November 26th, 2007
02:34 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain: 'I've made a lot of people angry'

McCain is aiming to appeal to independents in a new ad out Monday

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain’s campaign released a new ad Monday that ties the Arizona senator’s track record on spending and campaign finance reform with his position on the Iraq war and support for the current surge strategy.

“Since I’ve been in Washington, I’ve made a lot of people angry,” McCain says. “I upset the special interests and Washington lobbyists when I passed campaign finance reform. I made the Pentagon angry when I criticized Rumsfeld’s Iraq strategy, and I upset the media when I supported the strategy that’s now succeeding.” The 60-second spot, “Love America Enough,” is airing statewide in New Hampshire just 44 days before that state’s Jan. 8 primary.

McCain is trailing the front-runner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, by 15 points in the Granite State, according to the latest in the latest CNN-WMUR-TV poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. summus

    McCain will never shake the anger of the religious zealots in this country that funnel money to the Republican party and use the church pulpit as a political bully pulpit.

    November 26, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. John, Michigan

    I don't mind those stands at all but that period of blind faith in Bush and his immigration stance crossed McCain off my list.

    November 26, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. laurinda ny

    no you haven't john, so just step aside

    November 26, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Andrew, NJ

    and you made Republican voters angry for supporting amnesty

    November 26, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Jay, Boston, MA

    Please don't insult our intelligence. You only started criticizing Rumsfeld when the American public started figuring out we were not winning the War in Iraq. Before that, you stuck by all those war mongers with the phrase "stay the course" as our soldiers were being killed everyday thanks to your idiotic decisions and complete trust in the Bush Administration. If the American public did not react the way we did last year you would have still been by Rumsfeld's side and kissing Bush's butt.

    Stop the lying McCain. I use to have a lot of respect for you but you have proven to be a typical politician doing whatever is necessary and saying whatever you feel in order to win votes. How pathetic; actually how sad!

    November 26, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    John McCain may have meant well, but he hasn't pushed when it was most needed. He has had chances in the past to pull the pin and charge into the political fray. But in the end, he has shown himself to be too timid to openly challenge this administration or the GOP when it has gone astray. So good intentions aren't enough, John. You need to have a proven track record of walking the line and talking the talk. In your case, each time the choice has come up, you have mumbled and stumbled not wanting to offend the powers of the Congress or the Presidency. This is not the type of backbone we need in a president.

    Telling it like I see it,

    November 26, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. J.Crobuzon

    Sure, he upset some people, but then they kissed and made up. Y'know, McCain is the 'rogue' Republican, the one who doesn't always agree with Mister Cheney at first but then gets talked around and sees that it's really all for the best. It's not a presidential stance, but that of a vice-presidential yes-man.

    November 26, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Oh, wow, John. It's been so long I almost forgot you were in the race. That's funny.

    Glad to see you back on the ticker.

    November 26, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Rick Seymor, Chicago, IL

    The once "Straight Talk Express" became "Back Door Whisperer" who supported Bush and Cheney even after being insulted and back-stabbed by Karl Rovian dirty politics. Once very well respected men like him and Powell lost all their respect follwing Bush-Cheney's orders. My sincere wish that McCain should resign as a senator and gain some credibility. Forget about presidential aspirations!

    November 26, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    John....a brilliant opportunist–whose abilities have deteriorated so far he doesn't even know he's messed up until a staffer explains it to him. Thanks to the American taxpayors–you've got a great pension and healthcare plan (although most of us don't–thanks), and some pretty good veterans benefits. Why don't you go back to the ranch and write your memoirs.

    November 26, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Reality Check

    McCain should bow out of the presidential race and save any remaining amount of dignity and self respect for his golden years.

    When will he get the hint that America doesn't like him? Enough already!

    November 26, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. ne,pa.

    The only thing you've done right is marry money John.

    It's time to go home to Cindy.

    November 26, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Eric

    So disappointed in McCain. I voted for him in the 2000 primary. I admired and respected his integrity and his unabashed manner of telling it straight no matter what. He is no longer that man. To see him up on the podium supporting GW in 2004 sank him for me. Just another politician now. Hollow words. Rhetoric. Back pedaling. Same old same old. Such a shame.

    November 26, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Respect him greatly, however he lost my support for being for amnesty for the crimaliens that take our jobs and utilize our services (hospitals and schools etc, etc) along with the FACTS that they are ILLEGAL and SOME of them are committing crimes against real American citizens.

    Get to the back of the line and do it the right way as MANY of OUR ancestors did, I will welcome you, break bread with you and work side by side with you.

    November 26, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Cora Big Lake AK

    John McCain supported SS payments for illegals approx. 2 years ago. I marked him off after that. His immigration stance took him another step down. We need someone who will stand up for U.S. Citizens.

    November 26, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Independent in IA

    Yep, you've made a lot of people angry....mostly your constituents who are upset because you aren't doing the job they hired you to do...

    November 26, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Jim, Medford, OR

    John, you have made so many people angry with your bizarre antics that you have no chance of being nominated!

    November 26, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Walt, Belton, TX

    Amen, Tom! His stand on illegals was downright pitiful. But I'll never forget he's also a genuine American hero.

    November 26, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. xtina chicago IL

    I agree with John on many things, but the dealbreaker for me is his support of an amnesty for people who don't show much inclination towards getting car insurance, getting proper immigration status and paying taxes like us regular Americans.

    November 26, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Jed in Texas

    No John, your ok,but not to run the country.your proof that "Water Boarding" works and should be considered TORTURE!!

    November 26, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. jim,buda,tx

    Get to the back of the line and do it the right way as MANY of OUR ancestors did, I will welcome you, break bread with you and work side by side with you.

    Posted By Tom – Dedham, Mass

    You're such a racist how dare you take a side against the illegals, dont you know doing that is almost illegal now.

    November 26, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |

    Oh the poor, poor, pitiful people who are angry at you Sir, maybe they should ask the people of Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi if they're still angry at you for parachuting into their village after you suffered near fatal injuries fighting for OUR country?

    November 26, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    Oh yea McCain, you're just pissing everyone off today.

    November 26, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    Mr. McCain, its the fact that you've been on the WRONG side of key issues that has upset me. Not the fact that you've been so bold about your WRONG stances....

    The days of the McCain/Bush doctrine(s) is over for America. Time for a change

    November 26, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    There is nothing admirable or respectable about someone who openly sings on the world stage 'bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran'. We need someone with a bit more class running the show; especially after the current administration.

    November 26, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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