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. BB

    wowowowowow, mcain who?

    February 3, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. sandy

    Who the heck cares what this guy thinks anyway?

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

    They'd better be double checking their back taxes – we are calling for audits

    Supporters ARE ANGRY.

    February 3, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. baggins

    Why is anyone listening to this guy, he lost the electicon.
    Lets move on.

    February 3, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Darla Beutelman

    What happened to Bi-Partisanship.........WE THE PEOPLE are sick of the Politics and want results.......

    February 3, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown

    John should get up, change his Depends and offer some suggestions, not just more GOP backstabbing!

    February 3, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. KLS

    How about suggestion a plan (other than more tax cuts for businesses) and actually trying to work with the Democrats to work out a deal???

    February 3, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. adon09

    I think it absolutely fine for Sen. McCain to disagree. There are frankly alot of democrats and independents that dont like the bill. For Sen. McCain to be harsh makes him appear in my view as a sore loser. President Obama has worked hard to show bipartisanship in this bill. He has said in interviews that he was the pork out. He was fully aware that this bill in this state will not pass the senate and it shouldn't. Senate McCain should leading and not dividing in this issue.

    February 3, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Adele

    How come McCain did not oppose the bail out for the banks? Now that its time to help the working poor he develops a conscience.

    February 3, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    I wonder how many financial institutions he and his family had to ruin to fund his PAC??? For McCain the Senator from the Keating Five and numerous S&L failures from his family, to weigh in on a stimulus to combat the economic crisis he helped create is the ultimate in hypocrisy!!! Regardless of his POW hero status, America must recognize his record since the Hanoi Hilton!!!

    February 3, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Simpliticus

    What else can McCain do or say so as to arouse any attention at all. He hitched his horse to the Bush administration and lost will he hitch his horse to a losing GOP effort to look viable in this charade? My guess is that he will and falter as a result. Either this or merely stay on the sidelines which he should have done!

    February 3, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Darren

    Am I the only one who finds it laughable that the Republicans are suddenly all about the fiscal responsibility and saddling future generations with the debt brought on by wasteful spending. I mean come on.

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Sarta

    Looser, Once in your life, put the country first

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Accountant Guy

    LOL, OMG!! After getting demolished in the election, you would think this idiot would just go away. However, I guess he just likes showing America how useless he is and the fact that he does not care about middle and lower class Americans!! America already made it loud and clear, go away McBush!!

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Los

    I'm a bit reluctant to accept economic advice from someone who palled around with Thain and Gramm.

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Kyle W

    What I don't understand is why the GOP is so strongly against the Obama stimulus package, but were supportive of the Bush stimulus? It's party politics, 100%.

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. gojowo

    John McCain needs to remember that he and the Republicans lost the race and the majority of the country voted for change with President Obama and other Democrats. This is nothing more than a partisan move. McCain had no reservations about voting for the bailout plan for Banks (which is not working), so why is he so opposed to this plan. When its time for the rubber to meet the road, McCain is showing his true color and that being bipartisan is nothing more than a campaign line for him.

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. facts are facts

    Being a Canadian our conservative government just gave me a reduction in my income tax of about $150.00 a year. I'll just put it in the bank like most others in my tax bracket as it means little or nothing to me getting such a pittance.

    I'll take whatever they give me but to assume I need it or it will be used by me to stimulate the economy is absolutely assinate. There are so many people losing their jobs due to outsourcing to the third world countries and they give people like me a tax break.

    Both the U.S. and Canada need to examine their trade programs as no company in either of our countries can compete with the manufacturers in the 3rd world countries. To me it just doesn't make sense why so many ordinary people buy into this Conservative madness.

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. 2pacolypse Now

    Supporters? McLame still has supporters? The one supporter he had in Mooseburger Sarah Palin has been running him and his pathetic campaign under the bus since the elections. McCain go away. You are not relevant.

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    Tax cut = donating money we dont have to OIL companies and to Donald Trump's elites = greedy CEOs offshoring jobs = nobody is paying taxes = a weak America...... So much for national security.... Good job America!!!

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. kevin

    Be responsible, sign this petition. Dont forget this vote, if your senator or congressman votes "yes" for the current form vote them out of office in 2010.

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. We Are The "One"

    endless campaigning...once a loser is always a loser!

    this pathetic old man just dont get it!!!!

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Will in Montgomery

    Typical politics...slam the proposal that's on the table but don't have an alternative ready to present so reasonable people will be able to compare and contrast which one would make more sense.

    Why are politicians so stupid?

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Larry from RI

    And exactly what is the GOP alternative McShame – besides tax breaks for your wealthy CEO friends?

    chirp...chirp.....chirp

    Thought so!

    February 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. George

    I am an Obama supporter but I do have to agree with McCain that there is too much pork in this current bill.

    February 3, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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