June 21st, 2009
05:38 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Obama has done well, but hasn't been bipartisan

Sunday, Sen. McCain had praise -- and some criticism -- for his former rival.
Sunday, Sen. McCain had praise - and some criticism - for his former rival.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - You can't call John McCain a sore loser.

Seven months after Barack Obama defeated him in the U.S. presidential election, the Republican senator from Arizona said Sunday he thinks his former Senate colleague is making things happen in the White House.

"I think he's done well," McCain said on the CBS program "Face the Nation."

"He has achieved literally every one of his legislative accomplishments," McCain noted in reference to the economic stimulus package and other measures passed by Congress in recent months.

However, McCain said, the same partisan divisions remain in Congress despite Obama's campaign pledges of seeking bipartisan solutions.

"Unfortunately, it's by picking off a couple of Republicans" to support his measures instead of gaining real consensus, McCain said. "It's not been bipartisan."

On foreign policy, McCain offered Obama a grade of "incomplete," noting the North Korean and Iranian nuclear threats.


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soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Mike O'Brien

    I 'agree' with Senator John McCain.., although I didn't 'vote' for him. I am deeply concerned about 'Iran and North Korea'. I simply don't trust either country and maybe thats the problem. However, nuclear capabilities and long range missles in the wrong hands could lead to a major mistake or calculation. What do we do about 'Iran and North Korea'.., before it is to late ? This might be the 'wrong' time to sit on our hands and watch. Mike in Montana

    June 21, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    You wanted hate and division, Songbird -

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

    June 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Change in America

    Who care what John McCain say about being bipartisan the republican want let President Obama work with them they always attacking him and have Bush ever been bipartisan when he was in office towards the demoncrate.

    June 21, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Simmy

    McCain has forgotten what the word 'bipartisan' means......CNN is becoming more partisan everyday.....

    June 21, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. But John baby.....

    600.000 new people continue to lose their jobs every month and housing foreclosurres continue to rise....

    All other problems pale in comparison...so Obama has really done nothing......

    June 21, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. dorothy oliver

    I remember Republican words encouraging rebellions during the Cold War. I also remember that when they occurred and were being brutually repressed we did not respond to the desperate and pathetic radio calls for help. Republicans use fighting words too easily. We voted for a cooler head. Each time Republicans go against our vote, they put another nail in their coffin.

    June 21, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Peter E

    For somebody who has been kissing up to Bush Jr. all through last year McCain sure is eager to criticize a new president that pretty much just continues those previous policies. Take NK for example. What has Bush Jr. done? He gave them humanitarian aid and a complete hands-off approach. It was during Bush Jr.'s presidency that NK even developed the bomb, as well as extend the range of its ballistic missiles. And Bush Jr. has done NOTHING! He was a complete failure on NK! How come NONE of the republicans criticized him for that? And now that Obama toughens up and sanctions NK that's suddenly being 'too soft?' This is partisan hypocrisy, nothing else!

    June 21, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Ah, Senator McCain? How is Obama to achieve your lofty goal of bipartisanship when the Republicans in both the House and Senate just keep saying "NO" and offering up ridiculously conceived, ideological based and ill-founded positions?

    Forget that elephant logo – Fish floundering on the beach – the GOP icon.

    June 21, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. jason, tx

    No, the Republicans haven't been bipartisan. Blaming Obama is a joke.

    June 21, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. John has a job and tons of money.....

    but what about the 7 million people who are unemployed and losing their homes to foreclosure....

    John-get in to the real world....

    Obama has failed us on job creation and ptreventing foreclosures....

    June 21, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Georgia Peach

    "Unfortunately, it's by picking off a couple of Republicans" to support his measures instead of gaining real consensus, McCain said. "It's not been bipartisan."

    McCain, nobody can't be "picked" off unless they want to go. Are you upset that the President hasn't considered you "pick-able?"

    If Bi-Partisan means permanent tax cuts for those at the tippy-top, well we tried that. The President is not a Republican so why would you expect Republican policies? There's a reason why Obama won....and you lost two Presidential attempts, the majority wanted Democratic policies. Go somewhere and sit down and vote "present" until the next election.

