John McCain sitting out 2012
February 4th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
3 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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  1. egnmb1

    Even John McCain has enough sense to NOT endorse Sarah Palin. Ole McCain is just doing what his momma taught him... If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all! Thank you McCain – from a republican!

    February 4, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Cat

    McCain didn't even truly back Palin when she was running *with* him. They met one week before the Republican convention, and he was stuck with her because the party chose for him. Some maverick. At this point he's doing everyone a favor by staying out of things. She has zero chance anyway. And he's a decent man but it's time for him to move along.

    February 4, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    These TWO – McCain/Palin – are LOSERS!!!!! They LOST in 2008 and both of them will LOSE in 2012. McCain would put the WHAMMY on the person he endorses and NO ONE wants an endorsement from SARAH!!

    CNN needs to STOP making it seem as if they MEAN SOMETHING!! Doggone-IT, who cares about an endorsement coming from McCain and who cares whether or not Sarah runs!!!!

    February 4, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. LouAz

    Good idea John. Now please give up your seat in the US Senate, and let someone, anyone, legislate for Aridzona and the USA. You and Rummy can play golf, or TiddleWinks, or continue with he said – I said.

    February 4, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Barry from Wisconsin

    Palin was the biggest mistake of McCain's long political career. I had some respect for him until he picked her to be the VP candidate. That was the desperate act of an old man who saw his last chance for the Presidency flying away.

    February 4, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. John

    Mr. McCain, should you choose to endorse Palin you'll prove that you are incapable of learning from your mistakes.

    February 4, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Keep quiet all you want John McClain. History will still remember you not as a war veteran, POW hero, and U.S. Senator, rather you will be remembered as the one who foisted Sarah Palin on the great nation.

    I hope you are ashamed.

    February 4, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Jill American

    He's sold is soul so many times he irrelevant anyway – he picked Palin for VP only to help get himself into the White House.

    February 4, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Peter

    He should have stayed out it last time given the idiot he foisted upon us ie Palin

    February 4, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. palintwit

    Well, I guess the man who cornered the market on grampy diapers is smarter that I gave him credit for.

    February 4, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Rob

    Has anyone thought who Palin might chose as her running mate?
    I suggest Foghorn Leghorn.
    I even have a slogan for them...
    "Yap-yap-yap, keep that mouth flappin' and do no listenin'"

    February 4, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Tired of the nonsense

    First he lets the pickle-brained moron loose on America, and then he doesn't clean up the mess.

    Now, he won't even acknowledge his responsibility of loosing the moron on us? Why not just state flat out, "I, John McCain made a big mistake and I'm apologizing to America for ever bringing Palin out into the open. I take full responsibility for turning the moron into a monster."

    February 4, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. NVa Native

    Even McCain can see the writing on the wall.
    All the "viable" Repubs crawling towards the 2012 Presidential election are either fringe nut jobs or loser-has-beens.
    McCain sees Obama is getting stronger everyday, just like our country is now getting stronger every day now that the Repubs/tea-baggers/ditto-heads have been voted to the minority.
    Dems are like the parent driving the family car on a road trip while having to keep and eye on them in the mirror and occasionally reach back to stop the mindless bickering coming from the children (GOPs), and stay focused on the important task at hand (steering our country out of the Repub’s ditch).

    February 4, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. CNN The Masters of Spin

    The real story here is NOT that a former "losing" presidential candidate chooses NOT to endorse someone (that would only label the recipient a loser as well) but the "REAL" story is how at any opportunity how CNN uses any opportunity given to take a negative shot at Sarah Palin they SPIN it their way. I expect any day to read some periodical say,"the palingenesis of a species is causing concern." and CNN headline on it's Ticker; PALIN TRYING TO CHANGE THE SPECIES".........(of course I realize this will be over the heads of most who read the Ticker, like; Snifit, T'Sha, Obama Mama, etc & other welfare takers)

    February 4, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. kcl

    LOL....just LOL. Hmmmm whatever could that decision mean??? Wink. Wink. You'd look pretty foolish if you didn't back the ole' running mate now wouldn't ya Johnny? You're no 'maverick'.

    February 4, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Bassman

    A childrens theatre has just advocated the beheading of Gov. Palin. Saying she "would not be missed". No mention of that death threat. Instead CNN's readers get the chance to ridicule and trash Ms. Palin. Good grief! Let the bashing begin.

    February 4, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Lisa - Atlanta

    LOL! And we have HIM to thank for unleashing this divisive, hate-spewing, narcissistic, un-Christian imbecile on this great country....

    February 4, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    He should sit out the rest of his life. He is out of touch and out of his mind.

    February 4, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. G-girl

    Good man, she is not smart enough to run. She lost him the last election. Please people open your eyes and listen.

    February 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. edged25

    What a scab McCain is .Sarah Palin went out of her way using a lot of political capital to get him reelected .Her base was furious but she knows the meaning of loyalty. The only time McCain was leading the election was after Sarah came on the scene . Funny how the whole economy just happened to colapse at that time . I had very little respect for you John McCain but now I have none . You have shown me where you stand and the whole country sees it now ..What a legacy for you .

    February 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. TPF

    Even McCain realizes what a huge mistake he made with Palin. No one can shut her up and she doesn't get it that, she is the most despised woman in America, including her own state.

    February 4, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Ernie

    John McCain is making a wise choice, Sharah Palin cost him the Presidency. McCain would be a lot wiser not to say anything or endorse any candidate. McCain should do his last 6 years as "Senator" and then retire on his big fat "Federal Pension" that the tax payer's have to pay for. Just think if McCaain didn't pick Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidental running mate he might be President right now. Sarah Palin is a politicial "Liability".

    February 4, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. JR

    Thanks a lot John......You dump Sarah Palin on us and now you can't man up and say you made a mistake.

    February 4, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Squiggs

    He should have sat out te 2008 election. If he had maybe Palin would still be in Alaska and we would still not have heard of her.

    February 4, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    It is obvious that McCain doesn't want to repeat his grievous mistake. His daughter must have talked some sense into him.

    February 4, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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