McCain satisfied with WH response on Benghazi, negotiating to end filibuster without a vote
February 14th, 2013
01:43 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain satisfied with WH response on Benghazi, negotiating to end filibuster without a vote

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, says he is satisfied with answers the White House provided to his and other senators' questions about Benghazi and that he is now in negotiations to get answers about defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel's finances that other GOP senators are seeking.

"I think it was an adequate response, yes," McCain said about the Benghazi matter. "We are working on and having negotiations now trying to smooth this thing out and get it done."
Asked if the satisfactory response on Benghazi was enough for him to vote to break the filibuster McCain indicated not yet.

"We are working on trying to get a path forward to try to have the questions answered and the vote and Hagel getting his vote," McCain said, referring to questions from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and GOP senators about the sources of Hagel's income in the years after he left the Senate.

McCain said if the answers are provided there won't be a need for a vote to break the filibuster and he hopes the Senate can move directly to a confirmation vote on Hagel – a vote that only needs 51 votes to succeed.

"I have said all along that we have to have the concerns of senators addressed. That I'm hopeful we can get those concerned addressed and still move forward with a 51-vote vote because we have never required 60 votes of a defense secretary," McCain said.

Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. PatheticCNN

    So is this going to be McCain's Career Ender Too?

    February 14, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Terry

    But the concerns of loons like Ted Cruz are not relevant to anyone outside his fantasy world.

    February 14, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Warren

    What a trouble maker..

    February 14, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Proud Independent !

    In other words , people have moved on and we the GOP can longer exploit the situation !

    February 14, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Warren

    They should all have to retire at age 65....

    February 14, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Chooch0253

    McCain needs to simply go away. He has done nothing but stopped any progress in the form of governing since he lost his bid to become President in 2008. Prior to that all he did was oppose Bush who became President when McCain did not receive the Republican nomination in 2001. He apparently feels he is the only person capable of leading this country and takes it to a personal level against those that have become, what he could not. I for one am sick of his crying and grandstanding.

    February 14, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Jerubbaal

    If this doesn't cry for a Dem super majority in the Senate and a majority in the House, nothing does. The national GOP is in danger of going the route of the Calif GOP.

    February 14, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. rs

    We, real Americans, will still remeber this day when Republicans filibustered a candidate for the Secretary of Defense, and will never vote for a party so willing to endanger our nation for lousy political point making. You people put Party before Country, and use brave, dead Americans as pawns.
    Sick and demented.

    February 14, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. PaulCat

    I blame Megan McCain for letting her daddy continue to make a fool of himself. She need to take a page out of the Trump kids book.

    February 14, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    The bruised egos have been healed-for now.

    February 14, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "So is this going to be McCain's Career Ender Too?"

    Nah, that already happened in 2000. Fishes still flop around in the cooler cuz they don't know they're dead yet.

    February 14, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. JustAO

    Arizana seriously needs to put this man on his retirement. Whatever legacy he had, he definitely tarnished with his childish behavior in congress since 2008 Obama victory.

    February 14, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Is this Fillibuster a threat??? Nonsense.

    February 14, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Whoa there, John. You found your letter? Where was it?

    February 14, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. M-W-T

    BITTER, angry OLD MAN
    You're going down in flames again.......get use to it
    What a stupid OLD MAN

    February 14, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. nothing new here

    With all due respect,
    But this is wasting time, and the taxpayers money. Obviously no one seems to be worried about how much this back-and-forth is costing us taxpayers.
    You either vote for this man, or you move on. Please stop wasting resources on this nonsense.

    February 14, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Name lynn

    John please go home with your family, because your not during nothing but blowing out old hot air out of your mouth.

    February 14, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Albie Y. Pabon (@PabonMatriarch

    The GOP is splintered. Their leadership are fighting battles with President on all fronts rather than choosing their battles. As far as I can see, they have lost most if not all of those battles leaving them in an awkward and weakened state. The question is even if you choose to be suicidal, why bring the rest of the country down with you?

    February 14, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Boo

    When is this war-mongering bitter old man going to retire? He's a perfect example as to why we need term limits.

    February 14, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. texasnotea

    Then what was all the fuss about Johnny Mc? Now we can all sit back and wait for the next conspiracy theory!

    February 14, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. ST

    Is any nomination made, the choice of some crazy people like McCain OR the choice of the President? It looks like people like McCain tend to grab the power more than the President has.

    February 14, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Rachael Roberts

    Has been no fun watching McCain evolve from a great patriot and leader to a petty caracature of himself. History will not be kind to him post-presidential defeat.

    February 14, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. rs

    The GOP is done. It has served up the fact that it now only exists to fight the President on everything and anything (even things THEY support).They don't work for the citizens of the United States.
    They are the party of useless fools and are the knaves of lobbyists.
    a disgusted Arizonan

    February 14, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Kenneth

    So now you have the letter and are "satisfied". The next issue are Hagels finances??? REALLY??? Did Republican representatives ask the same of Mitt Romney during his PRESIDENTIAL campaign? Did you ask the same of Sara Palin when she was "VETTED"?? This is just ridiculous and a PRIME example for TERM limits!!!!!

    February 14, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Will Miller

    Did McCain clear this with Rush?

    February 14, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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