    June 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Terry of Texas

    What is exciting about Obama is not that he is flawless but that, unlike most presidents we've had lately, he is acting boldly in a sincere effort to resolve many of America's problems – at great risk to his political future. As for Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, their only goal was re-election. The did nothing that reduced their chances of re-election.

    June 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. B

    Obama's actions in dealing with Iran and North Korea within the next year will determine what foreign policy grade he'll get from Congress, state governments, and all the American people. I just hope he makes the grade..can't afford any missteps now.

    June 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. renea

    Thanks but no thanks Senator Mccain THis president have been bipartisan in many ways its you and your party thats the problem if he was not healthcare would probably passed by now also look at the republicans thats working in his administration. I wonder at times what would you do if you was president today?How would you really handle Iran what about the enconomy would you have passed a stimulus package? What about North Korea how would you handle that? you see its easy to set on the sideline looking in and complain about what our president is or is not doing, So maybe you need to be a little more bipartisan yourself.

    June 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. david

    difficult to give mccain any credibility for whatever comes out of his mouth these days. after all, this is the man that handed the presidency to obama on a silver platter when he selected palin as his running mate. many moderate republicans known to me voted for obama because of palin. mccain simply forgot that he needed all the republican vote, not just the ultra conservatives, the extreme right wingers. mccain should just retire and go away.

    June 21, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. jude

    mr. mccain; he is always reachng out to the repubs how can you be bipartisan when you and your party [a.] have your sights set on the 2010 senate races and the white house in 2012. and [b] your comments about [prez] being non-partisan is just another example of repub undermining. so get the [sneaking] lame duck mentality out your mind. it AIN'T gonna happen.

    June 21, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Of course it's not been bipartisan. Because all Republicans do is vote 'no'. These self-fulfilling prophesies are getting old.

    June 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Tony in Maine

    It's Obama's fault that the Party of No has voted negatively as a bloc on just about everything the administration proposed from Day 1?

    That statement is what is called chutzpah!

    June 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Lilbrothaman

    Interesting, to say the least!

    McCain, gives a back-handed compliment, while sticking the knife in the back at the same time. Again, it goes to show that the repthugs are utterly clueless and devoid of rationale thought.

    Bipartisanship means that both parties reach out to come up with viable solutions to our pressing national issues. Not by being the party of no, but being the party of how do we get things done in a well thought-out manner.

    As far as North Korea and Iran, they were problems before Barack was nominated president and they will continue to be problems during and after Barack has left office. Maybe McCain can come up with and grace us with one of his little broadway ditties (e.g. bomb, bomb, Iran) again.

    I honestly believe it is high time that some of these out-dated elected officials are put out to pasture, by their respective voting constituents, on both side of the aisle.

    June 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Tom

    If McCain is happy with Obama then Obama is continuing to support enough of the GOP's agenda to warrant praise. And then the middle class and working poor are continuing to get slighted. So business as usual in Lobbist Land DC USA. I guess I'm not seeing the "change" that was so highly publicized.

    June 21, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Eric

    Obama pledged to *seek* bipartisan solutions. He seeks, obstructionist Republicans rebuff...both sides are following through on their respective pledges.

    Obama should not waste time with Republicans who state they will vote against bills that have not even been written yet.

    June 21, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Eric

    Obama pledged to *seek* bipartisan solutions. He seeks, obstructionist Republicans rebuff...both sides are following through on their respective pledges.

    Obama should not waste time with Republicans who state they will vote against bills that have not even been written yet.

    June 21, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. gl, Pittsburgh

    Why is McCain still giving interviews like he is still running for President. McCain is really a scary man. He is too forcufull and too quick to and starting fights with other countires. President Obama did what needed to be done in the Iran ordeal.

    June 21, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Wendy in So. Cal

    The Republican attack machine has made it perfectly clear that any attempt at bipartisanship would be a waste of time...we have far too many problems facing this country to waste time!

    June 21, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. MK, Miramar

    when republicans in congress oppose every single effort of Obama administration, what can Obama really do to gain bipartisan support

    June 21, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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