December 22nd, 2011
10:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Sen. McCain: 'Republicans are losing this fight'

(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain weighed in on the stalemate in Congress Thursday, telling CNN's "American Morning" anchor Ali Velshi that Republicans are losing the battle over the payroll tax cut extension.

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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    All I can say is "Duh!" They need to look at what they are doing and change a bit. That might mean losing these teapublicans.

    December 22, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. GI Joe

    But but but -- if Boner can't get 98% of what HE wants, he will cry. And Cantor will take his gavel away. ha ha ha ha

    December 22, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. ShawnDH

    Republicans would never, EVER even consider the possibility of letting tax cuts for gazillionaires expire, but they are perfectly happy to raise taxes on middle class Americans at Christmas. THIS IS WHO REPUBLICANS ARE. It's great that more Americans are waking up and speaking out about the class warfare that has been wages against poor and middle class Americans since Reagan.

    December 22, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. GI Joe

    If Boehner doesn't get 98% of what HE wants, he'll cry........

    December 22, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Cantor is waiting to take the BIG gavel away from Boehner.

    December 22, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Glenn Doty

    Of course the republicans are loosing.

    At the very start, this was a proposal to offer a 3.1% tax cut to middle class workers, and a 3.1% tax break to the employers of middle class workers on their payroll taxes... In the case of the workers, it would immediately inject money into the foundation of the economy, and in the case of the employers, it would offer significant savings and make it easier to afford hiring more workers.

    All that was asked in return? Ask the ultra-rich to pay 3% more in taxes... This is money that these people are currently investing oversees, and does absolutely nothing for the economy... and it's money that the rich would never notice being missed. Their lifestyles wouldn't change, their purchasing habits wouldn't be reduced, they would still see a rapidly increasing amount of money being saved... All that would happen would be they'd have a little less money to invest oversees.

    HUGE gain for America, NO loss for the wealthy.

    Republicans are willing to burn the country down to protect every single penny of wealth from the 300,000 wealthiest people in America... The rest of us are apparently of no concern.

    December 22, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Ron

    You bet repugs are losing,McCain!! Thanks to you for helping to "Invent" the Teaparty!!!! You,ll find out in 2012,"Just how much Gop has lost!! Why don,t you retire now Mr. McCain, before your Party makes more of a "Fool out of you? Just like Barney Frank said, Now I don,t have to pretend "I like these Morons?? Obama 2012

    December 22, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, goody. Sherlock's following the "clues", is he? Hmm, John old boy, they didn't like you in 2000. They didn't like you in 2008. Chances are, they still don't like you. Probably nothing McCain can say that will make any difference to Worst Speaker Ever JohnBoy Boehner. Boehner (and his lack of leadership) has become THE poster boy for what ails the Grand Old Party. Well, that and the TeaPer crowd of lobbyists who WANT, WANT, WANT it all their way ... their "bottom feeding" grassroots billion dollar sponsors cheering them all the way.

    December 22, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. rs

    The "Maverick" is back!
    He is right except that Republicans already lost the battle, and maybe even the war. Americans now know much better what the GOP/TP is really all about- and it isn't the best interests of the vast majority of working class Americans- they are only about the super-rich and corporations.

    December 22, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Maybe the Republician's are losing this fight but the country is winning. How much longer is the country going to need a baby sitter? When are the people, (At least some of them) going to take responsibility for their lives??? Either extend the Social Security Tax Break for another year or drop it all together! When is the Senate going to pass a Budget???

    December 22, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Two things.

    1. America is losing this fight. Republicans have chosen another fight with Democrats, and Americans are coming up the losers once again. Sen. McCain has lost focus of the real reason why we have politicians. It is to serve the People, not the party. Thanks for illustrating that point to us, Senator.

    2. Sen. McCain is a logical appeal to reason with unreasonable people who are driven by their emotions, logic be damned. I think what McCain is saying is very true. I think the Republican Party could be facing an existential crisis in the very near future if it cannot drain its' own swamp. I just know that making a logical, fact based argument with the extremists is entirely the wrong approach. If anything, logical appeals only seems to feed their anger and excite their irrational state of minds.

    December 22, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. GI Joe

    Sometimes it's hard to protect the wealthy and continue to hit the 160 million for more money. Boehner 1/22/2011

    December 22, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. george of the jungle

    even ol john sees the frutality of the repos on this one. thats ok the presidents poll numbers just keep going up . Have a happy holiday with all your rich friends. We won't forget

    December 22, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMAO.....................ok, this is NOT a "battle" because it's been the repuks who claim they WILL NOT RAISE TAXES on anyone in America right now..........................but their behavior has been the opposite of BS they blow outta of their mouths..............WHAT A JOKE.

    December 22, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Dixie AZ

    As usual, Sen McCain is making himself the hero. A little air time for the Senator. It's all Obama's fault that Congress isn't doing it's job? Horse pucky.

    December 22, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Greg in Arkansas

    McCain is an old fool.....it's not the GOP that is losing this fight, it's the middle class Americans that are losing BECAUSE the GOP is fighting about everything.........

    December 22, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. PA_outofwork

    Sen. McCain is wrong again.

    December 22, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    3. Republicans are not "losing" the fight over the tax relief. The battle was lost before it ever began in earnest. Republicans are "losing" their messaging war to influence public opinion is what Sen. McCain is really saying. The conservative messaging machine cannot swing enough people to the right on the issue, and McCain is telling them *publicly* to stop trying to win the argument. The People are seeing through the transparency of the Republican Party's attempt to deceive and deny, to conceive and lie.

    December 22, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    this may not be the ONLY fight the Republicans lose sir.......more people are starting to open their eyes and see what the Tea Party platform is really about and they don't like it. Thus an 11% approval rating for Congress close to the lowest in history and it didn't drop this low until after the 2010 elections.

    December 22, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Thomas

    Yes John ,
    you can no longer herd your tea party people , there free range now !

    Mission Accomplished !

    December 22, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    Republicans in the HOUSE need to wake up and smell the defeat – Sign the Bill!!

    Obama 2012!!

    December 22, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. willie floyd

    Couldn't happen to a better group. Hope this is just the beginning of many more losses for them.

    December 22, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. solsenz

    Isn't it funny that McCain mentioned Obama shopping when he supported Bush when in the midst of war, Recession/Depression, and other issues, the President TOLD everyone to Go Shopping! So, to mention Obama's shopping at Christmas is ridiculous and hypocrytical as usual. Why doesn't he go take inventory of the 7 houses he didn't know he had, or the planes, cars and whatever else he's bought for Christmas. I'm sure he's crushed over your losing your tax credit right? Crawl back in your hole old man.....

    December 22, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Former Republican, now an Independent

    What Seator McCain isn't telling, is the fact that the republican party is showing their true colors and their total disregard for anyone outside of the wealthy 1%.

    December 22, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |