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. Sniffit

    "Why should people pay 40% of their incomes to the Federal Government just becuase they make more money?"

    I dunno...why don't you ask the Republicans since they're the ones who first introduced the progressive/graduated income tax system in the 1860's.

    February 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Then why is Nobama forever campaigning?????

    February 25, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    Obama hates when someone else is right. If these idiots are going to implement Socialized Medicine then everyone needs to pay and receive the same. All citizens Including goverment and union employees, Congress, the Senate, and even the Pres himself.

    February 25, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. max

    Mcstain once again has proven to be a vindictive, hotheaded, obstructionist and comments lie that prove that he's not interested in getting anything done, only in standing in the way of the man that beat him .... what a jerk

    February 25, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Not Your Papa's Amigo

    Could John have looked into the camera any more? Hello, John, do your campaigning for re-election in Arizona in Arizona... not in front of the hearing camera in Washington DC.
    Let me give you an example of why we need health care reform–
    I recently had injections in my back for a back injury. Because I have insurance (which I pay for DEARLY), my co-pay expenses came out to about $150 per injection. The injections were actually listed & billed at $3000 each (yeah, you read that right). The insurance company ultimately negotiated their share of payment down to $385 each (yeah, again you read that right). So I asked the billing supervisor "what if I DIDN'T have insurance, what would my payment have been?" The response– $3000 per injection. Something is WRONG when the people who can afford it the least (those not having any insurance) end up having to pay MORE than the insurance company itself would pay. No wonder people who don't have or can't afford any insurance just either don't go to the doctor at all or go to a county emergency room instead.

    February 25, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Mark B.

    Another classless comment from our Commander-in-Chief.
    Is this supposed to encouage working together? This is what's wrong with Washington.

    February 25, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. AKsteve

    So far, the Republicans are debating their same old talking points. We've heard this all before. Where are you ideas and solutions? You are suppose to be working on some kind of agreement for the American people.

    Come on GOP, get to work. I am tired of hearing how/why you oppose something. That's just great BUT what are your solutions? Can't you just find something to agree about and get some work done.

    You (GOP) may win by saying "no", but we (the American people) will loose.

    February 25, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. SocialismBad

    "because we're not campaigning anymore."???!!! What a flippin' JOKE! Obama NEVER STOPPED CAMPAIGNING! He's got some real brass ones to accuse others of this! What a loser....

    February 25, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Robert

    So basically Obama is saying that since the election is over the government can do whatever they want to do.........It seems to me the man that should have been elected President makes a good point. Geography shouldn't dictate the health care that we receive. Way to go John.....at least someone will stand up to this loser.....maybe in 2012 more Obamamites will realize what a sham this guy is.

    February 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Michael in Houston

    I have been watching this all day. That exchange was civil and just two guys exchanging. This is not a newsflash.

    February 25, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Robert

    Good for you Obama. i am laughing out loud on that one.

    February 25, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Vickie Thompson

    DROP The health care coverage for everyone in the room, oh yeah all those over 65....Get them off that Socialist Healthcare Plan. Maybe Maybe them they will DO someting !!!!!!

    February 25, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McCain, the man who gave us Palin, is a sore loser still.

    February 25, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Illinoisman

    Yes the elections over Mr Obama but YOU are the one who wont quit campaining. Funny how you think everything YOU say is 100% true. It is not and has been repeatedly shown that you are nothing but a liar. Lets see how many illegals ARE covered and paid for with MY Tax money. I dont understand why we all cant take care of ourselves. STOP THE HANDOUTS to the lifelong welfare crew and stop giving the UNION EVERYTHING. The union should be able to pay for things themselves for gods sake they are the only ones working in your america. But of course THEY(UNIONS) are EXEMPT. WHY???????

    February 25, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    If you Reds are going to go into a "battle of the minds" with President Obama, do not go unarmed.

    You have been shot down by the man all day.

    Even Durbin spanked you at one point.

    At least we have learned the new balking point to add to the con mantra of "tax cuts" it is "start over".

    Start over? What in the He!! have you been doing over the last year!!!

    I loved it when President Obama told the supposed "doctor" that not everyone was a foreign premier or sultan that could fly in to Mayo and spend 2 million on a procedure!

    You go President Obama, just keep bringing up the pesky facts, such as in this case, Reds do not care about anyone BUT the rich!

    February 25, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Ron

    The problem is Obama pushed his agenda without any desire to speak with Republicans. Closed door negotiations. Bribes to Lousiana and Nebraska. And now Obama wants "bipartisan"? That light switch cannot be turned on and off only when convenient. Quite frankly when Obama was elected I, as a Republican, worried that the Dems would control the presidency and Congress for many many years. All they had to do was at least APPEAR centrist (didn't actually have to do so just convince the public they were). However, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi couldn't help being what they are. I, for one, am grateful they did so. That way everyone knows what they REALLY are and the November election is going to be awesome:)!!

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. aware

    Bravo McCain!

    Mr. Obama has no credibility. Trust is earned – it doesn't come by obfuscation/lies, words without action, demagoguery and manipulation or title! :(

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Tanbiker2

    Yep, thank God the campaign is over and thank God that McCain lost. If he had won we would be mired deep in a second Great Depression.

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Matthew Norwood

    Why does John McCain have to do this? This is a National Video and John McCain is just trying his hardest to make a fool out of President Obama.

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. p

    Loved to see old John McCain getting smacked down!

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. in the middle

    C'mon John let us stick with the issue at hand, healthcare!

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Tony

    HA! That's a good laugh! Obama never stopped campaigning. He thinks the way to pass his oppressive progressive agenda is to keep pushing Obama for America to bully people.

    February 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Why should people pay 40% of their incomes to the Federal Government just becuase they make more money?"

    I dunno...why don't you ask the Republicans since they're the ones who first introduced the progressive/graduated income tax system in the 1860's.

    BTW, with great power comes great responisbility (thanks Uncle Ben!). It's the opportunities afforded by our nation, our laws, our government's protection of our freedoms, our collective societal mores, etc., that have allowed those who experience great success to do so...while others do not. And despite your somewhat racist insistence that anyone not making the $250K cutoff is a lazy dope-smoking oprah addict, it's simply not true. A few percentage points more in taxes for the people whose share of the pie grew by approximately 10-15% over the past 3 decades while the trickle-down LIE played itself out and proved itself a farce, such that 5% now owns and earns 95% of our nation's income and assets...sorry, but my sympathy for them is like a fart in a strong wind....gone in a flash.

    February 25, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Barry

    As long as the Democrats and Republicans practice political partisanship in Washington, the government will remain broke.
    It is the American people who pay the price for this unwillingness to compromise.

    Change has not come, Mr Obama it is business as usual.

    February 25, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Carlos

    McCain -should- be reminded of that every day... he ran a poor campaign, chose his running mate without a prior vetting, and alienated most of his conservative base ahead of his trouncing at the polls. And now he's trading snippy little barbs with Obama to appear relevant... give it up, it's over, just retire already and bow out gracefully.

    February 25, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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