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.


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soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Ndubueze Chuku

    If you are reminded of that everyday, then why in God's name do you keep campaigning everyday. You guys should sincerely work together to better the lives of everyday Americans.

    February 25, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Michael

    This was a good example of the politics, political posturing and tone in which the repuglicans brought to this Healthcare Summit! The repuglicans just want to either kill reform, or takeover every proposal vetted and proposed by democrats! THEY ARE NOT THE MAJORITY VOTED IN BY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC! How is it, they think by stirring up dissension, antagonism, and tea parties, with Americans they think, a position of delaying, hindering, sabotaging whatever the President tries to do will gain them advantage! Its a position and the end of the day will keep republicans outside the process of reform!

    February 25, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. philixcruise

    Good job John!!! Stick it to'em! Romney/Jindal 2012!

    February 25, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Mike Benick

    Obama needs to stop reminding everyone that he is the President and accomplish something. He has made a lot of promises.

    February 25, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. WorkingTogether

    How about the GOP agrees to ObamaCare if all of the residents of "red states" get coverage of $100 more per person per month than those in "blue states?"
    Apparently this idea would still follow the Presidents current practice.

    February 25, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. J.Tannis

    Mc..Cain is a nasty divisive little old man . I wonder if President Obama
    was WHITE if he would have behaved in that disgusting manner
    towards him.

    February 25, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. angela lantz

    go get em john mcain you should have been the president all along,

    February 25, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. malia

    Obama should take his own advice! He is the one who never stopped campaigning since he took office...

    February 25, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. DALLAS, TEXAS - GOOD LORD

    Good lord, grow up! you guys are just out of control. I lose more and more faith in our state of the union every single day and I'm sure that everyone else is now also.

    Stop with the **** contest and get our people to work! Stop allowing companies to send jobs out of the country, stop sending our manufacturing out of the country, stop giving our tax money to people who don't need it and it wont' make a difference to them anyway except to pay bonuses on fake numbers anyway.

    If we did a few simple things, people would be back to work and spending money, and taxes would be flowing in and it would pick up, it's very simple and we are making it extremely difficult.

    I'm so over all of this, it's time for us to vote again isn't it? let's just vote out everyone that is in office right now, every single one of them, maybe some new blood will get things going in the right direction.

    GOOD LORD!!!

    February 25, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Kevin Moore

    Obama was wrong at the very end when he said that the American people care less about the process than we do the result. Unless the legislation is created by a proper process, then the result will be the same as was just thrown out! No special deals for votes, no interest groups, just sensible reform. Is that possible?

    February 25, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Helena

    President Obama did not snap at Senator McCain. He was very civil and showed great composure and patience as well.

    February 25, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. denise

    obama is right, it is the working stiff, with bumps on his body who is being left out. he can't afford a mortgage and insurance too. he can afford one MD visit, but he is fearful he won't be able to afford the therapy. so he isn't going to the doctor. shame on us. shame on congressmen and senators who are cowardly–afraid for their jobs. why should they be? they will get to keep their benefits even after they leave office. officeholders got theirs, the poor and elderly got theirs, but the workers supporting their benefits are out in the cold, just slaves. who is the first to volunteer to give up their social security? medicare? denise

    February 25, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Jill

    How did this ARROGANT child man get elected??? Unbelieveable.

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

    McCain has been acting like a kid who has had his lollipop taken away! If he would put more effort into working with our President instead of working against him, we could be a lot closer to having health reform a reality. The reality is, we need health care reform. We need affordable health care. American people should not have to suffer with an illness because they can't afford to see a doctor. Let's start working together!

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

    McCain and his GOP cronies could care less about the health care issue. They want to start all over so it can just go away. Please President Obama and theDemocrats, go to reconciliation and get this thing done; tell the GOP to go to hell! BTW, CNN your coverage of the Health Care Summit was awful. I'll be watching it in its entirety on MSNBC later on this evening.

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

    How did this ARROGANT child man get elected??? Unbelievable.

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

    The respective debates on "process" and "how [they're] going to help the American people" are actually the same debate. An analysis of process is necessary in order to understand the philosophy behind the bill. This kind of transparency is what the American people need. I want to know exactly how the government is going to try to "help" me. Everyone needs to step back and figure out the economic motivations behind each part of the bill, and ask themselves whether more governmental action is necessary in this field. What we have is a mixed economy (this includes the medical field as well). Before we demonize capitalism on moral grounds, let us experiment with complete privatization. By having companies (and doctors) competing with each other for customer (and patient) satisfaction, we have a system that constantly improves itself. This field is far too important to put in the hands of an entity that can use only force to achieve its ends (the government).

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

    obama should step down

    February 25, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. YvoneK

    Great response from our President! This is not a campaign...no one is running for office. The concentration and topic of discussion should be on how to help the American people with means to afford health insurance with or without being employed. As soon as it is "understood" [because with members of congress like John McCain not being able to accept...] that our President is Barack Obama, maybe they will stop trying to preach to him and continuously trying to second-guess him and discredit him and the others seeking greater ideas in favor of helping "all" Americans. Continuously trying to play the same record over and over and over...is not productive!

    February 25, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Jim

    McShame, Grasley, Chaney all need to go to their respectative places McShame back to the Hanoi Hilton, Grasley back to his corn fields, and Chaney to hell with Hitler and crew and so do a lot of other republicans. How many times are we going to keep the two old alzhiemers men alive and the heart attack person alive? Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    February 25, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Marc in Virginia

    Obama = FAIL. Make intelligent counter-arguments, Mr. President, not just cheap shots.

    February 25, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Johnny DC

    What a grossly pompous remark made by Obama, especially considering the nature of the request made by McCain and the overwhelming public dismay at the same special deal to which McCain refers.

    This president is nothing short of a liar, and a joke.

    February 25, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. building7

    he needs to be reminded everyday.... because he forgets.

    February 25, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Jim In Miami

    Someone really need to sit McCain down and explain to him, "John, back in November you lost, you know, quite badly...."

    February 25, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Indy

    Awesome on Obama for giving that useless McCain a little lashing. McCain hates black people in power and it is so easy to see.

    February 25, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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