February 25th, 2010
08:29 PM ET
8 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. NC

    OUCH a SMACKDOWN. I was out stimulating the economy and missed it. Thanks CNN. John McCain will never get over losing the 2008 election and is so bitter. He is putting on a show for his re-election bid. I don't know how he will react when he loses. I think he has a personality disorder and some PTSD from Vietnam. Thanks CNN.

    February 25, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. David

    Cnn is bias when it comes to President Obama and the Democratics- evident in their reporting.

    February 25, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Charlie in Maine

    So glad this guy lost.

    February 25, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Larry Caplinger

    I think it is great to balance the budget and institute medical change, but developing a new plan is not the answer when we have plans that are tested and proven! Theoretical plans is the worst answer to our problems. We need to step cautiously and deal withknown entities not "possibles". The Democrats reacted typically: touting the company line and Republicans put by the wayside. Democrats need to put aside their special interest and look at smart ways of implementing change. They keep using fear as a tool to appeal to the American people, is this who we want running our country? Time for the Tea Party! At least they listen to the people! President Obama continues to RESIST the will of the American People. What will it take for Washington to listen? A march on Washington? If Democrats decide to jam it down our throats, they can expect to lose many of their seats in the midterm elections. All it takes is to listen! This appears too difficult for our ELECTED officials.

    February 25, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. munchmom

    Obama needs to remember they aren't campaigning anymore every time he gets on Air Force One to travel all around stumping for people and trying to force people to believe that the health care reform is good for the country! Only if we want to become a socialist or communist nation!

    February 25, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Does Obama's response really mean what it sounds like? That he really thinks it's okay to include what amounts to bribes in legislation just in order to get it passed?


    This guy is more Chicago-corrupt than I'd thought...

    February 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. LIP

    Fact or fiction...
    Did the Democrats cut any deals with the pharmaceutical companies and the state of Nebraska and the unions. Fact!
    Can we go forward knowing that these deals were cut to get where we are today and do the American people reject this appoach. Its a fact that they do. President Obama needs to start over with 100% transparencie and give up his idea of Democracy at work. It isn't working.

    February 25, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    "I'm reminded of that every day," McCain quickly interjected – as the image of Sara Palin popped into his mind ".....aghhhhh!"

    February 25, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. sam

    Bitter old man MaCain. We don't care what you say old man. Go home , all of you Repub wing nuts!

    February 25, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Mia Powell

    President Obama is right McCain and the rest of them are just sore loser and should get over it and work with the Man because the GOP is just for themself I bet they can go to the doctor and not worry about the bill, Why can't everyone get the same health insurence they have and then we will be alright, You know why because they think it is going to help Black people but if you look it is a lot of White people that need it to if not more. So Let's Work Together People because we put all of them in office and they just keep fighting over noting because for real Obama McCain and the rest of them are set for life not the everyday American that work hard for what we have and then some.

    February 25, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Wanda in Montana

    Trying to reason with Republicans is like trying to breathe underwater. I thank Poseiden that McCain is not our president right now. We'd be so far underwater we'd never surface again.

    February 25, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Tia

    If he's not campaining anymore, why does Obama spend all of his time giving speeches?

    February 25, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Dean

    Yep the election is over and now because of "Obama's changes", I can now pay for the healthcare of the people of Nebraska and Louisiana in addition to mine. Obama is going to redistribute everything I have worked 45 years for and also raise my taxes. Along with continuing spending on wars and any other special project that his cronies want.
    And I thought Bush was bad.

    February 25, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Bitter much John?

    Mr. McMoney is clueless to the every day American's troubles. He is so far removed from the rest of us he should be living in Canada.

    Just like the rest of the Republicanknuckleheads. Maybe they could all go form a cult..or wait, they have done that already. Its called the Republican teabaggers church of haters.

    February 25, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    McCain was rehashing comment form the campain trail, and things form the original bill, not offering fresh ideas or ways of correcting the current bill.
    He did what most of the Republicans did this morning- spoke only of the negatives. They used it as a commercial and I garauntee you will see clips in their re-election spots for the fall.
    I only hope that Americans are smart enough to see that they did not offer any positive input as of they went to lunch.
    It is time for ALL AMERICANS to let the Congress know what we need form healthcare reform- dont complain -write your representitves with positive, rational ideas. Stop the nonsense going on!

    February 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Larry Caplinger

    Senator Brasasso hits the nail on the head! He makes the point that many people he has met don't like the medical care plan being propsed by the Obama adminstration. How then can Obama and crew proceed? Ms Pelosi is more in for hr party than she cares about the Americna people. Be realistic and do it responsibly. Better to enact later and responsibly than do it now and pay more! Proven vs theory...question is clear: No to new medical plan built by Democrats.

    February 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Failin', Bailin, Quittin' Palin and Now ... Bayh

    I was hoping to read "Obama Snaps McCain's Neck" and it would be deserved for the hypocrite and bald-faced liar that Grampy continues to be.

    February 25, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. mar

    McCain used to be such an stand up guy...what happened to him. He sounds like a sore loser.

    February 25, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. freelance

    "I'm reminded of that every day," McCain quickly interjected, "when my colleagues claim they're going to impeach you, that we are now communist or Marxist or socialist or fascist, and that the country will be bankrupt by next month."

    February 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Brad Sydow

    Obama is wrong when he said the election is over. Because after watching the circus over this bill, next time he will not get my vote. And to think I was afraid the "old guy" probably couldn't handle the job. You can fool me once......

    February 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Bynum

    McCain may be reminded everyday...but he sure is having a hard time accepting it. Saturday Night Live here we come.

    February 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Patricia

    Cnn has done a terrible job at covering the health care summit. Same old talking heads, touting party lines, and analyzing who got the political advantage. How about a discussion of the actual substance of what is being said. You guys are dumbing down America. Get it together or be replaced.

    February 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Hugo

    Rahm it through, when the entire system collapses due to the lack of leadership in Washington DC then America can take back control of their own destiny. What a sham!

    February 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Beef King

    Obama is classless. McCain had just concluded a statement that more than half of America had been waiting for Obama to respond to in a serious way and instead we got smart aleck Obama. His lack of executive experience is very obvious when he is without his teleprompter.
    If demorats like Obama so much, they would like Jon Stewart in the white house even more.

    February 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Ray Frausto

    If the election is over, why did he just RE-HIRE his campaign manager?? SLOW, real SLOW. He'll never catch up to speed on this presidency.

    February 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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