April 29th, 2009
10:48 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain aide: There's outreach - but no compromise

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As part of his answer to whether he would reach out to Sen. John McCain as part of a renewed effort on immigration reform, the president said "we reach out to - to Senator McCain on a whole host of issues."

CNN asked McCain's spokeswoman if that's still true. She responded that the senator is actually going to the White House tomorrow with other Armed Services Commitee leaders to talk about procurement reform - a longtime issue for McCain.

However, McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan also said that the White House mostly reaches out to the senator on issues where they have clear agreement, and she underscored a theme he brought up on the Senate floor just today - that he believes President Obama and Democrats don't really want to compromise on big, controversial issues.

"Reaching out and bringing ideas to the table with a real interest in compromise are two different things," Buchanan said.


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  1. diane ca

    McCain-why don't you just retire? I had enough of you, Liberman, Boehner during the primary's....yes, Palin too.

    April 29, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. chanell b jax fl

    they would not give him credit for anything!

    April 29, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    Gestural – that sums up the Obama facade.

    April 29, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  4. President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints!

    Yo, McCrypt, as the President stated, he would not accept the same old tired "solutions" from the last 8 years.

    As President Obama aptly stated, that is not what the majority of American voters voted for.

    You repubs are only 21% of the political spectrum that would make you the M I N O R I T Y.

    April 29, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. Mike

    just like a "green" politician.

    President Obama: Senator McCain do you agree that the sky is blue?

    Senator McCain: Yes but what does that have to do with healthcare or global warming?

    Nothing but good to see you.

    April 29, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. KATHLEEN

    McCain is a has been! But, I like to listen to what Megan McCain
    has to say. Megan seems to be more forthright and fair in her opinions. But, if she is a Republican, all bets are off!!!!

    April 29, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Laurence

    keep working for all americans.

    April 29, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Gary from Madison, WI

    I think that both Obama and McCain are sensible people capable of making compromises. That said, John McCain is one of only a handful of Republicans able to do so. A majority of the GOP is inflexible and incapable of truly compromising, it is 'their way or the highway', just ask Arlen Specter.

    April 29, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Susan

    And she knows about compromise how? McCain and the Republicans pretend that they are interested in compromise, but they are barely even 'reaching out," let alone helping Obama with problems. Someone has to be a leader on an issue...since the Dems are in control, that would be the President., just like when Bush controlled Congress for 6 years, and then controlled them some more with his veto pen and his signing statements denying that he had to abide by the bills he DID sign. So, what exactly do the Republicans mean when they want compromise? My guess is:my way or the highway, like their old boss.

    April 29, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. theaviator

    You mind telling why we still talk about McCain. John McCain is so transparent (in a bad way) just like in his awful campaign: he's bitter and he's out for revenge.

    He acts and reacts like a sore loser, always.

    April 29, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Kitty

    The very fact that the budget and stimulus bills passed is due to compromise. The problem that McCain and the Republicans have is that they define compromise and bipartisanship as getting their way. Republicans, who now only consist of born-again bubble-heads who sincerely love their gun rights, distrust the government and see conspiracies behind every setback, have sulky tantrums in front of reporters because even though their opinions and suggestions are listened to respectfully, they are also respectfully defeated by the majority of Americans.

    April 29, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  12. FL

    I'm not a big fan of McCain, but it does seem that his spokesperson has it right on this. Obama will reach out to talk, but he isn't willing to actually compromise on anything. So far he hasn't made any effort to be bi-partisan and that will hurt him in the long run. He can't keep blaming everything on Bush forever, and saying that the Republicans aren't willing to compromise. I think some Republicans would be happy to work to the middle, but everything so far has been too far left.

    April 29, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. M Nehrenz

    Sounds like the Senator isn't too much into compromise either. I respect him, but the last 8 years are proof the ideas don't work. Sen McCain, did you expect democrats to work with former President Bush and to compromise to support the sitting President? Disagree if it goes against what you believe, but I expect more of you then to vote just along party lines and this reeks of just that!

    April 29, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Simmy

    McCain and fellow Republicans are more interested in running things than compromising. They want their ideas to be accepted even if they are outdated (Bush) and didn't work before (Bush). They have had chances to compromise but refused. "NO" has become their mantra, and now they're stereotyped as the 'Party of No.'

    April 29, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Emily in Michigan

    Given how little your support matters Old Guy, and given how your racist inbred supporters practically lynched the entire Obama family during the campaign, perhaps you should color yourself grateful that he is civil to you at all.

    April 29, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. Steve Merritt

    The offer to compromise does not mean to aquiesce to the same old tired Republican ideas. It means to come together with a better idea, none of those in those Republicans, which is why they lost the elections!!!

    April 29, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. Had It

    They walk into the room thinking NO – that's not the way this country is supposed to work.

    NO MORE Grand Obstructionist Party – RIP

    April 29, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  18. Betsy B

    A-A-MEN. McCain has no real solutions to any of the problems the U.S. is facing. It's the same old, same old! Tried before and Failed. We would not be even beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel if he had been elected.

    April 29, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Fitz in Texas

    President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints! April 29th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

    Yo, McCrypt, as the President stated, he would not accept the same old tired "solutions" from the last 8 years.

    As President Obama aptly stated, that is not what the majority of American voters voted for.

    You repubs are only 21% of the political spectrum that would make you the M I N O R I T Y.
    ****************************************************************************
    It's Mr. McCain not......."Yo McCrypt"....show a little respect. I haven't always agreed with Mr. McCain, but I do and will ALWAYS respect a War Hero......you should do the same.

    April 29, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Cindy

    What has the Republican party done to even show that they care about this country? Name just one thing. Besides saying no, to everything. I am changing parties after 40 yrs, as they are now acting infantile.

    April 29, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. Kim

    Obama has fallen short of what I had hoped would happen between him and McCain.

    On the other hand McCain is a bigger disappointment with zero flexability... I have lost respect. (I put Reagan in and voted for 3 Bush terms, the last being a BIG mistake )

    April 29, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Kim

    Cindy I am there with you

    April 29, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  23. Mike

    Kitty,

    the budget and stimulus bills were passed with almost 0 republican votes. How is that compromise and bipartisianship. Is it bipartisanship when the Obama administration in the middle of the night reaches an agreement to use budget reconciliation on an issue as important as healthcare so there is limited debate on it? Budget reconciliation is WRONG!!!

    April 29, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    He Lost!!!!

    April 29, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. George

    The Tax cut in the stimulus was a compromise, that is until it was watered down by Democrats and Republicans from $500 to $400. The Tax credit for purchasing new homes was a Republican idea included in the stimulus. Staying in Iraq longer than earlier suggested was a compromise... What else do you want.... you lost .... like John Steward said , it 's supposed to taste like a $%^ Taco......

    April 29, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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