February 3rd, 2009
02:35 PM ET
6 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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  1. CHANGE.COM

    McCain should work to improve the bill as it is always done in the Senate. It smacks of political grandstanding that he needs a petition for him to do the right thing. No one– Republicans and Democrats–believed for a moment that the bill will get to the President as initially drafted. A bill is just that: an idea put together as a working frame of reference. With amendments, which are needed, it will pass and the president will sign and job creation would just have begun.

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

    Obama has earned the political capital to make McCain look really bad when this is all said and done.

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

    Sour grapes!

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Orley

    That old fool should retire to his ranch in Arizona and stay there. He is irrelevant.

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Tom Tuttle

    This should not be called a stimulus package it should be called an Earmark Bill. This bill proves the Democrats should be run out of town. The GOP keeps trying to change it but the Dems shoot it down. What about the GOP idea for low interest (4%) loans available for people with good credit. The Dems couldn't shoot that down fast enough. The dems keep saying all the ice has melted but then why do they need all that $$$ for a new ice breaker? And by all means lets dump more money to the study of lead paint.
    • A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.
    • $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.
    • $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).
    • $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.
    • $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.
    The Democrats need to be run out of town on a rail.

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Rahm the Man

    This is a awful bill... get rid of it..

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. gl, Pittsburgh

    I am so sick of McCain. He is not the President. He lose and he needs to work with Obama not crizies Obama every move. I know McCain was going to be Obama big problem.

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. bob

    Is Joe with us hear today?

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Harrisburg, PA

    I support Obama. So much for his trying to hold out a hand to McInsane and the opposition party. The GOP needs to remember how badly they lost in the November elections. Now is not the time to be acting like children.

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    are all these people that are signing the petition actually READ the bill or are they just going by waht Sen McCain and Rush told them?

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. DeeTee

    The real story here is that John McCain has discovered e-mail!

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Woman for Barack

    Ha, whatever! McCain signed onto any and everything that Bush put into play. This is the reason we are in the mess that we are in now!

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. obama-mama

    The only thing McCain should be asking for is a diaper change....

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

    So the Republicans want tax cuts?? In a revenue-starved economy? So who do they want to get the tax cuts? All their friends with top tier incomes. Their plans are as empty as they claim the Democrats are. Put up or shut up.

    February 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. rout1515

    So now McCain learns how to use "that internet"...I'm not in favor of either bill...but I'm sick to death tired of the "war" between Republicans and Democrats. Those hammerheads on Capitol Hill needs to wake up and do what it takes...STOP trying to be "the hero" for the "Party" you represent and begin representing the PEOPLE who elected you...the ones hurting and struggling to make ends meet.

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. SBAMA

    Still can't come up with any real solutions eh Maverick.... Instead of always pointing fingers why don't you fire up the think tank on your shoulders and come up with a few suggestions...

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    John McCain is not the person to listen to on this. He has moved so far to the right it is crazy and he is stuck there!

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. myra

    This man is such an opportunist, anything to get attention. Same person who uttered those famous words "the fundmentals of our economy are strong" when it was tanking, and then famously said the "fundmental are people." By his own definition, doesn't he understand that the fundmentals are hurting, and he wants to play politics. I 'm sick and tired of all these counter proposals and better ideas. If these guys have such great ideas and know what works, why are we in this mess? They had complete control for six years and this is where we are today. Well again, I am sick of there better ideas, and class warfare they want to practice. By the way how was the tax bill on his houses handled? Does anyone have a readout on that?

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Monica

    No matter what Obama does or does not do the Republican's are going to disagree. As far as McCain goes, that's what Obama gets for trying to constantly reach out to such a snake.

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. tim

    We elected the wrong person.

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Chelle in Fla

    And this is the reason McCain LOST. so you tell American citizens to oppose it, instead of working in the Senate to make it better?!?!?

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. FD

    Where was McCain when we were ordered to hand over $350billion to banks to payroll bonuses and new jets? Oh – I remember – he had suspended his campaign, sat around a table full of politicians and looked stupid. Well – I guess he knows what is best for me.

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. guy

    Bitter old man.

    February 3, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. JAY

    I don't get it, we always seem to want the short fix instead of the long term fix. I think a long term fix will keep us from going back down the same path. In order to be a better economy we must suffer to be better. We created this mess with short gain and not caring about the long term damage. We here all the ideas about a jolt, which only give us a fix for what another 10 or 20 years and we right back in the same mess. Let's try and fix the problem for good. We keep this up our next big issue will be our infastucture that is falling apart. We haven't done any major changes since the highways was built. We need to fix for long term.

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Connie from Indiana

    I believe a way for Senator McCain and his repub buddies can make a real impact by asking all the Republican Governors to pledge if the dems pass a stimulus package that they will not take any of the money.Lets see if they will walk the walk and not just talk the talk.I am from Indiana and believe me I know Mitch Daniels can't wait to get his grubbie paws on some of that money.Lets just see who his supporters are, Sarah Palin , the Arnold ?

    February 3, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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