February 25th, 2010
08:29 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain, Obama face off

(CNN) - Things got a little testy Thursday between President Obama and Sen John McCain, the two former campaign rivals.

McCain slamed the special deals inserted in the Senate health care bill, saying those should be removed so that the American people will know "that geography does not dictate what kind of health care they will receive."

Obama shot back, "Let me just make this point, John, because we're not campaigning anymore. The election is over."

"I'm reminded of that every day," McCain quickly interjected.


Filed under: Extra • John McCain • President Obama
soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Meet me in Amsterdam

    A few words from the LOSER,that gave us Sarah Palin?He became a coward in 2000 election.

    February 25, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Reading the tweets on the right from the staff at CNN, I am beginning to wonder if CNN is any different than Fox News.

    There is no balance at all, it's all one-sided, hitting Obama.

    Somebody upstairs must have decided that kicking the can down the road on healthcare is good for ratings.

    February 25, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. sho

    Send McCain home! This crook had no Class AND CHARACTER TO BE A SENATOR.

    February 25, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Tim

    I can see through Obama's thin skin.

    Go McCain.

    February 25, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. rob

    Good for the President. He was right. The instructions were to discuss where they were in agreement and focus on that. McCain was focussing on the negative and grandstanding. He deserved the slapdown from "That One"!

    February 25, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Joe

    I hope the result of this "face off" is the same as the one that occurred on the first Tuesday in November 2008.

    February 25, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Tim

    Anyone else wonder how this guy was ever elected president?

    February 25, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Debbie

    McCain sounded like sour grapes vs healthcare. The guy was a brave POW but he is so old and sour. Time to go and retire John.

    February 25, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    I listen to old timer mccain and he went wandering all over the place, GUESS WHAT OLE MAN? the election is over you LOST stupid. He is still fuming over the election. what he needs to do is keep his old butt in AZ and try not to lose his senate seat even though he will not get reelected. These people have no interest in working with this President, none at all.

    February 25, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. forgive me not

    and so what it all for show

    February 25, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Mark L.

    LOL...I Have to Laugh – This is Just TOO FUNNY – Republican House Whip Eric Cantor tweeted during the break: "We have a very difficult gap to bridge here. We just can't afford this. That's the ultimate problem." No Eric Cantor, we can't afford this, but we CAN AFFORD TO FINANCE TO WARS IN IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN, Now Can't We? Oh Sure, Plenty of Money to Fund an UNJUSTIFIED WAR in Iraq, where there were NEVER any weapons of mass destruction and Iraq was NEVER a threat to the U.S.A., nor did they contribute to the 9/11 terrorist attacks !! These Republicans MAKE ME SICK !!

    February 25, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. RealityKing

    America clarly missed its chance to have a great 44th president..

    February 25, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Arlene

    President Obama was exactly right to do what he did. The election is over. Senator McCain needs to move on and they all need to get something constructive done...

    February 25, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. J. Sprague

    Why is it that cnn goes to a break or back to the panel when democrats are talking? Go back and take a look. It seems that the republicans are making speeches instead of answering the questions.

    February 25, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. GGG

    Obama ...we all agree the campaigning is over !!! if only you would stop camplaining...answer the question!!! you only do what is benefiting you!!! you have been a liar from day one!!

    February 25, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McClain obviously was asleep, can't hear, or just doesn't know why he's there and what the debate is about. He just made a pure fool out of himself and then became angry.

    February 25, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    The look on John's face was priceless. HE LOST AGAIN.

    He's one sneaky old snake and needs to be put out to pasture. A long-winded blowhard that talks forever and ever and ever and ever and ever .. . . . . . and says nothing.

    Send him home to AZ to stay.

    February 25, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. MARK

    McCain kicked his butt- Obama's ego can't handle it.

    February 25, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Jamie

    McRage the liver spot is at it again! Poor President Obama having to play school marm to these whiney petulant brats!!! McCain is just pissed because Republicans blame HIM for losing and bring that crazy from Alaska onto the American political stage. That is what he is reminded of 'every day.'

    February 25, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. c

    Did you notice President Obama's focus. He said the American's care more about how the bill is done..implying that we dont care about what is inside it. His world view is not in touch with the Americans I know. We care about both. We dont want ObamaCare. We dont want Govt run HealthCare and we certainly dont want any version of it..which would lead to single payer. And his version of Helathcare is not the only approach to reform. It is the only Govt approach to reform.

    February 25, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Marmayogi

    McCain was paid by Insurance company to exchange heated words. McCain never had truth in his politics life.

    February 25, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    For the first time in his life, little Johnny is struggling because he is insignificant. He really needs to get over the fact that neither he nor his republican cronies speak for the majority of Americans.

    February 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Elle in WA

    Ha! There McCain goes trying to backtrack and make points for his party and Fox news, but you know what? The time for whining is OVER. GET SOMETHING DONE. I lived in Arizona up until a year ago and wrote you, YES YOU Mr. McCain, many letters about how me and my family WANT health care reform. You never responded. Why? Was I not a part of your great state of constituants? Again with the political posturing. You don't represent me anymore and I'm SO glad.

    February 25, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. crook

    People of the great state Arizona: Why won't you recall and send this old crook home for good?

    February 25, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. southerncousin

    in other words, "Hey John, we lied enough to the American people and were able to win, so just shut up with common sense, we are liberals."

    February 25, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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