January 20th, 2010
07:49 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain's Country First PAC launches 'Seat Him Now' petition

Republicans are pushing for Sen.-elect Brown to be seated as soon as possible.
Republicans are pushing for Sen.-elect Brown to be seated as soon as possible.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain is wasting no time trying to get his newest Republican colleague, Sen.-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts, seated and voting in the in the chamber.

Brown's "victory sent a strong message that you and I have long known – Americans are furious with the liberal leadership in Washington," McCain wrote in an e-mail sent Wednesday to supporters of his Country First political action committee. "Their out of control spending and proposed takeover of health care are destructive to our country and we must continue to fight against it."

"Today, we've put together a petition urging Democrats to seat Scott Brown immediately and I ask that you sign this petition right away," McCain writes.

Re-enforcing a Brown campaign pledge that helped power the Republican's successful long-shot bid to occupy the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for more than 40 years, McCain told supporters that Brown's presence in the Senate was critical to derailing Democratic plans to pass a health care reform bill.

"Pushing to let Scott Brown represent the people that elected him is a critical step in stopping this bill from becoming law," McCain told supporters.

Asked when Brown would be seated, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told CNN that the Republican would not be seated until his election was certified by the Massachusetts Secretary of State. President Obama has called on Congress not to take action on the health care bill until Brown is seated.

Related: Massachusetts Secretary of State explains process


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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    McCain, the loser who let down the Republican Party. Yes, we all really care what he has to say.

    January 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Nevada dude

    2 words: AL FRANKEN

    remember that?

    January 20, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. historian

    You bet he isn't wasting time. I am not a Republican and yet I am receiving lots of mail and phone calls from McCain. I want to vote for new, fresh, intelligent politicians that want to work with the Democrats and get something done. McCain's ideas are stale and his selection of Palin was stupid. I hope we get a good replacement for Shadegg who had some good ideas.

    January 20, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Nestor

    of course they have the choice NOT to seat him...just an option...i mean...just throwing it out there.

    January 20, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Kathleen

    Country First McCain?? No, Money from big Insurance Companies and Lobbiests First! It is all about money. Follow the money. How
    much, if any, did the Senators take from the Insurance Giants Lobbiests.

    How crooked. For the big Companies to buy Senators votes against Health Care should be illegal NOW.

    For our country and government to last, these payments should be
    illegal NOW.

    January 20, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. EBC

    Yeah, we'll SEAT John McCain alright.

    Americans are getting ready to send John McCain a serious message of Epic proportions and it won't be another term in a Senate seat, that's a promise.

    January 20, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. mattyj273

    McCain needs to retire. He's a rambling mess.

    January 20, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Go Ahead .... Fillibuster ... I DARE You.

    Yeah seat his behind and they DARE him to be part of a Do-Nothing REpublican party that fillibusters Democratic lead advancements.

    Force him to take part in a Republican talkfest in the chamber ... Mr. Brown will be unemployed by the next election if he does.

    January 20, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Russ

    Sorry but it's time for the rich angry old white men to leave politics. McCann is just more of the same old same old. Nothing will ever change with his selfish, help his rich buddies attitude.

    January 20, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Jim Hall

    Their goes that stupid old balloon faced man again. Get under a rock and stay their Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    January 20, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. russell

    And that's exactly why he's not president ! America dodge a really big bullit when we did not elect to make Mcain our president , time and time again he has displayed poor judgement on a lot of issues , and do you know where our country would be if he were............THANK GOD WE DIDN'T....

    January 20, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Former Republican

    McCain is showing once again that his true PAC is "Party First."

    Unlike Republicans' obstructive nonsense with Coleman, Dems have shown no ploys to stall the confirming process of Brown.

    January 20, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    What does Reid have to lose by playing political games? Nothing. He knows he's going to be voted out come November.

    January 20, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. mike

    Yes, seat him now. We know the rules only apply to Democrats, not Republicans.
    Look at the drama the Republicans stirred up with Coleman in MN. The rules were so important to follow; all to prevent the Democratic senator from being seated.
    Now that a Rebpulican has won in MA, suddenly the normal process of 10 days to certify the votes is unreasonable.
    Typical republicon hypocrisy.

    January 20, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. forty

    Yes, get him in there in a hurry, so we can gridlock Washington even more than it is. Just what the country needed to finish it off!

    January 20, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Laurie

    Of course that mean spirited old codger would be the first to run at the mouth. Maybe Mr. Brown could have taught you and your runnin mate to run a campaign. You are a despicable old coot.

    January 20, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. The Right Worships at the Altar of Ignorance

    Why don't you wait to see if your petition is needed before you jump right in there stirring the pot, McCain, you old fool!

    January 20, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    "I want it and I want it now," is a spoiled child like response.

    January 20, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    Senator McCain, I respect and honor you as one of America's Heroes, however, as a politician, I think it is time for you to shut up and sit down. You need to spend time trying not to lose your seat in the Senate.

    January 20, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Dan

    If the republicans want real reform why do we need to send another one to the capital. They could shrink government by getting rid of all two republicans, 1 in the house and 1 in the senate. Those two representatives could simply vote "NO" 41 times in the senate and 199 times in the house. Our country will now NEVER see healthcare reform of any kind. So if I hear another candidate even speak healthcare I will puke and not vote for them!!!

    January 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. gr

    McCAin we all know you don't put Country first so shut up!

    January 20, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. NotFooledTX

    McCain really needs to start paying attention – first he wasn't aware that the undie bomber had actually bought a round trip ticket – and embarrassed himself in the hearings.

    He also must have missed Pres. Obama stating that they will not cram through health care reform.

    Pay attention mccain – you're losing the battle of scoring cheap political points and embarrassing yourself in the process.

    January 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. ran

    See people of Ma. what you have started. Where was McCain and the Republicans when Bush was spending, tax cutting for the rich, us into a recession not seen since the great depression.

    All your vote did was tell the GOP continue your hate/fear/obstructionist/purist ways and we will reward you.

    I am a voter as well and you in MA may have had you turn yesterday but me and mine will have ours in 2010 and 2012 and we intend to destroy the Republican party as long as it continues to operate with it's fear/hate/obstruct/purist ways.

    If you in Ma want a fight then I will use you leader Bush's line: BRING IT ON.

    January 20, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. gr

    Brown's "victory sent a strong message that you and I have long known – Americans are furious with the liberal leadership in Washington," McCain wrote in an e-mail sent Wednesday to supporters of his Country First political action committee. "Their out of control spending and proposed takeover of health care are destructive to our country and we must continue to fight against it."

    Sorry, McCain wrong again. American people are furiouse with your party as well. I so quickly the Republicans would like the American people to forget the Republicans are the party that got us in this mess. Congress have been out of control spending the last 10 years McSane!

    January 20, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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