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. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Don't they have to certify the election first? Be patient, little Johnny. You will have your 41st vote in a few short days.

    January 20, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Ron

    Poor John McCain. Doesn't he know that DEMOCRAT Jim Webb has already asked that the new senator be seated as soon as possible? And, doesn't he know that he is part of the frustration Americans are feeling towards ALL politicians in Washington? Day late & a dollar short, Mr. McCain...

    January 20, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    McCain should worry about his own election. It says a lot when he has to bring in Palin (again) to save his sorry butt.

    January 20, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

    January 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. tmart

    Whatever respect I had for McCain (I probably would have voted for him fifteen, twenty years ago–I liked him then), is now gone. I wish he'd leave politics. He is acting like the bitter old man, just like Cheney.

    January 20, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. I Am Rush Limbaugh and I Say . . .

    McCain's pandering know no bounds.
    Please G.O.P. primary this old codger out.

    January 20, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. anotherGDlefty

    John you are clearly insane.

    Everyone invoolved, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT, says they want him seated as soon as possible.

    January 20, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. David

    Another example of why McCain can no longer be trusted: his comments in public over the last year directly contradict his fundraising letter's rhetoric ("out of control spending and proposed takeover of health care are destructive to our country"). Something happened to McCain when he went to the White House to get George W. Bush's endorsement, and he hasn't been able to tell the truth (or even be consistent in his statements) ever since.

    January 20, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. simp

    obviously old man mccain is senile, mccain don't you remember what our deficet was when bush left office? I get so tired of republicians lying about President Obama is spending to much money, hell look at the bill bush and the rest of republicians left last year. Everybody is tyring to make it look like this lying senator brown is a saving grace, well keep on hoping for that because this loser is just the opposite especially for the people of Mass. It's a sad day when the people of Mass elected a replacement of this calibur, very very very low character, a disgrace to Senator Ted Kennedy seat may he rest in peace.

    January 20, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Proud DEM

    Lighten up McC.....Pres. Obama said he won't push it through until he is seated....don't get your depends all up in a wad....and as a DEM, I agree that this bill needs some re-hashing, so Mr. Brown better come with some ideas..instead of NO, which is the battle cry for Repubs....we all know this country is in need of some reform...don't stay with the status quo or it's just going to get worse...

    January 20, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Peggy - Tx

    McCAin is such an idiot. No one is trying to block or delay Brown from being seated. Just a buch of made up malarky started by Fox-arm of the Republican Party.

    Good luck with that next primary McCain, I am sure Palin is going to help a bunch. Ha-Ha. I have an old truck I could sell ya real cheap. That seemed to be what works up in little Mass.

    January 20, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. libs be dopes

    I tell you what there John, we not too wild about the Republicans either.

    January 20, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Don't worry McCain. I'm gonna start my own PAC and name it "UNSEAT MCCAIN NOW."

    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

    January 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    "Liberal leadership in Washington?" Really? Moron. Obama is a centrist. I don't see any coverage in the media about real liberals who are angry because the healthcare reform plan contains no reform and is just another big corporate giveaway. The dems and reps are two sides of the corporatist party. They pretend to have their differences but at the end of the day the rich get theirs and the rest get screwed. People are angry. They're just not angry at the right people because they've been brainwashed by the corporate controlled media. As an example, it's been a year since the financial meltdown and how many Wall streeters are behind bars? Where's financial regulatory reform with teeth? Not going to happen. They protect their own. Welcome to the United States of America, Inc., my little consumerbots. Just keep screaming "socialism!!!" like your corporate masters tell you to. Have a nice day!

    January 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Jeff Johnston

    Typical Republican hypocrisy. They fought to keep Senator Franken out of the senate for 6 months, now they want to throw out rules and procedure to seat their boy before the election is certified.

    January 20, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. AEK

    Seeing how cooperative the Republican minority has been so far this session with all things Democratic, I'm sure they will be more than happy to acquiesce to the demands of Mr. McCain.

    January 20, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. billy123

    I seem to remember a Senate Race in Minn. where the Republicans drew this race out for six months.

    January 20, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Once again the Republican hypocracy machine has sprung into action.

    Wasn't it just less than a year ago that the Republicans in the Senate (including McCain) were attempting every tactic possible to prevent Democrat Al Frankin from taking his rightful seat after having defeated Republican Norm Coleman?

    I think that the Secretary of State of Massachusetts should hold up the certification of the election results for Scott Brown the same amount of time that Norm Coleman held up seating Al Frankin with his red tape tactics.

    For those who were counting...that would be ALMOST 8 MONTHS! By all rights (and Republican-orinated tactics)...we should be seeing Scott Brown arrive in Washington just in time for Labor Day!

    January 20, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Angus McDugan

    The greatest deception of all… Liberals have everyone thinking that they are so freedom loving, but when you look under the cover it is quite different. Remember that liberals / Democrats want to increase spending and create more laws which in turn create more government to administer and enforce. They survive by expanding government. That means intrusion into our freedoms. Every law, be it good or be it bad, forces restrictions of some sort. Therefore, liberals / Democrats are control freaks even though they have created an image that makes one believe they are all about freedoms. The liberals are the masters of branding and they push their ideologies just like Madison Avenue pushes products. i.e., via elaborate advertising and branding campaigns. People… Use your own brain and don’t be lead abound by the nose like a prize hog.

    THINK ABOUT IT...

    January 20, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Scott

    Truly a sad day for our country.

    January 20, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Greg Block

    I see the "sign the petition" window, but where's the petition. I would like to sign it, but typically I like to read something before I sign it.

    Go Brown !

    January 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Orange Curtain, CA

    Doesn't matter you're still down almost 20 seats

    January 20, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Brown as _________

    I thought Brown said he wants to foster bipartisanship. McCain doesn't sound very partisan. He's toast

    January 20, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Nick

    Where was Country First PAC when Republicans were delaying the certification of Al Franken's victory?
    Turnabout is fair play, geezer.

    January 20, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Bob Correia Ex- Mayor Fall River MA

    Since Obama is 50% white yet has everyone calling him african american it is about time that his popularity honeymoon is over. He is so dishonest. Please note that he spends more time on televsion that he does working. He needs to get americans working instead of admiring himself jabbering.

    January 20, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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