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.


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soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. lynn

    Mr Obama just proved what a self rightous spoiled brat he is. He thinks if he changes a few word on the same go no where health bill we won't see that it's the same piece of crap the democrates have been trying to get thru.

    Stop with the words, and listen to the American people. We hired you and we can fire you. I just hope you don't do to much damage before you go.

    February 25, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Can't Wait Til November

    A never ending waste of time...

    February 25, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Karen

    Equal treatment for all – Oh John surely you jest! That's not the Obama way.
    Tom Coburn makes more sense than the whole group.

    February 25, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. blue

    Mac, you just earned another contribution, sir!

    February 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Zaggs

    Well of course Obama snapped back. he couldn't answer the question why some in certain geographies were being treated different.

    February 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. David in Texas

    McCain is one bitter old man...

    February 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Chris

    Good for our president.

    McCain and the Republicans have been the sorest losers I've seen in my adult life. If Republicans think that belittling and complaining about every single last thing our president does is somehow going to win the minds and votes of Independents like me, they are sorely mistaken.

    February 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. RTB

    Oh brother here we go again.

    Old Johnie Boy just can't give it up.

    Grandstanding is his hallmark. Will the Arizonan ever be authentic, instead of the constant attempts at second guessing what will go over big with the public.

    February 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Independent One

    How long is this nonsense is going to go on.....A THIRD PARTY is soooooooo needed...Mr. President do you really think the repubs care about people having health care....The answer is NO

    February 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Sherry

    BUT McCain IS campaigning for re-election. He is arrogant and pompous and I for one, hope he gets beat in his re-election bid in Arizona.

    February 25, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    Harry Reid and Chris Dodd are on their way out the door. Why are we hanging our hat on these BUMS!

    February 25, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Obama is such a sleaze.

    February 25, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Wisconsonite - End the Anti-Trust Exemption for Insurance Companies!

    McCain will say ANYTHING that he thinks will garner him one more vote! He has no room to talk about "special interest deals" . . . NO room at all!

    February 25, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Leo E Smith

    John, we can't treat everyone the same that Socialism !!!

    February 25, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. indy

    Seemed a fair and reasonable request. My state got nothing because my senators jumped on board immediately. I say they should have held out for a deal like Lousiana or Nebraska. It's nice to know the President was listening though. I'm sure Senator McCain appreciated the added reminder. Way to act like a leader though. Do it his way or no way and consider yourself a part of the party of "no". Must be a great bill if they had to resort to bribery for votes in their own party!

    February 25, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. CONNIE

    What a two face liar Obama is, how can he sit there and tell McCann that campaigning is over and the election is over when the man is still for the past year has done nothing but campaign and act like there hasn't been an election. Such arrogance this man has. I am sick of it he needs to listen the American people.

    February 25, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. annie s

    Oh please. I waqtched it and that was hardly Obama got "testy" with McCain. McCain kept referring to the presidential campagn instead of anything relevant to healthcare and the Preswident merely reminded him of why he was there.

    February 25, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Vickie Thompson

    John McCain should remember he lost the election, he does not speak for me, I am in favor of the democratic Health care proposal, stop the insanity get it done .

    February 25, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Of Course

    McCain is stuck in years past. He needs to get over the fact that he lost.

    February 25, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Sadie

    Bravo Bravo Bravo President Obama.......these Republicans didn't come to this Summit to try to solve anything.......they are the ones that said it was going to be "ALL THEATER" and guess who is doing all the Acting.....the republicans.......thanks for putting this Has Been in his place.......

    February 25, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Ronnie

    McCain is a soar looser! I can not wait until he is defeated in the next election!

    February 25, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. J.P.

    Pass whatever you want, hippies.

    The new conservative majority will simply overturn everything next January, anyway.

    So pass whatever nonsense you statists want, if that's what it takes to make you feel better.

    February 25, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. MJ

    How about the Obama comment when it was noted that the Democrats had more time than Republicans – He stated he was aware, but he, IS THE PRESIDENT! Let us all bow our heads.

    February 25, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Steve, Jackson MS

    I'm confused- does McCain NEED to be reminded every day that he's not President?

    February 25, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. L for Legend

    The president was right. The election was decided some 14-15 months ago. Even if campaign promises were broken, it's time to stop bickering and fix America's problems. The sad part of today's event will be for Washington to go back to "work" and do nothing. We also heard some sad tales today about the fate of Americans with illnesses, and it ought to be enough to stir them to action.

    February 25, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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