September 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
10 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. rufus floyd

    I am sure this dufus will help world peace. He needs to hang it up and shut up.

    September 13, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. Russian lawyer

    Ha-ha-ha
    In Russia newspaper "Pravda" now is marginal small edition for tiny group of old communists. Nobody in Russia reads this newspaper already 20 years. McCain is dinosaurus, he doesnt know anything about modern Russia.

    September 13, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  3. reese

    GET EM MCCAIN!! ima bonafide democrat, but my two favorite republicans are Colin Powell and John McCain!! Go Get him, rip him a new one!

    September 13, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  4. Victor

    Oh please no. John, can you just shut up please? Thanks.

    September 13, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. Wobble

    Seriously, I voted for this guy. Does he really think that this would be taken as anything other than a joke?

    September 13, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. cathstar

    I shudder to think what this senile old fool might write. Rather than a possible attack on Syria, perhaps he wants us to go to war with Russia. I hope he comes to his senses and decides not to write anything.

    September 13, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  7. anonymous

    This loser should have a limited term as a senator just as the President's term is limited to 8 years.

    September 13, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. skytag

    On the bright side this may well remind many of us why we didn't vote for McCain in 2008.

    September 13, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  9. Foreverwar

    Maybe Sarah Palin can contribute something to this as well.

    September 14, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  10. Dave Stephens

    Stop wasting time and energy on what a loser says and focus that rage on taking care of AMERICA!

    This is what is wrong with Washington and most politicians.

    September 14, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  11. AnotherdayintheUS@$$h013

    This will only reflect badly upon America. These guys in office are all circus side show freaks. I've seen carnies with more wit about them.

    September 14, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. PetePete1

    Go Get Em John!

    September 14, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  13. Let me get this straight

    So, let me get this straight. McCain is calling Putin aparatchik KGB, yet he is publishing his article in a communist newspaper Pravda which since the beginning of its creation has been serving corrupt communist party of Soviet Union?

    September 14, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  14. CP in Tampa, FL

    I can't wait to her what John McCain has to say to Pravda. He will make Putin sound like a genius.

    September 14, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  15. PetePete1

    I love John McCain,hes my hero.

    September 14, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  16. Portland tony

    What these demigods should do is just stop the rhetoric and name calling and let the negotiators try and reach some sort of agreement on Syria. There's never going to be 100% agreement on any resolution simply because there are too many players in the game, but dropping bombs till hell freezes over is not the answer.

    September 14, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  17. dot

    Because having an angry warmongering war profiteer with dementia speak for all Americans is a wonderful idea.......

    September 14, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  18. dou44

    Old Mr. War Cranky, owner of 100 homes bought with gov't paychecks, is going to lecture Russia. LOL.

    September 14, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  19. retiree

    McCain won't write the commentary himself. He'll utilize a host of DC-insider staffers to carefully craft some lines that might exude toughness, but in reality should be fairly straightforward diplomatic jargon.

    September 14, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. Rob

    Lets just hope McCain can put down his poker game on his iPhone long enough to write such an op-ed.....

    September 14, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  21. Just curious

    If one was keeping score how many innocent citizens has our government killed and tortured compared to Russia in the last 50 years. Remember deformity from agent orange and depleted uranium counts as sustained torture and punishment.

    September 14, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  22. JimmyFlim

    This is fantastic. He thought his last chance at grandstanding was in 2008, when he veered off the campaign trail to save the economy, stopping at every podium along the way. McCain exemplifies much of what Putin had to say about American politicians. Putin may be a pathetic hypocrite, but his characterization of American politicians and American arrogance is spot on.

    September 14, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. TheTraveler

    Perhaps someone should tell John McCain he didn't win the Presidential election in '08 ...

    September 14, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  24. joseph carroll

    McCain missed his chance to bomb men, women, and children in Viet Nam when he got shot down. Too bad...
    He hasn't gotten rid of that urge to bomb others. What a hypocrite. He's still expecting a victory parade. As for Obama, he's forgotten about the people of the USA. We need help in CO, NJ, CA,

    v

    September 14, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  25. Just curious

    If one was keeping score how many innocent citizens our government has killed and tortured compared to Russia in the last 50 years. Remember deformity from agent orange and depleted uranium counts as sustained torture and punishment.

    September 14, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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