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. Tony

    Foolish idea. I'm conservative, but I just don't get this guy...

    September 13, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. just me

    Can't we find somebody who didn't finish next to last in his college class to do this?

    September 13, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Kay

    Someone needs to put a leash on him.

    September 13, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. J

    If Prez. Obama was too weak, Sen. McCain can remind Putin who he is provoking. This is the USA, yes, the USA still. The world sees as a more powerful man than our naive president. McCain, please let Russia know who they messing with.

    September 13, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. liberal disease

    this is about as scary to Putin as Obama and Kerry fake attack on Syria..
    Whats next Michele threaten's to scratch Mrs Putin's eyes out>

    September 13, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. tulelakenewtimes

    Maybe McCain can give Putin a taste of his own medicine.

    September 13, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. inano

    The shame in this whole thing is that we have elected officials, whom we pay to govern playing "Nah Nah Na Nah Nah " with the Russians. This is apparently a way to avoid attending to real problems.

    September 13, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. Neal

    Our politicians are acting like children.

    "I'll write to Pravda and show you, Putin!" Jeez McCain and Obama, just deal with Putin and get Assad to hand over hs chemical weapons. We don't need to risk American forces over a lack of U.S. interests in Syria. Just let the U.N., Russia, and our negotiators handle it.

    September 13, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Goody

    OMG, my stomach hurts from laughing so hard. Our government is absolutely ludicrous – we truly have the worst among us "leading." It's too much. It would be hilarious if it weren't so incredibly devastating to all life on this planet.

    September 13, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Rick

    Meanwhile, the people of Arizona deal with unemployment, a lack of education and racism.

    September 13, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. chris

    mcsame rides again... again.

    September 13, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. The "....trash" of America

    John and his war engineer friends are just butt-hurt a foreigner told the truth. We are NOT the only ones living on earth.

    September 13, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Ira Radnick

    McCain has run his course. It is time for him to retire and let some younger folks mess things up while blaming him for all that has gone wrong in this nation.

    September 13, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. annabel

    he need to shut up,who in his family is going to suffer or die, my son are 20 and 22, he going to send us to war while his family sit comfortable in their rich homes.

    September 13, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. Magister

    I will NEVER sympathized with Obama, but I really do wish John McCain would shut the F&#% up and go away. He is an embarrassment.

    September 13, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. louda

    This little man has gone nuts, no one wants war at the cost of Republican greed to make money and US economy go down. First think of making people in US happy before setting other's house.

    September 13, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. don

    So now we are going to fight Syria and Russia at the same time?

    September 13, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. optimisticinla

    Putin: There are 7 continents in the world. Stay off of ours.
    McCain: But But ....

    September 13, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. DrDanno

    God help us. Why not get Palin to offer a rebuttal?

    September 13, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. Lawman53

    McCain, do you know what it means to be irrelevant?look in the mirror, your 15 minutes are up.

    September 13, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. R.W. Tank

    We would be in this mess if John had won the Presidency.

    September 13, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. txan

    This so-called hero needs to butt out of international relations. All he'll accomplish is to mess things up. Nobody cares what he thinks.

    September 13, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. jeffision

    Well, this should be embarrassing.

    September 13, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. tulelakenewtimes

    Hopefully, McCain can give Putin a taste of his own medicine and see how the Russians like it. What comes around, goes around.

    September 13, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. Catherine

    The worse thing you can do to a narcissist like Putin (and for that matter Obama) is ignore him1 The Times gave him attention and that's all he wanted.

    September 13, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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