January 20th, 2010
07:49 PM ET
5 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. Librarian

    Old man: enough ! O.K. ???

    January 20, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Steph

    Sen. McCain, don't you have any business to do... you know, your job serving the American people...stop playing politics. Get to work!

    January 20, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Bob C

    Quick, seat Brown so he can help his GOP Senate colleagues deny the rest of America what his fellow residences of Massachusetts already have, nearly universal health care.

    January 20, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Edwin

    John McCain needs to retire.

    He's starting to embarrass himself. He's becoming one of those old men who sits on the porch shaking his cane at things and wondering why no one takes him seriously.

    John McCain, thank you for your service. Please be seated.

    January 20, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    If i was mcnasty I would not want to be near the quitter of AK. He continues to sound like the "w"itchy little girl who doesn't get what she wants. Sound familiar?
    AZ please, please get rid of this man!
    Being a pow doesn't make you a military strategist and he knows nothing about the economy.
    It's all aboiut what he can do to derail the democrats and what they want to do for the American people.

    January 20, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Future expat

    We saw the real McCain in 2008. He's not a person I particularly admire or respect anymore, so his decrees have little value to me.

    January 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. W l Jones

    Strange coming from a person never had anything but public (taxpayer) healfcare insurance all his life.

    January 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Right – from the party that did everything in their power to delay the seating of Senator Al Franken from Minnesota.

    McCain is just another sold-his-soul to the devil politician. He makes me sick!

    January 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    McCain should try truth-in-advertising and rename his PAC, "Party First."

    Because that's all the Republicans care about: regaining party so they can continue their ruinous policies of gutting the Middle Class, shipping jobs overseas, and lining the pockets of the wealthy and corporations who don't give a rat's behind about the United States.

    January 20, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. al in memphis

    McCain told supporters that Brown's presence in the Senate was critical to derailing Democratic plans to pass a health care reform bill.
    ____________________________________________________

    Will someone please tell me why the main point is to stop health care reform instead of fixing a broken health care system that can actually serve the people. Politicians don't care about serving the interest of the people - only the people who make up special interest. And don't tell me this is just about the cost of health care, no one complains when these companies are making billions off of the taxpayers backs.

    January 20, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Dar

    Wow, Odumbo swims pretty good. Is that the back stroke he's doing?

    I cant wait to hear what the Dems say about this: He just wants to work together with everyone, so we are going to wait for sen Brown. :)
    Right, then why didnt Odumbo tell the Dems to get out of behind closed doors and invite the Repub's to join in on the HC bill.

    Watch out, the Dems are up to no good here. All of the sudden they want to be nice. There is a snake in the wood pile named Odumbo and he isnt done trying to get this pig of a bill passed.

    We are watching you boys and girls in DC and you have already made your beds that you are now going to have to sleep in. Your going home soon.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    January 20, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Texas Doc

    Hey, McCain, we will cooperate when you guys do. Sound fair enough? Chicken! I thought so. Go plan a tea party.

    January 20, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. smokey

    And this is from Mr Country First during his failed run for Pres..McCain, you to me have stooped to the lowest point..You of all people had the opportnity to set the tone re bi-partisianship and you blew it..You were the first person Pres Obama met with after he was elected , and what did you do ?..You turn around and keep stabbing him in the back, wanting to say no to everything issue w/o any meaning reason..That to me, is disgusting and believe me the American people see it as well....

    January 20, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. jimmm

    Note to John McCain

    Did anyone from Massachusetts tell Arizona how their State Constitution works? What no....then butt out of Massachusetts.

    January 20, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. The Dude

    The timeline for seating him is established by Massachusetts state law, not by McCain's petition. If the GOP pushes this, then they are the ones playing political games.

    January 20, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Not so fast. Democrats should follow the Republican example set in 2000 when Florida Republicans and the Republican majority on the U.S. Supreme Court stopped counting votes and declared they won and Al Gore lost. Same here, enough with voting and counting, we should not allow the so called “Moral Majority” to seat their nude male model so they can stop 30 million Americans, including dieing children, from getting the health care they need.

    January 20, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. justdoit

    Hope they can get him seated before the liberal leaders in congress can do an sneaky end around and try to get the pinnacle of idiocy health bill pushed through, which would be right up their alley. The election last night should have sent a message to some of these politicians.It's not just the economy they are mad at, it's the arrogant attitude and stupid ideas some of these so called leaders are coming up with. Most of them could not run a lemonade stand profitably. This sucking up to the unions, turning the country into a socialistic state and selling out the working people to provide for the welfare class will end up biting them on the butt. They need to remember they are public servants, no better than anyone working in a sanitation dept.and their jobs depend on voters.The senator from Louisiana and Nebraska should especially think about the sellouts they did.

    January 20, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. John in WV

    If Americans are that furious, why did they not elect McCain? McCain is the one that is furious because he lost. McCain and his repub buddies are now using the possible defeat of health care reform as a way of revenge and the ones that will suffer are the American people who simply want to avoid financial devastation by having affordable health care. If health care reform is defeated, it would be foolish for anyone to think that they are not going to have to pay more for health care so the insurance companies can get back the money they have given to politicians to stop health care from becoming reality. This thing is enough to make anybody sick.

    January 20, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. JoeVotes

    A minority of the voters in one state elected Brown to the Senate, not all Americans.
    I wonder if Senator McCain has offered to give up his government-run health care? If it's good enough for him, why not for the rest of us?

    January 20, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. john Savage

    The right wing media , radio talk shows , false quotes , not without character defamation , have led to treasons this country will need to look for like this vote in mass. Who was connected . Which PAC ? How have people influenced AIPAC with their special interests , and holdings in or support i from corporations , that gain from keeping the public fearful of taking anything but a reactionary attitude toward the corruptve influence that these financial syndicates create . CHILL !

    January 20, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. PA WEAVER

    What John Mc Cain and the rest of the Repubs are really trying to do is NOTHING! They simply want to maintain the Status Quo by allowing the Health Care Bill to fail at any costs. They are still the party of NO! As an Independent, I am also displeased with the performance of many Democrats as well. 2010 is going to be an interesting election for both parties. I think that this country is now long overdue for a Third Party.

    January 20, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Hmmm – you mean there's money left after buying Sara a new wardrobe to campaign her hate, fears and lies for McCain?

    January 20, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Phil in KC

    So John McCain now wants to ignore the rules to fit the Republican agenda? I thought he was supposed to be above such petty partisan politics. He gets seated when the rules say he gets seated. If the shoe were on the other foot and the Democrats were trying to bend the rules to get one of their own seated, the Republicans would be screaming bloody murder. They can suck it in and abide by the rules.

    January 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    John why you in such a hurry, you know that the election in that state has to be certified in that state. It just goes to show that the party of no wants to do thngs their way.. John you still dont like a part Black person in white house do you and you guys there want him to fail dont you. Remember John you have a election of your own as your Gal Sarah says it could be God Plan that you fail to get elected. I bet you cant wait to get side by side with Sarah again. Hope that Cindy comes along to keep you from straying again.

    January 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Vote for GOP based on their ideas, which are.......?????

    Ahhh, thanks for putting out a petition, but whenare you and your party going to start putting forth real ideas with factual numbers as alternative choices for jobs, health care, etc?

    That McCain, focused like a razor......not focused on helping Americans, just focused on derailing anyhting that Obama puts out. Even if it's a good idea.

    The End.

    January 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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