September 3rd, 2013
08:50 AM ET
5 years ago

McCain to Russia: Bring back the Super Bowl ring

(CNN) - When a Russian delegation comes to Washington to talk about Syria, Sen. John McCain hopes they bring back New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft's super bowl ring.

"I was thinking this morning the worst thing you could do in the Old West was to steal another man's horse. I would think in New England the worst thing you can do is steal another man's Super Bowl ring," the Arizona Republican joked Tuesday on CNN's "New Day."

Russian President Vladimir Putin tried on the ring when Kraft met with him during a visit to St. Petersburg in 2005. Kraft said at an event this summer that Putin put it in his pocket and kept it, and that he wants to see it returned, according to the New York Post.

The Patriots' owner said in 2005 he received a call from the White House telling him it would be in the best interest of U.S.-Russian relations to claim it was a gift to Putin, the Post reported. Kraft said in June that he played along. A few days after the 2005 incident, amid confusion as to whether the ring was a present or was kept by mistake, Kraft issued a statement saying it was a gift.

That's the way Putin sees it, too, the president's spokesman said in June.

"What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird," Dmitry Peskov said. "I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."

Russia, which has major trade deals with Syria, is sending a delegation to Washington for "dialogue" with members of Congress, the Kremlin said Monday.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday night for the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Obama is scheduled to meet with Putin during the summit, which runs Thursday and Friday

- CNN's Ashley Killough, Alla Eshchenko and Faith Karimi contributed to this report.

Filed under: John McCain • Russia
soundoff (416 Responses)
  1. Phyllis

    Why would our Congress even consider giving these Russian thugs an audience? Everything the Russians do is designed to undermine the US and if any of our representatives even consider any support of the Russians, they should be put on the first plane to live there permanently. Now is the time for our whole country to unite behind our Commander in Chief to show the world what we are all about. There is no place in our government for traitors. As for the ring, lesson learned. NEVER trust a Russian. They are low life bullies and criminals and PUTIN IS A JOKE.

    September 3, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. reader10

    Mandatory retirement for politicians.
    Social security at 70.

    September 3, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. stewart

    John dont go away mad just go away

    September 3, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Cliff - the guy your mother wanted you to marry, but didn't

    Vladimir Putin is a thug and common thief.

    That ring is never coming home.

    September 3, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Thor

    Phyllis.... the Soviets helped tear down the wall. Instead of alienating them, let's see what we can do to get them back....

    September 3, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. 10101010

    Please McCain, stop your stupidity. Even if Putin stole WHO GIVES A DAMM! What you all need to do is to talk with the Russians about Syria. You need to talk to China about Syria. I see a desert VIETNAM in the making. When all of this smoke has cleared you will see the body count just get larger and larger and some of it will be our own BLOOD!

    September 3, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. snuffy

    unite behind the president phyllis? you are kidding rite? i mean ... put your politics aside...Bush sold us the same crock 10 years ago about iraq... did you have blind allegiance to your president then too? or did you join with the entertainment industry and the "no war for oil" rant?

    September 3, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. stupidest ariticle

    CNN this article is a joke should be in the humor section.

    September 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Maine liberal

    some how this will be Obama's fault

    The Patriots' owner said in 2005 he received a call from the White House telling him it would be in the best interest of U.S.-Russian relations to claim it was a gift to Putin

    September 3, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. donna rochester

    McCain, you have stayed too long at the fair, time to retire before you start WWIII. You have outlived your usefulness to this cvountry and have become a liabillity. Retire and live off your reputation as a war hero.

    September 3, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Tony in Maine

    This is the John McCain the pundits love.

    "Mr. Putin, give back Mr. Kraft's ring..."

    September 3, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Buck Obama

    When is this old warmonger McCain going to be put away in a nursing home where he can't harm anyone?

    September 3, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Miranda

    Knowing Mccain, he will most likely start lobbying for a military strike against Russia to get the ring back. I'm serious.

    September 3, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Tom

    President of Russia Mr. Putin doesn't have a clue who Mr. Kraft and his Patriots are first of all. Thanks God McCain have lost elections as a result of loosing his marbles first.

    September 3, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Bob

    This little argument with Russia is getting a little petty, isn't it?

    September 3, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Martin in Seattle

    Keep the Super Bowl ring ! or give it to China..... It makes funny news.

    September 3, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. angryoldguy

    What is with the old war horses anyway? All they want to do is rattle their sabers and rant! A last hurrah? Maybe better if guys like this just spend their time telling kids to "GET OFF MY LAWN!" instead of trying to stir up bad feelings on an international scale!

    September 3, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    David wrote:

    He can keep the ring, IF he agrees to stay out of Syria.
    That's laughable. The Russians have been in Syria for decades. So much so that they have built a naval port on the coast.

    September 3, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Jeffro B Kirkus

    Putin is a thief!!!!

    September 3, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Old War Horse

    John McCain, the man who believed Sarah Palin was qualified to run the Earth, is batting 1 for 2 today: "We should have invaded Syria two years ago" (swing and a miss), and "Putin should return the ring he stole" (home run).

    September 3, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Next thing you know, McCain will be saying that he'll go Mano a Mano with Vlad ...

    September 3, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Francisco

    That's enough already McCain.

    September 3, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. bmostafavi

    Dont let these Russians persuade you away from attacking Syrian thugs. Syrian regime needs to be punished and punished swiftly.

    September 3, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. dajowi

    So now our highly paid and privileged elected officials are wasting time discussing this trivial matter?

    September 3, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Sal

    Why are Russians coming all the way here to talk about Syria (a real problem), yet Grandad McCain can only talk about a stupid piece of men's jewelry?

    September 3, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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