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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  1. Michael Wong

    What difference does it make? He has no credibility now anyway. His political legacy is going to be losing in 2008, and flip-flopping on almost every principle he ever espoused in public.

    February 4, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Talk about taking a principled stand! (Not!) McCain is hedging his bets, hoping that he can keep his nose clean enough to land some cushy ambassadorship to a tropical island somewhere.

    That man is so WEAK!

    February 4, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. PalmReader

    "McCain’s endorsement would of course be at least a symbolic boost to several candidates . . ."

    ARE there any GOPer candidates? So far all we are getting is Cable News sound-bites filed with "I'm leaning towards running, I might be running, I am thinking about running, I have to ask my wife first, I have all the time in the world to announce, my wife hasn't decided if I should run or not, I need to check with Netanyahu for his opinion . . . filed with "President Obama, blah, blah, blah". Not one of these so called candidates has offered one suggestion, one idea, or one campaign strategy to bolster what it is they would do, or offer an opinion as to why they feel we the public should consider their candidacy, or put our trust in any of them. They each are looking more and more like the losing candidate . . . long before they even step up to the plate TO announce they are running for President.

    February 4, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. DLong

    Why would he support her? She cost him the election. Oh and BTW, thank you so much McCain for unleashing that fool upon the rest of us.

    February 4, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Realistic

    John McCain is getting closer to retirement and he wants to distance himself from palin the idiot. He thinks people will forget what he did to america and americans by unleashing this turd on society. Well John we will will not forget and when hsitory writes about, there will be an "S"terisk by your name and that name will be "Palin"...Johnny boy, you did this to yourself..

    February 4, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. j

    Great; after being responsible for elevating her to a national stage, he doesn't have the guts to say he won't support Palin. I have lost so much respect for Sen. McCain since he chose Palin as his running mate and this doesn't help.

    February 4, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Joe

    Maybe he's finally realized that his days of good judgment are long since gone and that he lacks the ability to make an informed choice.

    February 4, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. theworldlyman

    Well .... John finally came to his senses !
    One thing can be said though ..... he certainly knows how to create millionaires.

    February 4, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. michael

    Why would you endorse the very person that lost the elction for you ?
    I might have voted for you but Palin as number 2 ? Get real that showed us that you picked her to get the woman vote and nothing more

    February 4, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Jerrold

    Sorry John, this falls way short of acknowledging what a mistake you made by nominating Palin for Vice President.

    February 4, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. TM

    Apparently he has realized the plague he help release into the world. Good luck trying to put that evil, ignorant, genie back into the bottle. Palin is a political "Typhoid Mary".

    February 4, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Terrence

    He probably realized his mistake for picking Sarah just now. I honestly believe that Palin was a factor why he get beat up so badly last election.

    February 4, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. beevee

    McCains knows there is no good republican candidate to go against Obama and so he dicides to sit out. I hope he is not thinking of running again.

    February 4, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Nancy in WA

    How easy for him to decide to stay out of things, especially after ultimately it's his fault half-a-brain Palin is constantly shoved down America's throats. He realizes he created a monster. Mavericks certainly don't think too much before making bad choices.

    February 4, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. jeff, alabama

    This is simple to figure out
    He's still jealous that she
    was much more popular than
    he was during the last election.
    Plus the fact that she doesn't
    waffle on issues like he does.
    He's weak and she is much stronger.
    The most stupid thing I keep hearing
    from brain damaged liberals is that she
    cost him the last election.
    Pull the drugs out of your noses and
    smell the roses. HE COST HER THE ELECTION !!!

    February 4, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. johnRJ08

    This is the closest John McCain will ever come to admitting that Sarah Palin is a walking prank that he pulled on voters back in 2008. He doesn't have the political courage to come right out and say that she is a narcissistic, vindictive moron.

    February 4, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Thatguy371

    McCain has done enough damage bringing that blight on humanity Palin into the scenario. Let him 'sit-it-out' for the rest of his days for all I care.

    February 4, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Sheila Drake

    John please dig out a good candidate and not a joke.

    February 4, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Perhaps McCain is waiting for the group of armchair quarterback GOPer presidential wannabee's to bring forward their platforms to the public before he himself commits to one of them. Looks to be a long drawn out process . . . having trouble finding their man pants, no doubt.

    February 4, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Inside Job

    Palin is an idiot. She cannot be President.

    February 4, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Namejim

    Thank you, Jesus!

    February 4, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Chedar

    McCain should retire all together. The guy is too old to even get involve in politics. Go and fade into the sun of Arizona. It's about time.

    February 4, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Charlie from the North

    Look I don't expect any GOPer to give a rat's behind about me or anything I care about but I have to point out that if if were not for that woman and his obvious lack of judgement in picking her, John McCain would be consulting his doctors right now to see if they would okay a run for re-election. So I think we can forgive him for not jumping on her bandwagon. As far as the other folks running..he passed them all up for Caribou Barbie so should we believe him now if he says any one of them should be prez?

    February 4, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Terry

    It's way too late for this idiot to think he can make up for his last major screw-up.

    February 4, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Hallmark

    GOOD! he's news nobody cares about anyhow. He wouldn't have gotten 10 votes if it wasn't for her... One of them being his own! I still can't believe that Arizona voters would be so lame as to send him back. I feel a lot less sympayhy towards there border problems since it seems they care little enough about it themselves to re-elect him. Sorry but he lost 2008 because nobody likes John McCain!

    February 4, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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