McCain praises former rival
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attended an event Wednesday to honor the victims of the Arizona shooting
January 14th, 2011
04:48 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain praises former rival

(CNN) - Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain issued high praise for President Obama's Wednesday address that honored victims of the Arizona shootings.

In an op-ed set to publish in the Washington Post Sunday, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee said his former rival gave a "terrific speech" and echoed the president's sentiment that political discourse should be "more civil than it currently is."

"Our political discourse should be more civil than it currently is, and we all, myself included, bear some responsibility for it not being so," McCain writes. "It probably asks too much of human nature to expect any of us to be restrained at all times by persistent modesty and empathy from committing rhetorical excesses that exaggerate our differences and ignore our similarities."

He added that it is not beyond America's "ability and virtue to refrain from substituting character assassination for spirited and respectful debate."


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. FREEDOM

    Thank you Senator McCain and President Obama. I may disagree with both of you sometimes but on civility and unity, I agree!!! I dare anybody to disagree with these 2 honorable men. If we live up to civility, our country will be a better place to live in.

    January 14, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Dan

    McCain is better than the party he belongs to.

    January 14, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    It's a start.
    I will never forget that this man served his country and went through hell for it.
    However, this does not excuse him from responsibility for bringing Sarah Palin into the national arena.
    Our political discourse was already bad enough, then he had to pick HER as VP nominee.
    A once honorable man who has turned his back on the people of this Nation.
    I hope he has changed back to what he was in '2000.

    January 14, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Considering that he brought that woman to the forefront and allowed her to spread her hate and lies and all that is wrong with this country right now (limberger, silly beck, insanity, angle, bachman, etc al) I am really surprised that he said anything. Maybe he still has a conscience somewhere deep down inside of him.
    Maybe he should have told the ex mayor that after what happened and how everyone has come down on poor little me from wasilla that she might have cancelled her gun show appearance. Then again larry the cable guy is right up her alley!

    January 14, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Rob

    Thanks for your integrity and leadership on this. It will take strong leadership from both parties to help keep both from falling back into the gutter.

    January 14, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Our political discourse should be more civil than it currently is, and we all, myself included, bear some responsibility for it not being so," McCain writes. "It probably asks too much of human nature to expect any of us to be restrained at all times by persistent modesty and empathy from committing rhetorical excesses that exaggerate our differences and ignore our similarities. Now...GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!"

    Fixed.

    January 14, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    He introduced the main liar into the presidential race in 2008 and I will never forget the hateful yelling and screaming about the black candidate every time $Palin had a rally. She is awful. The republicans use her to promote the lies and hate and fear and they keep their own hands clean. BUT – IF THEY PAY FOR HER VITRIOT, THEY HAVE THE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS TOO.

    January 14, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "ability and virtue to refrain from substituting character assassination for spirited and respectful debate."

    Said the man who brought us modern day McCarthyism with his accusastions during the 2008 campaign that Obama was a "soshulist" and "palled around with terrorists." Good on ya McPampers...it appears the conservative habit of uttering ironic hypocrisy is the last thing to go as senility sets in.

    January 14, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What! OK, now I know he has gone off the deep end. I was waiting for him to say something negative about "That one."

    January 14, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Tanbiker2

    McCain is such an utter hypocrite. He, his trailer trash VP choice and their supporters are principally responsible for the awful massacre in Tuscon. He should resign.

    January 14, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Dave

    It's a start. Our nation has serious problems that require the collective effort of everyone to find solutions. Words matter.

    January 14, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. REALLY!

    What else can he say or do, his state is in mourning right now, to bash POTUS would not be a good politicak move for him, it still comes down to that. What he can do for America is put Palin in her place the way he did when he gave his concession speech, stupid woman had a speech all ready to go then doing the right thing he did not let her speak. So can he help shut her up, he created her after all

    January 14, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Neither he nor Kyl even offered a hand-shake after the memorial. Shame on the old white men.

    January 14, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Kara

    Jolly good!

    January 14, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Cascadoux

    You, sir, have restored my respect for you. It takes a lot of courage to give praise when praise is due. It is always good for us to put country first. When we truly believe that "a house divided cannot stand", I think we appreciate more the efforts of those who want to unify us. Family first!

    January 14, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. CliffDogg

    I once had a ton of respect for McCain. Then he sold his soul, and principles, to the devil for a shot the the presidency. Maybe he can come back to what he once was. I hope so.

    January 14, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. DeeAnn

    Well stated Senator McCain

    January 14, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. AmericanDoc

    McCain speaks for...... McCain. The shooter did what he did because he is deranged and wrong. Politics has always been spirited and in most countries, more loud and honest than ours. This horrible tragedy has as much to do with the downfall of our moral society as it does politics. Which is to say that sometimes bad people do bad things and we can never be 100% safe. So know your God and be prepared. Theres not much more to take home from this.

    January 14, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Dan

    Good for you John McCain! I just wish you had not thrust Palin on all of us!

    January 14, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. John

    Classy! Maybe we're heading in the right direction! It can start here!

    January 14, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I have always liked and admired Sen McCain and in fact had it not been for his running mate I would have strongly considered giving him my vote, which is RARE for me to vote for a Republican. Which is why it has upset me with his flip/flops on subjects like DADT, the Dream Act, and not really saying much as his former running mate has run wild with some of her negative rhetoric. I hope the "old" John Mccain returns it will be best for his party and the nation as a whole.

    January 14, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Oh, oh," cried the job killing republicans and the billionaires. What will happen to the overpaid corporate slugs in big business, Wall Street, big banks, health insurance industry, and big oil? After they spent billions to discredit the president, people are now not buying into it."

    Buying into it...an interesting choice of words. I disagree with you about whether people are buying into it though, but perhaps not in the way you might think: who do you think pays for giant corporations to spend billions of dollars lobbying their favorite puppets and misinformation-campaigning on their behalf?

    Yeah. Not everyone believes it...but we're ALL buying into it.

    January 14, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. S. In California

    Shut the hell up McCain! It's because of you we have that low-life from Nowhere out there drumming up the hateful bigots in America. Just go away.

    January 14, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our political discourse should be more civil than it currently is, and we all, myself included, bear some responsibility for it not being so," McCain writes.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    John McCain!!! You old mavericky rascal you! You are the ONLY one of your ilk that has actually done the decent thing and accepted some responsibility for the tenor of our political discourse.
    You showed class in so doing John, which, it goes without saying, is ice ages removed from anything uttered, rambled or garbled by America's Official National Joke the Half-Wit half-termer .
    Thanks John, that was heartening to hear coming from you.

    January 14, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. GonzoinHouston

    It's a step. It's another positive byte in that great hard drive of negativity. We owe it to ourselves to encourage such things.

    January 14, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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