September 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
7 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. jamessavik

    What is the guy who took a dive going to tell him?

    September 13, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Bill

    OK, we all know Putin is thug and authoritarian. The only reason McCain feels compelled to respond is exercise what little testosterone he's got left or compare who has the bigger missile. Pointless.

    September 13, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. care4needy

    the Russian word Pravda means truth.

    September 13, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Anon

    McCain is a total moron. Putin was right we don't run the world. I'm ashamed to be from Arizona.

    September 13, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. Andre

    Mr McCain is very welcomed to publish his views, I would only applaud to this new way of opinion exchange. The only problem is that Pravda is now rather a minority's newspaper in Russia. It would be better to choose more popular media, like Vedomosti. On other side this might revert interest of Russian public back to Pravda which might have reversed effect.

    September 13, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Steve- Illinois

    McCain is about to make a fool of himself again.

    September 13, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. billmelater1

    Let see that would be like a Nerf ball thrown at a Kevlar vest

    September 13, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. Gary Vey

    wow... how embarrassing! McCane is senile and does not speak for majority of Americans. Shame! He rambled on about the Superbowl ring and brought us to the brink of WW3... how embarrassing!

    September 13, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. fury

    McCain needs to be sent to Syria with a rifle. He will shoot possible 100-200 people, at random. He want revenge on any level. That is sad.... Vietnam era people should be put into mental hospitals when they act like that... What a shame...

    September 13, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. Fortunate

    McCain is still living in 70's. Then, Pravda was an official Communist government newspaper in the former Soviet Union. Now, it is a minor newspaper representing view of an opposition party in Russian Parliament, Duma. And unlike the US there are three opposition parties there. Putin is supported by the governing United Russia party, and probably never is even informed less spends his time to read whatever Pravda publishes. However, McCain is going to give a thing to salivate over for the usual Pravda subscribers, mostly very old people stuck in the past, just like himself. And like McCain they too hate Putin. True, they hate the US even more, but still McCain is going to have a lot in common with them.

    September 13, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. Buddy

    Obama is pretty good at saying "America sucks" but not so good at defending American exceptionalism so, yeah, McCain is the better choice for that.

    September 13, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  12. Joe di Leo

    McCain isn't the president of the United States and if we wanted him to be our national spokesperson we would have elected him. He should just keep quiet and do nothing, because he has a habit of making things worse.

    September 13, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. Dr. StrangeLove

    McCain is not exceptional. The truth is people in Congress are not doing gods work any more than the Corporations they bailed out. When will they help the middle class and solve too big to fail? Never, they are bought and paid for.

    September 13, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. KaceyF

    People who make millions or sometimes billions of dollars in war money shouldn't play any part in the decision process when it comes to war.

    September 13, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. joe public 1

    There goes John McCain once again putting himself in the middle of sh*! Absolutley nothing good will come of him shooting his mouth off about his feelings towards Mr. Putin and Russia. He will only harm our current diplomatic effort, but the sad truth is ,he already knows this but does not care! He is a warmonger.

    September 13, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Alex

    It just shows how little McCain knows about the world outside US – nobody reads Pravda anymore. The days when it was the leading Soviet newspaper are long gone. Nowadays you would have to look really hard to find it. McCain apparently thinks he will reach the population of the whole Soviet Union with his Op-ed. Well, let's hope he will not propose to bomb East Berlin in retaliation to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan ...

    September 13, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  17. bettiejean

    Lordy. Please let someone intelligent and articulate respond to Putin.

    Which excludes John McCain.

    September 13, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. andres

    If John or anyone else was offended by Putin calling out the obvious in his NYT article then they are nothing more than a reactionary. If you are offended first read the article. While it was self serving for Putin, it does point out a dangerous and annoying habit of the US. We believe we are exceptional, and with that comes the arrogance and bullying that we have been so rightly accused of.

    John , thank you for your duty to country, but you have become a characiature (sp?) of your former self. Time to take a well deserved rest while and retire.

    September 13, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. andres

    If John or anyone else was offended by Putin calling out the obvious in his NYT article then they are nothing more than a reactionary. If you are offended first read the article. While it was self serving for Putin, it does point out a dangerous and an noying habit of the US. We believe we are exceptional, and with that comes the arro gance and bu llying that we have been so rightly accused of.

    John , thank you for your duty to country, but you have become a char aciature (sp?) of your former self. Time to take a well deserved rest while and retire.

    September 13, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. Jan Burton

    "He's a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world"

    McCain has some gall accusing Putin of wanting an empire.

    It's not Russia that has military bases scattered all over the world.

    It's not Russia that has bombed, invaded and coup'd dozens of nations since WWII.

    It's not Russia desperately trying to bomb Syria in order to enforce yet another "regime change" agenda.

    Russia is isolationist compared to the endless meddling that comes from the USA. McCain needs to seriously learn some history, or better yet retire.

    September 13, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. tim

    doesn't mccain realize yet that we don't care what he has to say any more? he is nothing but a war-monger who had gotten lots of mileage out of his POW military experience and thinks he has the definitive foreign policy answer. he's arrogant and full of hot air.

    September 13, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. LIF53

    What are they? Kids in a schoolyard. How juvenile. How cares what grampa thinks. He's better off spending his time yelling at children to stay off his lawn.

    September 13, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  23. Mark

    My grandkids are just starting school and they have more sense than this used up old guy, he should retire, this is a different world we're living in nowadays, I'm not meaning to be disrespectful, but hey a little diplomacy can go a long ways.

    September 13, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. bill davis

    Old John lost the election for a reason, Like Kerry good thing they both have rich wife's

    September 13, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  25. Zoroaster

    I think most Russian's would scratch their heads and wonder who is this old guy who appeared out of nowhere to insult our country. I doubt he is a household name.

    September 13, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
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