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. Steel On Target

    I bet he begins with something like "Get off my lawn!".

    September 13, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. VoteForPedro

    Maybe he can ask Putin to take over in Afganistan. We can each take it every 15yrs or so. Nobody in Afganistan can be trusted to ever again run anything there.

    September 13, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Steve

    I'm sure McCain misses the old days of the Cold War, so he is trying to restart it. Nice going.

    September 13, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Jon S.

    This shows why it's a truly great thing McCain is not President. We definitely do not need a man in the White House who is so easily reduced to school yard fighting.

    September 13, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. David

    I'm a lefty, but I think Mr. McCain will do a splendid job.

    September 13, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Biff McHenderson

    McCain needs some help. His rants have become a threat to US security.

    September 13, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. Rick

    Grown men acting like children. Wait, children act better.

    September 13, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Gary Phillips

    McCain is nothing more than a deranged rabid chick monk. I'm sure Putin is just shaking in his boots lol McAin has always been a traitor. First to his country and now to his party. He needs to be put in a home under supervision, not running around trying to influence American policy..

    September 13, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. guaraya

    This is intriguing– an international political soap opera!

    September 13, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. Jim1973

    don't even give it the time of day, it was a Russian blabbering that just doesn't matter. Move on to other things but just ignore Russia.

    September 13, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. For Real?

    Maybe McCain should just shut up and refrain from doing something that will only escalate tension between the U.S. and Russia. Washington's version of a Facebook post battle here. What a fool! Are there any politicians left with a shred of class, any integrity, Democrat or Republican?

    September 13, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Kay

    McCain: open mouth, insert foot. Repeat...

    September 13, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. adamdocherty

    "Comments are not pre-screened before they post." ???

    September 13, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. dino

    McCain is true American or Donald Trump ?
    Go for it Mr McCain,

    September 13, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. Whome

    Can't McCain just shut up already? No fool like an old fool.

    September 13, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. JD

    I notice BO never disagreed with Putin. It is quite obvious BO agrees with the russian than the USA is not exceptional...

    September 13, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Wayne

    Nobody cares what John McCain thinks in America. Why would they in Russia?

    September 13, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. Mike

    @Data Driven "I'm sure this will be very helpful for negotiations concerning the securing of chemical weapons in Syria." Who cares? Did Putin care when he was spouting his insults at the US? Putin needs to be put in his place and if Obama can't or won't, I have no problem with Sen. McCain doing so.

    September 13, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Oh please McCain, don't do this. Putin was right in so many ways. Don't embarrass us again. We need this negotiation to work on so many levels. GIve the guy credit, he did the U.S. a favor. Why can't we accept that?

    September 13, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. Olaf Big

    Oh-Oh, Old Joe started on the wrong foot there. Hardly any Russian would find anything wrong with the fact that Putin wants to restore the status of Russia as superpower.

    September 13, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. eugene

    John, I hope you can announce in Pravda that you will retire soon. You will see how many American are waiting for your retirement.

    September 13, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. peckbag

    McCain's not the president, and his idea isn't original. Point Putin.

    September 13, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. James Wilson

    Oh please McCain, don't embarrass us again. Putin did us a favor... why can't we all accept that? Don't blow this negotiation with your pro-war BS.

    September 13, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. grinchbass74

    Please don't let this idiot speak for us! He makes me want to kill people. Imagine how mad he'll make the Russians! Go back to your solitaire game you has-been!

    September 13, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. Mr. Know

    Mc Cain is a joke, serves a group that uses wars to pass agendas that aren't even beneficial to any nation. This guy's moves is like that of a 10 year old trying to get the last word in a fight

    September 13, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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