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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  1. Voting Mom

    How odd that McCain feels like he has any significant political clout.

    I appreciate that slightly less than half of the voters chose him inthe last election. Still, I can't help but think that most of the reason many people voted for him was not out of strong support for McCain. Rather, it seemed at the time that many people voted for McCain as an opposition vote to Obama.

    I doubt his "petition" will do much other than serve to stir the pot.

    February 3, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. baggins

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

    February 3, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. MW

    Let's see – the programs he supported created this economic mess to begin with – now he has the audacity to oppose ANY plan to get us out of this mess! The unmitigated gall of this man and the rest of the his shameful party mates is breathtaking in its shamfulness!

    February 3, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. ED FL

    What a loser. Have you ever accomplshed any thing right in your lifetime John Give it up go home and rest while your still able to.

    February 3, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. LAL

    OH YES ALLMOST FORGOT ABOUT PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Joan , Ontario

    Senator McCain, you lost. The American people did not have faith and trust in you to fix the problems of your country. Your Republican politicies did not work over the last eight years, in fact they caused the problems. You telling Pres. Obama what to do is like an arsonist telling the fireman what to do. Stop posturing, be a team player and do what is best for your country. The rest of the world wants your country to rebound soon because it affects us all. Good luck to Pres. Obama.

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Brad

    Short term stimulus, eh? Then what? This is just another attempt to sabotage the process to gain some credibility (of which he no longer has).

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. KLS

    How about suggesting a plan (other than more tax cuts for businesses) and actually trying to work with the Democrats on a compromised package??? Division and sticking only party ideology got our great nation to this point,. Everyone in Congress needs to stop the fighting and work together.

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    Well, looks like Daschle withdrew. It's okay they can all be HIRED as private ADVISORS to help see this through!

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Mike

    McCain.. you lost.. get over it.

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Josh Shearer

    Some reason i cant help but think hes just mad about losing still..

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    MCCAIN SEES NOTHING WRONG WITH HIM OWNING 8 HOUSES, NO AMERICAN MADE CARS, KEATING 5, SILVER BANK FAILURE, NOT SUPPORTING VETERANS IN RECEIVING THE LAST STIMULOUS CHECK, NOTHING WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY, IT'S DOING JUST FINE AND HE'S ASKING OTHERS TO OPPOSE THE STIMULOUS BILL. THIS OLD MAN HASN'T BEEN TO SCHOOL IN 100 YEARS AND DOESN'T HAVE A DEGREE IN ANYTHING AND SERVES ONE PURPOSE ONLY, HIS OWN, NOT YOURS AND NOT MINE.

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Christian Jones

    McCain is just mad he lost the presidential election. Cindy needs to put him down for nap time and maybe when he wakes up he won't be so cranky. I personally urged Republicans not to be restricted by party lines if it is for the good of the American people.

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Felly

    McCain voted for Bush to spend billions of dollars in Iraq. Now he does not have the guts to vote for a domestic stimulus package to help Americans. This is not country first, it is shrewed politics.

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Well, it is best that this bill be done right. It's unfortunate that the Democrats are choosing to load up what is supposed to be a stimulus bill with other things that would best be handled separately. It's been the same old business as usual and Obama hasn't stepped in to tell Pelosi and the Democrats that they need to stay focused on what this bill is supposed to represent.
    The Obama supporters need to realize they cannot just close their eyes and let the Democrats spend spend and spend. Putting a rein on Pelosi and Reid is not a slap to Obama. Yet it appears the BO supporters feel if you don't rubberstamp what Obama wants, then you're an obstructionist.

    February 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Slanky

    I don't believe Obama thinks the bill was perfect, but that it needs input from both parties to get to it's final stages. Having republicans blast it without offering up any ideas of there own helps no one.

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Judy

    Why don't you and Palin retire and get out of our lives. You are plain just too old and have so much money, you really don't care about the average JOE

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Shari, NY

    What does the U.S. plan to do about that US$73 million "white elephant" project (Iraqi jail) that has already cost $40 million and is basically abandoned? Any answers Daddy Mc?

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Darlis

    John, get over yourself.. why don't you put your campaign on hold and fix the problem.. oh, I forgot , you already did that... Sour grapes are not tasty nor admirable.

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. JustSayin

    Instead of opposing, why doesn't the Senators, especially McCain, offer a better solution? Because he (they) doesn't have one!

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Peter B

    McCain has email? Welcome to the 21st century John!

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Jack

    McCain is full of it. Review it all – go ahead. But then stop dragging your feet and pretending to be for the American people. McLame is a liar and a man with no honor.

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Rick

    I signed. Thanks for the link. Now, let's get back to infrastructure, permanent tax breaks (the types that will actually do more than pocket a one-time check), real housing relief (imagine the benefits people will feel if their mortgage payments actually drop several hundred dollars for the life of the loan), and jobs.

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    What's the difference between this package and the spending shopping spree of the last administration? You know, W left office with 5 trillion dollars in debt because of YOU GUYS. I guess the bar is low for ELEPHANTS and high for DONKEYS...

    February 3, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Deb

    This is coming from a man who doesn't know how to send an email...LOL

    February 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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