McCain: Debt deal's 'a success'
August 1st, 2011
10:36 AM ET
3 years ago

McCain: Debt deal's 'a success'

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain characterized the debt ceiling deal reached by the White House and Congress as a success Monday.

The senior senator from Arizona said he supports the level of spending cuts, but is concerned about the defense cuts that may be on the table.


"But that doesn't mean I'm therefore rejecting the agreement, I'm just worried," McCain said on CNN's "American Morning."

He also challenged Republicans who argue the agreement does not cut enough spending to craft a proposal that would receive support from the majority of members in both houses of Congress and be signed by the president.

"What they should worry about more than anything else is the view in which the American people hold us and their low opinion of us because we're failing to do what they think is our job," McCain said. "And by the way, you're right."

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • John McCain • Senate • TV-American Morning
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. WiredweirdoinSF

    This compromise does nothing to stop the greedy, corrupt union bosses from stealing the money from hard working taxpayers to give back to the democrat liberals and nothing to restrain the growth of payments to the lazy, uneducated drug addicts who vote for this inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president and his corrupt union toady democrat liberals.

    August 1, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. GI Joe

    We'll see McSongbird, we'll see.

    Jobs killer - or will unemployment immediately drop to 4% because the wealthy and corporations got their way?

    August 1, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. FauxNews

    McCain has been on the government dole since birth.

    August 1, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Perish the thought that Beltway Bandits might have to make some sacrifices. The only reason American servicemen and women are still in Iraq and Afghanistan is to keep their perpetual gravy train rolling.

    August 1, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP and Tea Party hobbits need to answer the most important question at this time: How will cutting the deficit create jobs? Revitalizing the economy to create jobs depends on: 1. Consumer Spending 2. Business Spending/Hiring and 3. Federal Spending/Hiring. Consumers are not spending. Businesses are holding on to a record amount of cash and still are not hiring. Taking the federal government out of the equation will only further slow the economic recovery. Reducing the federal deficit should occur after an economic recovery not before.

    August 1, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. patNY

    Once again, McCain shows he's nothing b ut a war monger! Even cutting defense by 5%...we still spend the most on military than all other countries combined!

    August 1, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. trex

    I am a left leaning DEM, and I respect McCain for his service to our country, and the sacrifice of his imprisonment as a POW in Viet Nam. To say he has been on the "government dole since birth", is the WRONG THING TO SAY and WORSE, TO THINK. I dont agree with much of his politics, but, to discredit his service is anti- AMERICAN.

    August 1, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. EatRunDive

    You know the situation is bad when McCain becomes a relative voice of reason!

    August 1, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. GI Joe

    @trex – it's also un-AMERICAN to steal from the poor to give to the wealthy/corporations/profiteers.

    Do you get THAT? (Besides, he sang like a canary after he crashed planes because he was inept).

    August 1, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. UsaGod help us

    Why do repuplicans love war so much? Because they make money of it

    August 1, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. CutTheCorporateCrapandCaptheirIncome

    "Give senator durbin his shirt back." Hah.

    McCain is the only member of the GOP who makes me smile, simply because he's a gentlemen on the floor and he's not completely wacko.

    And I 'll never forget the hobbits thing, either.

    August 1, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. cindy

    The "crisis" has been dealt with. Show me Party of no how you will focus on what you campaigned on which is jobs jobs jobs. and not overseas jobs but jobs here for the american people. That should be your primary focus. how about staying in washington to achieve this instead of all the time off. maybe then mr kyl won't have to groan about having to do his job close to the holidays

    August 1, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. FM

    Sen. McCain, you are the most wiser person in all buch of Repubs. I wish you are one of the contenders now. You could get my vote but without making the same mistake of tapping again that lady!!

    August 1, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. WTF?

    The Tea Party is the predator and The American People is the prey. You get what you vote for?

    August 1, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    If you end these unfunded wars, then you wouldn't have to worry about defense cuts. I find it amazing how republicans complain about our debt when Bush didn't have any of the wars on budget. This President has put the wars on the books.

    August 1, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Big John doesn't get out much, does he. Obviously, he hasn't spoken to any one of his colleagues in the House.

    August 1, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. John, PA

    John McCain is the exact reason we need term limits in Congress !

    August 1, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. sf

    Mccain has been a gentlemen I'll give him that..but don't start claiming victory just yet. This debt ceiling nightmare was simply created to make Obama look bad...in actuality it's CONGRESS AND REPUBLICANS who are at fault here and have always been. They create these types of atmospheres and after putting the TRUE AMERICAN PEOPLE through hell, they want to sit back and claim "victory". These tea party freshmen and their ilk need to be voted out of office! and we will NOT forget what you've done this year, next November! The right and that stupid tea party have given nothing but headache to our president and somehow he has lasted through this garbage! GOD please the POTUS, i've never seen such hatred towards a President who wants nothing but good for the middle class and the poor. This idea that he's doubled the national debt is ridiculous! it's the aftermath of that idiot Bush! take a look at the facts! but the right wing has problems looking at facts, they just like creating lies and BS! VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT 2012!!!!

    OBAMA 2012!!!

    August 1, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Cosmo

    The Debt deal and the conduct of the GOP is a disgrace to this country, with the Democrats not far behind. You are creating a vacuum that only a third party call fill (no not the extremist tbag people), a centrist one that works for the middle class which is by far the biggest majority in this country.

    August 1, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. ATL Guy

    Well, when the Republicans took over the House in 2010, they made some promises that quickly went out of the window. Whatever happened to negotiating in front of the CSPAN cameras? Whatever happened to posting the bill online for 72 hours so that people can read the bill? Whatever happened to referencing the part of the Constitution that the bill supports? Or what about making sure that the bill is no longer than the Constitution?

    August 1, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. BeverlyNC

    All McCain cares about is the millitary???? We have PEOPLE out of work for years, not a job in sight, and this rotten deal only hurts the PEOPLE – no jobs, no economic stimulation, no corporate accountability, and no reassurance we will not lose our Social Security and Medicare while Republicans in Congress keep their 6 figure salarieis, theiir expensive healthcare plan, and their expensive pension plan while they destroy ours, Republicans are HYPOCRITES and LIARS and TRAITORS TO THE PEOPLE.
    McCain is RICH so he has the typical Republican arrogant attitude of letting the PEOPLE suffer and scrape by to survive. They have their wealth so to hell with those :"beneath" them.
    NO MORE REPUBLICANS IN 2012 – NOT LOCAL, NOT STATE, NOT NATIONAL SEATS. WE MUST TAKE AMERICA BACK FROM THESE DESTROYERS AND REBUILD AMERICA FOR THE PEOPLE AND REVIVE OUR DEMOCRACY.
    THIS DEAL IS A LOSER – AND HURTS THE PEOPLE – I WOULD RATHER SEE US DEFAULT- EITHER WAY THE PEOPLE GET SCREWED.

    August 1, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. GI Joe

    I have an idea – each major Corporation cut ONE executive and use that money to hire at least 10 workers.

    Unemployment solved.

    August 1, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Yup – them thar republicans LUV the constitution. (that's why they want to change it).

    August 1, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |