June 21st, 2009
05:38 PM ET
5 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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  1. Larry of Massachusetts

    McCain is right about the partisan politics. Obama has totally shunned the GOP which is contrary to his campaign promises. IN fact, the Obama White House has been the most partisan in decades I also do not agree with Obama's trillion dollar stimulus plan; I believe that will lead to inflation, and a devalued currency, which will keep us in this recession longer because as our dollar plunges against world currencies, our exports will be worth less; our imports will be more expensive; and interest rates for borrowing will go up as we borrow trillions from China and others. I also do not agree with all the pork spending he is doing – something he promised not to do

    June 21, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    John you are right on this. Obama is a left wing hack!

    June 21, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. dave

    How can you be bi-partison with a party of Neanderthals?

    June 21, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Longhorn#1

    When were you Republicans ever bi-partism. It's a double edged sword McCain . You can't do one without the other. When you Republicans start working with Democrats instead of expecting everything to go your way then you might get some partism. I'm so ready to vote all you incumberents out.

    June 21, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. william epps

    Senator McCain is one of our government servants bold enough to give credit where it is due and to criticize where he deems appropriate.

    June 21, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Chas

    It certainly appears to MOST AMERICANS that it's the Republicans who are not being bipartisan. The Party of "NO" still hasn't listened and learned from the last election. The shock still hasn't worn off. Try being a part of working with the new, effective administration and maybe, just maybe, you might retain a seat or two in the next general election.

    June 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Joe

    "He has achieved literally every one of his legislative accomplishments," Wow, thats too funny! Hey, I have achieved all of my accomplishments too. So has everyone else on the planet. If it's YOUR accomplishment, YOU achieved it !
    How in the world does CNN twist that statement into "praise" by John McCain?
    Here's more "praise" for President Obama: He has said everything he has talked about, He has been everywhere he has gone, and he made a selection each and every time he voted.

    June 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. yen

    McCain is honest in saying that. He may be wrong in his foreign affairs views. We do not need the "bring them on". I think Obama is handling the current situations well.

    June 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Mr. McCain......

    then why are 7 million people without jobs????? The measure of a president is the state of the country's citizens......and measuring by unemployment and foreclosures, Obama is failing badly.

    June 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. nota dem

    Thats because Obama IS NOT A GOOD LEADER, he is a muslim, not christian, he is a demon who follows in the steps of hitler and the anti-christ and he is not the savior of the economy.

    The Economy has actually GOTTEN WORSE as Obama as president.

    June 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Thank god John "bomb Iran" McCain isn't in charge of foreign policy. Also thank god John "Phil Gramm knows what he's doing" McCain is not in charge of economic policy.

    June 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. scot

    McCain is a goofy old man! Why should Obama work with the republicans when there only objective is to oppose him?

    June 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Karen

    It isn't that the President hasn't tried. The Republicans are bound and determined to be negative on every single thing and idea – even before they have the facts. How can anyone be considered "bipartisan" when the Republicans will do anything to see this President fails on this goal. They argue just for the sake of arguing. They act like scool children and bullies.

    June 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Larry

    Would someone tell that moron McCain this isn't about politics, bipartison or otherwise.

    For 8 years we had the dumbest people on this planet running this country, and look where it got us.

    McCain, you're a senile little man. You need to go play shuffleboard!

    President Obama, thanks for caring about this world.

    June 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. MattZ

    Maybe MCain is right, but I'd like to see him thread this needle. I say there's been some pretty good work done, given the circumstances.
    MZ

    June 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Pragmatic

    As long as the Republicans believe that "bipartisan" means doing it all the Republican way .... no, lots of things won't be bipartisan.

    The tone was set when the GOP leaders came out, announcing that the republicans would be voting "no" ...before the President even presented his plan to them. Basically, they made up their minds before they had the information. Like the OK senator: wouldn't even meet with Sotomayor: he already knows that he's voting "no way in ...."

    June 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Molly Weasley

    Here we go again with the OBAMA hasn't been bipartisan. Why don't you look in the mirror, GOP?

    How many times has Obama had Republican senators and representatives to the White House to talk over issues? How many times can he reach out? Especially when all Republicans are doing is offering no solutions (see economic and health plans with no numbers attached) and saying "just vote no" on everything?

    June 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Debra from Georgia

    shut up old man

    June 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Ken

    I would imagine many Republicans are very happy with Obama. Bill Maher got it right friday when he said Democrats are the new Republicans.

    June 21, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. suresh

    If McCain were president how would be his response to North Korea or Iran be any different than what Obama is doing which cautiously watching for further developments instead of match rhetoric of the past.

    By the way if Republicans in the congress have decided to just say NO to everything Obama is proposing, how can there be bipartisanship? It is a two way street.

    June 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. David in West Virginia

    What Senator McCain and his republican fails to tell the American public, is that their colleagues in the House and Senate, fellow republicans have been the partakers of the word NO! The party of NO have done nothing to attribute to a bipartisan nature in Congress. Thanks to Snowe, Collins and a few others who understand the importance of getting important legislation completed.

    June 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Jason

    How can you be bi-partisan when it is Republican policy to stand against every single thing you stand for, regardless of the issue?

    June 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Dean

    Gee, thanks, McCain... but maybe you'd better start looking at your own party regarding the "bipartisanship" that you say Obama hasn't shown... he has tried repeatedly to meet your Repugnicans halfway, and it's ALWAYS your party that turns away and won't cooperate.

    June 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Tommy

    That's about the best you can expect from an unabashedly partisan hack.

    Aim high!

    June 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Algernon

    Congressional Republicans have not been honest partners in devising or implementing solutions, nor have they consistently offered good suggestions to improve the majority party's initiatives, and this in spite of Obama making concessions and going to such lengths in the early months of his term that he earned criticism for it.

    Yet McCain claims, without honesty, that Obama has not made an effort to be "bipartisan." Of course McCain is being a sore loser. He can stop behaving that way any time he wants to, but at the moment the shoe fits.

    When the minority party wants to get serious about working with the administration, testing and challenging its ideas as a minority party ought to do, I think they will see greater bipartisanship. In other words, it is up to the GOP.

    June 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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