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. bmull

    I hope the Russian people understand that the American media give "Wrong Way" McCain and his buddy Lindsey Graham a soapbox for reasons no one understands. The public doesn't care about them at all.

    September 13, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. michael

    And what, Senator, will you offer to counter Putin's belief that America is no longer relevant? The GOP's wisdom? The GOP's fiscal policies? The GOP's policy on gun control? The GOP's policy on ripping out health care for 41 million Americans away from them? Perhaps you will offer up the NSA and the American freedoms we have? Perhaps you will detail how for the last 20 years the GOP has disenfranchised American Gays despite the fact that they served you demented army and died for America? Yes, senator, there is SO MUCH you can counter Putin with on the "relevance" of America through the lens of the GOP.

    Senator, you're pathetic.

    September 13, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. plumbeddown

    McCain should just head over with Dennis Rodman. I can't see how that wouldn't help Russo-American relations. Russians love a good laugh.

    September 13, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. john

    McCain wants to start a fight. just what we need in the US

    September 13, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Grey

    What do expect want from the son of Cain? Anything constructive? Anything cohesive? Anything intelligent?

    He is going to try to persuade the readership of the most prominent Communist newspaper that Putin is bad because he came from the KGB? It's like a Rabbi delivering a sermon at a church while the pastor is on vacation and telling the parishioners that they are idol worshipers because they believe in Jesus. It may be true, but the church is the wrong venue to promote this opinion.

    September 13, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. VR

    An honorable response would include an acknowledgment of the falsity and crossing of many "red lines" with which the Iraq war was launched at the expense of many American lives and Iraqi civilian casualties and the loss of trust it has caused that has contributed to the lack of co-operation from most nations.

    September 13, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    McCain and Lindsey Graham can go to Russia, hand in hand as they usually travel, and give Putin such a slap.

    September 13, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Ismail ALjazaeri

    Warmonger, terrorist supporter. I am absolutely sure he won't be re elected. good ridance

    September 13, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. Ann

    I really with Mr. McCain would shut up.

    September 13, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Mr. Boogles

    That's just what Putin wants. Step right into sh!t John.

    September 13, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Michael Ebrahim

    John McCain is a looser in my view. He lost it on his judgement about all Arab Spring. McCain has double stand; he claims he has been anti terrorists, yet supporting the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt. He sees him self as a leader of the Republican party and the part lost big time because of his and like extreme views.

    September 13, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. MedullaPancreas

    But did he read it?

    September 13, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Hawkeye321`

    Posturing, headline-grabbing, attention-hogging fools. The lot of them.

    September 13, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. DrNo

    Wonder how a President McCain would feel about a Senator Obama writing an editorial for Pravda? He would explode in his bitter, often uncontrolled anger. Like a statesman? LOL. Well said Data Driven and Tampa Tim.

    September 13, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. Michael

    Maybe John will announce his retirement?

    September 13, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. itistimeto

    Feel the Russians bating McCain and McCain to stupid to see he's heading for a fall. The US government is so predictably pathetic.

    September 13, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Tim

    McCain had better remember the last person to disrespect Putin. The guy buried in the lead casket.

    September 13, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Eduard C.

    Go back to vietnam, old man McCain! You are spewing LIES!

    September 13, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. pws1121

    I agree. The US needs to keep on it's weak foreign policy program and allow people from other countries tell the US how to do business. Kinda like International Food Stamps; Americans can relate to food stamps, it's just on a world wide level.

    September 13, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. beerndrums

    I'm starting to really dislike McCain.Let it go.You're just gonna make things worse.

    September 13, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. js9840

    Someday I hope we will all grow up and appreciate that we all share the same planet and the world would be a lot better off if we got along instead of playing macho power games all the time, which unfortunately is what has killed so many Syrians.

    September 13, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. banknote

    If I was McCain I'd be careful not to get Putin too ticked off as he was KGB and I'm sure he has access to the Hanoi Hilton files including McCain's and might make it public.People that live in Glass Houses shouldn't throw stones!

    September 13, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. Michael

    It's like being back in High School again. Grow up McCain.

    September 13, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Voysov Reason

    McCain has been very hawkish on the Syrian issue; much more so than the current administration. But of course, we all know this here in the US unless we live under a rock. I am not a McCain fan, but it is disingenuous to suggest he was anything other than the driving force behind the push to strike Syria to prevent further chemical attacks on civilians which has more recently been taken up by the White House.

    CBSNews.com
    "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "euphoric" about President Obama's surprise announcement Saturday that he will seek congressional authorization for a limited strike in the war-torn country, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on "Face the Nation."

    September 13, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Cassarit

    Why the nerve of this Israel-first traitor!

    September 13, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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