid and petty. You guys are grown people with a sound mind I thought, but it looks like you are all kindergartens. Rupublicans get your act together or you all will be on the side line looking in the window.

    February 3, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Survivor

    McCain – basically I think you are a good guy – but Senator – you did lose the Election for President.....stop being such a "wahh wahh" and stop pounding your chest – its unbecoming!

    February 3, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Matt

    Is it me or is his left eye getting more and more googly?

    February 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Ryan S in KC

    When Republicans can't have their way, they obstruct. McCain wants to take his ball and go home, since he can't play with the big boys anymore.

    February 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. montag24

    John, you lost – remember? Either offer something constructive yourself or go back to Arizona and shut up.

    February 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Nganenu

    Poor loser. You can always play the hypo you are. The nation will move forward with the new president. He is the best cream of this nation and the like of you with 100 houses and cars and folks and and ... will pass.
    Nganenu

    February 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Robin

    I'm sure the Libs will have something to say about this.

    I say nothing goes into this bill that does not directly stimulate the economy. We need jobs, jobs, and more jobs.

    February 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. reggie

    Obama better start getting his act together. So far, I'm not impressed with his actions or his cabinet choices....

    February 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. H & R Crock

    Wow, I can see Phoenix from my back porch! Give it up, John!

    February 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Dante in Madison, WI

    John who? Oh the guy who *lost* the Presidential bid?

    Blah, so much for working in a bi-partisan fashion, eh John? ENNHH?

    February 3, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    What an amazing hypocrite John McCain has become.

    February 3, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. chris from Austria

    Never seen a fool like you Mcold

    February 3, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Laverne

    John McCain you still lose!

    February 3, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. dan in NM

    John McCain – still the best.

    February 3, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. JH in Texas

    I have signed the petition a few minutes ago. Anyone and I mean anyone that support this Economic Stimulus package is crazy. Have these people lost their freak en minds!

    February 3, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Tom in Delaware

    I've already signed it and forwarded on to hundreds by now.

    Kill that nasty piece of pork.

    February 3, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. nancy

    maybe he should think who the majority of americans actually voted for !!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. ATR

    Why is it that the Republicans never gave it a thought when they ran up the deficit trillions of dollars over the last 8 years? I guess its ok to pay for Iraq's infrastructure and rebuilding but not for America. The Republicans will do anything to stop President Obama from succeeding including bringing this country down to its knees. Where is the patriotism, MCain?

    February 3, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. JayJay

    You lost McCain...try working with others to put the country first. Shouldn't you be at a pity party with the Cardinals?

    February 3, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Melly

    OLD GAME OF REPUBLICANS: "

    CREATE DIVISION INSTEAD OF COOPERATION & UNITY"

    SAY NO, WITHOUT PUTTING PEOPLE AND COUNTRY ECONOMY FIRST.

    CAN EVER REPUBLICANS SHOW SOME SIGN OF UNITY & COOPERATION?

    OF COURSE THE ANSWER IS "NONONO"

    February 3, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Vickie

    Sour Grapes!

    February 3, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. concen

    mccain has to much to say ..to be the looser of the race ....he really needs to take a back seat ....and stop saying this a Obama problem when all of this mess is a repubulican problem ..We the people could have the help we want and need already ..if it wasn't for the repubulicnas ....they are not willing to work with anyone other then themselves ...we all love Obama ...and see his change very clearly ...it is the repubulicans that are keeping up the same old wayd of government ...they are not willing to change ...

    February 3, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17