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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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Clay

    If only the Son of Cain were to understand that it's all of us who should strive for peace...Ibut I guess that peace is something that's just not in his genetic makeup...

    October 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. WI Vet

    REALLY!!, people are mad that the leader of the United States, the Global Rep. of the American Dream to the World was awarded the NPP.

    Are you peole really that hateful and crazy??? Are the political factions that blinded by "I wants" to not see the bigger picture of "We can".

    Maybe if our Pres was more hated as other Pres. they would feel better.

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Mohandas Ghandi

    This award is an insult to previous Peace Prize winners (forget Gore) Obama should not accept it until he has achieved some of the expectations of him.
    Obama had to nominated for this award after being in office for 11 days.

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Clay

    If only the Son of Cain were to understand that it's all of us who should strive for peace...But I guess that peace is something that's just not a part of his genetic makeup...

    October 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Mike C. from Canada

    John McCain = pure class.

    He's proven over and over that he's an American FIRST and FOREMOST. It would have been easy to expect instantaneous whining and criticism from the Republicans but McCain shows that he is able to rise above partisan politics and support his president.

    October 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Mickey, NY

    Who cares what this coward thinks...republican politicians are domestic terrorists. They stand for everything that;s wrong with this coiuntry.

    Evolve or die...

    October 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. James

    No doubt about that because Obama has not accomplished anything other than revoking Bush's stance on abortions, continued funding for wars, tuned his back in Israel, and cradled third world dictators.

    October 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Really?

    And we had no expectations of you to do anything and you still won't tell us where Osama is, although you say you know. "He has evern more to live up to"...and what the h3ll makes you get up each morning?

    October 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. sherry

    Sound's like McCain is whinning.......
    Why do the right wingnut's alway's say the cup is half full?
    They have no optimism or hope and only believe in negativity.

    October 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. rhymenocerous

    Very classy response from J-Mack. The rest of the Republican party could learn a few things from this man.

    October 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Doc SteveO

    John, if I had only seen or heard lots more of this during the campaign, voting for you would have been much easier to at least consider.

    October 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    McCain shut yp. you blew the last election by being too much like a democrat lite.

    October 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. yougottobekidding

    STOP WHINING! You already lost the election!

    October 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. yougottobekidding

    McSame, the polite thing for you would be to congratulate the President! Instead of questioning why you did not win the award. lol

    October 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Cameron

    Poor John, he is still a sore loser!!! the sad part about he and his buddies is that they don't recognize this is a win for our nation not the man.

    October 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Sean, Atlanta

    SORE LOSER!

    Just like all the other republicans!

    October 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. dee

    Clearly McCain hasn't heard/read the reactions from his own party...not every AMERICAN is celebrating the fact that the President has been recognized with such an honor...nor have they read the statement from the Nobel Committee that recognizes they awarded Obama for what they basically HOPE he accomplishes....

    October 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. david

    I have to admin, I was wrong.. there is 1 decent human in the republican party. Thank you for being an American before allowing your affiliation to skew your words.

    October 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Dal in CA

    Grapes are sour is the response from the Republicans.
    The International community is seeing OBAMA as a person who is and has been bringing people together to discuss their differences and start to work together as one human race on this planet.

    October 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Bill

    McCain is Jealous.

    Obama deserves Nobel. He has already Accomplished it.

    October 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Lisa P

    The RNC should have consulted McCain before they put their foot in it. He's got it right this time.

    October 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Marie Laveaux

    Bravo, Senator McCain, I think you echo not only your own feelings, but that of the President as well, judging from his speech a little while ago. We should all be proud that an AMERICAN got the award.

    October 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Jeff

    I wonder if John McCain is saying to himself, "This should be me!!!"

    I also wonder why the Republicans didn't nominate Joe the Plumber for a Nobel Prize in Economics.

    October 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. unshrub

    Talk about someone with sour grapes. Why can't this guy be happy for him, and why can't he be proud of him as our President? McCain has become what is so wrong with out poliits. They are no longer happy with success, even if it is for our country, if that success is from the other side in politics. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    October 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. sick and tired

    I think all Americans should take this moment for what it is worth. The other countries are saying basically "we think President Barack Obama and the United States is headed in the right direction." Many people say he doesn't deserve it. You are entitled to your own opinion. I think the whole message has been lost. Other countries are recognizing our President because he's taking the time to reach out to them and listen and exchange thoughts. He's will to say okay you don't agree with everything the United States has done or is doing. That's okay. Let's see what we can agree on and how we can work together. The world is reaching out and encouraging our President. Surprisingly many of us can't even do that. The United States doesn't have to bully everyone. Might does not always mean right. I think we should have already learned that lesson as a country. If the United States keeps sending out the message that either you agree with us and do it our way or we're not goin to talk to you or we're going to destroy you, I think we will find the United States alone on most matters that are affecting the world. Let's be civil and let's get behind our President so that maybe he can accomplish great things within our borders and around the world.

    October 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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