BREAKING: McCain START amendment fails
December 18th, 2010
04:02 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: McCain START amendment fails

(CNN) - Members of the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment Saturday that would have taken out language that recognizes a relationship between offensive and defensive weapons from the preamble of the new START treaty, the proposed nuclear arms treaty with Russia. The vote was 59-37 against the amendment, which was put forward by Arizona Sen. John McCain.


Filed under: John McCain • Senate • START treaty
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    It is time for him to retire with honor.

    December 18, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Did he bother to consult with Granny Sarah Grizzly before proposing it? He doesn't really know what he is doing, does he? Has he completed the damn fence yet?

    December 18, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What a bad day for McCain. First the repeal of DADT and now this.

    December 18, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. annie s

    Thank goodness. John McCain – if he ever really was a man who deserved respect – certainly doesn't now. He's merely an out of touch, out of date old sore loser.

    December 18, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    what has happened to the John McCain that once almost had me vote Republican? His daughter is now more popular to me than he is. I still have respect for the senator for all he has gone through in the paast and what he gave for our country, but after the 2008 campaign and the choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate, he has seemed to go downhill...fiip flopping over one issue after another. Tis sad indeed.

    December 18, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. vic nashville tn

    Mc Cain was my hero no more where is year 2000 McCain? where is year 2006 Mc Cain ?
    What happened to him even after he won the election he is saying NO to everything

    Thanks to god he lost the election in 2008

    December 18, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Nadeem

    McCain the former Presidential Candidate has really lost it. He was so aggressive against DADT and only 31 of his colleagues followed him, similar numbers on START. He used to be a giant of military matters, now no one listens.

    December 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Mama Grizzly

    mama grizzly's gonna be mad now

    December 18, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Insane in the MemMcCain !!!!

    Sen. McCain is a faliure. He failed when he pick Sarah Palin as VP and the streak continues. What will his leagency say? "Failure begottan, by failure is failure"

    December 18, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    Treaties are negotiated between national leaders. It is not the place of the Senate to try introduce themselves into the negotiations afterwards. I don't know what McCain intended in this, but I'm glad it failed.

    Gee, Congress is getting quite a bit done in the last few days. Are they worried about the arrival of the TP's or was there some kind of agreement to get it all done in exchange for the tax bill? Maybe the answer to to not let them meet until just before Xmas every year!

    December 18, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Oy Vey Az

    I really respected the old McCain, but this confused shell of an old man has me troubled. I am afraid that he has cut the golden chord and hears only dis-chord. I mean there's a note or two missing from his musical scale. Poor John.

    December 18, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Name king

    Hey John the cold war had ended years ago with your boy Reagan, old senile fool, who are you trying to scare with all those thousand of nuclear bombs, the Chinese, hell they probably have about 5 snd two of those things exploding in the right areas will end life as we know it. If We should use all those thousands of nuclear bombs, their wouldn't be a earth left much less a country to live in. We are in a war which our opponents uses ambush tactics, not nuclear catastrophe such as what would have happen in the cold war, even though they would thank Allah if they get their hands on one, but the cold war was 30 years ago John, snap back to reality, we don't need thousands of nukes to fight against maybe 1000 fighters without tanks, and get accountability for these nukes before one end up on the black market and in the hand of our enemy.

    December 18, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Greg in Cabot, AR

    McCain=Has been, time for him to retire and take his antique mentality to a retirement community and play shuffle borad with the rest of the old foggies.

    December 18, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Albo58

    Though John McCain is certainly not my beacon, after the last 2 years of unmitigated disaster under the current administration, do you really trust this President to negotiate a treaty with the Russians that would actually be to our advantage? This treaty like all bills formulated by the current crop of Dimwits should be thoroughly reviewed by competent eyes!

    December 18, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People

    This bitter, small little man is still so pissed the Geezer/Gidget ticket lost in 2008, he is now willing to throw the entire country under the "America First" bus.

    You got all "mavericky" and LOST.

    Both presidents signed the bill in may, the Senate Commission approved it in September so ratify the Treaty and truly put America first McCrypt.

    It is good this man did not come close to the White House as he definitely has anger management issues as many indicated prior to the election and his bitterness and anger has been on full display every day since "that One" won the election!

    December 18, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. shannon

    John McCain sure has a lot of losses, perhaps because he's always on the wrong side of history. He is a failed bitter old man, who unleashed $arah on the world. It's time for McCain to fade away, and take his anger and his bigotry with him.

    December 18, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    It is fortunate for this country that McCain lost the election because his extreme partisan behavior exposes a lack of personal and political courage. Very sad indeed that he has moved so far right of the political spectrum to appeal to the wingnut and tea partry members of his party.

    December 18, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Bessy

    He's way past the " retiring with honor " stage. He really has no idea what he is doing from one day to the next. Too bad that he was re-elected.

    December 18, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. scott

    Mccain please retire- you lost your honor and your own party along with the country really lost alll respect for you- you will do anything to get elected or win your position- fortunately no one cares about your hero status any longer- that was years ago- there are many fallen heroes that you didnt support because of your phobic behavior- why dont you go to Alaska- maybe she will giive you a minor part – I am sure she doesnt trust you witha gun- please go back to Arizona and leave us to new ideas

    December 18, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. they call me "tater salad"

    Somebody give this useless old fossil a bowl of rice pudding and tell him there's a Matlock marathon on the tv.......Grampa just needs to lay down for a minute and take a little nap kids!!!!

    December 18, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. martindv

    This treaty should be ratified and we have to move on.How many time are we going to waste with such things.The economy is more important,the debt is more important.If Russia says that they will retreat from the treaty because we progress with the missile defense-then who cares-we still have enough nukes to blow them up and they have enough to blow us up.Nothing has really changed.This ratification should be get done with and we must move on.Republicans have more pressing things to do.

    December 18, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. jillib

    Man, McCain has really devolved into some kind of raving lunatic. If it weren't so sad, it'd be hilarious. SNL should have enough material from this week alone to skewer mccain for years. He's nothing but an empty, bitter, shallow little man – his phony "maverick" personae, even though it was all bull crap at least wasn't as painful to watch.

    December 18, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. J.V.Hodgson

    Can we now stop this nonsense on a perfectly reasonable agreement containing promises to Senator Kyl, who by the way said no time because of the tax bill.Well we found time to do TAX, DADT got snubbed on the dream act by a few Republicans. If all McCain is bothered about was the preamble time to move on and pass START as well.
    By the way we should now concentrate on the budget bill and START and possibly the food bill, this latter being stalled is a disgrace to both sides, but January latest will do for that.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    December 18, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. Peter E

    Seriously, THAT's the amendment? Changing the wording of a preamble that doesn't actually DO anything in the treaty? And after all this republicans dare accuse others of wasting the government's time and hence taxpayers' money?

    December 19, 2010 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  25. Indy

    McCain has been so far out of touch with reality ever since he allowed his handlers to pick a complety incompetent VP running mate. McCain's been left in the dust and he remains in the 60's, while the rest of the world moves ahead.

    December 19, 2010 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
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