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. Don't go there.

    Don't go there. Just leave it alone.

    September 14, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. MaryM

    John, stay out of it. Your response might muck up the Syrian negotiations

    September 14, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. GB

    Did your wife and daughter talk you into in John? Please, don't bother. Write a letter to yourself and don't mail it. Don't let your overly inflated ego add more to the mix.

    September 14, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. Logic N LA

    please tell me America has a better person to respond to this idiot than Gramps. Putin was 100% off base but McCain is out of touch and out of date on America 2013.

    September 14, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. Belseth

    McCain's response, I can bomb Russia from my house. Scary this guy could have been President!

    September 14, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  6. Socrates

    Is this dinosaur still alive? Amazing. Say no more.

    September 14, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  7. Freedom Annie

    This is the worst idea of all time.

    September 14, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. Jackson Spit

    John McCain should just sit down and shut up NOW. Barack Obama just made America look like complete fools on the world stage... It's a shame this fool is about to add on to America's embarrassment just to appease his own pathetic ego.

    September 14, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. txGrl

    How sad that the president has blown it so badly on Syria.
    You don't usually see senators stepping ip to the plate like this.
    "Obama willingly jumped into a bear trap of his own creation. In the process, he has damaged his presidency and weakened the nation's standing in the world. It has been one of the more stunning and inexplicable displays of presidential incompetence that I've ever witnessed."
    – Joe Klein Time Magazine

    September 14, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  10. frootyme

    McCain is not sending his son to fight with Syria, he doesn't care!!

    September 14, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  11. Alfranken1

    The problem is we don't have concrete proof that Assad's forces are the ones that actually dropped the bomb - there are plenty of possibilities and the fact that Russia has stalled our aggressive is just another premise of why this a strategy to stop a false flag strategy that could have easily been executed by Israel. At the time, there an exchange between Israel and Hamas. Could have been anyone and Syria really has the most to lose.

    September 14, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  12. Schwoopshubby

    Is there a chance we can get McCain to retire???? Doubt it....... What is he now..... 115 years old???? Does anyone care what John McCain says at this point? He was willing to put Sarah Palin in a position to have access to the button,,,,,,,, Are you kidding me? I question his decision making. I definitely do not agree with his position on Syria. By the way, what exactly is that???? I say we send McCain over to Russia to fight Putin. Keeping with the American dream, we could do pay per view....... Whomever wins gets to decide what happens in Syria. The U.S needs to keep it's nose out of this situation. The only thing we need to consider doing is providing aid to those that need it. Oh, by the way, we seem to be in need some aid here. How about we take care of our own for a change???? Considering about 20% of Americans struggle to have food. Talk about a need for prioritizing.......

    September 14, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  13. Agent Orange

    McCain = senile warhawk. Has he threatened to send a cruise missile to Putin yet?

    September 14, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  14. Susan.

    Two words Mr McCain, Grow Up

    September 14, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  15. Clarke

    Here is goes again, don't Bring yourself to Putin's level.

    September 14, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  16. Observer107

    Holy snap! Open dialogue between foes with everyone able to judge for themselves. This is how peace breaks out.

    September 14, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  17. Jim Rome

    McCain will do anything, anything to create hostility so that his Halliburton stake will go up in value. War. War at any cost. What a toxic, mentally ill, completely dissociated, vile, disgusting war monger.

    September 14, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  18. korgri

    And who has sour grapes that Putin opined to the NYTimes...
    and not some other bigtime news org?

    September 14, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. Snowrain

    McCain is a smart and strong politician. We need such a strong person to respond to sneaky dictators like Putin, Assad, etc.

    September 14, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  20. Joe Macnab

    This is why McCain would never have made a good President. He is too hot-headed and never thinks things through. His solution to everything is to bomb bomb bomb...as he sits safely on the sidelines.

    September 14, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  21. swohio

    So....World War 3 sounds like it's going to be a war of words.

    Whoda thunk it.

    September 14, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  22. TotallyCrazy

    Sure make the country look like bigger idiots. Knock yourself out John

    September 14, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  23. Walter

    Hahahaha. Man... I wonder if America could pit its foot even further in its mouth. Looks like McCain is about to lose another hand of poker. He's calling someone's bluff and he isn't holding any cards.

    September 14, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  24. martin

    The bull in the china shop with an ego bigger than the State of Arizona is about to speak on behalf of the President of the United States, the Congress and the American people. What a crock! .

    September 14, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. Sigma

    McCain is joking right? We need John McCain to represent the USA in a Russian paper op-ed like we need Cheech and Chong to intellectually represent marijuana legalization.

    September 14, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
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