McCain cautions Christie
October 2nd, 2011
10:40 AM ET
7 years ago

McCain cautions Christie

(CNN) - Republican Sen. John McCain issued a warning Sunday about presidential politics to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is reportedly considering entering the GOP presidential nominating contest.

Although the 2008 GOP presidential nominee praised the first-term governor’s record in the Garden State, he also said the potential late entry would put Christie at a political disadvantage.

“I think he’s done a great job as governor. I think he’d be a very viable candidate,” McCain said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” But “let’s remember he’s starting from way behind in fund-raising and organization and other areas.”

McCain, Arizona’s senior senator, warned of a “flavor of the month” climate as Republicans prepare choose their nominee to face President Barack Obama in 2012.

“I think that there is a bit of a caution. … The swimming pool looks a lot better until you jump right in,” McCain said. “The water may not be quite as warm as you think.”

McCain expressed optimism about several top GOP elected officials, including Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. He also mentioned representatives Eric Cantor of Virginia and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

“We have the deepest bench in the Republican Party now that I have ever seen in my lifetime,” McCain said. “And I think that we have a, a good crop of candidates. I think the party will rally around the nominee.”

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • John McCain
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    One RINO giving advice to another.

    October 2, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    I don't think McCain has it right here. The Republicans are so unhappy with their field of choice, that each new entry gets put high up on a pedestal. What will happen with Christie is that he won't pass the lunatic fringe test, sadly.

    We have only 2 viable political parties in this country, and one let the birchers in and is being destroyed from within. Hopefully they can pull it together. And I'm a Democrat, but reconigize the need for the Republican Party. In this form, they won't be able to survive. Why don't they kick the lunatic fringe out? Let them form their own party, these hateful ones.

    October 2, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Deepest bench? Is he referring to the supreme court that will select a republican (again) if they yell voter fraud loud enough? Certainly sounds like it.

    October 2, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Time for Mc Cain to retire today’s talks

    “One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States,” Rick Perry
    “You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it's not politically convenient.” President Obama

    Mc Cain don’t you know these people can’t win Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Mark Kirk, Kelly Ayotte, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan.

    October 2, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. thomas

    Washington (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney praised the Obama administration Sunday for using a drone strike to kill American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, but said President Barack Obama should now apologize for criticizing former President George W. Bush's actions against suspected terrorists.

    Dick Cheney needs to apologize to Sen. John McCain for his comments going way back to the 2000 election ! Old Dick demands forgiveness , yet he will never admit his own mistakes !

    I think John McCain would have made a better president then Bush / Cheney looking back over the last 12 years. McCain would have never squandered Americas Military and Economic resources with such disregard !

    October 2, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Gino Martell

    As soon aas the New Jersey governors enters the race, he is dead meat. Look what has happened to Perry. Again, the republican are into the flaavor of the month, but guess what: they are stuck with Romney. Personally, I would have liked the governor of Utah: Huntsmaan. But the media wrote he off...

    October 2, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Far Righters

    In other words, McCain doesn't care if Herman Cain raises cain just as long as the Right Wingers gain control of this country! But it will be a cold day in hell before that ever happens!

    October 2, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. logic in LA

    You would think an experienced politician like McCain would see that not even Republicans like the choices before them and that a new face might be just what they need. Of course, this is the guy that chose Sarah as a running mate, so why are we listening to him at all?

    October 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Republicans, The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Deep bench? Who is he kidding?

    They have no skills, no solutions. It's the same warmed over playbook from the past 30 years – – Tax Cuts & De-regulation for the clearly misappropriately named JOB CREATORS.

    Ryan is not an idiot, I'll give him that. But he has no SOLUTIONS to our problems. Cantor IS AN IDIOT.

    Republicans can't explain how what they would do would address what we face. We trusted them with the Bush Tax Cuts and it got us nowhere but deeper in debt. We trusted them with the Iraq war and it got us nowhere but deeper in debt AND got 4,000 of our SOLDIERS killed. The days of TRUST US are over. But right now, they don't even have a new bottle of snake oil to try and sell us.

    Independents, vote a strated Democratic ticket in 2012 & 2014. The Democrats are the party of ideas, COMPETENCE, & execution – not the GOP. Then if the Democrats don't fix things, HIRE the Republicans in 2016. It will take until about then for the GOP to purge itself of the idiots and develop some middle of the road solutions for America.

    October 2, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Larry L

    Republicans will "swift boat" their own candidates if the Koch brothers want it to happen.

    October 2, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Kenny

    “We have the deepest bench in the Republican Party now that I have ever seen in my lifetime,” McCain said. “And I think that we have a, a good crop of candidates. I think the party will rally around the nominee.”

    WOW....He "THINKS" the party will rally around the nominee. This is what happens when McCain "THINKS". Glad he is not President McCain "THINKING".

    October 2, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. cardog

    Just the idea that Senator McCain has to list out others as potential candidates to go up against President Obma, simply shows how weak the Teapubicant field is. I'm not saying that the President isn't in a weak position as of today, but none of this "Never Ending Parade of Stupidity" can defeat this President, and McCain knows that.

    October 2, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. PulTab

    Poor republitards. They just can't find anyone who isn't an idiot. It's been a lot of fun watching them scramble.

    October 2, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. John N Florida

    Christie can't handle the job he has. He complains it already saps his strength to the point he hasn't got the time or the stamina to do anything about his weight. He was hospitalized for Asthma related to his girth.
    Does anybody suffer the illusion that being President of the United States is an EASIER job than being Governor of New Jersey?

    October 2, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Floe

    Not "deepest bench" but "deepest stench." Period.

    October 2, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Neo

    Opinion from a has-been. The guy is a loser. No one really cares what McCain thinks. Just go away!

    October 2, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. bailee

    Dear King John, Do you really think your opinion is going to stop Chris Christie, or any other political hopeful from jumping in the pool! ALL of the Republican candidates up to this point in time have jumped into the pool, and to there surprise there was no water in it. Ouch!! A pretty hard fall, don't you think!! The best advice that you could take would be to stay at your desk on Capital Hill, and let the Republican candidates of 2012 make their own way to defeat!! You certainly did!

    October 2, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. paa

    Good talk, but no merit. obama is unbeatable 2012. advice all the republicans the 2012 election will be a picnic as they see it now. by thye way , where is your friend sarah?

    October 2, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. ArtInChicago

    Pox on you McClain for unleashing the Palin Plague on this country! Pox on you!!!

    October 2, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Mike S.

    McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. His credibility is zero.

    October 2, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. G

    Chris Christie cannot govern one state without collapsing from the stress of the job and being rushed to a hospital. How in the world will he be able to manage all fifty states 24/7 ?

    October 2, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Karl Jonas

    Christie is a walking embodiment of one of the biggest reasons our health care costs are out of control. Huge problem with obesity in this country and we'd want HIM to represent the USA?

    I think not.

    October 2, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Justin

    Sure he was real cautious about letting Palin off her leash.

    October 2, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Charlie from the North

    Translation...... "If you are planning on being moderate in any area, forget it for this year......maybe we can get rid of the idiot tea party by next round and you could have a chance" Smart advice

    October 2, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Martino- TORONTO CANADA

    Christie likes to bully old ladies and old men, with his foul tongue,.. but Obama will chew him up and spit him out.

    October 2, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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