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.


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soundoff (403 Responses)
  1. Looking for Truth

    Well Nancy @1:46, regardless of who you or I or anyone else for
    that matter, voted for or supported only a fool such as yourself
    would support this stimulus package as it now stands. So get
    off your high horse. I want a stimulus package that will actually
    stimulate the economy, not go in some fat cats pocket.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Loser

    The economy is sound....

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Dina Phila., Pa

    Wow! McShame knows how to utilize the Internet? I remember when he said that he would work with President Obama to help get things done! I guess after Mr. Steel was voted in as the new Republican Chair that was the straw that broke the leg completely off of McShame's rocking chair! I bet he will be jumping ship out of that party like so many of his other Republican colleagues have done already!

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. vic

    He's very rich and has no worried, so, why would he care about anyone else?
    I would love to see his tax returns.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. james

    Wait a minute, isn't this the same guy who canceled his campaign to push for the previous bailout of banks that mostly ended up in CEO pockets?

    Isn't this the same guy who with his economic adviser said the economy was fundamentally strong only a few months ago?

    Isn't this the same guy that supported the policies of the last 8 years that got us into this mess?

    He's got some nerve questioning Obama.

    February 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Frank, Las Vegas

    McCain and the GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party) should remember that they LOST! The American overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic solutions and boldly rejected the GOP plans or lack there of. Now all they do is whine and cry about this or that or whatever gets them press. ENOUGH!

    February 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. PhilT

    "Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt."

    I propose a one time windfall income tax of 10% on any US citizen worth more than $1,000,000 not including the primary residence and retirement accounts.

    Since there are were 9.3 million american millionaires worth over $11.3 trillion in July of 2007, the tax woudld pay for the stimulus, and not "load future generations with the burden of massive debt".

    Let's see how Johnny and his friends like that suggestion.

    February 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Reverend Z

    The bill itself is over 700 pages long. Until one has read the entire thing, commenting on it's contents is ridiculous – no matter if you are a citizen or an also-ran.

    February 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Felicia

    JOHN MCCAIN WHO?

    February 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Lori

    Um.....Hello? McCain proposed the same tax cut based economic policy when he was running for Pres. We voted, he lost. His plans lost. The Republicans lost. A majority of the county picked Obama and his stimulus plan. What do we, as Americans, have to do to get them out of the way? The will of the people is being subverted by the Republicans and nobody is calling them on it.

    The deficits are a product of Bushie the Repub who came into office with a surplus. That they are now trying to call Dems big spenders is laughable. Giving more tax cuts to businesses (that keep production overseas) and to the wealthy is not going to fix our economy. Again, we already voted on this!!!!!

    I say, really support Obama. Call your House Reps, Senators, and Governors. Ask that they publically proclaim support for Obama's plan. Then email them, send them a letter, write a blog, make a video, and call again. Repeat until the bill is passed and Republicans unclench their fists.

    February 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Judy from PA

    I can't help but wonder how things would have gone had McCain won. He has worked with members of both parties over the years. I wonder if he would have gotten his version of the stimulus bill passed? Would there be as much partisan bickering?? Hmmm.

    February 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. jerry

    You democrats are so blind, read the package will you!!
    A lot of stuff in this bill has nothing to do with stimulating the economy.

    February 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. KK from Arkansas

    Everyone, let us be 'real' about this economic problem and about the political games going on in Washington. From the previous comments, I see that not many have left behind the election and not many can see past their own political affiliations.

    Let's stop thinking about party and start looking at these bills carefully. Republicans aren't the opposition party just as democrats aren't the ruling party. What everyone wants is a bill that betters America's economic future. Obviously, opinions vary widely.

    Now, each political party has an idea about what makes that happen: Democrats prefer spending and social programs; Republicans prefer tax cuts and smaller government.

