October 9th, 2009
10:53 AM ET
5 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. John (A Republican African American)

    McCain you are such a sell out. No wonder repubilcans dislike you and Bush kicked your butt.

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Ruty

    McCain is jealous because a black man beat him. Plain and simple. McCain is a dumb head who needs to shut up. The more he talks the dumber he sounds.Obama has a brain instead of air in his head. Maybe you need a transplant John.

    October 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Ex-Repug

    Imagine that, a Republican making a back-handed compliment. McCain and his friends are not a very gracious as usual.

    October 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. scott in atlanta

    Wow... The audacity of HOPE...(expectation) We haven't had any of either in a long time... The reward is deserved and note-worthy. Tell me Mr. Mccain, what did you "EXPECT" from out last president?

    October 9, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Linda

    Thank you John McCain for not going with your ridiculous 'party liners" who are now spewing their hate because the President of the United States of America was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize! How hateful and unpatriotic they are – they do not represent me or my great nation.

    Congratulations President Obama. There's a chance peace will come in our lives, please buy one.
    All we are saying, is give peace a chance.
    Make love, not war.
    No nukes, no nukes
    In our lifetimes.....

    October 9, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. mjm

    Wait...I thought the republicans were criticizing the award and acting like terrorist?

    Not so much.

    October 9, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Peace Smeach

    I say congrats to President Obama – now since he won the PEACE prize he will have the courage to meet with that hate mongering Dali Lama.

    I wonder how American Budists and Richard Gere feel about the fact Mr. PEACE PRIZE won't meet with Mr. PEACE

    October 9, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Molly Weasley

    Thank you, Sen. McCain, for staying classy and acting like an adult on this matter. Perhaps you could mention this to others in the GOP.

    October 9, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Chris

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

    Did you read that? McCain just called all the wingnuts un-american...

    October 9, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You hit it right on the head McCain. Finally. The Committee chairman, when questioned, stated that Obama was NOT the first person to win the prize at the beginning of his efforts. They cited Gorbachev as another recipient that obtained the recognition before the body of his work had manifestd itself.

    Here's the bottom line: The committee voted and saw fit to award Obama the prize. Our president needs all the support he can get both domestically and internationally in order to bring to fruition his ideals for our country and indeed the planet. He is currently working in a vaccuum. With his opponents blocking anything and everything, and his political 'supporters' milking this opportunity for their own personal aggrandizement. How difficult his path is as he goes it pretty much alone. I thank the Nobel committee for lending their approval to what he seeks to accomplish. For giving him from half-way across the globe a resounding and encouraging pat on the back. If only to say to him what should've fallen on our shoulders as citizens of this country to have said: we support you, we encourage you, we stand with you.

    October 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Equality for all

    Yes, we do have great expectations for President Obama. All Americans, Republican, Democrat, Independent, need to support this administration, and I believe he will live up to these expectations.

    October 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. mike

    He has knowledge of why Obama won the award because...............???????

    October 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Dan

    This is how REAL MEN respond in politics. None of this BLAH BLAH RIGHT WING THIS or BLAH BLAH LEFT WING THAT"
    Just : "man did good, props to him etc"

    October 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. WhoCares?

    You mean all Americans but the RNC eh John?

    No ..Maybe you're right since I don't consider people that root against America getting the Olympics and are angry when the President of their country wins the Nobel Peace Price.

    I would call those people Anti-American.

    October 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Al from Denver

    I am surprised that President Obama won the Nobel Peace prize, but what surprises me the most is the response from the RNC and Michael Steel. Instead of being proud that his president won the award, he issues a statement slamming the president. This statement just illustrates further where this country is headed. Obama didn't ask for this award and I'm sure he is just as surprised as everyone else, but why criticize and condemn the hope that is obviously behind his selection. I truly feel sorry for any american who resents our president for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Dan

    The senator has become a positive and moderate voice in his party, primarily because many Republicans have become ever more strident and extreme in their opposition.

    October 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Party's Over

    They don't give out this award to people who they think might do something. He was awarded for his accomplishments thusfar. Can you Republicans ever acknowledge anything good that doesn't involve money?

    October 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Don in Albuquerque

    That little green dragon on your shoulder shows Johnny.

    October 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. cornell smith

    MCcain would not of won it in a thousand years ,because he is a for war. mike steele could not of won it either because he is Rush L in blackface. This is a peace Prize not a war prize. He should of won the prize for justr running for and winning the office of the strongest nation on the planet. i am a Viet-nam vet and i am tired of our childen dying in wars because we refuse to tallk to one another. Bush and chenney were people believed in physical power. it does not work that way anymore. Obama is headed in the right way at least.

    October 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Bill from CA

    Too bad more Republicans didn't have the level of dignity and class that McCain does.

    October 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. confused

    WOW, nice reasonable comments. I'm actually SHOCKED!

    October 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. jpspec

    Obama was nominated just two weeks into his presidency! This announcement comes at a time when Obama is making his decision on Afghanistan. This makes me suspicious that the timing is meant to influence Obama's decision.

    October 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Common Sense 09

    Still a sore loser; republican! Fact is he received the award for many things and one is beating the heck of you, his campaign was the 1st of its kind for the president, the 1st African American and then he has inspired many people across the world that this mess Bush allowed will pass! Therefore don't hate the accomplishment but celebrate our President!

    October 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    John McCain is always a class act.

    October 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Mississippi Miss

    Surprise is not the word I was looking for. If this is a good thing for America, I fail to see it. The less that President Obama is seen and heard, the less I blush with shame, that this is the best we could do for the great country that so many of us love. He does not love this country like many of us do. His mistrust and lack of true patriotism is based upon the past wrongs of slavery and injustice that this country had to overcome. We are still overcoming. President Obama has helped to fuel the fires of racism in this country, that the Nobel Peace Prize committee obviously does not understand. We are just waiting until he exits the world stage, because so many of us know that he is the worst thing that ever happened to this country. Let us pray that he gets the Afghanistan strategy right. I wish he could pray about it, and I wish that he had God on his side, but the sides that he chooses are anti-faith, anti-morals, and anti-sanctity of human life.

    Peace yes.. purity no... faith... no... hope... not without faith.

    October 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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