July 31st, 2009
06:10 PM ET
9 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. Donatella

    John King is truly pathetic, and John McCain is old washed up goat, things are the way they are because of republican opposition, why wont John McCain admit that. Mr. King why don't you do a story about those nut job birthers that are bring the republican party down.

    July 31, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Blue Dog

    How dare President Obama not solve in six months all of America's problems that took McCain and his idiot GOP cronies twelve years to create.


    What are you, yourself, doing to improve the bipartisan climate and cross-party cooperation in Washington, Senator? Besides whining about it, of course.

    July 31, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Mitch

    Um, Mr. McCain....IT'S YOUR PARTY'S FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously. If they want partisan politics to end, they can't spend every day criticizing every single aspect of Obama's life and administration. We have yet to hear ONE TIME....the GOP stand up and say they support the president on an issue. THey lost the election. This is America. We are not two countries living in one roof. It's time the GOP grow up, wipe the tears from their defeated faces once and for all and act like grown ups.

    July 31, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. REAL reform

    and have you changed your ways, oh maverick with many faces???? or are you still, yet, one of those republicans who will do anything to keep Obama from implementing change??

    July 31, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. CensoredLikeIranByCNN

    We seen how bi-partisan McCain was in the campaign. I could imagine how it will be if McCain would have won... actually I can't because I can't picture it. McCain was a looser since he sold his values to the right wingers. But let me take a guess, he would have call all democrates terrorist, give away more money to his corporation buddies, and making this country into a facism country... oh wait, its too late we already a facism country!!! Don't believe me? Then why does corporations have more power than the people...

    July 31, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Ann

    Obama and his family are having a great time in the White House. He will not change anything, will just damage whatever is left from Mr. Bush. Pay for your guilt America.

    July 31, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. tired of the GOP

    Many Republicans seem to equate bipartisanship with agreeing with them. The 2008 election wal largely a repudiation of the Bush administration, an event that diminshed that which the the GOP has promoted for much of the past eight years. It was also a demand for economic change. Many outside Washington, including Repbulican governors, understand this. It takes two to tango.

    July 31, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Real Republican

    How can McCain even show his face on T.V. after his Keating 5 involvement that cost the taxpayers billions? Has he no shame?

    July 31, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. truthsayer

    John King as usual carrying water for the Republicans

    July 31, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Brina

    President Obama can't make the rushpublicans work with him. It takes two to tango and if they want to continue saying "no" to everything then that's not on Obama.

    July 31, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. truthsayer

    President Obama is somehow going to change the corrupt congress in less than a year. Not possible!!

    July 31, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Don Mahanna

    John McCain is part of the problem with the 'tone' in Washington.

    Old man, pack up, go home to what ever house you choose, and stay away.

    July 31, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. JT

    Bitter, Bitter, Bitter, Bitter old man. Get over it.

    July 31, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Change in America

    That why McCain lost he a evil republican just like Palin

    July 31, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Gerry

    hey johnny boy. you guys need to work towards change also. look up bi partinsanship in the dictionary and see what it means. i know it's a big word and it actually has a meaning so you might not be able to comprehend but give it a try. get along! GROW UP!!!!!

    July 31, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. No More Cheney

    Vote him out Arizona.

    July 31, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Notfooled

    He's not interested in changing a bunch of people (Republicans) who want to damage his administration.

    He's interested in changing the COUNTRY. COUNTRY FIRST!!!

    Stand Strong for CHANGE or Fall Hard for the SAME!!!

    July 31, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. larry

    when you have the republic party doing nothing but voting no on everything it's hard to be bipartisan.

    July 31, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. alvino

    Too bad McSurge did not see the number of congressional republicans who are now supporting the cash for clunkers program from the stimulus money. That is change.

    July 31, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. No More Cheney

    And, where's Sarah the quitter?

    July 31, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. lovable liberal

    A really fine change in the culture of the Villagers would be to stop John King from interviewing highly esteemed irrelevancies such as John McCain.

    July 31, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Priscilla

    John McSame, President Obama can't change Washington in just a few short months. BUT, he reaches across the isle and Republicans won't work with him! He has extended his hand for bipartisan support but all Republicans want is to see President Obama fall. Don't look at President Obama, look at the eight years George Bush got America in the mess we are in! President Obama is doing an excellent job. Change doesn't happen overnight! Shut up McSame, you, just like other Republicans, are trying to conjure up a strategy to shoot President Obama down. You are trying to regain your popularity through your underhanded tactics you used in the campaign. Shut up McSame, you don't know what you are talking about! America stands behind President Obama! Yes We Can!

    July 31, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Dave

    Please... Obama has given the GOP plenty of opportunities to have input. They just choose to say "no" as they constantly trash him in the media and offer no viable or intelligent solutions of their own. Why should he listen to them?

    July 31, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Squealy

    Well, he's trying – but you guys keep getting in the way!

    July 31, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Danny J

    John McCain has shown to be wise and insightful so far. He has supported the President when Obama does something right, and has given valid critiques when Obama is wrong. More importantly, McCain has offered many rational, refreshing alternatives to Obama's mistakes– constructive criticism, if you will.

    Knowing all this, could I go back in time, I most certainly would have voted for John McCain, it will remain a big regret for me.

    July 31, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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