McCain: A lot of Republicans will look at Christie in 2016
November 14th, 2013
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McCain: A lot of Republicans will look at Christie in 2016

Washington (CNN) – Arizona Sen. John McCain made it clear Thursday he wasn’t endorsing Chris Christie for president, but he had some favorable words for the recently re-elected New Jersey governor.

“I think a lot of Republicans will look at someone like Chris Christie” in 2016, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee said at the Aspen Institute’s “Washington Ideas Forum” at the Newseum.

“I'm not endorsing, but don't we need a person who has proven that they can win in a Democrat state?”

Christie crushed Democratic challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono last week in their deep blue home state.

“We are going to have to win Democrat states if we want to elect … a Republican in 2016,” McCain said.

Christie’s star has risen dramatically in recent months, with a wave of 2016 speculation helping to boost him in recent presidential polls.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    You guys may look at him, but he doesn't run the party.....the Tea Party that is. And they take their orders from King Rush. You guys are doomed. Huntsman and Christie are your best hopes, but neither one of them can make it out of a primary.

    November 14, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    “I'm not endorsing, but don't we need a person who has proven that they can win in a Democrat state?”
    ---------------------------
    Republicans don't care about what they need. All they want is someone who can pass the thought police's purity tests.

    November 14, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. freedom

    McCain – you had your moment – and it's over. We will not be listening to you.

    November 14, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    When all else fails, drag in McCain to bloviate and opine.

    Well, John. A great many folks (Republicans) took a long hard look at you as well. Just to be clear: don't bet on Christie. He is a walking time bomb. In more ways then one.

    Even Mr. Mittens saw the handwriting on the wall where Christie is concerned.

    November 14, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. smith

    I sense alot of fear from liberals about Christie. More and more we are hearing that he won`t make it or repubs don`t like him even though he is gaining more support everyday from the GOP. Fear the awesome fat man liberals.

    November 14, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    And that's why he's going to shift so far to the right, he might fall off the planet. It is flat isn't it?

    He will also avoid President Obama like the Bubonic Plague.

    November 14, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Thomas

    @freedom
    McCain – you had your moment – and it's over. We will not be listening to you.
    ======

    Do you also consider Sarah Palin as part of John's moment or movement ?

    November 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. anonymous

    I don't care who the Republicans nominate, I am voting for them. I will never vote for another Democrat in my life after they cost me my healthcare plan and lied to me.

    November 14, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    anonymous

    I don't care who the Republicans nominate, I am voting for them. I will never vote for another Democrat in my life after they cost me my healthcare plan and lied to me.
    -------------------------
    Are you aware that some red states passed legislation that required that all health insurance conform to the ACA? Do you realize what that means? It means that in many cases the states legislatures are responsible for policies being discontinued.

    November 14, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. jinx9to88

    I would vote for Christie.

    November 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. just asking

    Rudy NYC
    anonymous
    I don't care who the Republicans nominate, I am voting for them. I will never vote for another Democrat in my life after they cost me my healthcare plan and lied to me.
    ---------
    Are you aware that some red states passed legislation that required that all health insurance conform to the ACA? Do you realize what that means? It means that in many cases the states legislatures are responsible for policies being discontinued.
    -–

    you mean the red states that didn't want to participate in obamacare suddenly got religion and started supporting it??? egads rudy, your ability to tell the big lie matches that of our liar-in-chief!!! but keep doubling down on your lies just like obama. dig that hole very very deep.

    November 14, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    @smith,

    "I sense alot of fear from liberals about Christie"

    I do fear him, because the media likes him so much. He appears to never have been asked about his lobbying for Bernie Madoff, for instance.

    November 14, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Thomas

    @anonymous
    I don't care who the Republicans nominate, I am voting for them. I will never vote for another Democrat in my life after they cost me my healthcare plan and lied to me.

    =====

    You will certainly vote for these two winners ,

    Michele Marie Bachmann / Louie Gohmert

    Let's put America back to the 1950s in 2016

    November 14, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Dianne

    I am independent and Christie is the only republican I would even consider. He won't make the cut because he won't be TP Puppet.

    November 14, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. anonymous

    Rudy NYC
    anonymous
    I don't care who the Republicans nominate, I am voting for them. I will never vote for another Democrat in my life after they cost me my healthcare plan and lied to me.
    ---------
    Are you aware that some red states passed legislation that required that all health insurance conform to the ACA? Do you realize what that means? It means that in many cases the states legislatures are responsible for policies being discontinued.
    --

    Then I'm sure you can recite some specific states and laws? But I doubt it as it is likely a bunch of lies. You have learned well from Obama. Just tell the big lie and con people.

    November 14, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    smith

    I sense alot of fear from liberals about Christie. More and more we are hearing that he won`t make it or repubs don`t like him even though he is gaining more support everyday from the GOP. Fear the awesome fat man liberals.
    ---–

    until Fatty clears the purity patrol (which he won't), the GOP is going to lose with whomever they pick.

    November 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. ST

    John McCain, where is the logic? You have said "don't we need a person who has proven that they can win in a Democrat State". Christie won NJ but when the same people were asked whom they will choose between him and Hillary, they chose Hillary. Does his win has any meaning, really?

    November 14, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Data Driven

    @smith,

    "I sense alot of fear from liberals about Christie"

    I do fear him, because the media likes him so much.
    -------
    I see. So we can both agree that the media's slobbering love affair with Barack Obama was a monumental asset to his election? Looks like we actually DO agree (on occasion).

    November 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. smith

    @Data-They are all corrupt anyway, Im sure Hil-dogg on the take or has a secret stash. Thanks for the comment I know you have been tied up with those pesky conservatives Tom l and Just saying.

    November 14, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "you mean the red states that didn't want to participate in obamacare suddenly got religion and started supporting it??? "

    He means the red states that angrily and loudly demanded that they be left in charge of their own state exchanges and Medicaid expansions and then ceded all authority over their state exchanges to the federal gov't just because they figured they could overload the system and cause problems for implementation of the ACA...and then refused to expand Medicaid in order to keep more people from getting insurance so they could claim it wasn't working.

    November 14, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "I see. So we can both agree that the media's slobbering love affair with Barack Obama was a monumental asset to his election? Looks like we actually DO agree (on occasion)."

    Not really. Their slobbering love affair with Jabberwocky Barbie was a bigger asset to Obama.

    November 14, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |