March 10th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain to travel to Middle East, Europe

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" McCain will head abroad next week."](CNN) - John McCain will lead a congressional delegation to Europe and the Middle East next week, his Senate office announced Monday.

McCain will visit Jerusalem, London, and Paris next Tuesday through Friday. He will be joined by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime supporter of the Arizona senator's presidential bid, and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman, a former Democrat, endorsed McCain late last year.

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  1. Val in PA

    Well, he's been hanging out with his pal Crist lately. Crist looked really concerned about the "new" primary issue when I saw him on his field trip with McSame. I'm just glad I don't have to see Cindy's scary eyes for a while, yiiiiiikes!

    March 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Ralph Tindell

    The Clinton campaign's suggestion is both clever and extremely cynical, more of an attempt to weaken Obama's campaign than a serious suggestion (as commentators have already indicated).

    I have long been an admirer of Bill Clinton and also of Hilary. But this campaign has shown a side of the former president and first lady that has diminished my enthusiasm.

    My most fervent wish is to see a Democratic president after the next election. And I believe Obama is the best hope for that outcome.

    March 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Bell, C .

    Very Pathetic.

    It's either these politicians think Americans are the dummiest species on earth or they don't give a fly about insulting people's intelligence!
    Which mosquitoe has bitten McShame? Where has he been for the past decade in the senate? What makes him believe that one of his visits can fix the middle east problems? Maybe he is going there to check which one of this countries he will push the red button on first !!! This is completely loco! when you think they criticizing Obama for thinking of reaching out to other troublesome countries!

    Politics stinks and sucks!

    March 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. james

    McCain should take a walk down the street and ask people what they really think about America and his imperialistic policies. I'd be a slap in the face, but nope he's going to talk to rich politicians who have to hold their nose and tell him everything is peachy. No one outside is small sphere of influence care for what he stands for and as for Lieberman the comes across as selfish and hypocritical.

    March 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Brian, Austin TX

    This guy is a good man in all. He is not like George W. Bush. His policy's are just too much like the failed old one's of yesterday. If Gore had lost to a Republican in 2000 I would have rather it been McCain. Now is not his or the republicans time.


    March 10, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Mary

    McCain should worry about his election not his frequent miles card

    March 10, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. sandy

    Oh great, he can go overseas and make nice with the other big guys, then he can "sneak" into Iraq because it's not a safe place to be, and then he can come back here and tell us that "everything is hunky dorey " over there. God forbid if this man becomes President.

    March 10, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Bill, Covington,LA

    On a daily basis I hear the citizens want "change" they do not define the change they would like, just "change" How sad.

    I am of an age advanced enough to be able to remember when the people of Germany wanted change. Just like with Obana there was a great speaker, people bowed down, people fainted, people screamed and jumped up and down, just like with the Obama rallys, they never inquired as to " just what kind of change do you propose sir?" Then one day he became their leader, We know what Hitler gave them, have you asked what Obama has in mind for you? Do you care as long as you have "change"? What administration do you wish to imulate, Stalin, Hitler, Castro, Mao, Hugo Chavez? To quote General Honore " Don't get stuck on stupid."

    March 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    He's going to wear himself out huh? After all that Obama's still going to trash this guy...simple as that!

    March 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Mike

    What an august, "bi-partisan" delegation. What are their specific objectives? Are they acting on the behalf of the Bush administration?How are they serving the American people? I smell a political stunt designed for favorable coverage by a compliant press.

    March 10, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Joe Black

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the ticket, John McCain quietly plods along, doing his job, without attracting a lot of attention or heat.

    Maybe this is the guy we need right now. Not a polarizer like Hillary, or even a decent and honest person like Obama who doesn't know how to handle Iraq.

    John McCain is a decent and honest person. About time we elected a President based on these qualifications.

    Someone wrote:

    "On another noteā€¦ it might behoove the "Straight-talk Express" to make stops in Afghanistan and Iraq so Mr. McCain can be slapped in the face with the REALITY of where the Iraq situation is currently"

    Hmmm.. John McCain has a SON in Iraq. I think he knows about the reality of the situation and the reality of war, all too well – both firsthand and as a parent.

    Like I said, maybe this is the guy we need. Do Hillary or Obama understand the realities of war? Obama will give up too soon, and Hillary will send countless thousands to their deaths without understanding what is going on.


