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. Iraq Vet

    Exactly, Glenn. Advocating a surge when your own child is serving takes guts.

    February 14, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  2. Brent

    I must agree with Glenn. I'm a strong Obama supporter, and I disagree with many of McCain's policies, but it's tough not to respect the man. He served in the military, and his son is serving in the very war that he supports, no matter how unpopular with the country. He certainly puts his money where his mouth is - one of the few in the Senate.

    February 14, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  3. Solomon

    McCain is a real American hero, I have so much respect for this great man despite my differences with many of his policies. What a family. His Son served his country, he did serve, his father served and his grand-father served. And he does not brag about all these. What a hereo!
    Annoy the rich and Vote for McCain

    February 14, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  4. Charlene Bolger

    His father is running for President. You shouldn't be giving the specifics of McCain's son's unit.

    February 14, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  5. Cph9680

    That's great news! I'm happy for him.

    February 14, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  6. Nicole

    Vote John McCain for 100 more years in Iraq! It is nice that his son came back safe. What about the families who will never see their loved ones again?
    It is great That Mr. McCain is happy to send his child off to fight for oil, but maybe we need a president who will not spend the lives of our people so recklessly.


    February 14, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  7. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    Thank God for that! Welcome home!

    OBAMA 08

    February 14, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  8. Richard, FL

    Both McCain's deserve a lot of respect for their military service. Some difference from Bush who can't find one person to verify he served in Alabama.

    February 14, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  9. Gil

    A real American.

    February 14, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. checkandbalance

    he put his son where his mouth is. i'm glad he's safe, too.

    February 14, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  11. Barack Obama for president

    No one cares, what about all the others who haven't returned?

    February 14, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  12. longarm45

    how many congressmen have sons/daughters in the military? there's one!
    4th generation naval service!

    February 14, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. K, Florida

    Welcome Home Jimmy! Thanks for your service!!!!

    February 14, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  14. BETH

    I'm a Democrat but you must be proud and feel much more relaxed now that he's home. God Bless all of You

    February 14, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  15. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    Glad to know his son is doing well.

    February 14, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  16. Joe - STL

    He may be a bad candidate for President, but all politics aside, I am glad to hear his son is home in one piece.

    /now if we just ended the war, his son would never have to go back
    //sorry, had to toss that in

    February 14, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  17. Julian, WI

    Could someone please fix the grammar in the first paragraph. This is CNN ffs.

    February 14, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  18. Chris

    "but when he recently left, some seven months later, Iraq had become so safe he was handing out soccer balls."

    Hope it wasn't like the last time McCain declared Iraq was safe enough for Americans to walk around without any problems. (Reported by McCain while at a Baghdad market, with around 300 troops and 5 Apache helicopters for protection)

    February 14, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  19. Well... Sort of.

    I'm glad his son is back and in good condition. 7 months over there... no thank you.

    So, if he just got back I guess he'll be headed back there sometime.... next week?

    February 14, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  20. Anonymous

    agreed. its very heartwarming to hear his son come back. the question is if his son will be pressed back in to the service. and if not – will it be special treatment?

    somewhat reminiscent of the royal youth in England.

    February 14, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  21. CMS, CA

    When does Chelsea and Barack's kids get back from the front?

    February 14, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  22. Tom, NY

    Soccer Balls? We would run out of soccer balls if we stayed 100 years

    February 14, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  23. Nick

    Yes, we should all follow his example and send our children to Iraq. I'm glad he's committed to fighting the war for as long as it takes, even if it's 100 years. Everyone is getting deployed over and over again, so I'm sure his son will do the right thing and stick it out too under the "Stop loss" policy.

    February 14, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  24. dave

    well if John McCain's son said it, it must be true! everyone should vote for McCain because his son handed out soccer balls. Case closed.

    February 14, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  25. Heather Peterson

    I have a lot of respect for Senator McCain. I'm a Dem who would consider voting for him.

    February 14, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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