February 25th, 2010
08:29 PM ET
4 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. Ron

    You go JOHN!!!!

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

    CNN you need to shut up and give us the summit.

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

    Obama continues to make a fool of himself. I still can't believe we call this man our president. The country would have been so much better off with McCain as president.

    February 25, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. kevin

    Obama is an empty suit with no class.

    February 25, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Dave

    hmmm... televised debate?...sounds like a campain promise fulfilled.

    February 25, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. proud mother and sister of soldiers

    They may not be campaigning but it doesn't hurt to remind Obama what he said he would do and how there is no change in day to day politics. McCain was right about this bill, the lack of transperency and all the special deals made at the taxpayer expense to get the vote. I did notice that Obama never discussed how this health bill would be paid for nor did he say who would be carrying the responsibility. It is time to make everyone pay for their health care just as Canada. I bet there would be an uproar if everyone was taxed at a minimum of 37% for this priviledge and not see income rebates.

    February 25, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. lanray

    How tacky! Obama will prove to be the worst president this country has ever had to date. His arrogance and political ignorance will be his downfall. Too many questions about this man leading our country.

    February 25, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. JB

    McCain got what he deserved. He and the Repub's showed up to only throw out talking points and props.

    Why they think we can't see that is beyond me.

    February 25, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Laurie

    Ironically, it is only wasteful spending when the republicans aren't in power. McCain's entire argument is just a diversion from what should be dealt with – health care reform.

    In California, Anthem Blue Cross is attempting to raise rates for individual policy holders as much as 39 percent right now. Today, the newspaper reported that it's parent company, Well Point, gave 39 of its top executives more than $1 million each and spent more than $27 million on 103 lavish executive retreats. That's obscene and ought to be illegal. Essentially, management is using the company as its own personal piggy bank on the backs of those who can least afford it.

    The bottom line, Americans need to get the FOR PROFIT out of health care now.

    February 25, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Jon

    It's time for McCain to thank his supporters and clear out his desk–his time is up. We need fresh ideas and a willingness to work together in government, not bitter rivalries and the same old politics.

    February 25, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Jason L.

    And America would be where under a McCain Presidency? Lost in a quagmire of WW3 with Iran & North Korea.. McCain is a grumpy old man who lost because he chose to run with a wild card.. McCain I am from Arizona and YOU don't represent Me or ANY Arizonan's anymore! You are beholden to the drug companies. Liquor companies, incase anyone wonders, Nurse Cindy is an heir to a beer conglomerate! McCain you have NO interest in Health Care for Americans. And you certainly have NOT tried to work with the dems on anything since Obama was elected. . You get Social Security benes. You get Military retired benes and you also get VA Disability benes. Lets not forget to mention McCain traded military information for medical care as a P.O.W.

    February 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Robert

    Republicans are protecting big busines as usual! If they are so sure America does not want public health care then lets put the bill on a national ballot and let the American people decide. Congress just cannot do a thing anyway.

    February 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Jon

    John McCain is so bitter after being a two time LOSER for the office of President, he really needs to just go back to Arizona and retire in one of his five houses.

    February 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Alex

    Republicans are willing to spend trillions of dollars and sacrifice lives in overseas wars to "protect" Americans. BUT they're not willing to spend a fraction of that to protect Americans from the biggest domestic terrorism threat – insurance companies making money off of sick and dying Americans.

    Republican lawmakers should forfeit their tax-payer funded health benefits, since they are so against providing the same coverage to the tax payers.

    February 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. denise

    i am disappointed in the TV coverage of the summit–between commercials and commentary, the public saw only 3/4 of the summit!

    those deleted were democratics–the public totally missed waxman and rockerfeller unless they smart enough to get to a live stream.

    overall, the summit helped, if nothing else, educate the public. i still didn't hear long term solutions from any republican. denise

    February 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. sharon jones

    Republican Health care ( If your POOR die already) that is their idea of health care

    February 25, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    I submit that John McCain knows the campaign is over, however Odumwa hasn't stopped campaigning yet! He makes promises upon promises but never sticks to them. I doubt that he can even spell honesty or transparancy!

    February 25, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. new independent

    Obama lives in a glass house. He sidestepped McCain's remarks and took a nasty swipe at his former rival instead. This is why we no longer support him.

    February 25, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Ada-Mount Pocono,pa

    McCain still has not gotten over the fact that he LOST the election. As he nodded awake from his nap, and allowed to speak- he thought he was still on the campaign trail.

    What a shame that it has come to this!

    February 25, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Vincent Petrosino

    McCain needs to get over it! Now get back to helping the PEOPLE. His choice of the immensely unqualified booby, Sarah Palin, is proof enough of what kind of president he would have made. His generation will NEVER take a back seat and allow the younger generation to correct the mistakes his folks took getting us here!

    February 25, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Enough is Enough

    Typical Obama he changed the topic to avoid the question. I guess he didn't want to justify why the bill gives special favors to the unions and trial lawyers at the expense of taxpayers.

    February 25, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Ada-Mount Pocono,pa

    McCain still has not gotten over the fact that he LOST the election.

    As he nodded awake from his nap, and allowed to speak- he thought he was still on the campaign trail.

    What a shame that it has come to this!

    February 25, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Jason

    "that geography does not dictate what kind of health care they will receive."

    McCain has a good point, it's sad that Obama shot it down like that. That was pretty childish, and just shows he only cares about getting 'something' passed and not something that will really help.

    February 25, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Joe

    This debate should be about treating all Americans fairly not just special deals for a few states. That is ridiculous. This President is going to end up being the worst since Jimmy Carter. Probably even worse!!

    February 25, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Kate P. from St. Louis

    Love it! Thanks Mr. President. Let's get back to the issues instead of bipartisan finger pointing. The election is over.

    February 25, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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