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. Chuck

    "Gov. Chris Christie, who is reportedly considering entering the GOP presidential nominating contest."

    Last time I checked, Christie's answer to the "are you running" question was to direct people to a two minute video of him saying "NO!" over and over. What part of that indicates that he's still considering it?

    October 3, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Andy Botwin

    “We have the deepest bench in the Republican Party now that I have ever seen in my lifetime,” McCain said.

    It is a testament to Mr. Magoo's judgment that he considers that loony bin can of mixed nuts a deep bench.

    October 3, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Kevin

    Chris Christie is NOT RUNNING. He has said this every time he's been asked, without a shroud of doubt or a hint of deception or reconsideration. When will the Republicans realize that there is no "perfect candidate"? Are the current candidates so undesirable that they must plead for somebody new every month?

    October 3, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. frsi

    Despite all the problems, only Obama has come forward with a plan and vision on where to go. The plan-less Republicans can't win against him in the general. Obama 2012.

    October 3, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. mdn

    The deepest bench he's seen in his lifetime! Wow that's a statement. Just like "the fundamentals of the economy are strong", what he said in Sept. 2008 as the markets were crashing. This all from the man who gave us Levi Johnston, Sarah, Bristol, Trigger anf Tripper Palin. Haven't we heard enough from Senator Insain.

    October 3, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Rocketman

    I'm a centrist who believes we need a strong candidate from both sides so we can put the best person in the White House to serve the country. I believe that right or left doesn't matter as much as intelligence, integrity and a host of other attributes that make someone deserved of leading the free world.

    Partisanship doesn't have a place here. Extremism doesn't have a place here. Fear mongering doesn't have a place here. Fact distortion doesn't have a place here. The "deep bench" of the Republican party are either fear mongering, fact changing, extremist partisans or are being drowned out by such. This, frankly, is one of the scariest times our country has faced as there is a chance to vote in an extremist when that is the last thing we need. Huntsman seems to be the only sane person in the bunch, but he is far too center to be elected by the politically charge extreme right that now seem to dominate the Republican party.

    October 3, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Holy Cow

    McCain is so clueless that I think he must be mentally declining in his golden years. The current pool of candidates is horrible and every last one of them except for Ron Paul (who has zero chance of even being nominated) is kissing the Tea Party's butt. At least Christie is a man who speaks from his heart which is so refreshing these days since all politicians seem to come come from a party cookie cutter. I am a Democrat looking for an alternative to Obama and Chritie may be just what the doctor orderwed becasue there is not a chance in heck that I could vote for any of the other Republicans.

    October 3, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. dutspup

    who is mccain, LOL

    October 3, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. shades

    I am still under the belief that any republican candidate is better than four more of mr do nothing..
    And until I hear a legitimate argument on why Obama deserves another 4 I will take all arguments against ANY republican as either desperation and or comedy.

    October 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Joe

    Why would Christie take seriously anything that this loser has to say? Especially since he's the one who unleashed Sarah Palin and the tea party lunatics on this country.

    October 3, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Jackson

    Come on Dems...pile on. A decorated US Senator can not make a comment about his own party without you ripping the guy apart. Leaderless Obama doesn't have a clue as to what to do next and you know its the truth. O came in too inexperienced for the job. So come on....pile on more of your excuses. O is done in Nov 2012 and you know it.

    Apparently, the president does not need to be mentioned, and you rip him apart. Get used to this idea: as low as Obama's ratings are, people like the idea of GOP rule even less. Only the most blinkered TP types think they can run the country. Swallow your pride, and get used to saying " President Obama" until January 2017.

    October 3, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Bill NY

    Christie is DOA. HIs policies clash with those of his own party. In favor of same sex unions, rights for illegal immigrants, so on and so forth. Once the conservatives get a good look at him, its over.

    October 3, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |

    Yeah, I'm gonna listen to the advice of the man who unleashed the contagion known as Sarah Palin. Go sit down somewhere, Senator McCain. We are in serious need of setting term limits for career politicians like him.

    October 3, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. peggy

    @Karen, I used to like John McCain, but he sold his soul to the devil (pandered to the radical right) because he wasnted to be president so badly. And he foisted Sarah Palin on us in a cynical ploy to gain female votes.. He should have left her in Alaska. Rudy Giuliani was a failed mayor, and only 9/11 happening has kept him relevant.

    October 3, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. rs

    I hope McCain's advice had nothing to do with picking a Vice President....

    October 3, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Patricksday

    Thank God this tired old man didnt become our President, with his little ding aling running mate Palin.

    October 3, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Proud Repub

    Ranting about christie's health as a candidate hopeful??? Hellloo..we have a chain-smoking anorexic idiot who spends more time vacationing in other countries & selling firearms to cartels than taking care of the problems in our country...oh but that's right, its all still Bush's fault..wahhhh-Take some responsibility~or let's just keep spending ourselves out of debt,bring on the next "stimulus"! What a joke!

    October 3, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Amanda

    Fat chance of Crispy-Creme Christie getting the nomination. I have a bit of advice for McCain: Just go away. After sticking us with Palin for the past three years, no once cares what you think, say, or do. You really should have packed it in after the 2008 election and taken your loser pals Lindsey Graham and Lieberman with you! They were at your side constantly, just waiting to become the next Secretary of State (Graham) and Secretary of Defense (Lieberman), or whatever Cabinet Post you could find for them! they are like leeches, still are. Enough of the three of you, AND Palin, already!

    October 3, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. bipar08

    mccain needs to go back to his hole!

    October 3, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. AZ DEM

    The best Christie could hope to do is turn this into a 3 man race he'll split off votes from both Perry and Romney but he won't take enough to have a commanding lead. He's not going to run and we should stop speculating on what ifs.

    October 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "oh but that's right, its all still Bush's fault..wahhhh-"

    Apparently 52% Americans (Republicans and Democrats alike) DO still fault Bush. The rest of your drivel isn't worthy of comment.

    October 3, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Whome

    Why would anyone listen to what this old fool has to say in 2008 he demonstrated that he was a loser, time has past this guy by as does to all of us. Sit down and shut up no one is interested in anything you have to say.

    October 3, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Glades2

    I'd also warn him about that idiotic Saturday Night Live, and to expect insult after insult from them – perhaps the constitution needs to be rewritten to ban that kind of nonsense, since it has greviously hurt candidate after candidate – and has influenced the public to vote for the show's favorite candidate. Unlike FoxNews and other pundit cable shows, Saturday Night Live is shown to everyone and anyone with a TV set (no cable required) and is constantly making one party's candidate look very good (the party starts with a "D"), while the others are made to unfairly look as bad as the shows writers and actors can make them appear – enough is enough!

    October 3, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Black Jack

    I feel that Christie should join the group for nomination. Some of the other republican candidates are very questionable and I feel that he has a good chance to win the nomination.

    October 3, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Glades2 Posted at 11:24 am:

    I'd also warn him about that idiotic Saturday Night Live, and to expect insult after insult from them – perhaps the constitution needs to be rewritten to ban that kind of nonsense........



    Lets 'rewrite' the Constitution to ban a right that has already been guaranteed since the Constitution was first written! This would be PERFECT!!!

    I mean.....what country needs to guarantee the right to Free Speech', anyway!

    Yep.....we can ban the right to free speech....and be JUST LIKE the old Soviet Union, Syria, Cuba, China and North Korea!!!!

    October 3, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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