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. seebofubar

    Wow! Using a modern colloquialism, Obama just got served!

    February 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Anne Rodriguez

    Congress needs to pass a health care reform! President Obama is correct. I am a perfect example of the system. I always had a good paying job with benefits. Being part of a RIF due to the financial crisis on Wall St. I have been unemployed and no longer can afford the premiums that went from 284.00 to 796.00 per month without any explanation leaving me without coverage.

    I am outraged at Congress, especially the Republic Party, who dismiss this as a real problem.

    The back and forth tit-for-tat nonsense needs to stop, and everyone needs to be responsible for passing this historical bill.

    February 25, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    We appreciate your broadcast of this event. Don't our DC politicians understand that Americans no longer trust THEIR ability to make decisions for us. Americans, like myself, take time off work to WATCH what is going on and after hours labor to READ these ridiculous bills. I agree with the president and others- pick out the top two issues that can be agreed upon, draft a bill that Americans can read and understand concerning these issues, let us comment on the bill and our representatives vote for their constituents. If not, one by one we will vote EVERYONE out of office and start over.

    February 25, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Debby

    Obama sure wants to hurry this thing along so he won't have to answer to all the special interests McCain was talking about. Reid and Pelosi whispering to each other like highschoolers is pathetic.

    February 25, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Nick San Diego

    Talk,TalkTalk McCain has shown again why he won;t even win his re-election.
    I;m glad Obama reminded him that the election is over.
    What a loser

    February 25, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. mj

    Wow. The Republicans are sure reluctant to change and want things to stay the same old same old. Time to move on.

    February 25, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Duck Fallas

    This was:

    A. A campaign stunt for McCain
    B. Cranky old guy is late for his nap
    C. Sore loser taking out his frustrations for choosing a retard for a running mate

    February 25, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Jane/Seattle

    John McCain: Good little Republican and doing their bidding – LYING!

    February 25, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. nathan

    Obama isn't worthy of tying john mccain's shoes

    February 25, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    McCain you sound just like the disconnected, faker-of-concern, two-faced, lying sack of manure, making an issue where there is none jerk that you were during the election.

    Disdainful while simultaneously faking respect for the President (yeah, THAT ONE).

    The only thing that was missing to make the memory complete was your moronic sidekick Flailin Quittin Pailin.

    February 25, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Briant

    I almost forgot: If anyone down there would like me to consult on this issue, I would gladly participate because politics is getting in the way of progress.

    February 25, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Gary

    Senator McCain was correct – – back room deals especially with pharma has poisoned this current proposal. Healthcare reform could be simple and pass with bipartisan support if they stick to the basics:

    1. Serious medical malpractice reform
    2. No pre-existing condition exclusions allowed by insurance co.
    3. Insure children up to the age of 25
    4. Importation of drugs from Canada, England or Germany allowed
    5. Insurance companies can compete across state lines
    6. Train more doctors/PAs/Nurses/PTs etc
    7. No new taxes on companies that provide excellent insurance
    8. Tax deduction for people who provide their own insurance
    9. Medical Savings accounts
    10. NO PUBLIC OPTIONS!!!
    11. NO NEW GOVERNMENT PANELS!!!

    This would solve many of our healthcare system problems. Then we can readdress more issues in 2 to 3 years.

    February 25, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. James Slater

    Sounds like Mr Mc Cain is still mad over losing the election!! THANK GOD John Mc Cain and that IDIOT Sarah Palin lost!!!!!! Can you imagine where we would be right now???????? BYe Bye John, hope YOU lose in Arizona!!

    February 25, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. TangledThorns

    McCain is the man America should have voted for President. The reality is we didn't and look at the mess we're in thanks to Obama.

    February 25, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Big Ed

    McCain came across as a sore loser and looking like he is desperately trying to fend off Hayworth. Grandstanding does not get the job done. Do the work and leave the drama at the doorstep!

    February 25, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Stuck in a Rut

    McCain seems unable to move forward but is constantly able to change his tune to fit the moment.

    It's time for this old retread to be retired.

    February 25, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    Any way you look at it, this will be Obama's bill. He has no intention to not get health care reformed to what is acceptable to him. McCain stated it correctly, we the people would all like to be treated the same. Unfortunately Obama will see his special interests remains cause these votes he needs and paid for. Do democrats agree with this process? It remains underhanded politics!

    February 25, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Laurie

    how the grinch stole the summit. that old senile liar needs to go. Cheering for his opponent in Arizona.

    February 25, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Ryan

    McCain is the BIGGEST sore loser in modern Presidential politics.

    February 25, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Jay

    John, baby, the campaign is like way over. You lost and instead of attempting to work with the President to bring reform to Washington, you've climbed aboard the "Do Nothing Express" with your other Republican cohorts. Be a man, John. Do something for the American people. For once in your political life, lead with your actions instead of your mouth. Kick your fellow Republicans in the butt and let's see Washington do something for US!

    February 25, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Surprisingly, I agree with the Dems who want filibusters conducted the old fashioned way - standing at the podium, reading aloud the DC phone book. But you can't pick and choose. If they want to go back to the old fashioned way, then the Senate should go back to the old fashioned vote requirements - 67 to stop a filibuster, not 60.

    The Senate's rules highlight the Framers' foresight. To take over one-sixth of the American economy on straight party line votes is insane.

    February 25, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Jim

    i saw this coming ... mccain is just saying "no" as i expected. he's not there to work on any problems of any kind that I can see ... he just wants to obstruct.

    it's time the republicans start being part of the solution instead of being part of the problem,.

    February 25, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. NELLIE BLY

    I've been listening to this all day. I've yet to hear anything helpful from the GOP. Sadly, it's clear Sen. McCain is still bitter about the election. Boehner? Blaming high healthcare costs on med mal lawsuits. GOP-you are letting people die. You are letting your constituents die.

    February 25, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Grow up, Obama

    Our president is petty and pathetic.

    February 25, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. patNY

    Read the book Game Change...you'll learn these two really really really hate each other.

    February 25, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12