February 11th, 2009
02:50 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain formally announces Senate re-election bid

McCain’s e-mail this week takes aim at congressional Democrats, though it avoids criticism of President Obama.
McCain’s e-mail this week takes aim at congressional Democrats, though it avoids criticism of President Obama.

(CNN) - John McCain officially announced a 2010 campaign to hold on to his Senate seat Tuesday, sending supporters a fundraising message asking for help with “a tough re-election challenge.”

McCain won his home state of Arizona by 9 points in November, but the state has become increasingly competitive. Until the state’s Democratic governor, Janet Napolitano, was selected by President Obama to head the Department of Homeland Security, political observers had considered her to a formidable potential challenger to the four-term incumbent.

McCain’s e-mail this week takes aim at congressional Democrats, though it avoids criticism of President Obama.

“While the leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama, has pledged to change business as usual in Washington and spoken of bipartisanship, I have been saddened to watch as Congressional Democrats try to use their majority to advocate more of the same failed policies and wasteful spending of the past,” he writes. “With so much at stake, now is not the time to step away from my work in the Senate.

Following his presidential run, the Republican senator said he intended to seek re-election in 2010 and set up a political action committee as a first step in that process, but the e-mail marks McCain’s official announcement and fundraising pitch to supporters that he plans to defend his Senate seat.


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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. obama all the way

    I VOTE (NO!)

    February 11, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Mari

    PLEASE retire, McCain.

    February 11, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Angie in Pa

    Mccain what a waste of time YOU ARE DONE Your too Old RETIRE ALREADY The Gop need some YOUNG MINDS NEW IDEAS!

    February 11, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Mercedes

    I'll move to Arizona just so I can vote for him. God, we should have put him in office instead of Obama. We were fools, America! Wake up and smell the country burning...

    February 11, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Amanda

    Someone, somewhere, saves us from that old buffoon.

    February 11, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    Should be a walk in the park. He may have lost his bid to be president, but he is still a fine American.

    February 11, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. larry fort wayne. indiana

    we could only hope McSame will lose.

    February 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Linda from Prescott AZ

    That is so sad to hear, that crabby, lying, two faced, whiney old geezer has done nothing for this State. He used to say he was a maverick, well he proved that was bs too.

    He is out to promote himself, he's not at all tuned into the reality of economics, housing crisis, unemployement, medical insurance (he's always had the best).

    HOpe a good solid democrat kicks his butt.

    February 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. mharris

    he should step down after 2010,don't run retire you have
    everything you need.

    February 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Sarty

    Retire. You have done enough damage.

    February 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. itbeme

    wonder how soon his half baked alaskan will be down to compaign for him. No quicker way to turn a state blue.

    February 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Give me a break!

    Well...now my day is complete. Gag.

    February 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Oh – those lucky, lucky folks in Arizona! I hope he gets his butt kicked...

    February 11, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Shirley in California

    As usual he trying to ride President Obama's coattails to a reelection. This guy is a loser. Period. Just as he lost in November (thank God) he will lose again. People want fresh new faces. He lacks the energy, the brains and the knowledge to accomplish anything. Everyone he's chosen so far – exceeded him (Joe the Plumber, Palin, Crist) the list goes on and on. McCain should just be happy with his life style that he sold his soul for.

    Good riddance!

    February 11, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. political junkie

    WELL, AS OF NOW, HE HAS LOST MY VOTE!

    ANYONE WHO TALKS OF PUTTING COUNTRY FIRST, AND TURNS RIGHT AROUND AND VOTES NO FOR THE STIMULUS, GETS MY NO IN RETURNS!!

    (NO VOTE, NO WAY, NO SENATOR MCCAIN IN 2010)!!

    February 11, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    GO RETIRE MCCAIN YOU HAVE PROVEN TO THE ENTIRE WORLD,

    THAT YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO GET THE JOB DONE. ITS TIME FOR

    YOUNG NEW BLOOD, PLEASE RETIRE.

    February 11, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    God in heaven I hope AZ wakes the hell up. I mean seriously. We say the GOP spent like crazy and insists on failed ideology of the past (tax cuts and trickle down reaganoics) and his response is "nuh uh, you do!!!" What is this, a freekin playground? People actually buy into this crap of "I know you are but what am I"???

    February 11, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. honeychild

    While the leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama, has pledged to change business as usual in Washington and spoken of bipartisanship, I have been saddened to watch as Congressional Democrats try to use their majority to advocate more of the same failed policies and wasteful spending of the past,” he writes. “With so much at stake, now is not the time to step away from my work in the Senate

    "And America has be polarized by you and your republican thugs holding up the stimulus bill....Who cares if you run in 2010. Do us a favor and just run away!

    February 11, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Dameun Strange

    Some people just don't know when to quit. McCain you and your fellow dinos should step aside for the new America. If you truly love your country move aside and let the new generation take the lead.

    February 11, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Kevin

    If the stimulus works McCains seat will be taken by a Dem.

    If the stimulus fails McCain will make it back in.

    He really put ALL his eggs in one basket.

    February 11, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Brian

    Good the CEO's who just fired 1 million Americans need more tax cuts

    February 11, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. One Vote

    May he not win – May they rid us of this old bitter man, is my prayer.

    February 11, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Terry in Toon Town

    ..How is it that back during the Presidential Campaign ‘Mac’ knew nothing about hi-tech devices and didn’t even know how to send an e-mail..??..
    ..And here he is now announcing to the world (via e-mail) he is going to take another run at a Senate seat..
    ..Is it that he seeing the light..abandoning his dark ages mentality (carry a big stick and so on)..and bye the way ‘Mac’..thanks for giving us Sarah Palin..ain’t she “something”..

    February 11, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. badger

    watching mcshame slam the dem's on the recovery bill it's no wonder that he voted with bush 90% of the time. Here is a guy that is no smarter than bush was, when it came time to fund the war in Iraq there was no limit to what it cost, when it came time for tax cuts for the rich he was all for it. When he had a chance to stand up and work across the asisle and do something for the little guy he slammed and slammed against spending any money. He wasn't kidding when he said the economy was'nt something he knew much about. Hopefully the people of AZ finally realize this guy has got to go.

    February 11, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Putin still invading Alaskan airspace between Palin's ears

    Good luck with putting this dusty, old, out-of-touch relic back in the senate. Arizona deserves eveything it gets if he's reelected.

    February 11, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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