March 26th, 2009
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: People voted 'mostly for Sarah Palin' last year

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Sen. McCain acknowledged the political star power of his former running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Sen. McCain acknowledged the political star power of his former running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has no illusions about the 2008 White House race.

"God bless them," McCain said Thursday at the Heritage Foundation when reminded of the tens of millions of people who voted for him last year.

"Over 50 million people voted for me and Sarah Palin – mostly for Sarah Palin," McCain said to an eruption of laughter. But "there was a sizable majority of the other party returned to Congress. And, elections have consequences. Elections have consequences. And these consequences we are seeing now in full display."

McCain described himself as "very nervous" about the Obama administration's proposal for FDIC-like resolution authority over non-bank financial institutions like AIG in order to prevent another near calamity in the global financial system.

"I understand that we need some of these institutions to be taken over before they are total failures but I am very nervous about that . . . about the expansion of government oversight," McCain said. "But we have to do a better job of regulation and transparency. The status quo is not acceptable either."

McCain's speech Thursday at the conservative think tank focused on the country's economic crisis and dire long-term fiscal outlook. Before he spoke, the former presidential candidate was greeted by a standing ovation in an auditorium filled with people primarily in their 20's and 30's.


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  1. abby

    I voted for McCain, but more so it was a vote AGAINST Obama than it was FOR McCain.

    March 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Ed

    Seems to me John was dead in the water until Sarah came along. She was pulling 10 and 12 thousand people to see and hear her all across this nation. I can only think the left is doing their level best to make her out to be other than she is-why? Answer: Because she is the best and they know it.

    March 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Dan Franklin

    And the FEAR of Sara continues!

    March 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. james

    And all of you think the current administration is doing a good job? i think YOU guys need to get your head examined. global currency? tax frauds? liars? cheats? now that's something to "believe" in. I hope Obama fails.

    March 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Rose

    To the Sale Out Democrats, You are the minority that is still tredding water like your still in the dark ages of Mississippi Burning you poor things. Life is too Short to live that way. Obama was and is the better person to be President. You can't think that the people would have allowed McCain and Palin to run our Country. That would have been the worst thing that could have happen, just thank God it didn't.

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Ghost

    Hey, let's not put all the blame on Sarah. McCain did say the economy was strong, his boy said we were a bunch of whinners and he stopped the campaign to go help do nothing with the original bailout.

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Jay

    Good luck all you Obama heads. The man is a train wreck.
    Might be very book smart but doesn't have much common
    sense. Let's have some more Stevie Wonder and Earth
    Wind and Fire Wednesday's in the White House, lol. Total
    moron.

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Jack in Florida

    If that is true................very scary thought

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. chubby

    TODDONCAPECOD, You got it right. The left wing liberal bed wetters are scared to death of Sarah Palin. I look forward to the mid term elections when she will be out raising money for Republican Senators and Congressmen/women and we retake the congress or I should say replace 20-25 demorats. Then two short years later the White House will be in Republican hands. bamby seems to be putting on weight while the rest of the country is getting thinner. It must be those Wednesday night $100.00 a pound steaks for him and his butt kissers.

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Gary

    CNN are obviously a bunch of liberals with strong left bias on their news reporting. I certainly could not expect you to report anything rational about Sarah Palin. CNN, you need to get out of fantasy land.

    March 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Douglas Ford

    I think John McCain is a double timer, one day he is a moderate Republican and working with the democrats to get things done in the senate, the next day he is 100% against them and refusing to even bargain with them on anything and instead he chooses to just say no. I am so disappointed in the Republican party, and am proud to say I have no party preference, I don't let titles or emotion dictate who I vote for, instead I use logic.

    March 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. TS

    'insult insult insult'............'some statement that I didn't research'...... 'another insult'......... 'my opinion stated as fact'.......... 'another insult'......... 'terrifying adjective'........... 'something I would never say in public, but think I'm really smart saying it here'....... 'one final insult'........
    Can I be part of the conversation now too?

    March 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. jason, tx

    then those people are mostly stupid.

    March 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. james

    re...most people "hate" her? have you seen her state poll numbers? people love her up there. stop the lies. i hope she's president in 2012.

    March 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Mark in Tennessee

    IS IT 2012 YET?

    March 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Rose

    To the Sale Out Democrats, You are the minority that is still treading water like your still in the dark ages of Mississippi Burning, you poor things. Life is too Short to live that way. Obama was and is the better person to be President. You can't think that the people would have allowed McCain and Palin to run our Country. That would have been the worst thing that could have happen, just thank God it didn't.

    March 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. len

    the obamanazis are out in force .....

    March 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Joyce Warren

    Mccain is correct, Sarah would have won if it were her for president.
    The republicans just did not have a good runner. No one was really
    comfortable with McCain because he is for who ever he is with.

    CNN is like Bagdad Bob report and say real good for who you like –
    and cut down as much as you can of people who disagrees with you
    CNN uses their broadcasting for personal broadcasting

    If President Bush had done or said 1/10th of what Obama has
    done and said CNN – CBS- NBC-all would have a special on everything every night, but boy we don't hear anything but wonderful wonderful about the now president. There really is a judgement day just up ahead. be sure your sins will find you out. Only with our Saviour it is a righteous judgement that no man or TV network can buy out of or tell it their way out, it will be all true judgement
    . Joyce Warren

    March 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Rene

    I voted for Sarah Palin and will again. Obama is a great speaker and that is it. He is clueless on how to run this country and we will all pay the price for his ignorance.

    March 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. SouthernMan

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Quote
    "Elections have consequences. And these consequences we are seeing now in full display."
    Unquote
    No Senator, but if we wait we might see what the consequences are. Former President George W. Bush didn't mess this country up this bad in just two months, so why should Obama be expected to fix it this quick?

    March 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Jerry from Maryland

    Although a registered Democrat, I voted for John McCain, the candidate with experience. When John shifted far away from the political center by picking Palin and then apparently losing his focus by suspending his campaign briefly, he lost much of my confidence. Of the two, he still was the only qualified candidate but I really wish we had a choice in the political center.

    March 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Mike

    "clueless pathological liar", "idiot", "mcschizo", "lying duo", "schizophrenic"

    These are just some of the things posted on here describing McCain and Palin. This coming from those who are upset with the hate filled campaign of McCain/Palin.

    Are you honestly joking? Can you not see the hypicricy? What is wrong with you people.

    Hello pot, this is kettle.

    March 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Steven S.

    The idea that Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin were the best each party had to offer is beyond pathetic.

    March 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Matt

    Sigh, sounds like his statement was made in jest. Look at these comments... what is wrong with people?

    March 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. John Galt's Ghost

    "They both ran a dirty, nasty, hatefilled, klan like campaign and she is a complete moron and he proved once and for all that he lacks character and morals! I am extremely grateful these two nasty pieces of work didn't get elected!!!!!!!!"

    The only thing "klan-like" is the attitude towards Ms. Palin on this board. McCain dared run against a black guy, so I guess he's a klansmen.

    I love how CNN does this: they run a "news article" to attack Palin, have everyone state their hatred of her, and then run back to BO's nourishing teat.

    For those of you who can read, I recommend 1984. There is a part where everyone is told how much they should hate the enemy, and everyone throws a possessed-fit about how much they hate the enemy, only to be comforted by the screen announcing: B....B....B...B (for Big Brother). Replace that with B...O....B....O and it's the United States today.

    When all of you starve to death rather than work, good riddance. May your genes be removed from the gene pool. Capitalism will return at last.

    March 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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