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. Cruzan Obama Mama

    It must be hell in all 13 homes, because he is determined to be in the Senate until the grave.

    When is it time to relax and just enjoy life? I guess he is trying to hold on until 2012, instead of retiring gracefully.

    He just makes me think of the old, grumpy man that lives on the corner that no one wants to be around. How sad!!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. cjr

    who cares??? Time for him to go back to AZ. If they re elect him again it sure doesn't say much for the IQ of the voters in AZ.

    February 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Jkay - KCMO

    Not one positive comment...................AWESOME!! Bye McCain...no more of your shameful ways do we have to endure.

    February 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    Arizona, isn't it time to retire this relic. What has he done for your state? During the election he was very proud that he has never asked for earmarks for your State, I know Arizona could use new raoad bridges, libraries. Elect a Republican if you must to replace him, but replace him

    February 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    We need AGE CAPS on these geezers who run for office until they become totally senile......

    February 11, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. MJJofSara

    So What !!

    February 11, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Lost in Texas Forever

    I support President Obama but I DO like Sen McCain always did which is why his campaign was such a big dissapointment to me when it went negative. Could have done without the Joe the Plumber deal and "Joe" backstabbed McCain in the end anyway. I personally hope he stays.

    February 11, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Hammer

    The best for the US would be for McCain to go off and spend the money that the powers that be gave him to rollover for Obama during the general election.

    February 11, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. JT

    Change needs to come in this country. That especially includes Arizona.

    February 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. no way McCain

    I used to like McCain when he was a free thinking person. He has turned into an angry old white guy shouting at the clouds as they darken his sky. But that is the Repub way. Fear, shame, and bigotry as a platform. Sad.

    February 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. ran

    I hope he does not get reelected.

    February 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. W. Art

    Cindy must be driving him crazy.

    February 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. mb

    Ha, ha, he's kidding, aren't you mccain? What's the matter cindy won't let you come home? Then go to the other house!

    February 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Will-South Dakota

    Out with the old denial, delay and do nothing Mccain, he should retire, time for a fresh new voice, new ideas and new leadership.

    February 11, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Bill

    Please Senator McCain please retire we need new ideas in Washington D.C. not the same old tired Republican ideas!

    February 11, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Bill

    Please just retire!

    February 11, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    If I could move to Arizona it would be to vote against him. He is just too fickle for me. There is not a central core. Seems to move as the wind blows.

    February 11, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Hope for the future

    We have too many very old rich people in Washington. They need to be phased out if we want to move into the future. We will be stuck in the past with those old ideas. Now is the time to phase out McCain.

    February 11, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Ex-Republican

    McCain: " 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,”

    So, would staying in, and spending money on Iraq for 100 years be wasteful? Or are you just a double talking, two timing, moron?

    Yea, more of the same, that's you...same ole, same ole. You've not had a thought of your own in the past 8 years Johnny.

    February 11, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Charles Atlanta

    Are you kidding? This guy has no clue on economy. Choosing Palin as the running mate simply shows his lack of judgement. He is out of control, and out of touch. I have to shake my head...

    February 11, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. obama-mama

    I hope the stimulus works so he can get the heck out of here....

    February 11, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. DavidinCA

    Excellent News! John McCain is a true patriot and the strongest voice of reason the American people have in Washington DC. He stands up and calls it like it is. We are fortunate for his continued service. AZ will elect him.

    February 11, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Peter

    Go away McCain

    February 11, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Dont blame me

    Arizona needs a REAL republican, not this RINO.

    February 11, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. mary

    McCain should not get re-elected to senate.
    He is old and has old ideas. Thank God with all this mess we are in that he isn't our president.
    I would love for him to live in his car for a week and see how it feels to be unemployed and losing a house.

    February 11, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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