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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soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Alan

    Quite right Mr McCain, but if all that republicans offer are "NO" and the same tired solutions that you lost with instead of trying to find the middle ground where so many Americans are as the President is doing (even against is own party sometimes) then there will be no bipartisinship.

    Of course when Franken come in then republicans will be less relevant and then real ideas and solutions that you might have included (had you not pandered to your base) unfortunately might not be included either.

    June 21, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Doc

    Political theatre is so idiotic...

    June 21, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Dilligaf

    McCain continues to show why he might as well switch parties as Specter did. There's a reason they're called partisan politics, you idiot, cuz you don't believe in what he's doing. HEY! JOHN! WAKE UP! This moronic president will ruin this country for my kids with his spend, spend and SPEND on his socialist agenda.

    June 21, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. MrMabs

    McCain = Class

    June 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Michael

    He hasn't been fully bipartisan because Republicans in Congress have been acting childish and vindictive, rather than recognizing their role in the minority. There is no reason to totally bend to the wishes of the nutcases just for the sake of appearances. Its better to do the right things and not go along with the Republican political posturing.

    June 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. John's the man

    I just I could have called him Mr. President...

    June 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    McCain, it isn't Obama's job to bring peace and happiness between Democrats and Republicans into Congress.

    That is YOUR job, McCain.

    June 21, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Susan

    Well, since bipartisanship involves agreement and COMPROMISE, which Obama has done repeatedly, watering down bills to gain Republican votes, I'd say the bipartisan ball is in the Republicans' court. Short of caving to their every demand (which is why we voted them OUT) what does he expect from the President?
    And of course his grade on foreign policy is 'incomplete'-when is foreign policy ever finished? This is stupid.

    June 21, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. HOW SAD IT'S COME TO THIS JOHN !!!

    Maybe John McCain isn't a sore looser but he sure hasn't been any kind of help either. Don't try to put any kind of bipartison face on John McCain because we all know he has a knife behind his back just waiting to stab our President at the first chance..

    Watch that wiley Arizona rattler closely President Obama... He's up to no good.

    June 21, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Sheri

    Bipartisanship can only happen when the other side (Republicans) realize it doesn't mean that the President should only do what they want! Bipartisanship is not when the President asks for certain legislation and before it's even written, you're all on the news bashing it, and instead of working with the Dems, you hole up, come up with the same tired ideas (tax cuts) and leave no room for negotiation. It's your way or no way! The American people have gotten wise to this, we are tired of it.

    June 21, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Lynn

    So will John McCain please outline when he has been bipartisan since the President has been inaugarated?? Just a bitter old man whose foreign policies were rejected by the majority of Americans.

    June 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Carolyn

    I guess real bipartisanship will only come when Obama says "how high" when the few Republicans remaining in Congress tell him to jump. Apparently the Republicans have no obligationt to show any bipartisanship.

    June 21, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    And that's why I voted for John McCain.

    June 21, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Michele

    Guess what, John? He can't be bipartisan all my himself. You say he's done a good job, yet you yourself have done little but vote NO and criticize him. How about you try a little harder yourself?

    June 21, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Weltenbummler

    McCain seems to change his mind on a daily basis. Last week he critized Obama on Iran not to mention all the other critic on other issues in the past months. That is what I call politics.
    So glad McCain did not become president. If it is one thing you can say about president Obama – he has been consistent in his opinions on most issues.

    June 21, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Paul

    he lost! what do we care what he thinks. if he had won, we would be at war with iraq, afghanistan, korea and iran right now.

    June 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Jasmine in Germany

    I think Obama has done very well considering half of his colleagues belong to the "Party of No". On foreign policy, McCain is out of touch. Does he not understand that Obama is still fixing what the last administration broke?

    June 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Wanderer

    What will Mr. McCain say about Obama 7 months from now, then 7 months after that, and so on …? What will GOP presidential candidate, whoever they may be, say about Obama in 2012? I think they should wait until November 2012.

    June 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Joyce Becker

    How is it possible for President Obama to be bipartisan if McCain's fellow Republicans always disagree with what ever he proposes and fight him tooth and nails all the way. The President has tried please give him some credit for that much.
    I we board a N. Korean ship that would be considered an act of war, Senator McCain should think more before he spouts his advice. Senator Lugar has it right, the US has to talk with Iran about their nuclear program.

    June 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Agnes

    The Republicans are not bipartisan. They are the party of no and no new ideas. They don't even want to offer compromises.

    June 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Hopeful Optimist

    I think he must really mean it, because I'm sure it must be hard for him to admit. As for Obama's not being bipartisan, not so. He extended every opportunity to the Repubs to participate and they declined to cooperate every time.

    Its obvious they have no ideas of their own. Thats why the American voters turned them out. They only play defense and punt. Won't win many ballgames that way.

    June 21, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. annie against biased news

    Remember when I said mccain threw the election? Only a total non-conservative would think obama has done well.

    June 21, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. John

    I have always respected McCain..he is a good man.

    June 21, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. C Spurgeon

    John McCain could help the bi partisan situation but just pushes the talk republican party on almost every issue. Term Limits would help a lot on both sides.Move them out of there and make room for the young...

    June 21, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. No fan of Palin

    Quite frankly, I don't think anyone cares what Senator McCain has to say. The fact that he couldn't condemn the tax and spend policies of Now-President Obama is one of the reasons that he lost the election. I can however understand why CNN continues to quote the Candidate. A very feeble attempt to convince the American people that the Senator McCain represents the Republican Party.

    June 21, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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