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. Jim Davis

    With all the hate talk and negative thinking being posted here, Dems MUST sence that Obama is going to get his behind kicked out of the White House, come 2012. What a Hoot. Hate-Hate-Hate!! Why don't you all take a break and think positive thoughts for a change. It's not good for you to be so upset. Think about what a wonderful USA we will have once we have a President, Democrate OR Republican, who will finally represent US, and get US back on Track. We need to Work together to elect the one who can do this. I DON'T CARE WHAT PARTY IS IN POWER, AS LONG AS IT REPRESENTS THE WORKING MIDDLE CLASS, as I believe that is MOSTLY who is PAYING THE BILLS IN THIS COUNTRY WITH OUR PERSPIRATION AND TAXES. And speaking if which, I've got to get to bed, as my alarm clock goes off at 4:30 AM. Good Night America.

    October 2, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. ritmocojo

    McCan't's legacy, unleashing Sarah Snow Snookie Pain-in-the-you-know-what into the real political world. Anything else?

    October 2, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. middle-center

    I have been there, i have seen that and i have done that. Let him come on so that we will know what he's up to, so that we can see his ass. who knows beyound Taxas that Rih Perry was giving passes to illegals including those who hate and are killing Ameicans at world., who knows that Newt Ginrich was married atleast two times. bring him, we will know what he likes and what do does not like about Jersey shores

    October 2, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Name KarenB

    The fact of the matter is, we need JOHN McCAIN to jump into the 2012 race. He is the one man who can beat Obama! Not only is John McCain about the most experienced leader our nation has, he has worked hard against Washington's wasteful govt spending his entire life, coining the phrase Generational Theft as a direct result of President Barack Obama's severe and massive overspending, which will burden our children and grandchildrn for years to come.
    John McCain is one of the most respected and recognized men on the planet, and has strong relationships with International leaders, so vital in today's uncertain world. He also appeals to voters across the board and party lines, and as President he can stop this partisan fighting in Washington as he historically reaches across the aisle to work out problems.
    A McCain-Giuliani ticket beats Obama in a landslide!

    John McCain for President 2012- The Real Leader America Needs!
    John McCain

    October 2, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. Chris

    Christie has some skeletons in his political closet in terms of how New Jersey has been run during his term. He won't hold up under the scrutiny he'll be subjected to and (as someone else noted) he won't pass the test for the lunatic fringe of the right. They're foaming at the mouth over someone like Perry who does things like pray for rain, executes more people than any governor in the U.S. and comes up with jewels like, 'pray for Obama.'

    That's what the right wants to see: insanity controlled by billions of corporate dollars.

    October 2, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  6. Theo

    I will never forgive McCain for unleashing Palin onto the political landscape.

    October 2, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. Rob

    McCain's other bit of advice, "Don't choose a bimbo running mate until you interview her extensively!"

    October 3, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  8. Just Saying

    “And I think that we have a, a good crop of candidates. I think the party will rally around the nominee.”

    DId the party rally around their nonimee in 2008?

    October 3, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    but Obama will chew him up and spit him out.
    Highly unlikely. Chris Christie is an experienced prosecutor that has handled lot bigger punks than Obama.

    October 3, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. His Boy Elroy

    McCain knows all about running for President and losing. I would listen to him.

    October 3, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  11. shoegazer

    A deep bench?? !!! If this lot is considered a deep bench,time to gather up John Riggins to get in the game.And please hope he doesn't pass out on the floor or puke on anybody's shoes in the process.

    October 3, 2011 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  12. Scott

    This from the political genius who elevated Sarah Palin to national prominence.

    October 3, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  13. Deez100

    McCain is a true patriot and a respected war hero... but he has absolutely no idea what republican voters are looking for... probably because everyone

    October 3, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. Aaron

    If there's another election with unclear results, Christie can easily convince the corrupt old goats on the Supreme Court to declare the winner to be the heaviest. He'll have a sure win then.

    October 3, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  15. Karen B

    John McCain is the man that should be jumping into this race – he is the one that can beat Obama! The 2008 election cycle had too much against any Republican, what with 8 years of Bush and a diving economy. McCain has fought his entire career over Washington's wasteful govt spending. He coined the phrase "Generational Theft" in regards to the severe, massive overspending by Barack Obama and his administration.
    Why McCain? Here's why, and listen carefully.
    1. John McCain historically reaches across the aisle to work with legislators of both parties, we need to stop this fighting in Washington and get things done! McCain can do this.
    2. John McCain has always had the backs of taxpayers...he has never asked for a single earmark in his career!
    3. John McCain wants to get America working again, he has the leadership necessary to get the job done.
    4. John McCain's strong relationships with International leaders makes him the best choice to be President, especially in such an uncertain world both economically and with our country's National Defense. None of the other candidates running have any National Defense experience. Not good, especially now that Putin will be back in charge in Russia.
    5. John McCain is one of the most recognized and respected men on the planet, he will bring these qualities back to America!
    6. John McCain appeals to voters across the board and party lines ...he would beat Obama in a landslide in 2012!
    7. John McCain connects to Love of Country and America unlike anyone we have seen in recent history. Americans need this kind of a leader now more than ever!

    A winning ticket: McCain – Giuliani 2012! John McCain – The Real Leader America Needs!

    October 3, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  16. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Judgments about bench depth and the "flavor of the month"? THis, from the guy whose legacy will be having foisted Sarah Palin onto a national stage. No thanks – i'll be voting Democrat for probably the rest of my life.

    October 3, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  17. Awww

    Every Republican knows that the current nominees cant appeal to anybody beyond their core base.

    October 3, 2011 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  18. enough of lies

    enough grandpa, Maybe if you would have acted like you cared you might have won, BUT you are an obama back pocket liberal that wants to see America crumble, so shut your mouth and go away too.

    October 3, 2011 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  19. Terry

    All John McCain is saying to Christie is, "Don't let the GOP pick Sarah Palin as your running mate". McCain knows what really happened in 2008. Good grief, his campaign never vetted Palin before that fateful Friday announcement in Dayton, OH. When McCain's Campaign announced that Palin was vetted by the FBI, it only took the FBI three days to release a statement that it never happened, and further, that the FBI does not vet political candidates until they are elected. McCain is telling Christie, "Don't trust the GOP".

    October 3, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  20. Philabias

    McCain yalks like he has experiance but as i remember he has lost every time he has ran. if christy takes his advice then we will know who is the bigger fool

    October 3, 2011 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  21. drlronhoover

    This is the same guy who chose Sarah Palin as a running mate. Proof positive that he has ZERO political acumen and should be followed by no one. Surprised he didn't say he likes Christine O'Dumdum too.

    October 3, 2011 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  22. Mark Taylor

    Why oh why did you let the nutters in your party push Sarah Palin on your ticket? You would be sleeping in the Lincoln room tonight if only you hadn't done that.

    October 3, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  23. turdinski

    Who is even listenening to McCain? Wishy washy at best.

    October 3, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  24. EdSantaFe

    This from the jerk who loosed Palin on the world. SHUT UP.

    October 3, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  25. Wildone

    Someone should have cautioned McCain not to fall for a pretty face without a brain behind it when he chose Palin as his running mate.

    October 3, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
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