October 9th, 2009
10:53 AM ET
4 years ago

McCain says Nobel award based on expectations

(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain said Friday the Nobel Committee's decision to award President Obama the Peace Prize was likely based on expectations, not accomplishments.

"I can't divine all their intentions, but I think part of their decision-making was expectations," McCain told CNN's John King. "And I'm sure the president understands that he now has even more to live up to."

But Obama's former rival for the White House said he was happy with the decision.

"I think all of us were surprised at the decision," he said. "But I think Americans are always pleased when their president is recognized by something on this order."

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


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. cindy

    Thank you Mr. Mccain for showing people like hannity, rush, and bill o and some of the republicans how a true american should act when someone gets such an honor. I truly believe if gentlemen like you would stand up against all the hate, with the exception of a few brain washed crazies, the hate would start to subside and America would not look like a joke as it is looking now. I do believe alot of the haters are more like the taliban than you realize. Their goal is to hate and destroy also. And you Christians who saw palin promote hate and gloat at the effects, shame on you, what does the Bible say about back biteing and hate? Please people, start acting like the United States of America, God Bless America and the President, and you Mr. McCain.

    October 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. richie

    Run Johny run to your mouth piece John king...

    October 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Doc in Virginia

    When McCain whines it's like the yelping of canines having intercourse.
    I hope JD Hayworth beats him in the primary like the family mule.

    October 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. ~~ July ~~ ( Working HARD to make TX Blue )

    This award was given to the American people .... WE have to earn it too ....

    October 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. JR

    "But I think Americans are always pleased when their president is recognized by something on this order." John McCain

    Americans yes, but republicans no, they're incapable of patriotism.

    October 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Lynda

    Some of the more serious Republicians know that BASHING this President over this award is going to be the END for many so called Superstar GOP'ers........the far right wing has taken control of this Party and the Moderate and common sense conservative Republicians don't know how to get it back and out the the hands of Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Palin, Wilson so the rest of the GOP in the House and Senate are starting to follow the radicals lead.......but it is the wrong road and it will lead them down a path they don't want to go down......because it is a losing path.....

    October 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Mike

    Does McCain remember his las award? or his last Solution to todays problems???

    October 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. justin

    Nice deduction genius.

    October 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Emma

    I was not surprised that Obama was awarded the prize and I expected John McCain to be negative about the honor. The GOP is fighting hard to regain their influence, but have neglected the quality of gentlemanly discourse in the process. At least John McCain, this time, was more politically correct in his putdown.

    October 9, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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