February 11th, 2009
02:50 PM ET
5 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. Ted

    @ Mercedes:
    Maniac, or troll?

    February 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Susan in NC

    Makes me wish I lived in AZ so that I could "Just Say No"! And, it's not just because "this man is against the stimulus" as some are suggesting. It's because of his hostile, hateful, spiteful, fear-mongering, and negative words and maneuvers. Americans are truly tired of the divisiveness!

    February 11, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Marie ..the independent

    Hey McCain, how about you just BUY your own way back to the senate !!!

    February 11, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Griff

    You will be up against it this time John, and 4yrs older. I think you should run, but you will have much more competition..

    February 11, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    I do hope the people of Arizona have had enough of John McCain and his better then thou attitude, I know I have.. Wonder if he'll ask Sarah to help him LOLOLOLOLOLOL.... That'll be interesting to watch...

    February 11, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Fan of Common Sense

    I hope he is challenged in the primary and I hope Sarah Palin comes to Arizona to campaign for his Republican opponent. Then HE'LL know how it feels to be stabbed in the back. (GO SARAH! 2012!)

    February 11, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Melissa

    I have two words... "BEGONE CRYPTKEEPER".

    We're sick of him.

    February 11, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Uncle Sam

    John McCain: Still great after all these years.

    February 11, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Something has happened to McCain. He is to angry to be a Senator.

    February 11, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Lue Blackwell

    I think McCain needs to go somewhere and retire his tired, grey @@@- he is not doing the "repubs" & the country any good–he acts like an old, angry and hateful politician-the time has come for him to get out of politics----

    February 11, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    haven't YOU done enough to destroy the Repulican party???let us pray that the RNC does not support you.

    February 11, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Mary

    Who's going to vote for this guy?

    He had a bad judgement to choose Palin.

    He lies when it suits him.

    He still promotes old ideas like tax cut fixes all.

    He puts his party first and COUNTRY LAST even in such an economic crisis.

    WE NEED BRIGHT, YOUNGER, EDUCATED PEOPLE WITH NEW ,FRESH IDEAS for 21st century.

    WE DON't NEED NO-SAYERS who place their fragile party first and COUNTRY LAST.

    WHAT A HYPOCRITE!

    February 11, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. L MIAMI, FLA.

    ARIZONANS ARE SAYING NO WAY , NO MORE OLD MACSHAME !

    February 11, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. alvino

    While John is not very bright, Eric Cantor makes him look like a genius. (Check out Cantor's video)

    February 11, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. beevee

    My sincere advice to McCain is retire.

    February 11, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Carl Justus

    It is time that McCain calls it quits. He is too old and forgetful to be elected for another six year term in the senate.

    He should know now he has become useless for his judgment of Palin as his vice presidential nominee.
    He is against anything that Obama will be for to get revenge and his buddy Bush is gone so it would be better if he left before become like me and say he should have quit when time was up.

    February 11, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. In Houston, TX

    I wish John McCain would vote with the president 90% of the time like he did with Bush

    February 11, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. FRANK

    GO MAC.... PALIN/MCCIAN 2012!!

    WE NEED SOMEONE WITH BRAINS IN THE SENATE NOW THAT HILLARY IS GONE!!

    OBAMA'S HONEY MOON WILL BE SHORT LIVED... HES RETORHIC OF CHANGE STARTED TO CRUMBLE WHEN IT MET REALITY!!

    AND NOW HE DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERIANCE OR KNOWLEDGE TO CHANGE ANTTHING!! OOPS THERE GOES THE ECONOMY.. NOW WHO WILL THE DEMS BLAME NOW THAT THERE IN CHARGE...

    February 11, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Page Turner

    Term limits, please

    February 11, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I don't know how anyone can vote for this whole lot of Republican idiots. Were they just going to sit on their hands and let this country fall into ruin just to prove Obama wasn't ready to be President. To H-ll with the rest of us! How dare them howl "Country First" and their other garbage. They are all a bunch of self rightous bafoons.

    February 11, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Doc

    Frank,

    Let's see...the Prez has been in office for 22 days. Did we forget who had the reins when the ecomomy tanked?

    February 11, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Larry Houston Texas

    I would love to have him stick an apple in his mouth, and be about 10 yards away, with a Bow & Arrow, and do like Johnny Appleseed did.

    February 11, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Larry Houston Texas

    @ Soccer Nana February 11th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

    Your Answer : He NEEDS more Houses, not to mention MORE Autos !

    February 11, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. John in KY

    Retirement from the Senate is in your future McCain whether you realize it or not!!

    February 11, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Wayne

    McCain should definitely not be re-elected to the Senate.

    I listened to him on c-span the other night, and he can't even put together a good sentence anymore. He really doesn't know what he stands for anymore..he rambles.

    I just wonder if he had gotten elected, what we would be facing now. A Stimulus Package????? Nope, all tax cuts...and with a democratic congress....we would be looking at nothing happening.

    We would all be losing our homes, jobs, all out on the street. Hey maybe we could use his 8 homes.

    February 11, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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