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. HLE

    McCain, I thought you regret your part in bombing Vietnam and killing civilians, on international television 50 years ago. You should be the last one to dive into "bombing them back to the stone age."

    September 13, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. What the?

    Meanwhile, the world economy is in shambles, crime is everywhere and these two jokers

    wanna play like two fighting kids in a sandbox.

    September 13, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. Aarky

    McCain is so senile he would relish a war with Russia. He would be able to fantasize he is in that Skyhawk jet leading the attack. The 99 other Senators need to lock this man up until his term in office expires.

    September 13, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. notmccain

    im afraid when the time comes, McCain being a RINO (republican in name only), will go limp when it's time to === let them have it==. He can't even stand up to Obama and the Democrats here in the US, for crying out loud. Great concept McCain, but please step aside, and go shine Obama's shoes. Let Rush Limbaugh, George Bush or Donald Trump write this article.

    September 13, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. billy

    putin is only telling the truth in what he said mccain cant say anything to over ride it

    September 13, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. James

    Putin had a point.

    What about McCain?

    September 13, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  7. ScottC

    Hopefuly he will focus on what American exceptional ism really means and not just go totally anti Putin.

    September 13, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Patricia

    McCain has been acting so squirrely lately that I wonder if he's actually physically and mentally fit. I don't say this to be mean. He just seems a bit off.

    September 13, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. John Conj

    Well that won't look petty and childish at all.

    September 13, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. h8bogez

    I'm sick of hearing how Putin was ex-KGB. Bush Sr. was the head of the CIA. So what?

    September 13, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Randy Johnson

    This may be a crazy thing to throw out there but shouldn't this guy be the President of the USA? I think John McCain is getting younger and more wise as time goes on. As an admitted Obama fan I think I deserve a medal for even saying this!!

    September 13, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Gregory Mendel

    Sorry Mccain, but you gotta be a president to answer back ;)

    September 13, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. mega_iver

    This again shows that McCain is a dinosaur from a long, long ago. If he was better informed, he would know that Pravda is no longer a communist party newspaper, but a worst kind of tabloid much like The National Enquirer. A good fit for McCain!

    September 13, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. JohnD39

    I can just see the Pravda commentary description: "Senator McCain represents a small population of one of the provinces of the United States of America. His views were rejected by citizens of the United States as a whole when he lost the Presidential Election of 2008 to President Barack Obama. Nevertheless, our editors feel that including an opinion by Senator McCain will give our readers an idea of the fringe elements working to undermine peace, international law, and the United Nations."

    Senator McCain is walking into a trap here. Hopefully he realizes it before he turns in his submission to Pravda.

    September 13, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Susan

    What a great idea. Wouldn't it be great if this became a routine occurrence? Gloria Steinem could write a piece for the Saudi rag about women's rights, and North Korea's dictator could blow off steam in the Paris Match.

    September 13, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. JOE B

    McCain is not well mentally speaking. McCain wants war and it's very likely his intent is to stir the pot. Fortunately, I doubt the Putin and the Russian people won't take him seriously. As proof, I recall the song he made up and sang to a group of seniors. It was a parody of an old Beach Boys song. He called it Bomb, bomb, bomb, Bomb Iran. A political leader that would joke about bombing a nation, is off the reality path.

    September 13, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. KEL

    This isn't a roast contest.

    September 13, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. Dave Christenson

    McCain is a relic and as much as I hate Putin and the current Russia. Putin was masterful in running games around Obama and Kerry. McCain and the Republicans and the Dems as well are clearly NOT listening to the American publics desire NOT to go to war. In this case I welcome Putins charades if it keeps American money, personnel and bombs out of Syria.

    September 13, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. JOE B

    McCain is not well mentally speaking. McCain wants war and it's very likely his intent is to stir the pot. Fortunately, I doubt the Putin and the Russian people will take him seriously. As proof, I recall a song he made up and sang to a group of seniors. It was a parody of an old Beach Boys song. He called it Bomb, bomb, bomb, Bomb Iran. A political leader that would joke about bombing a nation, is off the reality path.

    September 13, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Bill

    Mr McCain, it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

    September 13, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Sweet Jimmy

    It doesn't matter what he writes, Russia has state-controlled media. They will print whatever they like and say it was from McCain.

    September 13, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Wisemann

    Too late for this kind of damage control. In terms of public opinion, bombing a sovereign nation on fake excuse just because it chose to stick to its independent status is obviously not popular and in fact evoked very negative
    reaction even among traditional allies like UK who were fools enough to
    bloody their hands in Iraq. Clearly, the Brits have learned their
    lesson. Poor Obama should first try and gain some popularity with his own
    congress before he can hope for any PR successes elsewhere in the world.
    If it comes to the vote, Congress will turn it down, as expected. Besides, why McCain, of all people? Newt Gingrich,yes. But McCain? He can hardly read and write.

    September 13, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. dapper1

    Data – I agree that this is a bad idea. This is not a name calling contest. We need the Russians to work with the Syrians to transfer their chemical weapons to international control. This is what matters not a side distraction like this.

    September 13, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. G_Edwards

    At least Pres Obama isn't trying it. That would give Pres Putin too much credibility, like when the President fascinated on criticizing Rush Limbaugh.

    .

    September 13, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. jimzcarz

    He probably should've drafted a copy..before threatening to have his aids create something

    September 13, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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