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. Let us become sensible

    No one in USA cares for John McCain. No one in Russia will care to read his (rap. McCain is a total nut case.

    September 14, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. alberto eleta

    Good idea to write as a guest of honor, and take advantage of an invitation to write in Pravda, or if not an invitation, at least a welcomed allowance of Russia to permit an American Senator to express his peace of mind. After all the debits or credits the op-ed may contain, it would be a reciprocal good gesture to recognize the effort made by the host in working out a plan to defuse Syria of its chems weapons, and thank them. Just think a bit in retrospect, if this method could have been used , how many wasteful conflicts, lost lives, and wasted resources, both nations could have avoided in their history since WW II. But, it is never too late to adopt different methods for positive foreign policy, instead of negative war policy.

    September 14, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Em Veber

    Pravda defiantly encouraging an exchange of words....this is an evolution of change before us...rather than a revolution of protesting chemical weapons...keep it verbal...remember sticks and stones? ...so much better than guns and ammo...Mc Cain should defintely take the bait...

    September 14, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. steve

    McCain is unknown in Russia, as he should be.

    September 14, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. antique-republican

    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."

    what about the US ambition for an empire and influence in the world Mcain?
    or is that OK with you because your country is "exceptional"?

    cause of all the problems in the world : KGB,CIA,china,Iran,religious fundamentalism,uncontrolled capitalism and greed

    September 14, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. abramo

    Well, exchanging op-eds is far better than exchanging ballistic missiles. I would call this progress.

    September 14, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. alberto eleta

    One thing`s for certain, they have shown respect, as far as to the historic trajectory of Senator McCain and his beliefs about criticizing the Russian political philosophy . This could be a good time to exchange credits also both sides would allow to reciprocally recognize the merits of Senator McCain as a USN Officer in his career, as well as his mistakes being human, and on the Russian sides also make an allowance to respond accepting theirs. This opportunity should not be wasted by either side.

    September 14, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Cal Ripson

    Nothing will boost Putin's popularity in Russia more than an editorial penned by that senile old fool McCain.

    September 14, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. elvinmerij

    If McCain goes ahead with this Pravda thing, not only will it confirm that Putin was right - it will make America look like the childish, petulant spoiled brat that the rest of the world thinks we really are.

    September 14, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. sit_down_john!

    > 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,"

    we should also remember who john mccain is: an incompetent student, an incompetent soldier,
    an incompetent poliitician and ineffetctive leader who never saw a conflict he didnt want to
    drag his country in or mouth off on ANY topic as long as he could get attention from the media.
    while we dont agree with putin, he has been productive. john hasnt.

    September 14, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Dee

    I don't understand McCain and the rest of the Representatives including the media criticizing the President of the United States when he was on foreign soil and when we are in a critical conflict. I do give Boehner credit for not doing this he has always said this is the rule.

    I admire the President for seeking diplomacy instead of war he is taking his time and thinking things through and being criticized for that. There is this segment of society that just doesn't like the President no matter what he does its a sad day in America.

    September 14, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. flycatcher

    McCain should have retired 20 years ago, please keep you mouth shut least you embarrass the U.S. further.

    September 14, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Jorge washinsen

    Best thing to do is keep his mouth shut and leave doubt of his intentions to counter Putin. Let Putin have a moment in the sun here because he gets little love from his countrymen.

    September 14, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. rl

    John McCain is not smart enough to respond to Putin or much of anyone.

    September 14, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. bill dunn

    The last in his class at the Naval Academy and the person who choose Gov Palin as his VP running mate should keep his mouth shut in a war of words with someone as smart as Putin, he'll get eaten alive.

    September 14, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. rl

    John McCain is not smart enough to respond to Putin.

    September 14, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Puddin

    Sometimes I like McCain and sometimes I don't; depends on what critisizm he's launching towards the president. Sometimes he and his sidekick, Lindsay Graham, can really act like bullies toward the president. But on Putin......you go, McCain. Bully that twit big time! :)

    September 14, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. JamVee

    Please shut up and sit down John. Your current batting average is somewhere in the dark recesses of the basement, right next to the rest of our Congresspeople!

    Despite your seemingly maniacal patriotism, Putin had some germane points, which stated quite clearly. I don't agree with everything he said, but then I don't agree with MOST of what you have been saying lately.

    September 14, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Claudia. Houston Tx

    This exactly why Bush didn't appt. him for anything.

    September 14, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Paul Costa

    McCain needs a boat-load of therapy and then retire somewhere picturesque if he ever intends on dealing with the anger of his horrific past. It isn't helping anyone to do otherwise. Firing back an angry rant at Putin serves no purpose and is classless.

    September 14, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Socal twitter

    McCain has nothing worthwhile or new to impart to the current state of affairs. His only contribution will be to make it worse.
    Russia is not a democracy. No one is listening to him here, either.

    September 14, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. tnsurge

    That's just what we need during sensitive negotiations Senator...a little playground name-calling

    September 14, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. ibuk

    America is already a laughing stock, so i'm sure he will provide great entertainment for the rest of the world.

    September 14, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Random

    Mccain, you are being set up. Your comments can destabilize the fragile solution we have. That is why they are allowing you to do it. You stand potential to give them a way out of this deal. No offense man, the only time you have the upperhand is when we WANT war. You have a one track mind, which is why you are useful when we need you but railing against Russia now, really is a liability right now. The only time we aught to consider setting you loose is right before a breakdown. Right now Putin is doing what he should trying to haggle the best deal for his interest. Let him work with the other reps for now. He is to be respected, he is an intelligent guy . We need to meet him with equal brains to make this work, not brawn.

    September 14, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Rose

    Please retire-this is a young man game

    September 14, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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