McCain slams GOP hopefuls' 'isolationism'
June 19th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
3 years ago

McCain slams GOP hopefuls' 'isolationism'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, took aim Sunday at the field of contenders for the 2012 GOP nomination, accusing them of "isolationism."

"We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s, when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world," McCain said in an interview with ABC's "This Week."

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  1. rs

    Despite inflicting the idiot Palin on us, I miss the old Maverick- He is about the ONLY Republican I'd vote for because he hasn't fallen to the radical Tea Party trash.

    June 19, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. B

    Just retire McCain, it is long overdue..

    June 19, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. The Elephant in The Room

    It`s the economy stupid.

    Our defense budget has Doubled in 10 years, meanwhile our allies military budgets have held constant during that same time.

    That transfers costs to Americans and takes resources away from our citizens who need it [for example – smaller class sizes and better schools to make us competitive]. Unemployment is driven higher in the longer term because McCain`s warm mongering.

    You want wars Republicans? Then have the courage to raise taxes to pay for it like we did when our National Debt was under control.

    June 19, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. david

    Outside of introducing the much hated hated palin...mccain on national security is formidable voice and is always listened to...

    June 19, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    "We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s, when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world,"

    Mc Cain must consider
    Iraq war and Bush tax cut bankrupt us
    Iraq war made Afghan war longer

    Before he speak

    June 19, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. John

    The Republican Party are letting the Tea Party It turning It to the Party Of Nazis. They can't even make up there own mind with In there own Party. You have One Republican say one thing and another saying something else and than another on saying something else. I can't believe there people out there that would want them to run this Country Into the Ground. the Republican and the TEA PARTY Isn't about making America Better , they are Out to control America Like China and Russia does there Country. I don't know about the rest of you but I like America the way It Is Now ,were they American people have Right and can choose what they want or to vote on. Instead Of some Republican back Tea Party GOV saying It Going To be this and you have nothing to say about It. It getting perry funny , because we send are Troops all over the world to fight for Freedom but we are giving It up right here In America. Just ask all the state that got there Right taking away.

    June 19, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Hammerer

    If McCain is opposed to any political candidate should be viewed as a positive for the candidate. McCain has proven that he is a large part of the problem in Washington!

    June 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The US has tried to be the world's policeman for far too long. It has not, and still does not, work. Time to get realistic, and not idealistic, and recognize that the US cannot impose its will, on the rest of the world..........no matter how crazy the rest of the world might get.

    The rest of the world must recognize that political change is up to the people of the regions in question, and it is NOT the job of the US to force those changes, for those people.

    June 19, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Bad things are ALWAYS happening in the world. The USA cannot get involved in all of them or try to "fix" all of them, especially with bombs and bullets. We need to pick our fights VERY judiciously. Libya should NOT have Americans involved in it. If the Eurpoeans want to take down Khaddafy, then by all means do it. The USA has no interests there quite frankly. This is an Obama "humanitarian" mission involving the delivery of bombs on Khaddafy. Predictably, Khaddafy has hunkered down and will outlast this joke of an attempt to get rid of him.

    June 19, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Rev Mkell,

    The last two periods of American isolationism were followed by World Wars! Let us not do that again!

    June 19, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. DENNA

    Mr. McCain has just redeemed himself somewhat from the Palin mess he thrust upon us. I always had heard that he was a maverick, but seeing him toadying up to the right wing with Silly Sarah kind of soured me on this man. Is it possible that he still has some common senses? This is something that is sorely lacking in the current field of Republican "contenders".

    June 19, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Isolationism is a good word to the haters.

    Compromise is a dirty word to the haters.

    Which group are YOU in??

    June 19, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |