McCain publishes opinion piece in Pravda – but not the one he wanted
A screenshot of Pravda.ru
September 19th, 2013
03:40 AM ET
7 months ago

McCain publishes opinion piece in Pravda – but not the one he wanted

Updated 9 a.m. ET 9/19/2013

Washington (CNN) – Senator John McCain has a message for the Russian people: “I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.”

In an opinion piece titled “Russians Deserve Better Than Putin,” published by the Russian news website Pravda.ru, McCain took aim at the current Russian leadership, including President Vladimir Putin.
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Filed under: John McCain • Russia • Syria
September 16th, 2013
08:37 AM ET
7 months ago

McCain to House Republicans: Don't shut down government

(CNN) - As some Republicans and Democrats begin to dig in before the next fiscal showdown, Sen. John McCain said Washington is "in for some very serious problems" and called on his colleagues in the GOP to tone down the warnings of a government shutdown.

"Republicans ought to understand if we shut down the government, Congress always gets blamed–rightly or wrongly–Congress gets blamed," the Arizona Republican said Monday on CNN's "New Day." "We've seen the movie before. It's just some of them weren't around at the time; I was."
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • John McCain
Lawmakers disagree on whether use of force is still on the table
September 15th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
7 months ago

Lawmakers disagree on whether use of force is still on the table

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Sunday the threat of U.S. military force in Syria remains, despite a U.S.-Russian agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons. But Sen. John McCain said the agreement is “meaningless.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the agreement Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Filed under: Carl Levin • John McCain • Syria
Pravda vs. Pravda: Which one is McCain writing for?
September 15th, 2013
01:01 PM ET
7 months ago

Pravda vs. Pravda: Which one is McCain writing for?

Washington (CNN ) - When The New York Times published an opinion piece by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, Sen. John McCain was one of many elected officials who reacted with ire.

McCain, a vocal proponent of increased U.S. intervention in Syria, said in an interview on CNN’s “The Lead” that he was “offended” and joked he would like to be able to write an op-ed of his own for the Russian newspaper Pravda.
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Filed under: John McCain • Russia
McCain, Graham blast proposed Syria solution
September 14th, 2013
05:10 PM ET
7 months ago

McCain, Graham blast proposed Syria solution

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham continued their all-out verbal assault on the Obama administration's handling of the Syria crisis, disparaging Saturday's U.S.-Russian agreement as "morally and strategically indefensible."

"It requires a willful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything other than the start of a diplomatic blind alley," the senators said in a joint statement, "and the Obama administration is being led into it by Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin."

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Filed under: John Kerry • John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Obama administration • President Obama • Russia • Syria
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.
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Filed under: John McCain • Russia
McCain says he's 'probably' in last term, or not
September 13th, 2013
04:34 PM ET
7 months ago

McCain says he's 'probably' in last term, or not

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain on Friday sought to clarify some comments he made about his political future.

"I've long said I'll wait a few yrs before thinking about whether to seek reelection in 2016. Focused on our present challenges," McCain tweeted.
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Filed under: John McCain • Senate
McCain: Russia's Syria proposal 'has to be explored'
September 10th, 2013
09:30 AM ET
7 months ago

McCain: Russia's Syria proposal 'has to be explored'

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain expressed exasperation with the White House's handling of Syria Tuesday morning while saying that a potential handover of chemical weapons needs to be considered.

The longtime senator from Arizona, a leading Republican voice in calls for military action against Syria, told CNN that he was extremely skeptical of the intentions of the government in Damascus to hand over or destroy its chemical weapons stockpiles, as well as Russia's intentions to facilitate such a move. But he didn't dismiss it out of hand.
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Filed under: John McCain • President Obama • Syria
September 7th, 2013
06:52 PM ET
8 months ago

McCain raises impeachment - if boots hit ground in Syria

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After endorsing President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria, Sen. John McCain warned the president would face impeachment if he were to put "boots on the ground."

McCain told Phoenix radio host Mike Broomhead on Thursday that the president had "bungled" the entire handling of the Syria crisis and would open himself up to impeachment hearings if he overstepped the limits of the authorization before Congress.

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Filed under: John McCain • President Obama • Syria • Uncategorized
Petraeus backs Obama administration on Syria
September 7th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
8 months ago

Petraeus backs Obama administration on Syria

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus announced Saturday he's behind the White House's plan for limited military strikes against the Syrian government.

In a statement, President Barack Obama's former CIA director called for Congress to support the administration's call for airstrikes against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, warning that rejecting the president's request would embolden "Iran, North Korea, and other would be aggressors."

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Filed under: David Petraeus • John McCain • Obama administration • Syria
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