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. Dixie

    Sen McCain is my state representative. I am still ashamed of the dirty campaign he and Sarah ran. He is full of theatrics. Remember how he left the campaign to rush back to Washington to FIX the banking/investment fiasco? Retire, Mr. Photo Opp.

    October 2, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    If any one knows about losers, it would be McCrypt.

    October 2, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. bb

    A politician who consistently states that "he is not ready and his heart is not in it" and is constantly being pressured by big corporations and wealthy donors into running for potus to do their bidding, to me doesn't instill voter confidence.

    October 2, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. petemg

    Where do people get that a healthy president is a good president. Look at Obama, he is getting skinnier and skinnier as runs around the world trying to cover up his mistakes. I do believe that Christie has at least more experience than Obama did. But seriously, GOP you must get your act together and build up strength. Enough of this finger pointing and get down to building a platform on what you are running for. Obama and the other politicians are also finger pointing. Either become a solution or get out. UNITE ALL DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?

    October 2, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. NoTags

    McCain is clearly delusional. It's time for him to retire, go to one of his homes and drink beer with Cindy.

    October 2, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. John

    I just Like to know If the Republican think President Obama will be easy to beat, than why do they need so many to run for the Republican Nominee. And Chris Christie Is just another Clown for the Republican Circus that they got going. Why don't you go all out and get the biggest clown In the Circus Saran Palin.The Republican and the Tea Party Is turning this Into a big Circus , and than you have a Republican Control house that Is just making thing worse.the Jobs they are doing Is really bad.

    October 2, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. works4me

    The moment he chose Palin I knew he was an idiot without anymore rhetoric I would want to hear. Please John, get your meds and take a nap!

    October 2, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. BW42

    “let’s remember he’s starting from way behind in fund-raising"

    Don't worry, the Koch brothers will take care of that.

    October 2, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Terry Gloege

    Isn't this the same guy who selected that airhead from Alaska to be his running mate? Ease up on the peyote John.

    October 2, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Joe

    McCain refers to that gaggle of losers, lunatics, and liars as a "good crop of candidates?" Is he crazy? Oh, wait, he was the one who thought Sarah Palin was a good idea......never mind.

    October 2, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. ZweiStein

    More than a year to election. The current GOP group running shows no viable candidate to me, an independent. So, give it a try Christie, if your message, intelligence and demeanor are more reflective of a presidential contender than the current unacceptable bunch. I did like what you had to say on Piers Morgan – you sounded very sensible, down to earth and could easily be a person I could consider.;

    October 2, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. kevin

    mccain picked palin as his running mate....if i had done something that supid, would bow my head and keep my mouth shut.

    October 2, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    His judgment is really good - just look at his selection of VP candidate. LOL

    October 2, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Sylvestre Apolonio

    John, John, John you were really on television. You were not at your desk taking a siesta. Good reason why we should advocate for term limits (1 term) for members of Congress.

    October 2, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. ST

    Oh John! Christie is a maverick as you were or may be still are. Are you afraid that he will lose the election because maverick never make it!

    October 2, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Larry L

    Christie would make a good, conservative Democrat. The Tea Party will hate him. He needs to stay at home and run New Jersy until some rational voting force dedicated to actually helping rather than destroying America emerges in the Repubublican Party.

    October 2, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. w l jones

    The crop of Republican candidate like an Astronaught travling in deep space they have no feeling or sensation what the vast majority of the people want nor appear to care. Maybe, just maybe they will stop and come to some conclusome before the pirmary over. Bless.

    October 2, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Raj B

    How come old man (where is the camera, McCain)John McCain forgot to mention Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal, both Republican Governors. Or has he revealed his ugly side unknowingly?

    October 2, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. OldieinTampaBay

    Retire John! You are so out of touch no one really cares WHAT you think!

    October 2, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. rude

    I would not take advice from a man who chose Palin as a running mate.I researched Christi and he looks VERY corrupt. No Bid contracts to ex-prosecutors who did NOT prosecute his brother for securities fraud. Lots of other stuff check, it out for yourself.

    October 2, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Not_Lqqking

    The Dead Sea is deep too, but it's still the Dead Sea Maverick, or are you in your non-Maverick phase?

    October 2, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. badcyclist

    The only things that Christie has done in NJ is to shaft teachers, bust unions, and beg for federal money. Oh, and eat sugar-frosted whales for breakfast. That's not a white charger he's riding into the primaries, it's a mule with a broken back. By all means, governor, join the party! Just be sure to check your head at the door, because it's going to be handed to you on your way out.

    October 2, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. Mary

    I don't see anyone that can beat Obama in the current crop of Republicans. You need a centrist candidate who will appeal to independents like Ronald Reagan did. So far all I see are far righties who will appeal to the base only. The conservatives need to embrace someone in the middle to win, wake up!

    October 2, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. 21k

    losing track of the cranky old men who run for president. cain, mccain, whatever. they all sound alike to me.

    October 2, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. Lardeau

    McCain is another yesterday's man like Cheney. The Old Guard that put the country into the mess it's in to-day. Please McCain .. don't run next year.

    October 2, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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