October 9th, 2009
10:53 AM ET
8 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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  1. bill

    Although I am not a fan of this vindictive and bitter old man, he was more congratulatory and kind than the other members of his political party were.

    They are just downright mean, vindictive, and play "win at all costs in 1012", even if it means the degredation of this country.

    October 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Barbara

    This, indeed is a show of class for Senator McCain... – kudos to him for not bowing to the RNC line.

    October 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Farrell in Houston

    Michael Steele is head of the RNC and he doesn't agree with McCain, he agrees with the Taliban and Hammas.

    October 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. manya

    The award has been given for an honest effort to make a peaceful world . No rhetoric. Modern civilized world, nuclear weapon free . pollution free.
    no more barbaric wars, peace and growth and progress.
    let us help accomplish this task. We can leave a wonderful planet for the future generations.

    October 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Larry

    After 8 years of disasterous Republican policies the world has a lot of expectations for President Obama.

    October 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Steve in Kentucky

    You need to rename this from the Political Ticker to the Right-Wing Propaganda Stream.

    The president wins an impressive award and all CNN can do, mostly, is to go interview people with hateful things to say and then post stories about them. I mean look at the headlines here:

    McCain says Nobel award based on expectations
    Poll: McDonnell widens lead in Virginia
    RNC slams Obama award
    Rollins: Nobel committee cheapens award
    Praise and skepticism greet Obama's peace prize
    'A' for effort before finishing his test?

    With fair and balanced coverage like this, who needs Faux News?

    October 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    You have to remember the Nobel Committee has awared the prize several times now to blithering idiots, Yassir Arafat, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore. I think maybe Obama will be happy to join this Hall of Lying Idiots, he may become their king. He is certainly qualified. In reality it is a slap in the face to a president who actually read and followed the Constitution of the United States and stood up for our sovereignity rather than the one world order. Watch what happens to our currency and this absolute moron the liberals, ACORN/SEIU and George Soros put in as president, will smile and accept another phony award for that from all of these people of the world who are so devoted to destroying the health of the United States.

    October 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Repubhypocrites

    Who cares what republicans think! They are haters and antiobama no matter what. Get over your bitterness hatred and jealousy! Obama always imitated but never duplicated! Sorry Rush, Coulter, Hannity, O reily, and Beck.

    October 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. HBO

    McCain is sick with these facts:
    1. He got thrashed by a young, non-white, intelligent, leader; and,
    2. The honors just keep rolling in for the man he lost to.

    He will be remembered forever as the bitter old white man that lost to the better, young, black man.

    Poor, poor sad, resentful, old man.

    October 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. LacrosseMom

    Poor old McCain, you just can't stand this young brilliant man, can you?!

    October 9, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Robert

    Now THAT is a classy response. One the Republican rank and file should take note of. My respect for McCain has just increased.

    Of course it is for future expectations. He hasn't been in long enough to have accomplished anything worthy of it yet. The president of that committee said they did the same thing with Gorbachev in 1990. So it is not unprecedented.

    Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and now Barack Obama. Five great men who this country can be proud won this award.

    October 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. worriedmom

    Words mean nothing, it is action that does.

    October 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Clive

    I can't believe I'm typing this , but I actually agree with John McCain. I fail to see how the man who is in command of the biggest military in history, who (still) runs illegal prison camps and lets the Israelis do whatever they want to the Palestinians is deserving of this honour. Walk the walk Obama.

    October 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Sgt. USMC

    Republicans are hateful beings. Run McCain, get out of that party because they will turn on you for not being hateful towards President Obama.

    October 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Willy

    McCain has been doing a decent job of keeping it classy lately. I can appreciate that. I'm baffled by the nomination myself, but instead of being a divisive jerk about it, he took the high road.

    October 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Olumadunwa

    I hope Senator McCain will at least see beyond politics for once in his life. I acknowledge the fact that he's been an influential politician in the United States for more than a quarter of a century; but life is not always about politics. We get serious when we have to and we play politics when we have to, there is time for everything.

    October 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. mayahh

    And I shall appoint you "KING" of your nation, your blessings will be many, all that you have requested will be granted, your coast I shall enlarge..

    October 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. sarah

    Why would anyone care what a Vietnam screw up like McCain thinks? THE GOP IS NO LONGER RELEVENT TO AMERICA

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. obama the liar

    let me think about this....jimmy carter–arafat-barack obama-a three ring circus.

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. JOHN

    Our president has done more to promote peace in his short time in office than Bush did in 8 years of office.

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Moderate Democrat

    McCain still regrets being a traitor, going on the radio for the enemy and condemning his country men and helping kill many of his fellow soldiers. If he were in Afghanistan today, he would be telling Al Qaeda where all of our bases, strategy, and high profile personnel are: Just like he did in Vietnam!

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. AEK

    And the 2009 Nobel Prize for Stating the Obvious goes to John (I just can't help myself) McCain! He is, however, the lone Republican not criticizing the President for receiving an award he did not expect or lobby for.

    October 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Tom in CA

    Expectations ... something that neither Senator McCain or ex-Governor Palin can comprehend.

    October 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. dash

    He's must've not got the Talking Points memo this morning...

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Brian - Trinidad

    Had to understand the Nobel Judges.They award a Nobel Prize to physisicts some 30 years after they invented something and gave Obama a prize for something that he did not do and probably will never do.

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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