July 18th, 2007
06:38 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain snaps: 'Finished' discussing campaign

A frustrated McCain said Wednesday he was done discussing his campaign woes.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A frustrated Sen. John McCain snapped Wednesday when asked by CNN about his troubled presidential campaign and vowed he would no longer answer questions on that topic.

“I’m not going to talk about my campaign anymore," McCain said in a sharp tone. "I’m finished with talking about it. I’ve talked about it for two weeks. I will not discuss it or any aspect of it. Thank you."

McCain’s patience may have been worn thin by his lack of sleep as he managed the Defense authorization bill through the wee hours of the morning.

The question that triggered McCain’s response was whether or not he was going to keep a scheduled meeting Wednesday with his congressional supporters to explain why his campaign is not in dire condition. Eileen McMenamin, the Arizona Republican's spokeswoman, declined to elaborate whether McCain would no longer talk – ever – about his campaign or just not talk about it while in the Capitol. But she did say he remains a candidate and will be back on the trail next week – with reporters in tow.

- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Will - Miami, Fl

    McCain obviously "snapped" sometime prior to the amnesty bill. No republican in his right mind (no pun intended) would have EVER dreamed of supporiting that bill (let alone coauthoring it)...

    July 18, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Brennan Morris, Dumfries, VA

    Senator McCain seems to be wholly determined to doom any chance he has. This was the worst time for the Senator to look like an angry old man, who can’t handle a simple question. He has a fairly good record and is good man, but thus far has not shown it to any degree.

    July 18, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Mike, HI

    This is the first time in a long time that I've liked something he's said.

    July 18, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. JWH

    John McCain is played out. His time was in 2000 before the Bush Administration turned Republicans into poo. Americans are obviously done with Republicans.

    July 18, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Mrs. America

    Won't talk about his campaign? Good grief. I think the press should spend less time on his campaign (he's out of the race anyway) and more on viable candidates.

    July 18, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Quinn, Oakland, CA

    That's perfect, John because nobody else is talking about your campaign either anymore.

    Might as well pack it up and go home.

    July 18, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Dan, Leander, Texas

    From the time in the last prez campaign that McCain rudely snapped at Maria Shriver, reporter, who was attempting to ask him a question while he walked, I knew this guy was definitely NOT presidential material. Just what we need, a president who would react in a knee-jerk fashion to Putin or another leader's statements by dropping nukes! No. Sorry John. You're never going to be president. If you can't control yourself, how can America expect you to run the country?

    July 18, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. IV

    John McCain is finished. There's no room for a pro-illegals amnesty candidate in the Republican primaries.

    Republicans didn't buy your "maverick" talk in 2000, John, and they won't buy it now.

    July 18, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. jack jett, Dallas

    It would almost be sad if it weren't for the fact that becuase of him, thousands have been killled or shattered by a war that he supports 100 percent.

    Speaks of family values while his campaign manager is trying to pay someone to GIVE them a hummer.

    Good riddance, bad rubbish.

    July 18, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Bob, Centennial, CO

    McCain's infamous temper reveals itself again. I would expect the MSM to respect McCain's impolite request to not talk about his campaign anymore. He has been toast ever since that bizarre Meet the Press interview in about March, 2007. And enough of his "American Hero" label. John Kerry is the true American Hero who served in Vietnam, earned a Silver medal, and came back to help stop that travesty. Saving American lives from being killed in unnecessary wars whether in Vietnam or Iraq is truly heroic, not someone who wants to keep feeding them into the never-ending meat grinder.

    July 18, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Connie, Tn.

    Why don't he just fade away. That way nobody will be asking him any questions. He is so obviously out of touch. He should just be put out to pasture.

    July 18, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Kevin, Chicago, Illinois

    McCain is "finished" simply because
    his support for rewarding illegal aliens with USA citizenship completely turned off independents like myself.

    It is wrong and unconstitutional to reward lawbreakers with USA citizenship.

    Amnesty only encourages more future lawbreakers to break our laws. We should never reward illegal behavior.

    July 18, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Ginger Winchester, Stanton, California

    The man didn't snap because he lacked sleep. He snapped because he has an extremely serious problem with keeping his cool. And now he is bankrupt and has no one left to yell at anymore.

    What else do you expect from a man who has become nothing more than a tool for the GOP and Bush, who lives in complete and total denial of reality and the truth.

    The guy is a powder keg and I seriously doubt he will survive much longer, as a senator and a candidate.

    July 18, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. xona, los angeles, ca

    Goodby Johnny, many have recently discovered about you
    what most of us have known for years– you, sir – are a first-class moron.

    July 18, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. McCain_4_President_Of_Iraq

    Bomb, Bomb, Bomb...
    Poor, Poor McCain

    turned out to be a dud, dude.

    July 18, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Lighten up folks

    Jack ~ Dallas,

    Former Pres Clinton applauded the news of the hummer.

    Al Gore is worried of it's affect on Global Warming.

    John McCain apparently needs it more than his campaign manager.

    July 18, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. David E Dillman, Berwyn, PA

    I guess he'd make a good president, ... if we don't give him more than two difficult days in a row, or a crisis in the middle of the night, ... And make certain he gets his nap every afternoon. Did he have his meds with him overnight, ... Yeah, that is probably the problem. Sorry John!

    July 18, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Missy Boston MA

    At least McCain works hard ! Romney spends most of his time relaxing in NH- amusing his 5 jobless sons and his scary-ever-growing-brood of grandchildren. (Pix look like a bunch of creepy maggots, there are so many of them! ). Look at blog called "Five Brothers" – it is nauseating (these grown men!).

    July 18, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. A.J., Seattle, WA

    Of course he shouldn't have snapped, but it's not so surprising that a candidate who stayed up all night was a bit irritable. His campaign is having trouble, but he's still the Republican with the best credentials, and above all the most integrity. He has plenty of time to turn it around, and I hope he does.

    July 18, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Mark, NY NY

    You'd like to apply for the job of leading the free world but you can't even manage a few hundred people and $25 million bucks? Yeah thanks, we'll get back to you.

    July 18, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. MB

    No john, YOU'RE FINISHED!

    July 18, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Hardy Habernan - Dallas, TX

    When a candidate says they are not going to talk about their campaign anymore, they don't have a campaign anymore.

    July 18, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. JimmyK Spring TEXAS!

    “I’m not going to talk about my campaign anymore,....I’m finished...FINISHED!!!! Whaaaaaa!"

    July 18, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. WashDCInformant

    Since Walter Matthau passed away, I hear that Hollywood might have an opening for the sequel to "GRUMPY OLD MEN: III"

    Crusty ol' John-Boi might wanna toss his hat in THAT ring.

    Time wounds all heels. When he sold his soul, he did not read the fine print that there was an expiration date on his deal w/the Devil.


    July 18, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Wrong on the war, bad temper, too old, unelectable.

    July 18, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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