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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  1. KLK

    I hope he loses.

    February 11, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Absolutly not!!! Time for the new young faces with a dream not more of the same... thank God he didnt we they we would be in worse shape than now... He would not have acted... he was putting on a play for the world....

    February 11, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Linda from Minnesota

    I shudder to think he could be in the White House and trying to save this economy.

    February 11, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. rich

    Some people just dont know when to quit. The party is over John. Arizona, please turn off the lights.

    February 11, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Mike in Philly

    "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,"

    Translation: I am saddened that the Democrats have been acting like my own party did .. wha?

    February 11, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Baze

    Great just what we need, more holdovers from the past. Congress needs term limits, so that we can get rid of these tired old fogies who just keep coming in with the same arguments that they've been presenting and failing with for decades. Congress is bloated with old farts that are just collecting paychecks... LET YOUTH BE SERVED!!

    February 11, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Sandi from Arizona

    Isn't it sad to see McCain slowly lose all of his faculties? How is is that Republicans are incapable of owning their mistakes. He has the nerve to say that Obama wants bi-partisianship but sadly that hasn't happened. What part of the equation is not Obama, but the obstructionist Republicans. Obama reached out the Republicans like nothing we ever saw from the Bush administration and yet according to McCain that wasn't enough. And the nerve of him saying the Democrats are trying the same old failed wasteful spending of the past. Hey McCain, maybe you heard of Clinton, you know the one that left the country with a surplus that Bush buzzed through along with a trillion more in spending. Maybe you're just too buzy with yelling tax cuts and not offering any other ideas. Those seemed to work so well for the last 8 years. Give up, we don't need more of the same.

    February 11, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Benneth- UK

    My advice to all the good people of Arizona is to help John McCain retire. He is a political contractor.

    February 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. IsaacTheForcedCatholic

    He lied again! He said he will not run again but there he goes again, making false promises. I am glad America didn't vote for this empty suit.

    February 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Betty

    I live in Arizona and I will not be voting for this worn out, old white man. Time for new ideas on both sides of the aisle. Anyone over the age of 70 who has spent the last 50 years in Congress, needs to retire. Go home, go away.

    February 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Deanna Downs - PA

    Oh god! Again??? Doesn't he have rigor mortis yet?? He needs to go away quietly.

    February 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Gal, Ohio

    Thanks but no thanks ...

    February 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Another reason for term limits. The man is too old and too tied to the past.

    February 11, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Peter (CA)

    Mercedes...

    That stench comes from the wildfires of the last 8 years.
    The slash and burn, let's spend the money we don't have, let's help our rich friends and forget the rest politics of the Bush administration.

    February 11, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Had It

    He's lived on the government dole all his life. SINCE BIRTH. It's time to get a job and earn his money.

    Oh, that's right -- a woman takes care of him.

    He won't get my vote.

    February 11, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Kwesoe

    John! Is John McCain in the crowd today? Ah, there you are sleeping in the corner. Come up here and remind us again why you want to run, because the last time you ran, you ran into a brickwall called Obama and nearly broke your hip. I'll retire to a nice nursing home if I were you. You don't want them young young folks kicking you around like a football.

    February 11, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Ray Ray

    After seeing Obama appointing his tax-cheating friends and when we get the FULL details of this pork-ulus bill... McCain will have a CAKE-WALK in getting re-elected.

    You libs fail to realize that 50% of this country ain't buying your messiah's socialist agenda!

    February 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Soccer Nana

    McCain's disagreement of the stimulus package was campaigning. It didn't cost him a dime. He got lots of FREE air time during those photo op interviews. LOL

    I wonder why he doesn't want to simply stay home and enjoy his retirement? When I reach the age of 72 that is what I hope to be doing.

    February 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. I Love USA

    NO, THANK YOU Mr. McCain.

    We Honor you as a Veteran for Serving our Country. We don’t need you in Politics. Please Retire.....

    Thank God we don’t have you as President. You wants our Troops to be in Iraq for Ever. We would have Respected your Ideas, if you would want our Businesses and Industries in Iraq For Ever, Rather than our Troop.

    You are a WARMONGER Mr. McCain.

    For the First time, We have both the President and V.P. who are Learned Lawyers and we Hope they will think Lawfully, Rationally and Prudently.

    February 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Cm

    Please Senator McCain is time for you to retire, we need new people and new ideas in Congress.
    Thank you for your service but is time to go home.

    February 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. CJ

    After leading our Congress to protest the stimulus bill to help stabilize our economy, what does McCain want now? He failed in his endeavors to seek the presidency and now he wants to sabotage any success Obama might have in trying to correct the mess that he, his colleagues, and Bush created? Now, he voted for the bailout of Wall Street, ran as fast as he could into Washington to lead others to vote against the bailout, then decided to vote for the bailout, and now he voted against the stimulus package. Gee, seems to me the poor guy does not know really what he wants, but he does want all the rest of working America to be miserable. Vote no for McCain!!!

    February 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. texasgreenacres

    mac if the people of the state of AZ. re-elect THEY ARE A STATE FULL OF IDIOTS REA DUMMIES they could always ask dolly parton to take his place she sure as hell looks a lot better

    February 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Al, NY NY

    "Let's bring Joe up here on the stage...."

    crickets, crickets......

    February 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Bob the builders WIFE

    C'mon now, if President Obama's stimulous plan works the republicans know they wont have a chance at the Presidency next term.
    So there is no reason for them to care about the american people and put their own selfish desires to the side.

    February 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. lunatic?

    how about nursing home?

    February 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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