    Stop harping on your political differences and start looking at what our politicians are spending. Personally, I am a little peeved that our congressional leaders are pushing a spending bill that is now about $900 billion and what do I get, $500. Now, I am not looking for a hand-out from the government; but just pay attention to the "crap" you as a taxpayer are buying with this "stimulus."

    February 3, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Patrick

    Why all the pork? Why all the promises of "Transparencies"? We need a stimulus package that addresses the "EXACT" problem, not push some other agenda or wasteful government spending. The American people have been screwed long and hard of enough by corporate America and our governement. Get this right!

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Annie

    McCain is a sore loser with bad ideas. I hope Arizona is paying attention to this obstructionist who is harming the future of our country. Glad he isn't our president.

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. John's the man

    That's why I voted for him.

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. jay

    Give me a break J. McCain, You were willing to spend billions of dollars in the reconstruction of Iraq, which by the way we can not account for but have a problem spending our tax money on us even if it's a waist.
    you are to old to be in the senate in the first place go home and let the younger people decide they future since you do not even know how no clue about technology.

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Lori

    The fact the McCain lost the election is irrelevant here.

    Instead of blindly following everything BO does or says, try questioning him once in a while. That is our duty as American citizens, and the foundation on which this country was built. The President works for us, not the other way around.

    BTW, the stimulus package WILL NOT WORK–and that's really the point, isn't it?

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. My2Cents

    "JH in Texas February 3rd, 2009 1:46 pm ET

    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!"

    Anyone who listens to and follows Rush Limbaugh is crazy. Stop drinking the kool aid. There will never be a PERFECT stimulus package. Any package will be a risk. Had this Country not started a war based on lies, we probably would not be responding to this particular subject right now.

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. billbob

    This bill is exactly what I thought Obama would do–payoff old buddies! "I can change WASHINGTON" YOU SURE CAN PAL!!!!

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Mel

    Now he will oppose it since he is no longer running for office and it is not the Republican's idea. He knows he screwed up when he voted for the bailout. News flash for Johnny -- you are irrelevant.

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Hammer

    McCain is the reason Obama won the election. He never opposed anything Obama said before so he should just keep quiet and now pretend that he is a part of the Republican Party.

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Country First? Which Country.

    McCain PAC called Country First? What a joke. The only country the GOP cares about is India. The GOP would have no problem if the stimulus was to bail out India, China or the third world sweatshops McCain, Arlin Specter, and the GOP sent all our good manufacturing and software jobs. The GOP got us into this mess with frivilous expensive wars, outsourcing, and wasteful spending on tax cuts for the rich that only stimulated oursourcing. The could at least help the Deomcrats help up out of the Republican made mess.

    February 3, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Wynter

    This is what McCain calls working in a "bipartisan" way on the Stimulus plan? Sounds more like yelling "Fire!" in a crowded room.

    Put a sock in it McCain!

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. MJG

    So now all republicans are against President Obama's Plan on stimulating the economy, Where were they while GW was running America in the ground with its BIG SPEND government. At least when Pres.Obama wants to spend it will go to the benefit of all americans and not the select few. Why weren't the republicans raising hell then. Why havent' they objected to that HUGE amount of $$ given to HALIBURTON to build in IRAQ. Ask the Iraqi people how that's going. What about the 5 billion $ that got missing? The republicans aren't concerned about all of that because it was to their benefit. What's really funny is that RICH republicans don't care if they hurt poor republicans, but its the poor who keep them in office. American got the curtain pulled back by the Bush administration and now you want to not even give OUR NEW PRESIDENT a chance. I believe you(republicans) really want him to FAIL. Well NO ONE could ever be as INCOMPETENT as GW BUSH was during his term as president. I would cringe when he spoke, because he sounded like a third grader trying to talk to grown ups. IF AMERICA FAILS, BLAME THE IGNORANCE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHO PUTS PARTY FIRST AND TO HELL WITH THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE. We are not all WELFARE RECIPIENTS like you think we are. Oh and Republicans use the welfare system too! Just like BUSH, YOU DON'T CARE.

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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