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. PK

    McCain should keep his mouth shut! He'll get us into a war yet! Obama is President. McCain lost and has to put his 2c in whenever he gets a chance. Putin can say anything he wants as long as he helps put an end to this crisis. Obama knows what he's doing and I believe Putin does also, so McCain can go to the back of the class and put his hat on!

    September 13, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Karloff

    Putin will play McCain just as he played Obama. Of late, the US is an embarrassment on the world stage, and McCain won't help the situation.

    September 13, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Mr Dalloway

    Hey Sen. Gangrene your fellow Americans are in need of jobs

    September 13, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Tigers

    It's sad to see the deterioration of McCain's mental ability.

    September 13, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. J R Brown

    Maybe McCain could write about how well things have gone in Syria since Nancy Pelosi openly defied George Bush Jr's official policy of no diplomatic relations with Syria and went to have a very public pow-wow with Assad. It is my opinion that this action galvanized Assad that once Bush Jr was out of the picture, there would be nothing to fear from the U.S.

    Obama's foreign policy is laughable. He is allegedly "the leader of the free world" but he has just been handed his a+ss by a dictator who is slaughtering his own people and a Russian president who knows he's got nothing to fear from Obama. Obama is really showing how out of his depth he really is.

    September 13, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Mike S

    All I will ask is this: Why?

    Are government is increasingly acting like 5th graders who all have to have the last word.

    September 13, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. tinkansas

    Couldn't we have Rand Paul respond to Putin... that would throw Putin off.

    September 13, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. Ron Heinz

    Does McCain really have time for this? What about his online poker game, shouldn't he focus on that? Does he even know who Putin is or what's a "Russia"....?

    September 13, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. Robert McCabe

    A gutless senile old traitor will certainly get as many laughs as the liar in The White House.

    September 13, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. voiceinthewind

    When are going to get rid of this dinosaur, his own people at the town hall meeting tell him to quit looking for war, but he is deaf. This war monger has to go.

    September 13, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. ffnordle

    John needs to get out of politics. He has really snapped.

    September 13, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Brent

    How does anyone understand this guy with his foot in his mouth all the time?

    September 13, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. Observer

    I hope putain's support of ass ad back fires on him. Do you get it. Putain and ass ad

    September 13, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. Alex

    Will it be written in Russian or English. I might have to brush up on my Russian to read it. Should be fascinating to read whatever the language.

    September 13, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. Chris

    Cage Match!

    September 13, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Putin 1 Obama 0

    Which Z ionist speechwriter will this senile old coot use to write his op-ed?

    September 13, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Robert McCabe

    Freedom of speech?

    September 13, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Name

    Aals: ?A

    September 13, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Chris

    Sorry McCain, you're too late. Rand Paul already beat you to the punch... and i'm confident his reply is better than yours will be, before you even announce it.

    September 13, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Awesome

    Oh no! Senile old McCain is going to embarrass us big time. Putin's article was really sincere and righteous. He may have a dark past but people change and I am sure Putin is moving in the right direction of change starting from peace negotiation on Syria war and on treating countries with equality.

    September 13, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. dmf

    Sen. McCain a maverick , a war hero and popular year 2000 presidential candidate for most Americans , should candidly frankly tell it all and challenge in his rejoinder, to president Putin 's OP Ed column in the New York Times . The Soviets' human rights abuses for several decades , occupation of Afghanistan . The Russia has been making it difficult for international community to reach and develop consensus on many important issues at the U. N.

    September 13, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. Belseth

    Just what we need, a senile warmonger responding to Putin.

    September 13, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Todd

    McCain want to revoke O'Putin Care

    September 13, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. sage

    mccain cant wait to look stupid ... and at the worst time ... for showboating and corny threats

    September 13, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. Seahorse 67

    Have at it!!!!

    September 13, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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