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. Ken

    I guess the Republicans are happy with much of what Obama is doing. Of late I don't see much difference between the two parties.

    June 21, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. BM

    See what a mess we would be in, had McCain won? He may be a good egg, but with a small crack .

    June 21, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. tushyadev jadunundun

    So true John Mc Cain...i may not like the republicans but John Mc Cain is a good man....and above all a man of principles...most of which he upheld in the Presidential Campaign

    June 21, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. BM

    The Republicans have nothing of substance to add, so they need to just shut up! Where were they when Bush and Cheney got this economy in this mess? They are zeroes and need to stand ion the corner for eight more years!

    June 21, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Soccer Nana

    President Obama has tried to be bipartisan, but has been and is still being met with rejection.

    Senator McCain knows this; he just wants to keep his name "out there."

    If the Senator is really concerned about bipartisanship, he should meet and speak with the President and discuss what he feels, not address it in the media.

    June 21, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Bias at CNN.com? Say it isn't so!

    The Headline should read... "McCain feels obama gets an INCOMPLETE on foreign policy.

    In true fashion... CNN does EVERYTHING in their power to bolster the democratic party.

    June 21, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Pro

    Mr. McCain, get real. No one President can repair the foreign policy, "divide, command and control by establishing editorships in places of democratically elected governments." blunders of half century e.g. KMT China, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, Chile. Zionism in Palistinian land. Obama has taken the first step by acknowledge the blunder

    June 21, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    perhaps President Obama has seen the light and has stopped trying to extend his hand to the GOP when all he gets in return is a closed fist. We all know tha bi-partisan to the Republicans means agreeing to do it THEIR way all the time. Since President Obama won't play the way they want him to they choose to take their ball and go home.

    June 21, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Mr.Bonkeen

    How does McCain expect bipartisanship while he is on the opposite side of almost every Major issue proposed by Obama. Just because he is against it doesn't mean the PRESIDENT should just sit back and DO NOTHING. All in all it good to know that he AT-LEAST realizes that Obama has been DOING BIG THINGS and MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. So Long John. Stay tuned.

    June 21, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Johnnieg

    Please John , go away , and take Palin with you .

    June 21, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Fair

    i wonder why Tehran didn't try to tell America how to run their election when Gore got ousted ???

    June 21, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Anna, Mo

    Ah yes, I watched Mr. McShame during a committee meeting on CSPAN and he was definitely not trying to be bipartisan at all. Just another one of his rantings because they lost.

    June 21, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. SamD

    This is the man who thought Palin was a good choice to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. I can't imagine taking him seriously on anything now.

    June 21, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. cobra Montana

    McCain is just showing his true colors along with Powell, the both are RINO. It would be nice to see some intelligence come out of Washington instead of the same old rhetoric.

    June 21, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. John Black Hills/SD

    This sounds more like the McCain I respected before the Presidential elections. The bipartisan squabbling is getting old, the old way of business has failed, it's time to try something new, so listen to our President, this one can actually think.

    June 21, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Brad W.

    It's funny that some of the same Democrats think that the office of President is beyond reproach whilst they had no problem calling Bush a terrorist when in office. The comments about President Obama trying to push for bipartisanship are laughable. I would venture to guess he has spent more time pandering for cameras and smoking Marlboros than pushing for bipartisanship.... lots more.

    June 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Ivan

    Why even have a 'repugnican' party? Are it's adherents relevant any more? Mr. Obama has extended his dignified, statesmanlike hand to them and has been met with pouts and whines, nothing else. So, Mr. Obama doesn't really need them. They are drag and a disgrace to America... ALL of them! WE don't need them!

    June 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. BB

    McSenile, do yourself and the country a favor and shut up!

    June 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Pete

    McCain should be in a nursinghome,between his saying Obama should be more forceful in the Iran problem to saying hes doing a great job on the Hill
    He's showing his old flip-flop act he and his sidekick Sarah perfected way back when!No more from the Peanut gallery,HEIR MC CAIN!

    June 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Fair

    can you share with Tehran how the election was stolen from Gore ?

    June 21, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Ivan

    To champly. Return to afghanistan or iraq or whichever hole you crawled out of...you are definitely not American.

    June 21, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. T

    I think Obama's addressed Republican stated principles, he just hasn't, so to speak, agreed to do what the Congressional Republicans want on the face of it. If they want to play ball, you gotta come on the field, guys.

    June 21, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. chaz

    Hey John, did you notice that President Obama has tried to be bipartisan, but that your party was totally uncooperative. No wonder the GOP came to be called the "Party of NO!" Thanks however, for noticing the great job that the President is doing so far.

    June 21, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. joe

    Is it time CNN has realized John Mccain lost the election?

    June 21, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Sean

    CNN: the mouthpiece for Republican criticism of Obama (you know, the guy with a 60 plus approval rating, more than his last two predecessors at the same time in their presidencies.) Every time I go on this site, there is another spicy headline of a conservative talking head lambasting Obama.

    Honestly, why give them such a voice, so often? America spoke, and the vast majority of the electorate wanted them to hit the bench, and let another team take over the game. They LOST, McCain LOST. Why? Because they screwed our nation up with their policies.

    There's nothing wrong with critical analysis, so long as it is substantive, and balanced with an opposing view. Too often, CNN seems determined to woo Fox News viewers, propping up the minority party and its archaic ideology.

    June 21, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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