July 18th, 2007
06:38 PM ET
11 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

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Herb Stiles, Hudson, NH

    Doesn't matter to me here in NH. I voted for him in 2000 but I have two pictures hanging over my desk to remind me why I will never vote for him again. One is that gawdawfull picture of him hugging Bush and the second one is of him standing in the Baghdad market in a flak jacket surrounded by troops saying how "safe" it was.

    July 18, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. B-Man

    McCain sold his soul to try to win the White House. Now he will go quietly off into retirement. Bye-bye.

    July 18, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Therese Dawe, Lansing, Michigan

    Sen. McCain jumped the shark when he did his little "stroll" through a Bagdad market. He thought he could pull the wool over our eyes, but he's just too old to get it, the American people now have the Internet and can fact check all the B.S. Buh Bye!

    July 18, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Carl-Georgia

    McCain has now learned, "If you sleep with dogs, you get fleas".

    He hopped in bed with "Shrub" and now he's getting what he deserves.

    July 18, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Please understand, I am not a McCain fan and never had any intention of voting for him, so this is an unbiased observation. Journalists have a way of asking questions that are lose/lose. In other words, if they want to put a negative spin on things, they can ask questions in such a way that the respondent only looks bad, no matter how he responds. Journalists also love to kick people when they are down, must be a power thing. And they have thoroughly chewed McCain up one side and down the other, to the point of unprofessional harassment. Leave the old man alone, let him bow out gracefully. And even if he wants to hang in there, it's just another six months...

    July 18, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. R Smith Hilo, Hi.

    Why does this guy keep running?
    He runs every election season and fails to secure the nomination. What makes him think this will be different. He will fail... yet again. When will McCain get the message and stop wasting millions?

    July 18, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Shawn, Seattle (WA)

    McCain doesn't want the media to talk about his campaign...fine. STOP covering him. He is insignificant and its unfortunate that his drive for power has driven him this far off course. Support Bush and see what happens...

    Now will the media apologize for selling him to us all these years?

    July 18, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    IV I agree there is no room for pro-amnesty republican candidates but thats the only ones the media is pushing. Like Lou Dobbs said, "the poll front runner in the Republican race is none of the above". The polls are conducted in a controlled manner to favor the Greed Factors choices, and exclude ones the voters would really prefer.

    July 18, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Leigh, SE Pa.

    The only smart thing McCain ever did was marry money! He is a very tempermental man and I would never consider him for president...too unstable to lead and a Bush boy. He tries to come on soft spoken and repeats "my friends" but I see right through him! He should just go away!

    July 18, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Patrick Hudson, Seattle, WA

    Jim Gilmore had a greater chance of becoming President than John McCain does.

    July 18, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Brooke Cox Pocatello, ID

    I think the last thing in the world America needs right now is yet another president who lashes out at questions he's uncomfortable with. Being president is not a comfortable job, and John McCain has definitively shown he's not the right person for the job.

    July 18, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. ronsupporter, miami, fl

    McCain is "officially" done.

    July 18, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Nor Luap Suppor

    McCain is officially done.

    July 18, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. George Webb, Miami, Fl

    Ron Paul will get the nomination. McCain has to go.

    July 18, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. kansas city,o

    angry white man ready to contiue the taught ways of mruder and deception allinthe name of freedom.by all means please continue your murderous ways senator and good luck in the polls.

    July 18, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Providence, RI

    McCain is old(72), tired, frustrated, and angry by his unpopular positions on everything! "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool". Shakespeare -As You Like It- Act V, Scene I. And that is John McCain. It is time for him to quit the race instead of snapping on innocent journalists.

    July 18, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Danielle - South Bend In

    He reminds me of Katherine Harris. He's unspooling just like she did. The difference for me is, I used to respect him.

    July 18, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Omaha needs a job

    Did you watch Mccains cellphone interrupt his speech? He's barely going through the motions. I sense political irrelevance coming into his future. Let this be a warning to all obstructionist republicans guilty of committing our blood and treasure to foreign wars. You devotion to an army of special interests and contractors will result in meltdowns just as ugly as this one. The mammoth is going extinct.

    July 18, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. Chicago

    An undercover cop of all people. How embarrassing. Most republicans are seriously repressed. Every now and then, one snaps and goes buck wild.

    July 18, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Innocente st paul mn

    Behold John,you could not beat George so you joined him in cowboyism

    July 18, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  21. Naples Fla.

    I think He finally figured out that no one is listening to the Straight B. S. Express anymore!!!

    July 18, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  22. donelikedinner

    move along, nothing to see here.

    July 19, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  23. Charles De Montagne

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

    Thats right! Republicans saw right through McCain and voted for a real conservative...George W Bush. Oh wait...

    July 19, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  24. john crandell, sacramento, calif.

    ONE can understand his frustration if you consider what may really be in the works. Perhaps his obeisance to W over the past three years, his brown-nosing of a couple of American ayatollahs may yet get him a leg up on '08, i.e. – Big Dick suddenly resigns in the next nine months and W then nominates him to fill out Dicko's term. Perhaps all this was agreed upon three years ago; whatever, all the Kool Aid he and the Republicans have swallowed has taken it's toll. Their dream has become a shining delusion at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue and the six a.m. alarm keeps going off.

    July 19, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  25. the ghost writer, Ithaca, NY

    John IT'S OVER!!! go home retire, go fishing, spend some wonderful moment with your grandkids and your family, and live a wonderful rest of you life. Next.

    July 19, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
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