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. Gene Kannee

    He is a sore loser. He advocated bipartisim and cooperation after his defeat. He is now taking up with Limbaugh & Hanity. The base won't get you elected, 22% of electriol is his base, he will need the independents and the diamatics in Arizona have changed..

    February 11, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Lush Limprick the REAL RNC Chairman!

    Such a small, bitter little man.

    February 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Helloooo

    Stop the Hate! I am a total Obama fan, but let's get over this division. We're all Americans! Let's unite!

    February 11, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. anon

    Time for AZ voters to send this guy in to retirement ... to retire in one of 13 homes!

    February 11, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. We Are The One

    McSame is the reason why the American people deserve term limits!

    And this deer-in-a-headlight picture is not helping!!!!

    February 11, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. reb

    Good, that gives a chance to be defeated again! I hope McCain LOSE!

    February 11, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. greed is not good

    Good luck! AZ is quickly turning blue and you barely won your home state last Nov.

    February 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Diana NJ

    I hope really hope the citizens of Arizona have been watching McCain while he trys to hold up things from getting done. He apparently has not gotten over or really understands he stand on things has lost him the election.

    After seeing the parking lots at near by shopping centers almost empty and stores closing... john McCain wants to vote no on helping the citizens of the US.

    February 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Nick 27, So Cal

    Mccain sure knows how to choose sides and point fingers! How about a solution.. and not just "TAX CUTS"!!!

    February 11, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. SHIRLEY "60"

    I certainly hope Arizona realizes what a dinosaur this man is, and puts him out of his misery. Lately he seems to have indigestion all the time, except whenever he is on TV talking nicely to some late night show host. There are already too many old men still taking up space in the Congress, and they need to make way for younger more energetic types with some fresh ideas, and hopefully better manners. Let's all try to get back to a more civilized way of dealing with each other, starting there where it has become most visible..

    February 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. kayla

    SO, YOU FINANALLY LEARNED TO USE THE COMPUTER.

    February 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. cal

    LOL He won't win. people are tired of the john mccains of washington. We need new blood, intellegent blood not the same old good ole boy mentality. I'm not critsizing his age, just his policies. John mccain is a has been move on.

    February 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Big Ed

    So what?

    February 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Justin, ny

    heres what i don't get – since when are the new democratic initiatives "more of the same failed policies of the past"???? ummmm, the past failed policies of the last 8 years were set into place by REPUBLICANS.

    its like republicans decided the only way to beat the dems is if they use the exact same attacks they've been under on the dems... i don't think the american people are that stupid though. they decided in november, resoundingly, that they didn't want any more of THE SAME FAILED POLICIES OF THE LAST 8 YEARS. and whose policies were those again??? ohhhh, right, they were GWB's...

    February 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Andrew

    You guys are nothing but a bunch of conservative bashing liberals, just because the man has a problem with the stimulus, and i dont know if youve looked at it, but it is full of wasteful spending, at one point it had 25 million for ATV trails. I am a democrat and even I am sickened by the fact that you all act like the man is the devil for serving his country and his constiuents for 50 years. The stimulus isnt everything. He agreed there needed to be one, he said that from the beginning, he just wanted it trimmed of wasteful spending, as every American, regardless of party should

    February 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. rlt

    I thought you were moving to Alaska. McCain you have never served Az.

    February 11, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    I how far do you think you will get in 2012 with your senate run. Wonder how many people in your state will vote for you. I thought you was the one who said was going to work with the president. Then you all all your other thugs in your party work against him. And then you have the nerve to threaten the ones who went over to the Presidents side. You dont care about how the americans are hurting when you have 7 houses and 13 cars and a wife who spends thousands of dollars on one dress. Are you going to have Sarah come and campaign for you so the people will have to listen to the hateful words come out of her mouth. You thought you had the election won by picking her for your vp. Well the american people sure showed you what they thought of that idea.

    February 11, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. James L.

    LOL.................McCain is the GOP's poster child. What a saltine!

    February 11, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Jo

    I hope he looses and then he can retire to one of his many homes. He doesn't care about America or the people here. Hopefully the people of Arizona will have a long memory of how he treated them these past few months.

    February 11, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Debi

    During McCain's entire campaign he spouting off, as often as he could, that he reaches across the isle.

    Also, how does he know this stimulus package will not work? Economics is not his strong point... remember.

    So much for “reaching across the isle”.

    Now we have a post-election view of what his presidency would have been – partisan.

    February 11, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Judy

    John, go home and retire – Enjoy your 7 homes and your family. You are not needed or wanted

    February 11, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Latte Sipping Leftie

    It's time for some new blood in that AZ senate seat. You have occupied it long enough John.

    February 11, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. James in Tx

    John McCain….the poster-boy for term limits who has single-handedly turned the U.S. Senate into the world's most expensive nursing home. Time to give someone else a chance to serve.
    What's the campaign platform, the fresh ideas? More obstructionism? Vote for me because Palin campaigns for me? I have so many homes I don't even know how many? I'm a born-again fiscal conservative? Maybe he will put his Senate campaign on hold while he focuses on the U.S. economy.

    February 11, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Jan

    It will not be just Arizona getting what they deserve if he is reelected.
    Unfortunately, if Arizona puts him back in office the entire country has to put up with his partisanship.

    February 11, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Jake

    This old man!! shouldn't he be retiring? What is the difference between you and Robert Mugabe?

    February 11, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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