John McCain sitting out 2012
February 4th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
7 years ago

John McCain sitting out 2012

(CNN) – John McCain says he’s going to sit out this upcoming presidential race when it comes to supporting a particular candidate, even though his former running mate might be among them

“I think I’m staying out of this for the first time in many years,” McCain told Politico Thursday.

Pressed if he would stay out completely, the Arizona senator added, “Most likely.”

McCain’s endorsement would of course be at least a symbolic boost to several candidates, especially for Sarah Palin should the former vice presidential candidate decide to run.

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Whatever

    It would have been great to see the dynamic if Palin was to run but it was not like he would have had a shot if he did... sorry John you need to serve this term in the Senate and quietly retire with a luxury penison and benefits.

    February 4, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. W.G.

    I´m glad , his judgement in the past has been suspect . After all he´s the one who gave us PALIN !

    February 4, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. GrogInOhio

    Follow up question Senator... Any regrets for inflicting Sarah Palin on the nation?

    February 4, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. fideauxdon

    Why is it so difficult for any GOP candidate to say that they wouldn't back one of the least prepared, divisive candidates for high office in the history of the country? Show some integrity, guys!

    February 4, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. John McCain

    Nobody in their right mind would back Palin...not even Bristol.

    February 4, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Jack in Florida

    He knows he unleashed a monster that is splitting up his beloved Republican party.....hey John.....your daughter Meghan gets it......listen to her.

    February 4, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Mr. Man

    McCain created the Palin Frankenstein to begin with. Now he can't kill the monster.........

    February 4, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Katie

    Gutless, John McCain. You select Palin as your running mate after 15 minutes of conversation – it says more about his character and love for country than it does about her presumptuousness. He only wanted to win and had no regard for the impact it could have on the country, it was all about winning for the gop. What a shallow, pitiful excuse of a man.

    February 4, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Seattle Sue

    I don't think McCain can keep his mouth shut for that length of time. He just has to be in the news, too big an ego.

    February 4, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. MrPragmatic

    Even the senile McCain understands what Sarah is all about. He probably also understand that his 2008 campaign is responsible for foisting this horribly uninformed brain dead narcissist on the world and he has to be regretting that. I know the rest of the country is – well, save for the 18% of the population who still think she has something meaningful to say.

    February 4, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. Liberal4Obama

    Wow. McCain is a great man, thanks Senator for choosing Sanity over Insanity.

    February 4, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. bettyboop33

    A wise move, considering that choosing Palin as a running mate was a bad move from the start.

    February 4, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. Tam

    So he still has some grey cells left. Not too many, or else he would not have listened to his "advisors" and unleashed her on us.

    February 4, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    Senator McCain..the US population that use their brains is still mad and will never forgive you for what you unleashed on us in the 2008 election. That monster is STILL haunting us like Freddy Kreuger/Micheal Myers/etc and as far as I can see, she will never go away. Until you ran as a tightie rightie and picked the Wasilla hillbily, I actually would have considered voting for you in an election. You blew that chance when trailor trash Palin stepped forward and the screeching has not stopped. Go away and please take her with you.

    February 4, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. markfromdover

    John-you should have stayed out of it last time.

    February 4, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. Norm

    Why would he support someone that totally cost him the election last time?

    February 4, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. Jay Kay

    I hope he equates "staying out" with keeping his ignorant mouth shut.

    February 4, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Gaunt

    McCain has been involved, and often heavily involved in opretty much every single Presidential election for the last three decades. As the former Republican candidate, he is also given the traditional role of supporting and helping the incoming candidate, it has always been that way for both parties.

    His 'stepping aside' and not even verbally endorsing any candidates cannot be seen as ANYTHING except a massive slap in the face for Sarah Palin. He won't actually come out and say his former running mate has no business being president, but these actions make it clear that is exactly what he believes.

    February 4, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. rusty155

    Saran Palin cost John McCain to be President. Saran Palin couldn't win if she was the only person running , the Woman a IDIOT. She Is Racist she spread hate and all she worry about is how must In It for her. If she should win American would be the happy stock of the world. Saran Palin Is the most UNQUALIFIED person In American too run for any PUBLIC OFFICE of any kind ,not even dog catcher they would out smart her.

    February 4, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. Frank simmons

    Even McCain acknowledges the woman is an idiot.

    February 4, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that he did so well the last time... It isn't a huge surprise. Maybe they'll nominate Palin and give the election to Obama.

    February 4, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. ehwilson429

    simple McCain is a Democrat and Palin is not a Republican.

    February 4, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. Randy

    Why would anybody want to back this nut case

    February 4, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Jay

    So, McCain won't even support the person he nominated to take his place if he were elected and passed away while in office. Good to know.

    Palin was by far the most irresponsible VP pick I've seen in my lifetime... But she did rile up the rural, know-nothing GOP base, so I guess she did her "job", such as it was.

    February 4, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. sara

    I don't feel it matters what he does. He is at the end of his political career and it is time for him to retire. But, that is how I see it.

    February 4, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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