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. heather, anchorage alaska

    Good. This proves he doesn't take BS from anyone, including the media. Good for him.

    July 19, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  2. Perry, Dallas, Texas

    Although I don't agree with everything he stands for, primarily his position on illegal immigration, John McCain is a great patriot. He has served his country heroicly in the military and has distinguished himself as a representative of the American people in the senate.

    Not one of the so called liberal "front runners" are worthy to shine his shoes....an ambulance chaser, a muslim, and a socialist.

    July 19, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  3. cowboyneok

    Get your new "Support our Poops!" Senator Vitter diapers! On Sale Now!

    July 19, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  4. Nick, Atlanta, GA 30097

    I worked for McCain in SC in 2000. I still like the man, but he lost me forever when I saw him hug Bush during a 2004 campaign stop. Bush is evil, and that hug showed me that McCain has no principles. No wonder his campaign is imploding.

    July 19, 2007 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  5. David Wyles, Playa Del Rey, CA

    John McCain is a crotchety, misguided old fool. His time has passed him by.

    But, he's a hero, at least a former one, a prisoner in Vietnam for something like 5 years.

    Can you imagine our present President, "AWOL" Bush standing up to torture or interrogation for more than 5 minutes? "Mommy, Poppy, these bad people are evil. Do something. Save me!"

    July 19, 2007 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  6. Suzanne Rogers Minneapolis MN

    The image of McCain sleeping in his seat during Polosi's swearing in ceremony and state-of-the-union comes to my mind every time I see him now. Yes, I believe his time has come and gone.

    July 19, 2007 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  7. Prathee,Fresno,CA

    McCain is a hypocrite.He tries to look like a moderate but he would always up end supporting end support Bush's policies.He wants people think himself as a moderate republican to get votes from independant and democrats.
    By supporting a losing war shows that he lost his mind.He was part of a lost war in Vietnam and didn't learn any lessons from it.

    July 19, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. eric, Milw. Wi.

    It's too bad he self destructed now, he was the only republican who saw the complexities of the issues and didn't try to sell the easy, old ideas of polarization or the alarmist view that America need be dominated by 9-11 ...24/7

    July 19, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  9. Christopher London

    PUT A FORK IN HIM...McCain is DONE, well done. McCain "was" a maverick and should have been the Republican Nominee in 2000 before he got steam rolled by the Neo-Con War Machine behind W. He saw the writing on the wall and during Bush's Presidency, he joined the most profound "Con-Job" ever put over on the American Public by the PNAC, NEO-CON Agenda. This period of American History will go down as one where corrupt forces aligned to take away power, freedom and the civil liberties of American people. Those who have defended this destruction of American Democracy, including McCain will not be treated kindly by historians. McCain is an example of what not to do when the corrupt grow more powerful. You do not join them, you challenge them. And it is the reason why Romney and others will go down and why the RNC is turning to empty suits like Fred Thompson, who plays an authority figure on TV but has the least accomplished record of anyone running for office. THOMPSON=LOBBYIST.

    July 19, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Eric Nustad, Royal Oka, MI

    poor baby!

    Listen, if you want to run the country, you have to answer for both the good and bad things that happen.

    Or you be like President Bush and surround yourself with audiences of yes-men and veterans who will be jailed if they ask the wrong question.

    Please retire and go home, Mr.McCain.

    July 19, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Perry, Dallas, Texas ... "John McCain is a great patriot. He has served his country heroicly in the military and has distinguished himself as a representative of the American people in the senate."

    1) Who CARES if he served? So did Timothy McVeigh – is he a fine patriot too? This is all about recent history, not what he did decades ago.

    2) What he's currently "distinguishing" himself as is an idiot with his support of immigration, and saying "Iraq is safe" as he walks around in full body armor with a regiment from Apocolypse Now in tow.

    "Not one of the so called liberal “front runners” are worthy to shine his shoes…"

    This from a guy who's supporters are so disillusioned with their current candidates that they're supporting someone who hasn't even declared his candidacy yet?

    "an ambulance chaser, a muslim, and a socialist."

    At least none of THEM are blowing up balloon animals at Chuck E. Cheeze's.

    Save your breath for work!

    July 19, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. nsr

    Aw, come on, Senator! Your campaign's sure to bounce back when Americans see how hard you worked to keep us in Iraq!

    July 19, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Craig, Carlsbad CA

    The striking thing about these comments to me on the 'left' is how totally lacking of sympathy the right has for a man that not only served years in a POW camp but refused to go home early because of his celebrity status as a son of an admiral and waited for his turn in line.

    I dont agree with John McCain on most things but I am proud of him and glad our country makes people like.

    The churlish comments made here by the right shows how far they have been infected by the Limbuagh-Coulter hate virus

    July 19, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Sandy, Denver, CO

    McCain needs to face reality that we do not want him and just go away.

    July 19, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Jason, Seattle, WA

    People of America wake up!!!! Hillary, Guilliani, Romney, and McCain are NOT the answer. We have got to get away from these type of canidates if things are ever going to change in this country!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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    July 20, 2007 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  17. rachel krawczyk

    to john mcCain

    1 qion how can you do it
    lot of cares about baghbab
    and american soldiers
    came back our troop in our govermanmet military

    sp you can to winner top vatrey

    January 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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