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. Amanda Senecaut

    Just another way for Obama to avoid answering a question that deserves a straight answer.....

    February 25, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. RN

    Good for Obama.
    All we hear from republicans sounds like they are hunting for votes and could not care less about the people they are supposed to represent.

    Put some thought into this and leave the campaign speeches at home.

    February 25, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Zav.

    Bravo McCain. Remind Obama that he should help American people not his party. Obama should quit as soon as he can.

    February 25, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Mark J.

    McCain is right. The pork needs to go. Obama should know that.

    February 25, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. JLW in Indian Springs,Al.

    From what I am reading here and elsewhere, it seems as though the Republicans have not yet accepted the fact that they LOST in the election of our President. They are acting as though they won and are trying to have their way with everything political or otherwise.. Get a life Republicans !!!

    February 25, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. RCasson

    McCain needs to stop acting like an ass and respect the President.

    February 25, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. JM in NY

    Ridiculous exaggeration. Obama did not "snap" at McCain. CNN – why not just cover the news, not try to make it with your headlines.

    February 25, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. db

    McCain is just trying to keep Obama honest. Seems the POTUS doesn't like that.

    February 25, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Scott in Atlanta

    Let me see if I can get this straight?

    If you do use Reconciliation:

    1. Right-wing talk show host will relentlessly berate you.
    2. Republicans will constantly warn of your defeat during the upcoming election.
    3. Republicans will continuously sabatage President Obama's agenda
    4. Republicans will use the nuclear option when it's their turn (which they already have...)
    5. Healthcare will get passed
    6. Many who stand to lose the election are already retiring.

    I could go on... but, why.

    What will happen after Reconciliation that is not already happening or going to happen in the future?

    Dems, GROW A PAIR!!!

    February 25, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. OldUncleTom

    Poor old John... America chose "THAT ONE", and now he may have trouble keeping his Senate seat.

    Maybe Cindy can put him to work loading the beer trucks.

    February 25, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. richard

    So when are the people of Arizona going to retire this old bitter man and replace him with someone that can get along with the rest of the children in the sandbox???

    February 25, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. trim

    I hope that the American people see that there will be no progress until we get those old bipartisian cronies out of office. I say point the Mr. Magoo lookalike to the door. Let him go draw pension like the rest of the people his age. John McCain although your service is appreciated, we can take it from here. Go home.

    February 25, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Dean

    I wonder how many of the people who want reconciliation and to have the bill pushed thru don't work.

    February 25, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. If it walks like a duck.....

    Wow CNN. That's some serious journalism. There is just enough useless information in that story to fill a stupid tweet.

    February 25, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. I voted for Obama and proud of it in Oregon

    John thinks we are still voting on who will be the next president and Obama is right when he said Hey John the election is over you lost ok! so if people like John Mccain don't want to help fix health care then just say so and go home . we need a public option not a controled insurance company monopoly . we need a government run private funded program with out a giant profit for just a few CEO'S and stock dividens . wake up people the insurance companies and the republicans don't care what is good for the people , only what is good for the very wealthy . who don't even need health care most of these people are getting it for free

    February 25, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Seth Jenkins

    John McCain is an american hero but his actions over the last years have made me respect him less and less....he seems more like a sore loser.

    February 25, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    The biggest special deal they need to remove is the Congressional "Except Me" clause.

    If Congress excludes themselves from this or any future legislation, they should all be voted out of office . . . OH WHAT THE HECK . . . LET'S DO THAT ANYWAY AND GET RID OF THESE OVER PAID UNDER WORKED BUMS!

    February 25, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Buffalo Bill

    Seems to me Obama IS the one who is still campaigning, which makes sense because he is an A-1 campaigner....unfortunately as President, let"s just say he has been "less than successful!"

    February 25, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. sandy

    I can't believe that these are educated people that run this country?????
    I have chronic illness, don't have insurance, don't believe I will until I am 65. I hope medicare is still there?????
    You ALL need to get it together and do something. Even a little done with point by point agreement.
    I DON'T THINK YOU CAN DO IT.

    February 25, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Donald, North Carolina

    Come on CNN, report what John McCain - he was not very courteous to Obama in using the word "unsavory", I believe was his choice.

    McCain is like Lieberman, he's got to get his two cents in for the folks on camera and he lost this one also.

    February 25, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. ATR

    CNN!!! How can you title this clip as "Obama snaps at Mc Cain". Their exchange was nothing but civil. This type of subtle tabloid reporting only fans the flames of partisan politics among the people. What happened to professional journalism?

    February 25, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    If John McCain put as much thought into health care as he does in making electioneering comments in the summit perhaps he would be relevant but as Obama said, the election is over, McCain lost and it is because he cannot think of anything other than electioneering instead of working for the American people.

    February 25, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. guest

    why is our president such a brat?

    February 25, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. hello!

    wow.......such arrogance.

    February 25, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. celestine

    Looking at these law makers you could see the difference clearly.I lost my insurace cos i changed my job.Well i can ot afford new insurance even with cobra extention at the cost of $430.00.While i see law makers exchange talking points i have heard over and over,.Basic point i get and clearly understand only today is that, the health care proposal will not cost extra from what the Goverment is already spending now. Well the truth is, when i go to the polls i will pay a good price to these Republican who thing that as an American i don't have a right to basic health care from the goverment i pay taxes to.The republicans we are seeing you, some of you ask me to get an account but with an account i still have to pay the high market price for health care that is not reform.If i am forced to by car insurance by the goverment when i drive a car, then people should be force to get health care if that will bring down cost.well i am sick so let me not talk alot cos i don't have a doctor to help me.

    February 25, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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