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. jennifer

    have you guys seen the youtube video of a obama campaign office with the castro picture and flag?
    obama is a flake

    February 13, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. Mrs. America

    Glad to learn his son is home safe and hope he won't have to do one or two more full tours of duty.

    February 13, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. joe

    if senator mccain gets condaleeza rice as his vp, i will vote for mccain over obama...if he is the democratic nominee....big time
    and i am a democrat

    February 13, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |

    Sheehan's son Casey and thousen of Marine like him come Back Home From Iraq body back.invading Iraq was not the all-important to me.

    February 13, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  5. Ennis, LA

    Good...now just how many more kids does McCain have to

    last his planned 100 years there?

    February 13, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. Becky King

    Senator McCain – I am glad your son is safe back at home. Thank him for his service, from one grateful citizen, and for carrying on the proud tradition of your family. God bless him, and God bless you – McCain in 08.

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

    I am glad his son is home too. Other parents are not so fortunate. We still had five soldiers die this past weekend. Others are proud to be serving, but can't wait to return home, including my husband.

    February 13, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Congratulations to McCain and His Family

    Sincere congratulations to you on your son's safe return John McCain. It is good to see the overall security improving in Iraq.

    Regardless of differences in whether or not we should have gone into Iraq we are there. We all need to remember to say OUTSTANDING JOB to all our troops and their commanders once in awhile. We all love our troops!

    February 13, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Judy

    We are a really sad nation if the best we can do is to get candidates who are knee deep in the 1970's, or who is trying to following in their spouses footsteps and count these as creditable people.

    People say Obama is light on "ideas" that's because they didn't catch the concept that politics as usual will no longer work. We need new direction in the country.

    Hillary had a chance to run after her husband, and she had her chance to push all the causes she wanted. What happen??? She doesn't need to be President to push the agenda for Universal Healthcare. So why didn't her plan succeed before when her husband was president?

    February 13, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. bigmike

    I'm glad his son is home safe as well.

    February 13, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  11. Maryann

    I absolutely agree. My father retired from the US Army after serving over 20 year. However, I still believe our war efforts should have been soley focused in Afganistan.

    February 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Bye Bye Barack

    How are they going to run against Jimmy McCain?

    Seems like the Obama forgot what he is running against.

    February 13, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. Maureen

    If Jimmy McCain says Irag is so safe he was handing out soccer balls he must be living in the delusional state his father is.

    February 13, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. whatsitToyou

    Glad his son got home safe..and I am sure this is another reason why we should elect him.

    February 13, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. LSD Saint

    Thank you Jimmy McCain. Thank you John McCain...

    February 13, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. Will, Arkansas

    I also served in OIF, but in phase III. Glad to have your son back safely. If Hillary does not get the nomination, McCain will definitely get my vote.

    February 13, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. ben

    John McCain is a good man, and a fine American.
    I just do not think he would make a good president

    February 13, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Suzie Wilhelm

    All I can say is, Hillary - You Lose!

    February 13, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. U.S. Army Vet

    How man other sons of other American parents are still in Iraq and how many other sons will not come back at all.

    February 13, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. John

    Not only does he talk the talk, but the family walks the walk. I don't understand the thinking of the CPAC, John McCain is more conservative than George Bush. Why don't they focus on telling Mike Huckabee to get with the program, his time is not now!

    February 13, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Jen

    Great timing his son comes back just in time to tell everyone what a wonderful job we are doing overseas. He should be great for McCain and all the people who agree we should be there.

    February 13, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. Fred

    See how he does if his son gets" WATERBOARDED" Witch McCain voted for torcher today

    February 13, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  23. Babloo

    True that.

    February 13, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. olando

    I have a lot of respect for this senator. If barack is not in the general election my vote is going to the senator from arizona.

    February 13, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. Joe,NY

    Even though I totally disagree with John McCain on the Iraq issues, he totally has my respects. He is a good man.

    February 13, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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