February 13th, 2008
10:08 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain's Marine son returns from Iraq

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who almost always refuses to speak on the campaign trail about his son serving in the military, got a rousing reception Wednesday when he told a private gathering of House Republican congressman that his son Jimmy - whose Marine unit had been deployed to Iraq - had arrived home from safely.


–CNN's Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. Justin

    Why doesn't his boy try waterboarding since McCain doesn't seem to have a problem with it anymore?

    February 13, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Ann

    We appreciate your service, Jimmy. Glad you are home safely.

    February 13, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Steve

    I'm certainly glad the son made it home safely, but I wonder why Marines do a 7-month tour while Army guys do 15 months. Do the Marines have tougher duty than the Army?

    February 13, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Jose Card - Independent

    Senator McCain doesn't like to use his son in Iraq as his political capital.
    The only time he talked about Jimmy was when he was in New Hampshire meeting the sister of a soldier who had died in Iraq.
    Serving the country is a family tradition in the McCain family.
    They don't like to brag about it.

    February 13, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Ted

    I wonder how many other Senators sons are or have served in Iraq.

    It seems many generations of McCains have served there Country well.

    February 13, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Jake

    Wasnt this the same man who said he could walk down the streets of Baghdad with out any bodyguards?

    he's delusional.

    February 13, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Tom (Philadelphia)

    What is up with McCain's left side of his jaw? How old is he, 89? Oh what was the discussion again?

    February 13, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. Jordan

    I am glad his son made it home safe. Just in time to hit the campaign trail???

    February 13, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Bob Stanton

    I wonder if he would still vote against the banning of waterboarding if he knew his son was captive. He was against torture before he was for it.

    February 13, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Terri Patanus

    McCain if Obama is on the democratic ticket I will vote for you and I am a democrat

    February 13, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Jonathan Forbes--Independent

    Since McCain has had a son in Iraq, he understands the sacrifice it requires. He also realizes that we should not accept defeat there. Let us WIN the war in Iraq. Let John McCain be the one to lead us.

    McCain in '08

    February 13, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. brian

    had arrived home from safely


    February 13, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. Independant

    WELCOME HOME JIMMIE THANK YOU GOD BLESS I would like to hear his son tell some of the stories , what other troops had to say about Obama's attitude on bringing all the troops home. While we are on that subject , is Obama going to bring all our troops home from all other countries ? In 60 day's. Dreamer , if so get your first aide kit , For we will have 9/11 's .

    February 13, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. Logan, Washington DC

    Although I am an Obama supporter, McCain's authenticity makes it very difficult to attack his stance on the war. Between him being a POW in Vietnam and his son serving honorably in Iraq, one cannot make the arguement that he is a "weekend warrior." He obviously understands war and its ugly costs.

    I truly look forward to debates between Obama and McCain because I want Senatory McCain to explain to me why he feels that a long-term military presence in Iraq is so essential, and why he feels the consequences if we leave are more dire than the consequences if we stay.

    February 13, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. Cathy

    Wonder if Jimmy will take a leave of absence from the Marines and campaign for his father? He would be a powerful symbol of everything McCain stands for.

    February 13, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. james

    Hillary supporters don't be stupid. Obama or Clinton, it's the same party and the same ideals, anything is better than Republicans for this country right now. McCainiacs who say only McCain understand foreign policy think again, this man supports a policy that has made America more hated worldwide than any time in history. Can any of you honnestly say McCain will be cheered when he visits other countries? Obama will be cheered, Clinton will likely be cheered, McCain will be protested like there's no tomorrow. Anyone who's spent time outside of the states knows this. America's economy will never last in an increasingly hostile world. If you vote McCain you will have only yourselves to blame when things go from bad to worse.

    February 13, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. LeRoy Miller

    Now there's a man I can respect who has been there done that unlike someone else I know who is arrogrant and struts and that's about it. Now McCain is a Repub I can vote for.

    February 13, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. grammercop

    "had arrived home from safely." . . . fix this sentence.

    February 13, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. notomccain

    oh wow now he's gonna use his son to exploit his presidency bid...first he flip flops on issues now he will exploit his son...

    February 13, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Debby

    What an outstanding example of John's legacy through his son-sacrificing oneself for the liberty of those less able to defend themselves as a US soldier. Thank you–John & Jimmy

    February 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. Jane

    Senator McCain has served his country well. Both him and his son deserve the respect and commendation of our nation and also all the brave men and women who have laid down their lives, not only for the American people for people all over the world.

    February 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. seattle

    So safe, thats why people still die almost every day.
    Makes sense doesn't it. Oh and so safe that he still wants to stay for several years.

    February 13, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Christopher Tingus

    While we may not agree with all of John McCain's views, he must be applauded for his wllingness to again stand for his country and not knowing his son was in Iraq also standing tall for his respective beliefs goes along way to giving serious voter consideration while the other egos embattle each other giving us more of the same 'ol - no real solutions especially to the economy which is challenging so many these days....

    Christopher Tingus
    Harwich, MA USA

    February 13, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. John

    McCain = Failed Republican presidential run. He won't beat Obama. May as well stop wasting donators money. Give the people their money back... they're gonna need it after the Bush presidency.

    February 13, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. lucky luke

    Thank God he is safe. I hope he never has to go back.

    February 13, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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