July 31st, 2009
06:10 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain: Obama has not changed Washington

Watch John King's interview with Sen. John McCain Sunday on State of the Union.
Watch John King's interview with Sen. John McCain Sunday on State of the Union.

(CNN) - Despite his campaign-trail promises, President Obama has failed to change the partisan tone in Washington, Arizona Sen. John McCain said Friday.

"I'm afraid they have," Obama's former presidential rival told CNN's John King when asked if the administration has 'failed' in delivering on its repeated pledge of bipartisanship.

"Look they've got the votes. We understand that. They had the votes in the stimulus package, in the budget, in the Omnibus, in the SCHIP, all this legislation. And they have picked off, sometimes, two or three Republicans," McCain continued. "But that's not changing the climate in Washington."

"What that is, is exercising a significant majority," the Arizona Republican continued. "And so I - I respect their successes, but please don't call it changing the climate in Washington."

John King's full interview with McCain will air Sunday on State of The Union at 9 a.m. ET.


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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Obama only creates TAXES

    wheres the jobs?

    July 31, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Allison in Atlanta

    McCain needs to get over himself. He's not America's royalty. Buzz off John.

    July 31, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Jaxson

    President Obama has not changed Washington, but I have a feeling the voters will change a few Republicans next elections.

    July 31, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Kayla

    Republicans will never change, it's going to take voters to get change in Washington.

    July 31, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Tim, Seattle

    Shut up and old man... the only change you are aware of is changing your Depends diapers twice daily..
    Oh and John........you were born in the canal zone in Panama....where is your birth certificate?.
    Are you an American? Im not sure.....

    July 31, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. H Martin

    If Republicans would take off thier fighting gear and sit down and talk things out we might get somewhere but when we have people like you, McCain – and Brewer from AZ trying to sell our capital buildings in our home state because you are too stupid to run the state budget- trying to block everything what do you expect. I know I am in moderation again what else is new.

    July 31, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Lee in TN

    For once I agree with John McCain. The President has not been successful in changing the partisan politics of Washington. The "party of no" isn't going to cooperate with President Obama on anything. Senator McCain hasn't been the least bit helpful either. Since the election, he has fallen right back into that quagmire of career politicians and wants to stop anything that is good for the American people, just to make this administration fail. "Politics over People" seems to be the theme of the neo-cons who have conquered the republican party. I believe it is time CNN took John King off of this show, as he cannot be impartial and his bend toward republican politics is very apparent.

    July 31, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Steven

    Well said! It's about time someone with enough clout pointed this out.

    July 31, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. JR

    Oh, I don't know Old John, I don't think Washington is as Fascist as it was under the GOP, that's change.

    July 31, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Buster

    John, yes he has. Obama has made it more corrupt with all his lies and czars.

    July 31, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Nia - AZ

    ...hummm I hadn't heard from anyone out of President Obama's admin say they have succeeded in changing WA. What I have heard is that 6mth to change decades isn't going to happene over night especialy when you have rethugs obstructing and coming up with no new ideas. What makes it worse is the President is trying by extending the olive branch only to pull back a nub when it comes to rethugs... give it a rest McDidn't

    July 31, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. w.l. jones

    The Desert have came alive ,what you know change you can believe in.

    July 31, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. MCD, SF, CA

    Oh give me a break! Do they really think that the American People are sooooooo stupid. The Republicans have done NOTHING except attack Obama since he took office. They aren't even doing their jobs! To them it is Party First.... americans second.

    July 31, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Sara

    McCain complaining again – what's new!

    July 31, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. H Martin

    Don't call King a reporter. All he does is have Republican point of views on his show. Anything good for the Dem party he doesn't cover.
    Why did my other post get knocked off? Too afraid to post?

    July 31, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Zach K

    Gore/Lieberman and Kerry/Edwards were not blasting the Bush/Chenney Administration when they lost the election.

    But however, McCain/Palin won't continue to shut up after losing an election being the bitter people they are.

    McCain, you're almost 73. Recognize the loss, or retire.

    July 31, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. lb

    How can Obama expect bipartisianship when he is as far left as possible?

    July 31, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. ib

    Obama's idea of working together is: bow down and do as I say and then we can work together. I am always right and you are always wrong.

    July 31, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Excuse me?

    John, how about you helping him change the climate in Washington? How about meeting him half-way instead of just saying, "NO!' You are an embarrassment to this country for even introducing using to the parasite called Palin. Now, get up off your lazy Arizona a$$ and get to work BESIDE the President and help him fix the country. If Repubs don't show some sign of SOMETHING...ANYTHING...they will become extinct by 2012.

    July 31, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. B

    Can you all just imagine where we would be right know with McPain?
    Those idiots dug a very deep hole that Obama is now trying to climb out of! He has only been at this 6 months, and those morons think he has failed already. Do the GOP a favor and retire McCain.

    Term Limits

    July 31, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Of course President Obama has not changed Washington. He can try all he wants, but the rest of the government has to be willing to change as well and everybody knows that thats not going to happen anytime soon.

    July 31, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Emma

    It takes both sides, John. I really wonder if you think you could have done more than Obama has since January of this year.

    July 31, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Greg

    no question about it...

    the Dems are now trying to ram it down the Republican's throats just like the Republicans did to them before...

    shocked that the Dems have been swinging so wildly so quickly...

    not smart politics at all...

    July 31, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. RR

    Mr. President, bipartisan is more than just sitting down and talking with the GOP. It means compromise and incorporating at least some of their ideas.

    Also, Mr. President, you need to stand up to Nancy Pelosi. She is the most partisan speaker in history and won't even allow GOP bills to come to a vote.

    July 31, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Joyce

    Unfortunately, McCain did not go further and explain that the president alone cannot change the mood in Washington. That will take the active cooperation of every Republican and Democrat.

    July 31, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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