    March 10, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Belle

    Almost funny...the CNN analysis said McCain should look Presidential by going to foreign countries...and now he does....

    Power of the Press 08. Let's let them run our country!

    March 10, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Jeff

    This is merely an indication of where McCain's primary focus would be as president. The same place as the Bush administrations, albeit most likely with a smarter approach. This underscores the fact that McCain has been growing less Conservative and more Neoconservative (aka Ultraliberal) in the past decade.

    Regardless, the comments about McCain getting a jump-start on building credentials are entirely true, while the lunatic ravings of Clinton supporters deluded into believing her 7 years of experience trump Obama's are still, as they've always been, entirely false.

    My order of preference: Obama > McCain > That Green Party Guy > Clinton

    March 10, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. Young Rep

    Actually Arizona Goes Blue... McCain was one of the biggest supporters of the "surge" in Iraq. I would love to have our troops back home and I've had family serve in both war zones. I'm a realiest and I know what will happen in Iraq if we pull out to quickly. I would refer to Vietnam as an example of what could happen. I know people wish we never have gone into Iraq but that's the past. We seriously need to think about the future and what is the best thing for the future of not only our country but for our young soldiers... The thought of having to go back into the middle east is what makes me worried. Should have finished Saddam in the Gulf War and Clinton administration should have jumped at getting Osama but the past is the past... By the way I think it would be best of McCain waited till we all know who is the winner between Obama and Clinton.

    Also, can any Obama supporter tell me how he is in the Congressional Black Caucus(CBC) and doesn't hold one leadership post? He's the only senator in the group.... and he's running for the President of the United States.

    March 10, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. moderate

    This is a smart move in many ways. It makes Clinton and Obama
    look "small" for their constant bickering, it makes the democratic
    party look petty for fighting over delegates, and it shows that McCain
    can not only handle foreign policy but is very knowledgable about
    the countries.
    It doesn't matter to whom your vote will go; you have to admit McCain
    is way ahead of the game while the Dems are still not settled
    on a candidate.
    McCain knows exactly what he is doing.

    March 10, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. James, Houston, TX.

    McCain traveling to the Mid-East; At Whose Expense? Oh, I suppose its from the same fund that pays for all of Laura Bush's Trips ! Tax Payer!

    March 10, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |

    GO, John, Go. This will your ticket to win the Presidency
    of the United States. While the Democrats, Hillary and Barrack
    are out busting their butts, you will be on a plane. When you
    arrive at your destination, you can show foreign countries just
    how stupid you really are!

    OBAMA for President, Never VP under a coniving liar, well
    two coniving liars, Bill and Hillary.

    March 10, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. John, NC

    I am amused by the level of ineptitude by some of the above comments from my left leaning countrymen. Contrary to popular belief, the dominant issue in this election will be, as it should be, National Security. While Obama and Hillary blather on about phone calls at 3 a.m., their potential opponent continues to get stronger.

    The answer to the 3 a.m. question is blindingly obvious...neither liberal candidate is qualified to be the next Commander in Chief on the grounds that they both are soft on terrorism and horribly inexperienced in matters of national defense and foreign policy.

    Liberal America needs to wake up from your isolationist dreams and smell the coffee that is radical Islam.

    Oh by the way...Christi in Canada...keep your nose out of our one down here cares to comment about Canadian why don't you extend us the same
    maybe when Canada becomes relevant to anything other than maple syrup production we will listen to you

    March 10, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  19. joe





    HILLARY 08 !!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. citizen3591

    What's his agenda on this trip? He's not exactly in a position to make any commitments about future policy.

    Rather than touring, he should really be brushing up on his Econ.

    March 10, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. TerryD

    John McCain try not to start another war while you are visiting the

    Middle East and please watch your temper, a diplomat you are NOT.

    March 10, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Relax Joe

    Liebermann is the one who basically being on the ticket with Al sank his shot at the US Presidency.

    March 10, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Yes, thanks to Hillary, McCain can go off to make himself look good. . .while us voters pay for the bill.

    McCain has no worries as Hillary continues to bring the Democratic nomination to the brink. . .costing time and money.

    Congratulations, Senator McCain. You are the winner in this mess!

    March 10, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    The tax payers get to pay for this trip, and he will use it in the election????????

    March 10, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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