September 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
11 months ago

Op-ed for Op-ed: McCain to strike back in 'Pravda'

(CNN) - Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin's controversial opinion piece in the New York Times, Sen. John McCain jokingly told CNN's Jake Tapper he'd like to write a commentary for Pravda, the historic Russian newspaper connected to the Communist Party.

Well, now it looks like McCain may get his wish.

According to Foreign Policy's blog The Cable, the editors of Pravda have tentatively agreed to publish an op-ed by the Arizona Republican. The opinion piece will most likely reflect McCain's strong negative views toward Putin.

"We have to remember who Putin is. He's a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world," McCain said Thursday on Tapper's show, "The Lead."

Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda, told The Cable that if McCain wants to write an op-ed, he is "welcome."

"Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already," Sudakov continued. "We have been critical of his stance on Russia and international politics in our materials, but we would be only pleased to publish a story penned by such a prominent politician as John McCain."

A spokesman for McCain told The Cable that McCain "would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we'll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission."


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soundoff (721 Responses)
  1. Harry

    "I want my Stupidbowl ring back!"

    September 13, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. nunya

    I believe the Chemical Weapons were given to Syria by Russia and now they dont want to get caught with their hand in the cookie jar and are wasting time so that they can get the weapons out of Syria. Shame on you Putin!!

    September 13, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. weedouthate

    The back and forth banter is getting us nowhere. We are all suffocating within the weed patch. The problems facing the Middle East and their citizens are deeply rooted and require nothing less than illuminating even deeper rooted solutions. After research and analyzing the rhetorical rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Mountain Top' rhetoric in the Judaic roots of Kabbalah, I believe I have come up with a striking solution for the problem: A globally televised Presidential 'Weed Out Hate' Mega-event staged from the White House grounds, in which two billion children would be called upon to root out symbolic weeds of hatred. Just think of the potential spiritual energy released after all that hatred would have been symbolically rooted out and composted; enough to transform our detached Stone of Hope into an inter-connective Promised Land sensation in our hearts and in our gardens.

    September 13, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Mike S

    Oh, please... this is getting silly.... and where is Obama in all this? Hiding under a rock?

    September 13, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Racer

    >>We have to remember who Putin is. He's a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world,

    Isn't that exactly what America aims to achieve with the CIA?

    September 13, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. erwin erwin

    Op-ed for Op-ed: McCain to strike back in 'Pravda'...his opening ....yo mama....

    September 13, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Maria

    when is John McCrazy due for the old age home. It is about time...

    September 13, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. regenesis0

    Can you imagine if he'd been president?

    September 13, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. William

    A whole lot of immaturity going on here. Political leaders behaving like schoolgirls and innocent people will suffer for it.

    September 13, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. james rhodes

    I think we need to start worrying more about the people in our country that has no place to live nothing to eat and the sinceless killings before we try to fix another country problems we need to bring our jobs bk to America get rid of the robots in our plants open our steel mills bk up and have a total change in Congress because obviously they are not doing what we pay them to do we should have the power to determine how much these people make and only be allowed one teem and not have political party we are one voice in short we need to change things quickly

    September 13, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Racer

    >>We have to remember who Putin is. He's a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world,

    Isn't that exactly what America aims to achieve with the CIA? Pot is calling the kettle black.

    September 13, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. Mike Martinez

    Will the McCain threaten Putin with the former gov from somewhere he can see from his backyard?

    September 13, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. R.W. Tank

    Oh heck, I didn't mean 'would'. Bite my tongue. John McCain should have been our President the first time he ran. We WOULDN'T be in this mess if he was in charge. Sorry and thank you.

    September 13, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. johnny _m_mustard

    I heard you are retiring ! yay !

    September 13, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. Steve

    At least the politicians are doing what they do best. Nothing of value with a hint of destruction.

    September 13, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Namekeith

    Check

    September 13, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. We All Know

    PLEASE someone! Stop McCain from writing this... My skin crawls thinking he is going to put himself forward as the 'voice' of American. Yuck!

    September 13, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. Namekeith

    Check mate

    September 13, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. frootyme

    It was freedom of speach, Mr. McCain! Calm down!!

    September 13, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Tom Smith

    This is going to end badly. Yes, Putin is ex-KGB. However pointing out the Russians lust for empire (by McCain) only shows the irony in American politics. We are lusting for empire also. We are such a joke. Sending off innocent people to fight wars for egotistical rich folks who are not willing to fight (there are exceptions), talking trash to other governments when we can't even take care of our own people. Such a disgrace.

    September 13, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. nleegray

    Just what we need....a shell-shocked blithering old politician spouting off his "kill anything that doesn't make me and my buddies rich" krap. So glad he didn't get into the presidency! Wish he would just retire and go home.....

    September 13, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  22. ✠RZ✠

    John, please show everyone how you can retaliate by using effective diplomacy to resolving the Syrian crisis peacefully.

    September 13, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. NorCalMojo

    This is just getting silly.

    September 13, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. wrm

    Let it go.

    September 13, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Go for it McCain!

    September 13, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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